Loyola 35, Brother Rice 7

GAME RECAP: A big stop on the Crusaders’ first series of the game Saturday sparked the Ramblers to a season-ending victory at home. The win avenged last season’s Week 9 loss to Brother Rice in Chicago.

After the defense held the Crusaders to start the game, running back Trevor Cabanban got Loyola (6-3) on the board with a 40-yard touchdown run. He finished with four TDs, including an 80-yard run for Loyola’s third score.

Quarterback John Gavric connected with Anthony Kozlowski for a 3-yard TD and directed the Ramblers on an 11-play, 97-yard scoring that put them ahead 28-0 at the half. Gavric’s 35-yard pass to Matty Mangan set up Cabanban’s 2-yard TD run.

Loyola head coach Tony Minestra said the defense was “very active.” The Ramblers allowed one late TD to a team that came into the game averaging 33.0 points. Defensive end Luke Desherow, who recorded one sack and put constant pressure on the quarterback, was especially effective, according to Minestra. But Minestra said linemen Gabe Haubner and John Spagnolo also contributed to the strong showing.

COACH’S COMMENT: “I’m very proud of our young men. We put together a complete effort [Saturday]. It was fun tow watch our kids play to their full potential. Closing out the season with a big victory over a quality Catholic League opponent certainly sets a positive tone leading into the offseason. There are good things ahead for this group.”