Senior quarterback Jack Fallon passed for two touchdowns and ran for two Saturday to lead Loyola to a 28-7 win over Providence Catholic at home in the final game of the regular season.
The win — the team’s third in a row — guaranteed the Ramblers (6-3, 2-2 Catholic Blue) their 16th consecutive appearance in the state playoffs.
After suffering a separated right shoulder in the opener causing him to miss three starts, Fallon (pictured above) said he’s settled into the position again. He finished 17-for-24 for 223 yards and ran 11 times for 38 yards against the Celtics.
With the game tied 7-all, Fallon led Loyola on a 7-play, 76-yard scoring drive, completing all four of his passes, including one to senior receiver Artie Collins for 43 yards to the 1. Fallon later scored on a 1-yard run to put the Ramblers ahead for good.
“The game is slowing down,” he said. “It felt like a long time to get back, but it’s been worth it.”
The Ramblers added to their lead after Fallon connected with Collins for a 19-yard TD pass on the first play of their first series of the second half. He secured the victory with a 22-yard scoring strike to senior receiver Rory Boos with 1 minute, 16 seconds to go in the third quarter.
But the game got off to a slow start for the Ramblers.
On their first possession, they lost five yards on three plays. On their second series, they fumbled the ball, and the Celtics scooped it up and ran it 29 yards into the end zone to take a 7-0 lead at the 6:48 mark of the first quarter.
“Football is a game of ups and downs,” Fallon said. “Things happen. But we have each other’s back. If we do that, we will be fine.”
Loyola’s defense did its job, limiting the Celtics to 91 yards and 2.5 yards per play. Senior linebacker Patrick Daniels recovered a fumble that resulted in the Ramblers’ first TD, an 11-yard run by Fallon.
Collins caught five passes for 79 yards, while Boos had six receptions for 60 yards. Senior running back Michael Gavric ran 13 times for 49 yards.
Photo credit: Geoff Scott