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Archbishop Spalding's QB Zach Abey rushed for 170 yards on 23 carries for three touchdowns and nabbed an interception on defense for the No. 9 Cavaliers (4-1), who posted a 21-10 decision over the Dons (2-3) in Severn, Md.

Scoring didn't start until the second quarter when Abey ran through the middle of the Dons' defense for a 59-yard score, capping off a three-play, 70-yard drive.

Next, Loyola QB Ben Evans went 5-6 for 80 yards for a 24-yard field goal from Gavin Rowley before halftime.

The Dons' offense remained hot to start the third. They ripped off a 10-play, 71-yard drive, ending with an one-yard touchdown run by Evans, giving Loyola a 10-7 advantage with 8:02 left in the third quarter.

Spalding went on to score again on another Abey rushing touchdown and held a 14-10 lead with six minutes remaining in regulation when Loyola regained possession.

After gaining two first downs, Evans heaved the ball to WR Mike Muerer, but the pass was picked off by Roland Beswick who was brought down at Loyola’s 36-yard line.

The Cavaliers then went 64 yards finished off with a 9-yard touchdown run by Abey making it 21-10.
The Dons received one more chance with 3:31 left, but Evans was picked off by Abey to end the game.
“I can’t be mad at our guys' effort, they played as hard they could,” said Coach Hall. “Abey is a tough competitor and we know that he would make his plays and we had to find a way to limit him, but we couldn’t do that tonight."

QB Ben Evans went 19 for 31 for 215 yards, 3 interceptions and a rushing touchdown.

The Dons have a bye week this week, but will be back in action at home against Gilman on Oct. 12.


Spadling - Abey 59 yd. run  (Butts kick)
Loyola - Rowley 24 yd. field goal

Loyola - Evans 1 yd. run (Rowley kick)
Spalding - Abey 6 yd. run (Butts kick)

Spalding - Abey 8 yd. run (Butts kick)


The Dons (2-2) trailed #15 North Harford entering the fourth quarter last Friday night, but pulled together late in the game for a 24-21 overtime victory, thanks to a 23-yard field goal by sophomore Gavin Rowley.

North Harford's kicker Sean Bowling, who hit the game-winning field goal in the Hawks' season opener against Perry Hall, scored first in regulation against the Dons with a 28-yard field goal.

Then, late in the first quarter, junior QB Ben Evans put the Dons in front, 7-3, with a 15-yard touchdown run.

In the second quarter, Evans extended the lead to 14-3, scoring on another rushing touchdown from two yards out.

The Hawks cut the margin to 14-6 at halftime as Bowling converted his fifth field goal attempt of the season.
During the third quarter, Hawks' senior safety Ryan Fleiss intercepted Evans and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown, bringing the reigning UCBAC Chesapeake champions within one.

The Hawks regained the lead later in the quarter as senior QB Nic Hammer scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by a two-point conversion run by Scott Angstadt.

Loyola trailed 21-14 going into the fourth quarter, but pulled even on a 10-yard touchdown run by junior RB Damon Hazelton with under two minutes left in regulation.

The Dons' defense, which gave up 39 straight points to Curley in the previous week, came up huge in overtime, blocking Sean Bowling's field goal attempt and giving Rowley a chance to win the game with his field goal.

Evans completed 9-17 for 127 yards and 3 interceptions, while running for 108 yards and 2 scores.

Hazelton had 16 rushing attempts for 97 yards and a touchdown, with 1 reception for 23 yards.

Loyola kicks off MIAA play this Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. hosted by No. 9 Archbishop Spalding.


North Harford - Bowling 28 yd. field goal
Loyola - Evans 15 yd. run (Rowley kick)

Loyola - Evans 2 yd. run (Rowley kick)
North Harford - Bowling 31 yd. field goal

North Harford - Fleiss 18 yd. interception return (Bowling kick)
North Harford - Hammer 1 yd. run (Angstadt run)

Loyola - Hazelton 10 yd. run (Rowley kick)

Loyola - Rowley 22 yd. field goal


Varsity Football lost to Archbishop Curley 39-7 last Friday night due to a very shaky run defense.

Loyola (1-2), which was coming off an impressive win over St. John's College last week, looked strong at the beginning of the game, but couldn't put much together after their initial drive against the Friars (3-0).

