Nov 8 Loyola writeup

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Nov 8 Loyola writeup - Flyers finish regular season with nine wins...
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.

Clipped from The Times08 Nov 2003, SatOther EditionsPage 24

The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana)08 Nov 2003, SatOther EditionsPage 24
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