DeMatha's Smith runs wild, leaves Loyola behind, 29-16 Football

The numbers 190 and four tell the story of the DeMatha-Loyola football game. The first number is how many yards DeMatha running back Cordell Smith gained.

The second is how many touchdowns he scored.


Smith accounted for all of the DeMatha touchdowns on runs of 52, 69, 7 and 1 yard as the Stags, ranked second in the Washington area, rallied from a slow start to defeat host Loyola, 29-16, yesterday.

DeMatha (3-1), the third Washington-area team to beat Loyola (1-3) this season, finished with 267 yards rushing and 376 yards of total offense. The Stags, after falling behind, 8-0, scored the next 29 points.


Smith, who gained his 190 yards on just 14 carries, was the reason for the turnaround. Scott Brown's 1-yard touchdown and Keith Euker's conversion run had given Loyola an 8-0 lead with 9:06 left in the first half before the 6-foot-1, 200-pound speedster went to work.

Smith broke free on the left side for a 52-yard touchdown run four plays after the Loyola score. Quarterback John Thomas then passed to Brian McCarthy (three catches, 67 yards) in the left corner to tie the game at 8 with 7:22 left.

"The touchdown put a little [spark] back in DeMatha," said Smith.

After DeMatha stopped Loyola at the Stags' 31, Smith gave the visitors the lead on the next play. He started right, bounced outside and ran 69 yards for the score. Thomas kicked the extra point for a 15-8 lead with just 1:03 left in the half.

"That was a big play," said Loyola coach Joe Brune. "When you get behind, now they're going to come recklessly and take their chances."

Smith capped a five-play, 64-yard drive with a 7-yard touchdown run on DeMatha's first possession of the second half.

DeMatha then ate up 6:59 on its next possession, a 13-play, 61-yard drive that Smith ended with a 1-yard run. The Thomas kick made it 29-8.

The Stags controlled play throughout the second half. After the Dons gained 153 yards in the first half, the Stags limited them to just two first downs and 72 yards in the second half -- 31 on one play.


Loyola ran the ball well in the first half. Reggie Boyce led the Dons with 90 yards. Fullback Brian Oates pitched in with 56 yards and the other touchdown, a 9-yard run in the final minute.

Brune said that early missed chances hurt the Dons. He said that he was still hopeful, even after Loyola was stopped at the 31. The score was tied at 8, with just over a minute to go in the half and the Dons were to receive the second-half kickoff.

Enter Smith.

"That [69-yard run] really took a lot out of us," said Brune.