Loyola Grinds Out The Victory

Diamond Harrell on the tackle of Drake Beasley. Photo by Jevone Moore
Diamond Harrell on the tackle of Drake Beasley. Photo by Jevone Moore
Loyola Center Tim Rogus looking over defense. Photo by Jevone Moore
Loyola Center Tim Rogus looking over defense. Photo by Jevone Moore

Los Angeles, Ca – With the back skyline of Downtown Los Angeles in the East end zone. The Loyola Cubs have figured out the logistics to having the football team play on campus verse renting other fields for home games. Tonight the Cubs let the home crowd and energy bring them home a win.

  Drake Beasley Showing off Breast Care Awareness Gloves. Photo by Jevone Moore
Drake Beasley Showing off Breast Care Awareness Gloves. Photo by Jevone Moore

The Loyola Cubs broke their 10 game Mission League losing streak with an impressive victory visiting Chaminade Eagles 31-13. Both teams had great running backs at their disposal to gain an advantage. Junior Drake Beasley gained 123 yards for the Cubs picking up some key first downs. Their offense was complemented by receiver Myles Bryant who caught eight passes for 137 yards and a touchdown.

Junior quarterback Sean O’Malley completed 14 of 19 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. O’Malley did a fine job not letting the moment be too big for him, just playing smart and for all four quarters.

 Tj Pledger hurdling Cubs to set up 1Q Touchdown. Photo by Jevone Moore
Tj Pledger hurdling Cubs to set up 1Q Touchdown. Photo by Jevone Moore

Chaminade had some success running the ball with TJ Pledger who rushed 15 times for 162 yards. Too much of the fans surprise Coach Ed Croson didn’t feed Pledger the ball more. On few of drives during the game he asked the sideline for more carries.

The dual quarterback role didn’t bring much scoring power for the Eagles. Ucla commit Diamond Lee was not a favorite target by starter  Tommy Costello. It just was a good throwing night for Costello, his receiver just didn’t get much separation and his ball placement didn’t help matters. Lee came in under center for few series and you could see why he is D1 Bound player going to Westwood. He was more successful with his legs but penalties kept stall the drives with a very opportunistic Cubs defense.

Diamond Harrell with legal Hard Hit that was called Personal Foul. Photo by Jevone Moore
Diamond Harrell with legal Hard Hit that was called Personal Foul. Photo by Jevone Moore

In the first quarter Loyola’s Jack Hock returned a punt 44 yards for a touchdown after Chaminade’s punter kicked the ball off one of his personal protectors. It happen so fast some thought it was a punt block, but instead it was just how the ball was bouncing for them. This touchdown made the game 14-0 and  still 9:09 left in opening quarter.

Now Loyola (5-1, 1-1) will travel to face Crespi (1-5, 0-2) next Friday October 9th at 7pm. Chaminade (3-2, 0-1) will host Mission League foe Alemany (5-0, 1-0) on October 9th at 7pm.

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