It didn’t take long for Loyola head coach John Holecek to shift the conversation to Providence Catholic after Saturday’s 49-7 win over Leo in Wilmette.
Holecek noted the significance of Friday’s game against the Celtics in New Lenox. Both teams enter the game tied for first in the Catholic Blue at 2-0. The Ramblers are the two-time defending league champs.
“It all comes down to this,” he said.
Before the Ramblers (6-1) could think about capturing their third consecutive conference championship, they first had to take care of the Lions.
Six players scored touchdowns in the first half to help Loyola to a 42-0 lead at intermission. The defense didn’t surrender a gain longer than four yards in the first two quarters. The Ramblers added another TD in the second half.
Three players scored their first varsity TDs.
Junior running back Rhys Logan got into the end zone on a 4-yard run at the 8:20 mark of the second quarter, while junior quarterback Matthew Schiltz scored on a 2-yard run with 23 seconds remaining in the first half. With 8 minutes, 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter, junior running back Jared Lombardi tallied his first varsity TD on a 4-yard run.
“It’s a great reward for the guys who work so hard in practice,” Holecek said. “You can see our problem at running back. We have so many talented guys. It’s tough to be a running back here.”
Senior quarterback Quinn Boyle, senior running back John McCabe, junior receiver Rory Boos and junior running back Michael Gavric also scored Saturday.
McCabe ran six times for a team-high 28 yards. Gavric followed with four rushes for 26 yards. In all, 11 players had at least one carry. Senior running back Hamid Bullie, who had his best game of the season in Week 6, was a healthy scratch Saturday.
In less than one quarter of work, Boyle went 5-for-6 for 139 yards and threw a 77-yard TD pass to Boos. Junior Jack Fallon came on in relief before giving way to Schiltz and senior Zack Jenkins.