Nov 6 Loyola writeup
3-yard Loyola wraps up playoff spot By Mike Pizzolato Special to The Times The Loyola Flyers (64, 3-2 3-2 3-2 District 1-2A) 1-2A) 1-2A) are headed to the playoffs again this year after Friday night's 27-0 27-0 27-0 win against the North Desoto Griffins (0-10, (0-10, (0-10, 0-5), 0-5), 0-5), who finished the season winless but unbowed. "I thought the last five weeks we were very competitive," North Desoto Desoto head coach Gary Smith said of his team, with plans to get quickly back to work despite the season's end. "They got better each week, and they started playing physical football. I definitely have a positive feeling going into the offseason, and the season starts on Monday." Loyola's Joel Hall kicked two first half field goals of 38 and 24 yards to get the Flyers on the board early, while Luc Zeller added a touchdown on a quarterback draw to put the Myers Myers ahead 13-0 13-0 13-0 before the half and the Flyers were never threatened after that. Zeller was 5-of-ll 5-of-ll 5-of-ll 5-of-ll 5-of-ll on the night for 119 yards for Loyola, and Morgan Johnston rushed for 57 yards on 19 carries. Johnston scored two third-quarter third-quarter third-quarter touchdowns that wrapped up the scoring for Loyola. "Luc stepped in and did a great job," Loyola head coach John Le-Blanc Le-Blanc Le-Blanc said. "Also our offensive line and the defense stepied up and did what they had to do to give us a chance." North Desoto's rushing game collapsed after key injuries to the Griffins backlield, forcing the the running team onto a passing game. Jeremy Thomas left the game with injured ribs in the first half, after rolling up 76 yards on 14 carries. carries. Workhorse fullback David King injured his ankle in last week's game and did not play. Demarcus Atkins came on in a relief role and managed 28 yards on nine carries. Griffins quarterback Ryan Bur-ford Bur-ford Bur-ford was 1-for 1-for 1-for 12 with his first completion, an 18-yarder 18-yarder 18-yarder to Jarvis Hutcherson, coming with just over five minutes left in the game. Johna-thon Johna-thon Johna-thon Cacallo intercepted one of his passes late in the game and returned it 40 yards.