Loyola senior Tommy Herion continues to impress in his first season as quarterback of the Class 8A defending state champions.

In a game that had many pitfalls, Herion, once again, proved to be a steady player under center, delivering the Ramblers to a 42-7 win over Providence Catholic on Saturday at home.

It was a game that honored the Loyola seniors. It was a game the Celtics needed to win to remain playoff hopeful. It was a game the Ramblers could have overlooked in advance of their Week 9 showdown with Brother Rice.

But the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Herion erased all doubts of an upset by throwing for five first-half touchdowns to lead Loyola into the locker room with a 35-0 advantage. Four receivers caught his five TDs, and he finished 16-for-26 for 233 yards and zero interceptions.

“Tommy did a great job adjusting to what he saw out there,” Loyola offensive coordinator Tyler Vradenburg said. “We did not run much of what we practiced all week because they came out packing the box and daring us to throw the ball down field. The offensive line gave him great protection and allowed him to give his receivers a chance on almost all of the balls he threw. The offensive line has done a great job all year giving him time vision to progress through his reads and make the right throws.”

Even USA Today recognized Herion’s efforts, including him on this week’s ballot for Super 25 Top Star, along with nine other candidates. You can vote for Herion here http://usatodayhss.com/2016/poll-vote-for-the-super-25-top-star-week-7.

For the season, Herion has completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 1,355 yards in an offense that averages 43.8 points a game and 6.9 yards per play. He has passed for 15 TDs and rushed for four TDs. He has yet to throw an interception, a streak of 163 pass attempts.