Moments after his Georgetown Prep team's 45-27 rout at eighth-ranked Loyola, Little Hoyas running back Nick Veith posed for pictures with Ben Rubeor, a Dons lacrosse player.
"We've played lacrosse against each other since sixth grade, and we're pretty good friends, but I probably wouldn't have done that if we had lost," said Veith, a standout lacrosse defenseman who is committed to Johns Hopkins. "Whether it's Gilman, Loyola in lacrosse or football, games against Baltimore are huge and I play my hardest to come out winning."
Veith (72 yards, three touchdowns) was part of a virtually unstoppable offense that included Rice Moss' five receptions, two for touchdowns, and quarterback Nic Aldrich's 170 passing yards.
Eric Bjonerud kicked a 33-yard field goal and converted six extra points for the Little Hoyas (2-1), whose 28-point second period turned an early 7-0 deficit into a 31-14 halftime lead.
Moss, whose touchdown clinched a season-opening, 14-9 win over No. 4 Gilman, said yesterday's win made up for a 22-0 loss to Good Counsel two weeks ago that ended Georgetown Prep's 30-game winning streak.
Moss, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound player, is a distant cousin of the Minnesota Vikings' Randy Moss, according to his father, Thomas. He also made up for his fumbled kickoff return that led to Loyola's first score after being recovered by Amir Karimiaa.
"We put all that stuff behind us and came back huge," Moss said.
Moss, who has scholarship offers from Kent State, Maryland, Duke, West Virginia, Illinois and Syracuse, added: "If we execute, we expect to get as many yards running as we do passing."
Bobby Hetherington (6-4, 235), Kirk Porter (6-2, 260), Pat Doyle (6-2, 235), Andrew Phillips (6-4, 285) and Spencer Henderson (6-2, 270) formed an offensive line that pushed around a Loyola defense that had allowed only 13 points in its previous three games, including routs of Severn (28-0) and Frederick County power Urbana (24-6).
"They overpowered us on the line when we were on defense," said quarterback/linebacker Brady Smith of Loyola (2-2). "Their linemen pushed our D-linemen into our linebackers and our linebackers couldn't get open for tackles."
Smith (8-for-15 for 119 yards) tried to keep Loyola in the game. His 16-yard pass on third-and-six to Emrys Darrell sustained Loyola's initial scoring drive of 40 yards, which ended with a 3-yard run by Rob Utz. And Smith's 59-yard scoring run on fourth-and-inches in the second period brought the Dons within 17-14.
"Offensively," Smith said, "we moved the ball well."
But when the Dons made mistakes, the Little Hoyas capitalized. Veith, Bjonerud and Jerem Hirsch recovered fumbles. A.J. Minite had two sacks. Ryan Orr disrupted a pass.
Smith's scoring passes of 19 and 24 yards to Tim Kaiser and Darrell, respectively, came late in the third and fourth quarters against Georgetown Prep's reserves when the game was out of reach.
"Our kids showed passion that wasn't there against Good Counsel," said Georgetown Prep coach Dan Paro. "We beat a good team in Loyola. They'll be good in Baltimore, no doubt."