The Dons drove 80 yards in 13 plays on their first possession, with RB Kyle Saunders scoring on a 10-yard run. 

Curley then went on to score 39 unaswered points.

On Curley's first series, RB Deonte Harris took a handoff on third down going 70 yards to tie the game. Then, Curley's defense forced consecutive three-and-outs by Loyola, taking the game early into the second quarter. 

With 9:36 to play in the first half, Harris broke through the Dons' run defense again, this time for a 74 yard touchdown run and Curley led 13-7.

Loyola's offense showed some signs of life as the Dons collected five first downs on their next possession and marched to the Curley 10 yard line. However, the Friars came up with their first of five defensive turnovers when junior Rashaan Simmons intercepted Ben Evans in the end zone. 

Curley immediately capitalized with another big run, going 69 yards to give Curley the 19-7 halftime lead.

Loyola had a chance to get back in the game when they recovered their own kickoff at Curley's 25 yard line at the start of the 3rd quarter, but Evans was intercepted once again in Curley's redzone.

After Loyola forced the Friars to punt, Curley's Fred Johnson strip sacked Evans at Loyola's 15 yard line and the ball was recovered by the Friars. That setup a seven-yard scoring run by Harris, as Curley pulled away to a 26-7 lead.

On the first snap following the kickoff, Evans was intercepted for a third and final time and the Friars returned it 23 yards to the Loyola 20. Five plays later, Harris found the endzone once again, this time with a three-yard run.

Later in the 4th quarter, Curley's Shawn Fenner added the Friars final touchdown on a 19 yard run, which was setup by a fumble recovery; Curley's fifth turnover of the night.  

The Friars, who turned the ball over six times in last week's win over Kiski Prep (PA), did not have a turnover against the Dons.

QB Ben Evans went 9-20 with 52 yards and 3 interceptions.

Curley RB Deonte Harris rushed for 200 yards on just eight carries and scored four touchdowns in Curley's 39-7 win over Loyola.

Loyola will seek to regroup and get back to even when they visit No. 16 North Harford High School on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.



One week after losing their season opener to No. 13 St. Paul's, Loyola found redemption last Friday by upsetting St. John's College High School (D.C.) 13-7.

The Cadets (2-1) dominated No. 2 Calvert Hall, 17-7, two weeks ago, but struggled against Loyola's defense.

Jack Kenny and Loyola's defense forced and recovered a total of five St. John's fumbles, three coming in the first half. After failing to convert the first two turnovers, which included a missed FG, the Dons finally got a 6-0 lead at the 10:16 mark in the 2nd quarter on a 14 yd. touchdown pass from junior QB Ben Evans to Trevor Janoskie. The extra point was blocked.

Then, with less than a minute to play in the first half, Loyola forced and recovered another fumble on a punt return by the Cadets.  Evans acted quickly, completing a terrific pass under pressure to Janoskie on the Cadets' goal line and followed it with a 1-yard touchdown run, as the Dons took a 13-0 advantage at the half.

St. John's lost another fumble early in the third quarter and the Dons stopped another drive with an interception by Evans.  However, the Cadets finally got on the board with 6:47 left in the contest with an 11-yard run by RB Omar Garcia, pulling within six of Loyola.

After a back-and-forth 4th quarter, a Cadets WR dropped what would have been a game-changing touchdown pass on a 4th-and-long with 2:15 left in the game.

After Loyola punted the ball away again, the Cadets put together one final opportunity from deep within their red zone with just over a minute remaining. They managed to drive all the way to Loyola's goal line, but ran out of time, allowing Loyola to even its record at 1-1.

QB Ben Evans went 14-23 for 120 yds. with 1 passing TD, 1 rushing TD and an interception.

Mike Meurer led the receiving corps with 5 catches for 60 yds.

Loyola's next game is at Archbishop Curley this Friday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates.



The 2013 varsity football season got off to a rough start last Friday as the Dons fell to the #14 St. Paul's Crusaders in a 26-21 loss.

It was a beautiful day at Blakefield and the atmosphere was electric with the final renovations to the field finished just in time for the game. The new sound system was blasting as the Dons looked to start the season off with a bang.

