SP-Rawlings 1 run (Kick failed)

SP-Rawlings 18 pass from Pino (pass failed)

Loy-Janoskie 35 pass from Evans (Rowley kick)

SP-Rawlings 1 run (Welsh kick)

Loy-Meurer 60 pass from Evans (Rowley kick)

 

No.14 St. Paul's picked up where it left last season by beating Loyola, 26-21, in Towson on Friday afternoon in the opener for both schools.

Kaylon Johnson proved he was ready to be the Crusaders' feature back after embracing more of a complementary role last year for the undefeated Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champs. 

The senior racked up 126 yards rushing on 19 carries while junior quarterback Anthony Pino completed 16 of 22 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown in St.Paul's 12th straight victory.

Senior fullback Keifer Rawlings scored three times for the Crusaders, who never trailed against their MIAA A Conference opponent.

"It was just a great win for our kids," St. Paul's coach Paul Bernstorf said. "Our coaches were really nervous coming in because we didn't get to scrimmage last week."

 

Pino shrugged off the notion that his team was apprehensive before the inter-conference battle.

 

"We know that we're a very good football team and so are they," he said. "We worked hard and were very well prepared."

 

Although Loyola senior defensive back Alex Issac knocked down Pino's pass in the end zone to thwart the first St. Paul's drive, the Crusaders scored on their next series on a 3-yard run by Pino to take an early lead.

 

The Dons came right back when junior quarterback Ben Evans' 8-yard sweep produced the tying touchdown early in the second quarter.