Cub Football - Loyola opens at Fairfax on Friday, Cub Freshmen and Sophomores play Thursday

Loyola opens at Fairfax Friday
A Look at the Lions
Loyola kicks off the 2018 football season at Fairfax on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in a non-league game against the defending CIF Los Angeles City Section Western League champion Lions.

CalPreps.com ranks Fairfax as the fifth best team in Division I of the Los Angeles City Section entering the 2018 campaign, and for good reason. The Lions return eight starters from their 2017 squad that finished with an impressive 9-3 record. Fairfax downed league rivals University 41-0 and Hamilton 54-7, and routed non-league foe West Adams 45-0, in offensive explosions which are expected to carry over this fall.

Two team captains lead Fairfax's pass-heavy offense. Senior quarterback Scott Harris is accurate in getting the ball to a corps of very good wide receivers, led by senior captain Andrew Cox (6-1, 190). The offensive line is massive with players weighing in at an average of 280 pounds.

The Lions' defense returns just three starters, and depth is a concern with a 40-man squad. The big play-maker on the stop unit is senior team captain Kendrell Ross (6-1, 190), who is reported to have clocked a 4.5 forty yard dash.

The Cubs' young secondary will be tested early and often by a Fairfax offense that throws the ball about 70 per cent of the time. 

Loyola's new offense under the coordination of head coach Dr. Ricardo Pedroarias '84 has a chance to get out of the blocks fast. the Cubs should have a decided advantage on special teams. Loyola trounced the Lions 52-7 in last season's opener at Smith Field.

Cub freshman team debuts on Thursday at 4:00 p.m., sophs follow at 7:00 p.m.
Loyola's freshman team opens the season on Smith Field on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. in a non-league game against Crespi Carmelite (the Celts are no longer members of the Mission League; they are now members of the Angelus League). There has been quite a bit of buzz about the talent on this year's Cub freshman squad. Crespi will be playing some sophomores due to purported low numbers on its freshman squad, so Loyola's frosh should be well tested in game one tomorrow afternoon.

Fairfax informed Loyola last week that it did not have sufficient numbers to field a JV team, so the Cub sophomore team had to scramble to find an opponent for its first contest. Lo and behold, longtime arch-rival Bishop Amat's JV team had an opening and the Cub sophomores will play the Lancers under the lights on Smith Field following the conclusion of the freshman game. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.