It had been a long time since Tommy Herion threw a touchdown pass to Jack Martinus.
Before Friday, the last one happened in 2012 when the two were in eighth grade and playing for St. Juliana in Chicago. That’s why the 12-yard scoring strike in Loyola’s 52-21 win over Fenwick at Triton College in River Grove between the two seniors and childhood friends was so special.
“It definitely was a pretty cool moment,” said Herion, who’s playing his first season for the Ramblers after transferring from Notre Dame as a junior. “I hope we get some more of those.”
It was fitting that both players had their best games of the season Friday.
Herion finished 20-for-23 for 239 yards and two TDs. He didn’t throw an interception for the fifth game, a stretch of 93 passes. Martinus caught a season-high six passes for a season-high 66 yards and one TD, which came with 36.2 seconds remaining in the second quarter and gave the Ramblers a 31-14 lead.
“Jack’s always in the right spot,” said Herion, who lives within walking distance of Martinus on Chicago’s Northwest Side. “He has sure hands and gets those yards after the catch. He’s a good go-to guy.”
Loyola offensive coordinator Tyler Vradenburg said the 6-foot-1, 183-pound Herion continues to get better every week and “has plenty left in the tank.” Loyola head coach John Holecek agreed it was Herion’s best showing of the season.
“He was very sharp,” Holecek said. “If you protect him, our receivers are very good.”
Herion found five receivers Friday.
Senior David Terrell Jr. led the way with six receptions for 92 yards, all of which came in the first half. His 45-yard catch late in the second quarter set up senior Kyle Rock’s 12-yard TD run to put Loyola ahead 24-14 with 2:10 to go in the second quarter.
Senior Jake Marwede finished with five catches for 80 yards and caught six-yard TD. Senior Jack Moran had two catches for 15 yards, and Rock caught one ball for two yards.
Herion didn’t want to judge his performance Friday, but he admitted that he was ready for the game between two undefeated teams.
“I stuck to the game plan,” he said. “The offensive line was ridiculous again. They are the centerpiece of our offense.”
Game notes: Rock had another big game on the ground. He ran the ball 12 times for 96 yards and scored three TDs. On Loyola’s first TD drive, he carried the ball on all six plays for 61 yards, scoring on a 16-yard run to give the Ramblers a 10-7 lead, one they never relinquished. Junior Hamid Bullie finished with 13 carries for 90 yards and scored once. … Senior defensive back Ryan Lin-Peistrup intercepted two passes, and both of them led to Loyola TDs. He has three picks on the year. … Minutes before the game Holecek reiterated how good Fenwick’s offense is this season, stating it’s the best the Ramblers have seen. But the Ramblers allowed only 285 yards, including only 59 rushing yards. Fenwick senior quarterback Jacob Keller made some big throws, and he finished 15-for-27 for 226 yards. He threw three TDs and two interceptions. “If we play our defense and execute, we’re are pretty good,” Holecek said. “We have to eliminate the mental mistakes.” … Loyola won its 22nd consecutive game, dating back to the 2014 season. The Ramblers have outscored the Friars 148-38 over the last three seasons.