When he released the ball, Loyola senior quarterback Matthew Schiltz (pictured above) said he thought it was overthrown.
Instead, the pass he intended for senior receiver Rory Boos, which traveled roughly 50 yards in the air, was perfect and resulted in an 86-yard touchdown.
It was that kind of game Friday for Schiltz, who led Loyola a 40-3 win over New Trier on the road in his first varsity start. He finished 14-for-18 for 244 yards with four TDs and no interceptions. He called the TD pass to Boos one of the best of his career.
“It might be up there,” Schiltz smiled.
Schiltz, a product of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glenview, became the starter after senior and captain Jack Fallon separated his right (throwing) shoulder in last week’s 27-7 win over Rockford (Michigan). Schiltz came in during the second quarter and passed for 192 yards and one TD and no interceptions.
“My poise in the pocket was better this week,” he said. “I felt less rushed. The offensive line was unbelievable, and that allowed me to be more relaxed and execute my throws.”
The Ramblers (2-0) scored on their first series, courtesy of a 17-yard pass from Schiltz to Boos in the corner of the end zone. An 81-minute weather delay interrupted the first half and disrupted the electric atmosphere at New Trier.
But it did nothing to slow down Loyola.
After New Trier (1-1) kicked a 33-yard field goal at the 11:56 mark of the second quarter, Schlitz threw two TD passes to senior receiver Artie Collins to give the Ramblers a 20-3 lead at halftime.
“We trust our quarterbacks, and right now, it’s clicking,” Collins said. “[Schiltz] is accurate and makes the right throws. He makes our job as receivers easier, that’s for sure. We aren’t missing a beat with him.”
Collins caught five passes for 98 yards and two TDs. Boos had two receptions — both TDs — for 103 yards. The offense totaled 418 yards and averaged 8.2 yards per play behind Schiltz. After not throwing a pass as a junior, he’s completed 67.5 percent of his attempts for 436 yards in two games.
“He’s really 1A,” Loyola head coach John Holecek said of Schiltz. “I just love the poise on the kid. His heart rate doesn’t go up. He’s been right there [with Fallon]. It’s a good combo to have, and they don’t have egos.”
The Ramblers play at home Saturday against Mount Carmel (1-1). The Caravan lost to Maine South 21-13 at home Friday.
Photo credit: Geoff Scott