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Bishop George threw for a career-high 253 yards, but the Loyola season came to an end.

Big plays cost Flyers in playoffs

For the second straight year, the Loyola football season ended five hours away from home with a playoff loss in Thibodaux.

This time, it was big plays that did in the Flyers as E.D. White had three touchdown plays of 60 yards or more -- plus two touchdowns on fourth down -- to defeat the Flyers 35-17 in the first round of the Division II playoffs. A year ago, the Cardinals beat the Flyers 31-6 in the opening round.

Loyola had plenty of opportunties in this game as the Flyers had 304 yards in total offense and had more first downs and time of possession than E.D. White. But the Cardinals cashed in their opportunties to get the win.

E.D. White scored its first touchdown on a fourth down screen pass after the Flyers had missed an opportunity on the previous play for a pick-six interception.

After Loyola tied it at 7-all on a 14-yard by Carter Windham, E.D. White freshman Brandon Legendre returned the kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. On the next possession, fullback Nik Shanklin ran 78 yards for a touchdown on a dive play to make it 21-7. The Flyers closed it to 21-10 with 15 seconds to go before halftime on a 28-yard field goal by Josh Hawboldt, but Legendre ran 63 yards on a reverse to give the Cardinals a 28-10 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Flyers got a 26-yard touchdown pass from Bishop George to Paul Mullin to make it 28-17 midway through the third quarter, but the Cardinals scored on a 1-yard run on fourth down to make 35-17 late in the third quarter. Neither team scored in the fourth quarter.

George led the Loyola offense with a career-high 253 yards passing, completing 16 of 34. Mullin had a career-high seven catches for 87 yards. Windham had 46 yards rushing.

Defensive tackle Khalil Sumlin led defense with 12 tackles and Clayton Bantle and Daniel Mazzanti had nine each. Bantle also had a fumble recovery and Mazzanti had three tackles for loss.

The Flyers finish the season with a 4-7 record.



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