It took Loyola senior Kyle Rock (No. 3 in picture above) only four games to break his own record for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in a season.
The two-year varsity running back ran eight times for 88 yards and two touchdowns in two quarters of play in the Ramblers’ 55-0 win over St. Francis on Saturday. He scored on runs of 46 and 28 yards.
This season, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Rock, who shares the backfield with junior Hamid Bullie, has carried the ball 46 times for 295 yards and has scored a team-best five rushing TDs. As a junior, Rock finished with 247 yards and four TDs, while running behind 2016 graduate Dara Laja, the program’s all-time leader in rushing yards.
Rock’s biggest game of the season came in Loyola’s 44-43 win over Maine South in Week 2 when he ran 16 times for 109 yards and scored a TD. His 27-yard run with 50.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter enabled the Ramblers to run out the clock and secure the victory. Rock has scored at least one rushing TD in all four games.
“He sees holes well, and he doesn’t mind putting his shoulder pads down,” Loyola head coach John Holecek said. “He’s fearless and quick, which is a great combination for a running back.”
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola