Loyola shows promise in Redondo scrimmage
Good things sometimes come in small packages. On a pleasant evening near the sea, 5’ 6”, 160 lb. junior running back JACOB McBRIDE displayed cat-quickness, great cut back ability and rock solid toughness that belies his diminutive stature in averaging more than five yards per carry for Loyola’s offense in the Cubs’ scrimmage against Redondo Union last Friday. Loyola’s first string offense and defense played only one 20-minute half before head coach MARVIN SANDERS cleared the bench. The Cubs outscored the Sea Hawks, 10-7. But for a late first half fumble after a long distance run for a first down inside the Redondo 10-yard line, Loyola likely would have added another seven points to its lead before intermission.
McBride’s debut at tailback was not the only noteworthy performance. Senior offensive right guard ELIAS MANNING and junior center TY MAHAR played with great physicality and executed their blocking assignments in mid-season form. Junior 6’ 1” wide receiver ALEX JOHNSON, a standout on Loyola’s track team, made a spectacular catch for a first down on a third-and-long play from senior quarterback SEAN O’MALLEY, whose decision making was superb. O’Malley threw sparingly as the coaching staff did not want to show much of its passing attack, but when he did pass, the ball was routinely on the money. O’Malley also ran for several key first downs.
Aside from one breakdown, Loyola’s ‘Wolfpack’ defense held the Sea Hawks at bay. The Cubs’ returning tackle leader, senior inside linebacker D. WINSTON ANAWALT, showed why he is an all-star candidate with some bone-jarring stops. Manning was a beast at nose tackle, signaling a real coming out party for the Loyola defensive front. Senior RYAN PARKS took an interception back for a touchdown in his first action as a safety.
Junior defensive end DAKOTA SMITH showed that he will be a valuable performer on defense as he had a pass deflection and a sack and was otherwise wreaking havoc in stymying the Redondo offense. The speedy Johnson also looked good in the secondary, exhibiting solid coverage skills.
All-CIF Pac 5 Division senior kicker DIEGO CACHO-SOUSA boomed one soaring punt over 50 yards. Senior kicker GEORGE CARATAN kicked a field goal for the Cubs.
Loyola will travel to Highland of Palmdale this Friday to kick off the non-league portion of its schedule. Three of Loyola’s ten regular season foes were ranked in the Los Angeles Times’ preseason top 25, Mission League favorite Chaminade (sixth), Gardena Serra (10th) and non-league opponent Cathedral (22nd).
Cub sophomores shine in scrimmage
Newcomer HUNTER BALLARD made a real statement in his debut at tailback for the Cub sophomore team which dominated Redondo’s sophs in a scrimmage against the Sea Hawks on Friday afternoon. Behind a solid performance by the offensive line, Ballard displayed exceptional moves, speed and physicality while running through and around Redondo defenders. Receiver/defensive back ALEX BLAKE, who spent much of the summer with the varsity squad, showed that he will be a playmaker on both sides of the ball for Loyola’s sophomore team.
Loyola freshman dominate
On the first play of Loyola’s freshman scrimmage against Redondo on Friday, quarterback DAVIS WARREN threw a 70-yard bomb to 6’ 1” receiver DOMINICK BELISLE to open the Cubs’ scoring onslaught. Tailback KEVIN PARADA romped for big yardage, including some long distance touchdown runs behind a solid offensive line, and the frosh defense was stalwart in shutting down the Sea Hawks’ offense. This freshman team may prove to be special.
Two former Cubs earn scholarships
Former All-Serra League linebacker REUBEN PETERS ’13, who was a preferred walk-on at USC, was awarded a scholarship by Trojans head coach Clay Helton last week. Meanwhile, former All-Serra League receiver ADAM PILAPIL ‘14, who walked on at Wyoming where he plays with former All-CIF Pac 5 Division running back/Serra League Most Valuable Player and Cowboy scholarship athlete NICO EVANS, was recently awarded a scholarship by head coach Craig Bohl.
Loyola Monday Night Quarterback film reviews begin on August 22
Loyola head coach MARVIN SANDERS and his staff will be hosting a video review of the Redondo scrimmage on Monday night, August 22, at Las 7 Regiones De Oaxaca. A $20.00 fee will be charged at the door, entitling each guest to three tacos and an hour and a half film review. Water, soda and beer will be on sale. The seating capacity is limited to 50. Parking will be available in the Loyola Dewey lot. The restaurant is located on the southwest corner of Dewey and Pico (2648 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006). It would be a good idea to arrive no later than 6:30 p.m.. Film review presented on a 60”screen begins at 7:00 p.m.