Loyola 19 Bears 14

Loyola 19 Bears 14


“Shoulda”, “coulda” and” woulda” are not words[i] for football; for they express excuses and avoid learning from those events. The Bears had 484 yards of total offense and racked up 21 first downs compared to the Dons’ 10. A loss is a loss and the review of the game films will be a teachable moment for all.

The Bears took the opening kickoff and drove 68 yards. An offsides call stalled the momentum and a 25 yard field goal attempt missed.

[The sight lines from where the seats made it very difficult to see the details of the game; so some of the numbers recorded may be in error.]

The home team’s offense was totally frustrated by Landon. During the first quarter the Loyola team earned 0 first downs and only three in the first 24 minutes.

On its second possession, Landon moved crisply down the field—12 plays (all but two were runs) and 46 yards (the drive included the end of the first period). Joey Epstein fought for the last 3 yards for the TD at 10:14 of the 2nd Q; the PAT team of Concannon to Brown to Broner made it 7-0.

The Bear D returned the ball by forcing a punt. The visitors’ O attacked (10 runs and 1 pass for a total of 36 yards), but a fumble ended that opportunity. The Dons showed some promise, but after gaining 48 yards gained, they suffered a 12 yard sack by Keith Simms. A punt and Landon taking a knee brought an end to the first half.




Loyola came out with much more energy and a new QB. The kickoff return put them only 48 yards from their goal line, which they crossed in nine plays. A successful PAT evened the score at 7-7.

Landon responded smartly scoring in 17 plays; Josh Hunter punched over the last 3 yards. The #1-#15-#3 PAT made it 14-7 at 1:18 of Q3.

The Bear defense stiffened and forced a punt after 9 Don plays and during that series, the scoreboard indicated that the game had moved to the 4th quarter.

The visitors’ offense was not as effective and the team was forced to punt. Unfortunately, the kick was blocked to set up a short field for the Dons. A burst through the line resulted in the home team scoring a 30 yard TD. The ordinarily automatic PAT ran into the Bears’ eraser, as Keith blocked the kick (his third of the year). Bears 14 Dons 13

Landon received the ball and showed renewed offense getting two quick first downs. That confidence created expectations that a 4th and 4 yards to go was achievable. The Dons disagreed and after an incomplete their star running back gashed the Bears’ D for 41 yard TD. The 2 point run failed to make the score 19-14 with 4:01 remaining.

The visitors’ moved expeditiously from one end of the field to 1st and goal at the five with 1:38 remaining. Landon receivers, on two successive plays, caught the ball in the end zone, but on each a penalty was called. On another pass play, the Dons chased the Landon QB was forced to scramble and his pass was intercepted.

The home team downed the ball to run out the clock.




Lots of lessons, painful as they may be, but moments which should be the basis for learning and building character.

Onto Riverdale Baptist to see the growth in this team.

[i] Yes they are not words found in dictionaries, but are oft used by sportswriters.

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