The Loyola Flyers (7-0) continued their undefeated season with the a 40-34 victory over the North Webster Knights (3-4) at Messmer Stadium on Friday night.
The Flyers sustained a scoring onslaught from North Webster’s TJ Hawthorne who compiled 146 yards rushing, 84 yards receiving, and five touchdowns including a 96-yard kick off return touchdown.
“Our guys they don’t quit,” North Webster coach John Ware said. “We didn’t at the end of this. Hopefully that will be a little bit of momentum going into next week and go back and look at three or four plays and it could have changed the outcome of it. We just have to get a little better at it.”
The Flyers were led by the offensive trio of Jacob Allen,Tony Dorsey, and Ethan Stansell. Dorsey contributed three touchdowns to the victory. Stansell compiled 198 yards and a touchdown.
“We knew this was going to be our hardest game in the district and we prepared well all week,” Stansell said. “We came out prepared and came out and started a little slow. Offensive line opened up some holes and started turning it around for us.”
The Flyers scrapped all the way to the last play to pull out the victory.
“I wish we would have finished off a little stronger offensively and defensively in the second half,” Loyola coach Steven Geter said. “We made a few mistakes in the first half. Special teams, defensively, offensively we continue to play well.”
The Flyers used an explosive second quarter in order to take a commanding 19-6 lead into halftime.
Loyola drove down to the red zone and put the first points on the board with a 32-yard field goal from Josh Hawbolt. The Knights broke loose with a 77-yard run by Hawthorne to give North Webster the 6-3 lead going into the second quarter.
Stansell finished up a powerful drive with a 14-yard TD run. This drive gave the Flyers the momentum which rolled over to the defense as they blocked a kick from the 13-yard line which bounced in the end zone and eventually out of bounds to give the Flyers a safety.
Loyola made one last drive in the half as Allen fired a touchdown pass to Dorsey for a 9-yard pass to end the half up 19-6. The Flyers piled on 205 yards offense in the first half.
The Flyers looked to continue their domination of the game in the second half as Allen connected with Dorsey on a 59-yard touchdown pass.
The scrappy Knights did not give up as Hawthorne returned the kickoff for 96 yards for a touchdown. Loyola turned around on its kick off with an 86-yard kick off return from Dorsey to keep a commanding 33-12 lead.
Hawthorne continued to battle as he burst through the line for a 33-yard run to keep the game in reach at 33-20 going into the fourth quarter.
The Flyers continued to score as Allen marched in from 1 yard to widen the lead back to 20. A Flyers interception by Will Barlow would have seemed to end the drive of the Knights, but Hawhtorne answered with a 58-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Huff with 4 seconds left. It was not enough time for the Knights to come back as they fell 40-34.