Brother Rice 27, Loyola 8

GAME RECAP: The Ramblers ran into their toughest test of the season Friday, according to Loyola sophomore coach Les Seitzinger. With the Catholic Blue championship on the line in Chicago, the Crusaders got off to a great start by returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown and built a 17-0 lead by intermission. The Ramblers responded after the break by scoring on their first series of the second half. A two-point conversion left Loyola trailing 17-8. But turnovers hurt the comeback effort, including a turnover on downs near Brother Rice’s goal line and a fumble that the Crusaders returned for a TD. Loyola’s defense surrendered only 13 points in the loss. For the season, the Ramblers allowed an average of 9.2 points a game.

COACH’S COMMENT: “The credit goes to a very talented and well-coached Brother Rice team,” Seitzinger said. “Their front six on defense was the biggest, most athletic and best we’ve faced all season. We were out-manned, but our team never gave up and battled all game long. I’m proud of the character that we displayed [Friday] and all season long. You’ve got to tip your hat to their team and be proud of our kids for the great season that we had.”