St. Paul’s took the opening kickoff and drove down the field inside the Loyola 10 yard line, before Loyola's defense closed the door on the initial drive. This set up Loyola's first drive with poor field position and they were unable to move the ball, going three-and-out and punting from their end zone.

St. Paul’s took possession of the ball and proceeded to score on a 4th-and-goal run, taking the early 7-0 lead.  

Loyola's second drive was a success, moving the ball 61 yards and capping the drive off with an eight yard touchdown run by QB Ben Evans, to even the game at 7-7. Unfortunately, St. Paul’s took control from there and capitalized on their next two drives to take the halftime lead.

Loyola received the ball at the beginning of the second half and came out swinging, scoring their second touchdown of the game on a 26 yard pass to Trevor Janoskie, which capped off an 8 play, 71 yard drive and cut the lead to 19-14.  

Loyola's defense forced St. Paul’s to go 3-and-out on their first possession of the second half.  But, after moving the ball from their own 6 yard line into Crusader territory, the drive stalled due to three consecutive penalties, forcing a punt.  St. Paul’s scored on their next possession making it 26–14.  The Dons responded with a late touchdown on an Evans to Mike Meurer pass of 59 yards, but couldn't get the ball back with enough time for another drive.

On offense, Ben Evans finished the day 11-15 passing, with 181 yards, 2 TDs and 1 int.  Ben also led the team in rushing, carrying the ball 12 times for 36 yards.  Trevor Janoskie led the team with 3 receptions for 73 yards and 1 score, and Mike Meurer added 3 receptions for 67 yards and a score.

Defensively, sophomore LB Darren Seward led the team with 15 tackles. Senior captain Alex Isaac added 12 tackles and 2 pass breakups. Jack Kenny recorded 1 sack. 

"I was very disappointed in the number of mental mistakes that we made," said Head Coach Brant Hall. "In order for us to become an elite football program around here, we are going to have to cut down on the number of mental errors and focus on every snap."

This Friday, Sept. 6, the Dons take on St. John's College H.S. at 4 p.m. in their second home game of the season.  

Read more about last week's game v. St. Paul's from The Baltimore Sun here.



After a 5-4 regular season, a first-round playoff loss and a closely contested Turkey Bowl against Calvert Hall last year, the varsity football team looks to take the next step in re-establishing its dominance in the MIAA and become one of the area’s premier football programs. The Dons return a number of key players with experience and are preparing for a successful season in the MIAA “A” Conference. Led by captains Matt Gillespie, Alex Isaac, Trevor Janoskie and Ben Evans, the team has made several improvements on both sides of the ball.  

The strength of this year’s unit will definitely be the defensive line. Along with Gillespie, Tyler Covey and Jack Kenny return to make a very stingy defensive front. The linebacking unit should be solid with Ryan Gallagher and Jack Hurley defending the middle of the defense. Seniors Connor Moran and Greyson Boozer both bring size and athleticism, and should be a great tandem as OLBs. The secondary includes senior CB Alex Isaac returning for his third year as a starter and junior captain Ben Evans moves over from Strong Safety to Free Safety. Look for Ben and the rest of the crew to be very competitive all year long against both the running and passing games.

Offensively, the varsity team has some talent, but it remains to be seen how the unit will gel. Ben Evans will take over for two-year starter and recent graduate Jake Clise as QB. Ben will be surrounded by talent at the skill positions. Senior RB Kyle Saunders and Junior RB/WR Damon Hazelton pack a good one-two punch from the backfield. Sophomore RB Biafra Okoronwko should also see significant carries. The WR core will be one of the best had by Loyola in some years. Seniors Mike Meurer, Trevor Janoskie and Tommy Baird bring experience and great route running to the table. Junior WR Will D’Angelo has put in a lot of hard work in the offseason and will be looking to have a breakout season. The offensive line is young but should be capable of holding their own in pressure situations. Look for junior Austin Hurdle to anchor the line at center.

Head Coach Brant Hall believes his team is ready to take on anything, so long as the entire Blakefield community is behind them.

"With more hard work and support from our community, this team has the opportunity to accomplish some great things this season," said Hall. "I hope to see everyone out on Hargaden cheering on our Dons well into November."

The team continues to prepare for its first regular season game against St. Paul's on Friday, August 30th at 4:30 p.m. on Hargaden Field. Be sure to check out the Football page for the entire season schedule, along with scores and highlights.