First down: As expected, the Ramblers had no trouble with St. Francis, earning a 55-0 win Saturday at home. Loyola led 41-0 at the half, and the starters got most of the afternoon off. Running backs Kyle Rock and Hamid Bullie each scored two touchdowns in the first half. Loyola ran for 325 yards and totaled 403 yards, averaging 11.5 yards per play. The Ramblers had only 35 offensive plays and held the ball for 12 minutes, 59 seconds. Defensively, Loyola limited St. Francis to two first downs and 12 yards. The Spartans were 0-for-12 on third downs. Junior linebacker Anthony Rodriguez had one sack and three tackles for loss, and junior defensive lineman John McMahon finished with one sack and two tackles for loss. Senior defensive back Ian Swenson had an interception.
Second down: Junior quarterback Quinn Boyle played the most he has all season Saturday. He relieved senior Tommy Herion in the second quarter and led Loyola on two scoring drives. The 6-foot, 175-pound Boyle finished 4-for-6 for 41 yards and ran one time for eight yards. Loyola offensive coordinator Tyler Vradenburg was pleased with Boyle’s play. “One of the scores he checked the play from a pass to a run that we scored on,” Vradenburg said of the two-year varsity veteran. “That just points to his unselfishness and his intelligence of taking what is given. Quinn has complete control of the offense and the respect and admiration of the boys and coaches. There is no doubt or fear when he is in the game.” Vradenburg said Boyle was “right there in the battle for the starting job” with Herion during the summer. “I would not have blinked an eye had he won the job,” Vradenburg said. “He took the news hard, as any true competitor would, but he rebounded and has been nothing but a delight and a professional since.”
Third down: One benefit of a game like Saturday’s is that several reserves were able to get some significant playing time. Two scout team players stood out for the Ramblers. Junior running back John McCabe (pictured above) had three carries for 88 yards and scored on a 60-yard run in the fourth quarter. Junior quarterback Andrew Forsyth also scored his first TD of the season on a 28-yard run in the fourth quarter. “Those things are nice to see,” Loyola head coach John Holecek said of the performances by McCabe and Forsyth.
Fourth down: With senior center Paddy Kotowski sidelined with a knee injury, the offensive line had a new look Saturday. Senior Jack Badovinac moved from left guard to center, while senior Brian McTague played left guard. “Every single one of them played well,” Holecek said. “That’s been a constant this season.” In other line news, senior left tackle John Brekke picked up an offer from Stetson University last week. According to North Shore Weekend, the 6-3, 270-pound Brekke has offers from Dayton, San Diego and Valparaiso. Badovinac is the only offensive lineman to have made a verbal commitment. He plans to play at Colgate.
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