With his No. 2 Loyola football team holding a shaky 7-0 lead over Mount St. Joseph early in the fourth quarter, Bill Evans knew it was time to improvise.
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound quarterback led an eight-play, 74-yard drive that ended with his 11-yard touchdown run around the right side. After Kevin Kaiser's second extra-point kick, the Dons (5-0, 3-0) had a 14-0 lead that held for another Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference victory.
"Their ends were crashing and shutting down our sweeps. They had a lot of success closing the holes off tackle," said Evans, who scored his team-leading seventh touchdown. "I saw that I was able to get outside on that one long run, so I decided to keep going for it." Evans rushed four times for 59 yards in the drive, including a 39-yard run in which he broke two tackles before being brought down at the Gaels' 23.
But the Dons, coming off of last week's 22-15 victory over No. 4 Poly, struggled against a Gaels squad that was coming off of two straight victories since losing, 15-14, to top-ranked City.
Loyola had 1,285 yards of total offense entering the game, but was held to 232.
"I think a lot of people thought we were going to come in here and get blown out," said coach Tim Perry, whose Gaels had outscored their last two opponents by a combined 47-6, including last week's 35-0 shutout of Cardinal Gibbons. "But our linebackers played well, and I thought our offensive line gave [quarterback Buddy Edmond] a lot of time. We just dropped quite a few passes, and you can't win doing that."
In the first quarter, Loyola The Dons scored on Evans' 6-yard throw -- his third touchdown pass of the year -- to Jim Silvestri on fourth down with 36 seconds remaining in the period.
Mount St. Joseph 0 0 0 0 -- 0
Loyola 7 0 0 7 -- 14