Urbana has won four state football titles in the past six years, a fact that's not lost on Loyola's Brady Smith, a Carroll County resident.
"Urbana plays in the same conference as the Westminster and South Carroll kids Brady played with in recreation leagues," Jim Smith said of his son, who lives in Finksburg. "Brady's always hearing how great Urbana is. It's a motivator for him."
And that made yesterday's 24-6 win all the more sweet for Smith, a junior who hurt Urbana (2-1) -- ranked 13th in the state by the Associated Press -- for the second straight year.
Smith threw a 21-yard scoring pass to Van Brooks, set up Chris Gilyard's 7-yard scoring run with a nifty option pitch, had two of his eight tackles count for lost yardage, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble as part of a defense that held visiting Urbana to 148 total yards of offense.
In last fall's 21-12 win at Urbana, Smith ran for one score and intercepted a pass for another. Yesterday's win for Loyola (2-1), ranked No. 9 by The Sun, was its second straight.
"I played against some of their guys growing up," said Smith, who was 7-for-11 passing for 112 yards in the first half (8-for-18, 123 for the game). "They're one of the best public school teams around, so it's always nice to beat them."
Up 14-0 at halftime, Loyola had just 176 offensive yards, but its defense set up the offense.
Brooks, Emrys Darrell and Tim Kaiser had interceptions; Kaiser returned his for 45 yards for the game's last touchdown.
Brooks returned his interception 25 yards to the Urbana 5 to set up Amir Karimiaa's 32-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead in the third quarter.
Urbana's Donny Deibler returned a punt 53 yards to make it 17-6 with 5:21 to play before Kaiser made his interception to end the scoring.