Kinnard powers Loyola with 4 TDs vs. Cardinals

QB fires TD pass on 1st play

Dons run Turkey Bowl streak to 5

No. 3 Loyola 33 Calvert Hall 10

November 23, 2007|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to the Sun

Loyola didn't need much time yesterday to reinforce its recent dominance over archrival Calvert Hall.

One play, to be exact.

Leon Kinnard's 60-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Floyd on the Dons' first play from scrimmage set the tone in the 88th Turkey Bowl, as No. 3 Loyola gained 423 yards in a 33-10 win before an announced 12,818 at M&T Bank Stadium.

"We just tried hard in practice not to overlook this thing," Kinnard said. "We just said, `Play hard, and everything will take care of itself.' "

The Dons (9-1) have won five straight and 19 of the past 23 against Calvert Hall, increasing their series record to 47-33-8. They also earned a share of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title, tying Mount St. Joseph at 4-1.

Kinnard again played the lead role, running for three touchdowns and throwing for one. The junior, who scored three touchdowns in last year's game, finished with 43 rushing yards and 172 passing yards, despite completing just five passes.

And once Kinnard helped stake his team to the lead, Loyola running backs Terence Garvin (15 carries, 121 yards) and Donovan Eaton (12 for 68) made it stick, time and again running through gaping holes created by Dons linemen Doug Shaw, Elliott Poehlman, Ben Cranston, Will Sellmayer, Kyle Stupi and Ivan Eames.

"Once we got the lead, we wanted to run it down their throats," said Garvin, whose team was forced to punt just once in nine possessions.

"We're a ball-control, field-position team, and that makes it difficult when you go down early like that," said Calvert Hall first-year coach Donald Davis, who played in three losing Turkey Bowls as a Cardinals player in the mid-1990s. "We made it difficult on ourselves."

The difficulty began right away.

Kinnard, starting from his own 40-yard line, rolled left on a play-action pass and found Floyd running alone down the left sideline. Floyd, a junior, caught the pass in stride at the 23 and ran untouched for the 60-yard touchdown.

"I told him that if he was past the cornerback by the time he got 10 yards [down field], keep going," Kinnard said.

Said Loyola coach Brian Abbott: "Their safety jumped up, and we were wide open. It was good execution all the way around. We just made a good read."

Kinnard also struck big on the Dons' next possession. On a third-and-two, he started to scramble, then stopped and fired a pass to Joe Cummings, also alone near the right sideline, for a 55-yard completion.

Four plays later, Kinnard ran around the right side for a 4-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 13-0 with 2:22 left in the first quarter.

As the game wore on, Calvert Hall (5-6, 1-4) began to establish its running game, led by backup quarterback Patrick Fitzgerald. The sophomore, getting his first playing time at the varsity level, ran for 109 yards on 16 carries, including a 31-yard scramble for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

By then, however, the game was well out of hand.

Despite Loyola's recent dominance in the series, Abbott said his players needed little motivation.

"Seniors will always remember what happened on this day," Abbott said. "That's all I ever have to tell them -- `What happened in the past is the past. Make your future.' "

Dominant Dons

Loyola has won 19 of the past 23 games against archrival Calvert Hall. Here's a look at the series since 1985:

Year Winner, Score

2007 Loyola, 33-10

2006 Loyola, 26-0

2005 Loyola, 31-13

2004 Loyola, 21-13

2003 Loyola, 14-7

2002 Calvert Hall, 21-10

2001 Calvert Hall, 10-3

2000 Calvert Hall, 7-6

1999 Loyola, 40-6

1998 Loyola, 33-7

1997 Loyola, 19-7

1996 Loyola, 12-7

1995 Loyola, 21-0

1994 Loyola, 37-14

1993 Loyola, 16-11

1992 Loyola, 21-0

1991 Loyola, 35-12

1990 Loyola, 29-14

1989 Loyola, 15-12

1988 Calvert Hall, 21-0

1987 Loyola, 29-7

1986 Loyola, 19-10

1985 Loyola, 14-7

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