Nov 8 Loyola writeup
Flyers finish regular season with nine wins Loyola earns share of District 1-2A 1-2A 1-2A championship. By Pesky Hill Special to The Times On a cold, wet evening at Messm-er Messm-er Messm-er Field, all the Loyola Flyers had something to celebrate when it was all over. Not only did Loyola cruise to a 40-7 40-7 40-7 victory over North DeSoto Friday night, but the Flyers also claimed a share of the District 1-2A 1-2A 1-2A championship. The co-championship co-championship co-championship came courtesy of a Homer upset of Springhill. Loyola moves into the playoffs with a 9-1 9-1 9-1 record the Flyers' best regular season mark since 1976 when they rolled all the way to the state title. The loss dropped the Griffins to 1-9. 1-9. 1-9. "We challenged them this week to come out more focused and they responded," Loyola Coach John LeBlanc said referring to a lackluster 3-0 3-0 3-0 win over Lakeside last week. "We had a good week of preparation." LeBlanc is back at Loyola after a three-year three-year three-year absence. He guided the Flyers to a 20-6 20-6 20-6 record during the 1998 and 1999 seasons along with back-to-back back-to-back back-to-back back-to-back back-to-back playoff appearances. Casey Cockerell was the big man for the Flyers in the first half. Cockerell, a senior who was making his first start at tailback, responded with 127 yards rushing on 12 carries and a touchdown. "Casey's a good athlete," LeBlanc added. "We had to put him back there because of injuries." Cockerell's 1-yard 1-yard 1-yard TD plunge capped an 80-yard 80-yard 80-yard drive on 12 plays that consumed much of the second quarter. That gave Loyola a 14-0 14-0 14-0 lead with 3:56 left before intermission. Sophomore fullback Jonathan Wiggins provided plenty of running running support for Cockerell with 110 yards on 15 attempts. Wiggins also had a six-yard six-yard six-yard TD run in the third quarter. Taylor McGimsey didn't touch the ball much, but he was productive. The 165-pound 165-pound 165-pound senior carried the ball three times for 43 yards and the game's opening touchdown. He also caught a 12-yard 12-yard 12-yard TD toss from quarterback Harry Johnson. Cockerell most outstanding play didn't even count when he returned a punt 72 yards for an apparent TD. However, Loyola was called for assisting the runner at the North DeSoto 27. On the last play of the half, John- John- LeBlanc Cockerell son scrambled and found a wide open Johathon Davallo alone on the right side of the end zone for a 27-0 27-0 27-0 Loyola half-time half-time half-time lead. Jarrad Walker provided the offensive highlight for the Griffins Griffins with 77 yards rushing on 19 carries.