Loyola 27, Marist 26

GAME RECAP: Loyola sophomore head coach Tony Minestra said he challenged the team last week to embrace “faith over fear and to play with confidence and and a belief in one another.”

The players responded with another come-from-behind win, beating Marist 27-26 on Saturday in Chicago.

Trailing by five late with less than one minute left in the fourth quarter, quarterback John Gavric connected with receiver Phil Couri for the game-winning touchdown. The two-point attempt failed, but the defense, led by safety Jack Nimesheim, held the RedHawks to secure the victory.

“I reminded them to have faith in themselves and in the process, and that I have faith in them, no matter the situation,” Minestra said.

The Ramblers (2-0) started the scoring with on a 50-yard pass from Gavric to Couri on the second play of the game. The teams went into the half tied 14-all.

Couri finished with two touchdowns, while running back Trevor Cabanban rushed for more than 100 yards and two scores. Cabanban’s kickoff return helped set up Loyola’s game-winning touchdown.

Minestra said Thomas Schafer was a “game-changer” for the Ramblers, pinning Marist deep in its own territory with his punts and locating his kickoffs to prevent big returns.

Nimesheim, a team captain, was a standout on defense. He broke up a pass to end the game and recovered a fumble to close out of the first half.

Loyola hosts Mount Carmel at 11 a.m. Saturday.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Too often fear controls our decisions and limits our potential. Faith lifts us up.” — Tony Minestra