Loyola Freshmen continue to roll - Cub Sophs tie undefeated Notre Dame

The Cub freshman football team routed Notre Dame’s frosh squad, 49-6, on Thursday at Smith Field to improve its record to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in the Mission League. Loyola rolled to a 35-0 halftime lead. After its first offensive series of the third quarter, which culminated in a TD, the Cub first string gave way to the reserves. As been the case in multiple contests thus far, the fourth quarter was played with a running clock.

The Knights went three-and-out on their first possession of the game. PETE VANIS returned Notre Dame’s punt to the visitors’ 28-yard line. HARRISON ALLEN’s four-yard run for a score at the 7:23 mark of the first quarter, followed by JACKSON SHEA’s extra point kick, put Loyola up 7-0, and the rout was on.

Vanis, who had a monster outing on offense, defense and special teams, returned the Knights’ second punt of the afternoon for six points. Shea’s PAT kick put the Cubs up 14-0. An unbelievable 50-yard broken tackle run by running back TAHJ OWENS with 8:10 left in the second quarter extended Loyola’s lead to 21-0. 

Nose guard HENRY KUPIEC’s fourth down sack of Notre Dame’s quarterback at the Knights’ 31 yard line put the Cubs on a short field. Allen powered into the end zone from the one yard line at the 3:50 mark of the second stanza. Shea’s PAT boot made the score 28-0.

JACOBY KELLY made an incredible long distance circus catch of a JOE TATUM pass to set up a 17-yard touchdown run by Tatum, which put the Cubs up 35-0 at the break.

Loyola’s first possession of the second half covered 60 yards. It was culminated by an Allen 12-yard TD sprint, which extended Loyola’s lead to 42-0 with 8:42 left in the third quarter.  The Cub reserves took over for the remainder of the game. Quarterback JACK WYNPERLE’s two-yard TD run made the score 49-0 at the 7:16 mark of the final quarter. The Knights’ finally scored with 2:26 left in the contest.

it was another dominant performance by the Cubs, whose next Mission League battle will be against Chaminade in West Hills next Friday at 3:30 p.m. Loyola averages 45 points per outing to its opponents’ 14 points.

Loyola’s sophomore squad traveled to Sherman Oaks on Thursday to take on Notre Dame’s undefeated JVs. The Knights came into the game with a 6-0 record, averaging a 45-6 winning score per contest, with their offense scoring 60 or more points in two games (61-0 versus Moorpark and 60-0 against Birmingham).

A tie is never as good as a win, but in this case it almost was, given the talent of the opponent and playing on the road. 

Down 27-14 at halftime the Cubs outscored Notre Dame after intermission, 20-7, showing great grit and resolve. The squad is definitely improving week to week, which is a testament to the great job the all-alumni staff is doing.