Senior receiver James Joyce joked that he did his friend and senior quarterback Quinn Boyle a favor on his second touchdown catch Saturday.
Streaking down the middle of the field, Joyce reached as far as he could and grabbed the ball with his fingertips in the end zone for the 21-yard score in the second quarter.
“I think he overthrew it,” said Joyce, laughing. “I really had to stick my hands out there.”
Everybody was in a good mood after the Ramblers beat Brother Rice 28-7 at home to capture their third consecutive undefeated and outright Catholic Blue championship.
Loyola (8-1, 4-0) scored on its first three possessions and cruised to its eighth win in a row. Joyce finished with five catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns. He and Boyle hooked up for a 43-yard touchdown on third-and-16 on the first series of the game.
On the next possession, senior running back Hamid Bullie scored on a 25-yard run before Joyce made it 21-0 with 10 minutes, 10 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Junior quarterback Jack Fallon connected with senior receiver Dillon Grant (pictured above) for a 20-yard touchdown with 46 seconds to go in the half to put Loyola ahead 28-0.
The defense did its job, too.
Loyola limited Brother Rice to 19 total yards and one first down in the first two quarters. The Crusaders scored their touchdown with 59.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
“We were trying to get up and get out,” Joyce said. “I wished we put up a few more points, but it was a good win.”
Boyle played four possessions and went 3-for-4 for 73 yards and two touchdowns. He ran five times for 34 yards. In relief, Fallon finished 8-for-19 for 114 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception.
Bullie rushed seven times for 68 yards and one touchdown. Junior running back Michael Gavric had six carries for 41 yards.
Senior linebacker Anthony Rodriguez had three tackles for loss. Senior linebacker Patrick Daniels and junior linebacker Armoni Dixon each finished with one sack. Senior cornerback Patrick Russell had an interception, and senior linebacker Chris Scott recovered a fumble in Loyola’s end zone.
After a summer and preseason riddled with injuries and a loss in Week 1, Joyce said closing out the regular season in the manner in which the Ramblers did was satisfying.
“I think a lot of people were counting us out, saying this is going to be a down year at Loyola,” he said. “I definitely felt like we had something to prove. We still do.”
Photo credit: Geoff Scott