Landon 20 Loyola Blakefield 45

The Dons play in one of the nation’s elite PREP SCHOOL football league. They have 16 coaches and eight players who weigh 240# +. In contrast Landon has two players over 240# and 9 very good coaches. The Bears emphasize intricate, precisely timed locking and deception on O; when the ball is in the clutches, the Brown D depends on playing well-designed defensive schemes.

The home team efforts were the basis for a 20-7 lead with 7 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter. More than a few penalties, a couple of untimely turnovers and breakdowns in defensive responsibilities resulted in the Dons’ win. These noted problems were actually symptoms; the underlying cause was the visitors’ superior size.

One member of the L Class of 2017 is a lineman and the other Bears who put their hands on the ground are younger. They all fought hard for the first 24 minutes, opened holes for the RBs and stopped the opponents’ O effectively. After the 2nd half kick-off, size showed its impact with less speed to the ball, less force on the blocks and mental errors.

The first quarter saw the home team put together three long drives; the first moved the ball 39 yards in 10 plays. A good Aaron Broner punt pinned the visitors deep in their own territory. The Landon D forced the Dons to kick after three plays. The second possession started with good field position and resulted in a spectacular 40 yard TD run by ’20 Zayd Delane @ 5:04. The PAT attempt was unsuccessful. Bears 6 Dons 0

The Loyola Blakefield O moved the ball to their Red Zone, and the Brown clad Defense had two impressive TFLs (Carter Johnson, Josh Chapman). In spite of those good plays, the Dons scored and converted at 3:03 to make it Dons 7 Bears 6

The last possession by the home team in the 1st Q was an eight play series with Jelani Machen over the goal line from the 5 yard line @2:12. The Austen Schneider to John Geppert to Aaron PAT was successful to make it Bears 13 Dons 7

The boys from Blakefield held the ball for nine plays and 43 yards, but at the end of that series a TFL by Joey Epstein and a pass knockdown by John Geppert prevented the Dons from scoring.

The ball turned over to the Bethesda boys and a spectacular QB draw by ’20 Tejon Ford for 70 yards, a TD plus a Austen-John-Aaron PAT made it Bears 20 Dons 7 @ 7:11.

The post kickoff performance by Loyola can be summarized as 3-and-out. The Bears held the ball for three plays punctuated by two penalties, forcing the home team to punt. With the ball and 3:52 until half, five passes later, the Blue and Gold team scored and converted to make it Bears 20 Dons 14 at 1:29

The 2015 game at Loyola saw a Bear 1 TD advantage evaporate in the second half. The start of the last 24 minutes there began with a Don TD. So, too in 2016; the visitors tallied after a minute to take a 21-20 lead. Blocking schemes, which caused problems for the mammoth Loyola DL, were not executed with the same precision and unexpected impacts. The Landon DL was not able to rush the Loyola QB. Mental mistakes are frequently a sign of fatigue and though the coaches shuttled fresher Bears into the game, there were errors.

The second half was punctuated by 34 Don points with no scores by the Bears.





Passer                attempts   completions      yards

Geppert               11                        6                 156

Davidson            2                           1                 9

Ford                     1                           0

Receiver             receptions                   yards

Harley                  1                           48

Amoroso             1                           44

Epstein                1                           23

Machen               1                           16

Baldwin               1                              9

Delane                1                              9

Russ                    1                              8



Runner               carries                yards

Ford                     3                           77

Delane                10                        59

Machen               8                           57

Geppert               8                           40

Anglin                  1                           14

Baylor                  4                           12

Herbert                2                             8

Epstein                3                             1



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