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Clayton Bantle and Carter Windham wrap up a Minden receiver. (photo by Jacob Bernard)

Close isn't enough for Flyers

A few inches made a big difference in Loyola’s 14-7 road loss to Minden Friday night.

The Flyers were stopped just inches short of a first down on a fourth down play at the Minden 11 on a fourth quarter drive that could have tied the game.

Earlier in the quarter, two Flyers were inches away from recovering a Minden fumble that was inches away from the goal line.

It was a good night for the Loyola offense, led by senior Ray Shepherd who rushed for 153 yards on 29 carries.

“Our offensive line, even with three sophomore, played real well,” Loyola coach Alan Carter said. “Ray came in and really ran the ball hard.”

The Flyers had a 7-0 lead on Shepherd’s touchdown run in the first quarter to cap a 50-yard drive, but couldn’t get on the board after that.

Two long pass plays set up both Minden touchdowns – the second on a 56-yard pass late in the third quarter that put the ball on the Loyola 3.

“The defense played well most of the game,” Carter said. “They did have some big plays that hurt us. You just can’t give those up.”

Rodney Rollins led the defense with 13 tackles, including four for a loss, and Carter Windham had an interception.

Loyola will return to Messmer Stadium this week to take on Benton, which has one of the best defenses in the area. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday.


RANDOM FLYER FACT: With three home games and a trip to Independence Stadium left on the schedule, it’s the first time Loyola will not have to leave Shreveport for the final four games of the regular season since 1966.



October 8, 2014


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