Providence Catholic was supposed to be Loyola’s toughest test of the season.
The Ramblers aced it.
Senior quarterback Quinn Boyle threw three touchdowns Friday and the defense had three takeaways in a 28-3 win in New Lenox. The win earned Loyola at least a share of the Catholic Blue title. The Ramblers (7-1, 3-0) can capture their third outright conference championship with a win next week at home against Brother Rice. They have won 11 league games in a row.
“That was a big, physical team that we beat,” Loyola head coach John Holecek said.
Senior running back Hamid Bullie, who rested last week against Leo, scored on a 1-yard run to give Loyola a 7-0 lead with 3 minutes, 50 seconds to go in the first quarter.
After Providence Catholic kicked a 46-yard field goal early in the second quarter, Boyle went to work.
His first touchdown pass was a 53-yarder to junior receiver Rory Boos. He connected with Boos again for a 66-yard touchdown pass and followed with a 10-yard scoring strike to junior receiver Noah Jones at the 1:56 mark of the second quarter. It was Jones’ first touchdown of the season.
“Hamid looked good in the first quarter, Boos showed his speed and Quinn showed his accuracy,” Holecek said. “The defense executed the game plan and sacrificed well. [Senior safety] Charlie Largay was amazing, [senior linebacker] Patrick Daniels was impressive and [senior defensive lineman] Marty Geary played well.”
Daniels and Largay had interceptions, and senior cornerback John Lynch recovered a fumble forced by junior safety Jake Gonzalez. Junior linebacker Armoni Dixon finished with two sacks, while Geary, Gonzalez and Daniels each had one apiece.
Boyle went 12-for-23 for 255 yards and no turnovers. Boos had three catches for 149 yards, while senior receiver James Joyce caught six passes for 82 yards. Boyle led the team in rushing with eight carries for 41 yards.
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