Collins, Mount St. Joseph leave Loyola at a loss

Gaels QB rushes for 97 yards and touchdown in upset victory

Mount St. Joseph 24 No. 1 Loyola 7

Football

October 20, 2007|By Stefen Lovelace | Stefen Lovelace,Sun reporter

Everything was aligned for an upset.

Mount St. Joseph was facing undefeated and No. 1 Loyola. It was the Gaels' senior night, there was on-and-off heavy rain the entire game, the Dons were coming off a bye week and Mount St. Joseph was hyped up because the game was played at Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins University.

Gaels captain and wide receiver Derek Cotton yelled "Let's go! This is our game!" to his teammates before the game.

He was right. Mount St. Joseph pulled off an improbable, 24-7 victory last night.

"This is one of those years where everybody is going to beat everybody else [in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference]," Gaels coach Chip Armstrong said. "I felt like we were really even with Loyola as far as our abilities and their abilities."

The Gaels used a balanced running attack to keep Loyola's explosive offense off the field. Mount St. Joseph quarterback Chris Collins carried 13 times for 97 yards, Rod White carried 14 times for 54 yards and Renard Robinson had 64 yards on 14 carries.

"That's sort of what we do. We thought our best defense would be to run the ball and keep them off the field," Armstrong said. "I think Mother Nature helped us out a little bit, too, and tonight was just our night."

Mount St. Joseph (3-4) scored first after smart execution by Collins.

A poor Loyola punt gave the Gaels great field position in the first quarter, starting 30 yards from the end zone. Collins faked a handoff and end around and threw to Kevin Fitzpatrick for a 30-yard touchdown.

In the second quarter, he faked a handoff and took an option keeper 18 yards for another touchdown and a 14-0 Mount St. Joseph lead.

"I couldn't do it without the line, the wide receivers and the 10 guys besides myself," Collins said. "I've got to give it up to them. They make plays; I just try to execute them."

The Gaels' defense gave Loyola (6-1) fits all night, holding running back Terence Garvin to 19 yards on seven carries.

With the Dons trailing 24-7 in the fourth quarter and driving, Rod White intercepted Loyola quarterback Leon Kinnard at the Gaels' 30-yard line.

Later in the quarter, Tymetrius Richburg intercepted Kinnard.

Kinnard completed four of 12 passes for 79 yards. He ran the ball 12 times for 59 yards and scored the Dons' lone touchdown on a 12-yard run in the second quarter.

stefen.lovelace@baltsun.com

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