Loyola football put together a two-touchdown third quarter to pull away from visiting McDonogh on Saturday. But it was the Dons' defensive stops -- a blocked kick by Danny Cameron and an interception by Alex Issac that fueled a 21-6 victory.
In the second quarter, the Dons' Issac picked off McDonogh quarterback Jansen Durham and ran 16 yards to setup a first-and-10 on the 40-yard line. On the ensuing play, Jake Clise threw a deep touchdown pass to Trevor Janoskie for a 6-0 Loyola (4-3) lead with 6:56 left in the half. Bennett Bradley converted the extra point.
Two possessions later for both teams, Clise threw a slant to the right side that McDonogh's Taysean Scott tipped, intercepted and raced down the sideline for a McDonogh touchdown, 7-6. Ross Supovitz's extra-point attempt was blocked when Cameron charged from the left side and got a hand on the ball as it was going up to preserve a one-point lead for Loyola at the half.
Neither team moved the ball well on the ground in the first quarter and both of Loyola's third-quarter scores came in the closing 2 1/2 minutes of play. A 40-yard kickoff return by Cameron to the 33-yard line led to a two-play drive, capped by Dennis Dimaio's touchdown with 2:23 left. McDonogh (1-5) fumbled the ball with 1:15 left in the third, the second of four fumbles on the day. Loyola's Jack Kenny recovered the ball. A face-mask call against the Eagles helped move the ball during the four-play drive that ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Kyle Saunders and a 20-6 Loyola lead. Bradley's extra point ended the scoring.
McDonogh had trouble finding offensive traction the entire game and their best drive, 11 plays long, ended in a pass broken up by Issac on fourth-and-6 with 8:29 left in the game.
Boys' Latin 17, Kiski Prep (Pa.) 15: Chris Rubino had 22 rushes for 183 yards and a touchdown to lead the host Lakers (5-1) over the Cougars (2-3). Boys' Latin led most of the game, except the second quarter where they trailed, 8-7. The Lakers protected the final two-point margin of victory over the last seven minutes of the game.
The Lakers next travel to St. Mary's on Friday at 7 p.m.
No. 15 North Harford 8, Friends 1: Sophie Crowther scored four goals and Kara Parks added two to power the visiting Hawks (8-3) past the Quakers. North Harford led 5-0 at the break.