Some Loyola football trivia during the ‘Dog Days of Summer’


Question 1: What former Loyola linebacker earned all-conference accolades in each of his four years as a collegiate linebacker?

Question 2: Of Loyola’s ten CIF Players-of-the-Year, which ones were not skill position athletes?

Question 3: What All-CIF player helped the University of Notre Dame defeat Earl Campbell led-Texas in the 1977 Cotton Bowl to capture the National Championship for the Fighting Irish?

Question 4: How many Loyola running backs gained over 2,000 career yards in the 1960s?

Question 5: What is the Loyola record for most consecutive CIF semifinal playoff appearances

Question 6: What Loyola running backs earned All-CIF accolades in their junior campaigns?

Question 7: What Loyola running back started games for a Pac-12 Conference school in 2015?

Question 8: What is the largest recorded crowd to attend a Loyola football game?

Question 9: Who was the longest tenured head coach in Loyola football history?

Question 10: What All-CIF Loyola linebacker was a starting player for an NCAA Div. I National Champion in baseball?


Answer 1: All-Serra league first team linebacker TIM PATRICIA ’12 earned All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) honors in ’12, ’13, ’14 and ’15, and was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2012 at Middlebury College, a highly regarded liberal arts college in Vermont.
Answer 2: 1963 CIF AAA Player-of-the-Year DON SWARTZ was a two-way tackle on Loyola’s second consecutive CIF AAAA championship team. He later played at Stanford. DREW CASANI was the 1990 CIF Div. I Defensive Player-of-the-Year as a linebacker. 1996 CIF Div. I Defensive Player-of-the-Year ANTOINE HARRIS was defensive end on the Cubs ’96 CIF runner-up squad. He started at USC as a tight end for four years.
Answer 3: 1975 All-CIF AAAA quarterback KEVIN MUNO, who helped lead Loyola to the 1975 CIF AAAA championship and National Championship was the starting punter in ND’s Cotton Bowl victory over Texas.
Answer 4: Two. STEVE GRADY (1962); MIKE BERGDAHL (1963-1964)
Answer 5: Five (1988-1992)
Answer 6: AL POLLARD in 1945 (he was the CIF Large Schools Player-of-the-Year in 1946), FRANK LAYANA (1950), MIKE BERGDAHL (1963), DRAKE BEASLEY, JR. (2015)
Answer 7: JARED BAKER ’11, Cub MVP in 2010 and two-time Serra League Most Valuable Offensive Player started several games for the University of Arizona last year. He signed a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL.
Answer 8: 23,632 at the CIF AAAA title game against El Rancho at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Cubs won 21-0 and finished the season ranked second in the nation.
Answer 9: STEVE GRADY ’63 (1976-2004) Overall record 269-77-6, two CIF titles, four CIF runners-up and 12 semifinal playoff appearances). He is the only individual in California prep football history to be named both CIF AAAA/State Player-of-the-Year (1962) and State Coach-of-the-Year (2003).
Answer 10: KEVEN DELL’ AMICO was a rugged All-CIF Div. I inside linebacker in 1988 and 1989 (both CIF Div. I semifinal seasons). He was a starting catcher for the Pepperdine Waves’ 1992 National Championship baseball team.