Cub Football - Loyola has a long way to go after disheartening beat down - Cub freshmen defeat Santa Margarita

Loyola taken to the woodshed by Santa Margarita in 35-0 loss, but shows grit after halftime
airfax was not exactly an opponent who prepared the Cubs for their second contest of the 2017 campaign.  Giddy with the zero week, 52-7, blowout victory over a second tier L.A. City Section team, many insiders expected Loyola to be competitive in their week one home game against Santa Margarita Catholic, a team ranked third in Orange County by the Orange County Register.

Competitive . . . the Cubs were not - at least in the first two quarters. In a first half avalanche, Loyola was buried by a high flying Eagles squad in every phase of the game. A Santa Margarita pick six and a Cub fumble deep in its own territory contributed to an embarrassing first half that saw the Cubs reeling against the ropes, down 35-0, which would prove to be the final score.

ne former Loyola alumnus wrote by email, "There is little that is positive [to be gleaned from the loss]. Loyolawas manhandled by a more experienced, more talented team. The road back from where we have been in the last decade and a half will not be an easy one. Toughness can be natural, but sometimes it has to be learned.  Loyola might have to learn to be tough again. There is no reason to think that the program won't learn to be tough again under [head coach] Rick [Pedroarias] and the current staff, but it will not happen over night. The lesson continues this week."

When askedif there was a silver lining in the Cubs' second half shut out of the Eagles, whose first units on both sides of the ball stayed in the contest until late in the fourth quarter, head coach RICK PEDROARIAS stated unequivocally, "There are no moral victories." Loyola's new head mentor was not happy with the effort of his squad, and was not about to dole out platitudes after the defeat. Regarding the passion exhibited by his team in the second half, Pedroarias simply said, "That is fine, BUT that needs to happen from the beginning." The head coach continued, ". . .we are not remotely satisfied with a 0-0 second half."

he Eagles are for real. They beat a solid Downey squad 56-0 in their first outing of the season, and Downey defeated a good Newhall Hart team, 42-35, last Friday.  Fairfax, whom the Cubs defeated, 52-7, a week ago, beat West Adams 45-0 on Friday.

he journey back to Cub Football. as it was in the past, will be arduous, but having a coach and staff who refuse to make excuses is part of the foundation.

ext up: a trip to San Diego on Friday to play St Augustine, another powerhouse program who will test the Cubs' toughness and resolve.

ub sophomore team loses to Santa Margarita JV squad on the road
oyola's sophomore team is manned solely by tenth graders - and always has been. Many of the Cub sophomore opponents field JV teams, which include juniors who play back up roles in varsity games on Friday nights. At halftime in Rancho Santa Margarita last Thursday, Loyola led 14-13.  After intermission the Eagles JVs inserted - shall we say - more mature players into the lineup.  The Cubs ultimately fell 33-14.  They are 1-1 on the season.

pportunistic Loyola freshmen defeat Santa Margarita, 27-21
n Bob Smith Field last Thursday, the Loyola freshmen squad took care of business and seized upon opportunities provided by Eagles' miscues to record an impressive, 27-20, victory over a stout, talented Santa Margarita Catholic freshman team.

mong the highlights were quarterback FINN COLLINS' TD pass to DREW ROZELLE which staked the Cubs to an early 7-0 lead, a 24-yard sprint to pay dirt by tailback NOAH BUSTOS, a 55-yard touchdown jaunt by Bustos, a 55-yard Finn to ZAKHARI SPEARS touchdown strike, and Spears' score-saving pick in the end zone. Spears finished with three receptions for 90 yards, recorded seven tackles at his free safety position, defended two passes and had a critical interception.  One again, corner CEYAIR WRIGHT had a pick for Loyola.

Loyola grad plays big role in the University of Washington's opening game victory over Rutgers
YLES BRYANT '16, Loyola's MVP on the 2016 team which finished ranked 17th in the state, is a true sophomore at the University of Washington, where in his debut as the Huskies' scholarship nickel back he recorded seven tackles, one tackle-for-loss and two tackles for loss in Washington's 30-14 season-opening victory over Rutgers in New Jersey on Saturday.

The Huskies' center, former Loyola All-Serra League lineman COLEMAN SHELTON '13, is a Rimington Award Finalist and was recently selected as a team captain.

Loyola San Diego alumni tailgate invitation to Lot # 2 at San Diego Mesa College on Friday at 5:00 p.m.
The San Diego Chapter of the Loyola Alumni Association invites all Loyola families, alumni and supporters who are traveling to San Diego Friday for the game against St. Augustine on Friday to participate in pregame tailgate festivities in Lot # 2 of San Diego Mesa College, adjacent to the football stadium at 5:00 p.m.