The Ramblers scored on the game’s first play from scrimmage and never looked back in Saturday’s 38-14 win over Minooka in the first round of the Class 8A state playoffs.
It was the first time since 2006 that Loyola played a road game in the first round.
After receiving the kickoff to start the game, senior quarterback Jack Fallon threw a pass to senior quarterback Matthew Schiltz (pictured above), who connected with senior receiver Rory Boos for an 80-yard touchdown reception.
The No. 19-seeded Ramblers (7-3) went into the half ahead 17-0 and built a 31-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. The 14th-seeded Indians (7-3) broke the shutout with a 97-yard kickoff return for a TD.
Senior running back Michael Gavric scored two TDs, and junior receiver Matt Mangan and junior running back Trevor Cabanban each scored one. Nate Van Zelst kicked a 31-yard field goal.
Loyola, which is 6-1 on the road this season, will play No. 3 Oswego (10-0) at home Saturday in the second round. Time is to be determined. It’s the 11th year in a row the Ramblers have won at least one playoff game.
Photo credit: Geoff Scott