Loyola ends fears of slow start, routs C.M. Wright Dons even record at 1-1 with impressive 36-7 win


There was some reason for Loyola to worry after losing its season-opener to Gonzaga of D.C. last weekend.

The Dons started last season with four straight losses, but finished with six consecutive victories to claim a share of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title. Nonetheless, Loyola still had some doubts entering last night's non-conference game at C. Milton Wright.

Not anymore.

The No. 7 Dons put together an impressive performance, routing the No. 10 Mustangs, 36-7.

Senior running back Eddie Holman rushed for 137 yards and quarterback Brant Hall added 101 yards with two touchdowns and threw for another as the Dons (1-1) built a 36-0 third-quarter lead before the remainder of the game was played with a running clock.

The Dons, who were shut out by Gonzaga, 15-0, out-gained C.M. Wright, 449-72, with 370 yards coming on the running of Hall, Holman and Tim Nicholas (89 yards).

"One of our main goals this season was not to get off to a slow start," said Hall, a 5-foot-11 junior. "We made a lot of mistakes last week, and we knew we didn't play as well as we could. We came out here today and busted our butts."

Hall, who threw for 78 yards, hit Jason Boyd in stride down the right sideline for a 57-yard scoring play and a 29-0 lead. On the Dons' next possession, Hall rolled right and took off for a 62-yard scoring run for his team's final score with 3: 56 left in the third quarter.

The Mustangs got on the board with 10: 15 left in the game when Ryan Shek found Matt Watson for a 10-yard touchdown.

After beating North Harford last week, it was Week 1 revisited for C.M. Wright, which was drubbed by City, 44-7, in its season-opener. Last season, C.M. Wright edged the Dons, 7-6.

By halftime last night, the Mustangs had only 23 yards to Loyola's 261 and a 22-0 deficit.

"It comes to a point that the kids have to block and tackle," said C.M. Wright coach Steve Harward. "Our program has been based on those things, and I've been here 11 years and now we're not blocking or tackling. It's basic fundamentals and we're not playing basic football."

A bad punt started the downward spiral for the Mustangs. Loyola went 25 yards in two plays with Holman going up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown.

Loyola's offensive line continued to dominate, leading the way on a 14-play, 72-yard drive that was capped by Hall's 1-yard option run, extending the lead to 14-0 with 7: 04 left in the second quarter.

"Until you win one, you're not sure if you're going to do it," said Loyola coach Joe Brune. "We made a lot of mistakes last week, so we started doubting ourselves a little bit. We were able to do the right things."

Pub Date: 9/21/96

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