Jorgensen passes for 4 TDs as No. 4 McDonogh routs No. 9 Loyola

Senior QB also rushes for a score in 42-17 A Conference victory

October 07, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

When quarterback Joel Jorgensen relaxed, the whole McDonogh football team felt better.

Jorgensen struggled at times in the first few games and wanted to play calmer this week. He worked on it throughout practice, and everything paid off Friday when the senior threw four touchdowns and ran for another as No. 4 McDonogh rolled to a 42-17 victory over No. 9 Loyola in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

"I just relaxed more this week," said Jorgensen, who completed 10 of 15 passes for 200 yards. "The coaches got me settled down, and everything was a lot easier."

Jorgensen threw a 40-yard scoring pass to Jabari Weems on McDonogh's second drive. It came on a long pass down the right sideline — the same throw Jorgensen made later in the quarter when he found Miles Crump with a 69-yard touchdown.

His third touchdown pass of the first half was a quick 5-yard strike to Taysean Scott in back corner of the end zone that gave host McDonogh (5-1, 2-0) a 28-10 halftime lead. The Eagles finished with 437 yards of total offense, 273 coming in the first half.

Jorgensen guided the Eagles to two more touchdowns in the second half. He threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Weems — which bounced off a Loyola defender and into his hands in the end zone — that gave the Eagles a 35-17 lead midway through the third quarter.

The quarterback then sneaked in from a yard out in the fourth quarter.

Running back Colby Everett also helped. The 6-foot, 230-pound senior rushed for 158 yards and gave the Eagles balance on offense. He ran for a 6-yard touchdown and helped McDonogh keep the ball for long stretches.

Loyola quarterback Jake Clise threw for 213 yards, including touchdown passes of 80 and 54 yards to Jordan Floyd. The second touchdown came on the fourth play of the second half, but the McDonogh defense stepped up after that.

Loyola (3-2, 0-1) gained just three first downs after that score, as the Eagles scored the game's final 14 points. McDonogh's Allen Jackson and Roman Braglio each pressured Clise throughout the day.

"We've got to decide who we want to be," Loyola coach Brian Abbott said. "We [need to] be able to make plays in critical situations."

That's what Jorgensen did. His throws were on target, especially the longer ones. Ad he even got a break when he fumbled a fourth-quarter snap, but the ball fell right at his feet, which let him recover.

"The football gods were smiling on us today," McDonogh coach Dom Damico said.

No. 4 McDonogh 42, No. 9 Loyola 17

L 3 7 7 0-17

M 14 14 7 7- 42

M- Weems 40 pass from Jorgensen (Glaser kick)

L- Bradley 26 FG

M-Crump 69 pass from Jorgensen (Glaser kick)

L- Floyd 80 pass from Clise (Bradley kick)

M-Everett 6 run (Glaser kick)

M- Scott 5 pass from Jorgensen (Glaser kick)

L- Floyd 54 pass from Clise (Bradley kick)

M- Weems 33 pass from Jorgensen (Glaser kick)

M- Jorgensen 1 run (Glaser kick)

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