LAST WEEK: The Celtics lost to Fenwick 35-28 on the road.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Jared Drake, sr., Martez Malone, sr., WR, Joe Markasovic, sr., LB, QB, Richie Warfield, sr., RB, Gaosh Williams, sr., DB,
GAME NOTES: At 3-4 overall, the Celtics (0-2 in Catholic Blue) are in a must-win situation in Week 8, if they want to make the state playoffs. In 2014, the Ramblers faced a 4-4 Mount Carmel team in Week 9 and lost 10-7. “[Providence’s] back is up against the wall, and that will make them a dangerous team,” Loyola defensive line coach Beau Desherow said. “But being a defending state champion, we are going to get everybody’s best shot.” … Senior quarterback Jared Drake and senior running back Richie Warfield make the Providence offense go. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Warfield is a three-year starter, and Drake is in his second season under center. Desherow said Warfield was the Catholic Blue’s best running as a sophomore when he rushed for 832 yards and scored 13 touchdowns to help the Celtics win the Class 7A state title. After an injury-plagued junior season, he’s back to his old self, according to Desherow. “He’s got great vision and is a powerfully built guy,” Desherow said. “He runs with power, and he’s quick enough to make you miss. He’s hard to bring down.” Providence head coach Mark Coglianese said the offensive line, which starts four juniors, has been a work in progress all season. “It’s tough to get experience and victories playing in the [Catholic Blue],” he said. “But [the line] has been improving each week and so has the offense.” … Providence’s top player on defense has been senior Gaosh Williams, a 5-11, 170-pound defensive back. … Coglianese said Loyola’s aggressive and calculated defense always is a challenge. Offensively, he said stopping 6-5 senior receiver and Duke commit Jake Marwede is a top priority. “They do many things well,” Coglianese said of Loyola’s offense. “Like most teams, we need to control the run game and get them into predictable passing situations. [Marwede] obviously is a concern as he is very physical and skilled.” … Providence’s 10-3 win in 2009 was the last time the Celtics beat Loyola.