Loyola plays final game of season tonight at Garden Serra - Will it be redemption or swan song for Cubs?

Loyola's varsity football team will travel to Gardena Serra (4-5, 1-3) tonight to take on a frustrated Serra squad in a game that has desperation written all over it for both schools. For the Cavaliers, a win would keep them alive for possible inclusion in the CIF Division 1 playoff field which will be announced by the Southern Section on Sunday. For the Cubs, a victory would provide a modicum of redemption for a squad that has struggled since its season opening win over Fairfax. A win also would keep Loyola out of the Mission League cellar and end what has been a grim campaign for the Big Blue on a high note. 

Both squads need a triumph in the worst way. The Cavaliers are their usual athletically gifted selves, but bad circumstances, including injuries, have conspired to force Serra, considered a conference title contender before the season, to veer off course. In league, the Cavaliers were shut down by Notre Dame (28-7), Bishop Amat (35-14) and Chaminade (45-28). In non-conference play Serra fell by a point (27-26) to L. A. City Section champion favorite Narbonne and lost to San Diego Section contender Cathedral Catholic (43-21). The Cavaliers notched wins over San Mateo Serra (41-22) of the CIF Central Coast Section, L.B. Poly (29-25), and Cathedral of Los Angeles (21-19) in their other non-league battles and defeated Alemany (26-15) in their lone conference victory.

The Cubs are in a word, reeling, after suffering a 41-7 blowout loss to rival Bishop Amat at home last Friday. Loyola (1-8, 0-4) has been beaten in its four conference defeats by an average score of 33-8. The biggest shortcoming afflicting the Cubs this year has been their inability to generate offense. Serra has a porous defense. The Cavs have relinquished an average of 35 points in four conference contests. On the offensive side, Serra has only scored an average of 19 points per outing in the Mission League.

The key to defeating the Cavaliers is slowing down 6' 5", 200 lb. junior quarterback Doug Brumfield, who has thrown for 2,714 yards and 20 TDs at a 61% completion clip on the season to date.

No doubt, Loyola will hold nothing back in its final contest of 2018 tonight. An upset of Serra is possible, and while it wouldn't make the season a success, it certainly would conclude it on a redemptive note.

Cubs in college update, Loyola grads to watch on TV tonight and tomorrow
Former Loyola linebacker, TEDDY GALLAGHER '16, who played on the 2015 Cubs' squad that finished the season with a 9-3 record and ranked 17th in the state, is playing linebacker for Coastal Carolina of the Sun Belt Conference. Gallagher had a breakout game against UMass last week with a forced fumble, a sack, and a game-saving tackle, earning him a captaincy for the Chanticleers' game against Georgia State on Saturday (11:00 a.m. PDT an ESPN 3). Gallagher is the first Loyola graduate to play for Coastal Carolina.

NICO EVANS '14, an All-CIF tailback for the Cubs in 2013, leads the University of Wyoming with 803 yards (6.6 yards per carry) on the season to date. The Cowboys' game tonight against Colorado State will be televised on CBSSN.

You can watch a number of former Loyola stars tomorrow. UCLA (starting punter STEFAN FLINTOFT '14) plays Utah tonight at 7:30. TV: ESPN.

Washington (starting nickel MYLES BRYANT '16) plays Cal tomorrow at 3:30. TV: FS1.

USC (starting DE CHRISTIAN RECTOR '15 (Defensive MVP), starting offensive guard CHRIS BROWN '14 (All-CIF/All-State) hosts Arizona State tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. TV: ESPN2.

Please encourage all prospective students and their families that you know to attend Loyola's annual Open House this Sunday, October 28. The Open House is from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.