Loyola plays physically in first game
Two things were readily apparent in Loyola's first game of the 2016 season. In building a 24-0 first half lead on a very windy night against Highland in Palmdale, the Cub defensive front seven showed that it is a very physical crew, while the offensive line demonstrated uncommon toughness as well.
Inside linebacker WINSTON ANAWALT (12 tackles, 1 caused fumble) and defensive end CONNOR BEADLES (fumble recovery and sack) made some big plays while the entire front seven completely shut down Highland's power run game. Senior DE SINJUN ASTANI also showed tremendous power and effort.
Junior center TY MAHAR led a dominant performance by the offensive line. On one play he dropped a Bulldog defender twice on the same play. Senior guard Austin Chandler and senior left tackle CAMERON HANSON also imposed their will, helping to pave the way for a big night for the Cub running game. Junior tailback JACOB McBRIDE scored on a 25-yard run. Senior PATRICK O'REILLY bulled into the end zone from two yards out.
Senior QB SEAN O'MALLEY threw a beautiful 31-yard TD pass to junior wideout ALEX JOHNSON, and All-CIF kicker DIEGO CACHO-SOUSA nailed a 28-yard field goal as time expired before halftime.
Loyola's reserves played nearly all of the second half. The final score was 24-15.
The level of competition ratchets up exponentially this Friday as the Cubs will travel to south Orange County to take on Santa Margarita Catholic of the Trinity League.
Three Loyola grads at Washington
The attachment above is a photo of three former Loyola football players who play for the University of Washington. From left, JOHN TURNER '14, an All-Serra League lineman; MYLES BRYANT '16, the Cubs' 2015 MVP as a DB, WR, KR/PR, All-Mission League/ All State Special Mention; All -Serra League OL COLEMAN SHELTON '13, the Huskies' Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in 2015 and a Rimington List finalist.
Cub sophs shut out Highland in season opener on road
Loyola’s sophomore football squad made the long drive to Highland of Palmdale on Thursday to kick off the 2016 season. The drive back to 1901 Venice was a breeze following a defensive tour de force in which the first string stop unit did not relinquish a single first down, holding the Bulldogs to negative yardage. The Cub defense scored the team’s first points on a safety, with COLE MILLER’s tackle in Highland’s end zone. Running back HUNTER BALLARD was Loyola’s offensive catalyst, scoring two touchdowns, as the Cubs cruised to a 24-0 victory. Quarterback DANIEL HAYES completed a TD pass to ALEX BLAKE.
Loyola freshmen drub Highland
The Cub freshman team - 97 players strong - played a physical brand of football en route to a season-opening, 34-0, whitewash of Highland of Palmdale, with all the points being scored before intermission. Hard-nosed, strong and fast, tailback KEVIN PARADA put on a rushing clinic as he ran roughshod over the Bulldogs. He scored touchdowns on runs of 50, 15, 37 and 27 yards, as well as a short three-yard jaunt, capping Loyola’s first 70-yard scoring drive.
Parada’s exploits were aided by solid offensive line execution. The Cubs’ offense outgained Highland 290 yards to 29 in the first half.
The Cub ‘Wolfpack’ swarmed in a manner befitting its moniker, demonstrating that defense will likely be a team strength this season.