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Nick Fultz threw for a career-high 240 yards against Evangel.

Flyers fall short in playoff opener

For three quarters, it was about as good as the Loyola Flyers have played all year. But unfortunately, a football game is four quarters and it was that fourth quarter that got the best of Loyola Friday night at Rodney Duron Stadium.

Loyola lost to Evangel 59-23 in the Division II playoffs, but Flyer fans will be talking about the performance by Alan Carter's team for a long time to come.

There were big plays --  an 88-yard interception return by Mikolas Johnson and a 70-yard touchdown pass from Nick Fultz to Sherrod Lewis to name a couple -- and some big defensive stops as the Flyers held the Eagles from scoring a touchdown on five possessions inside the 20 yard line.

There were five lead changes in the game, showing just how determined the Flyers were in keeping their season going. The Flyers led in the third quarter and were within a touchdown in the early stages of the fourth quarter.

But the Eagles took advantage of a couple of Flyer mistakes in the fourth quarter and put the game away.

Fultz threw for 240 yards, completing 13 of 29 passes. Loyola had two 100-yard receivers -- Drekaleus Williams (104 yards) and Lewis (102).

Rodney Rollins led the defense with 12 tackles and Austin Townsend had nine.

FlyerFacts

  • It the first time Loyola has had two 100-yard receivers in a single game since the third game of the 2011 season. It's the first time it has happened in a Flyer playoff game.
  • Johnson's interception return is the fifth-longest in school history and the longest in a playoff game.
  • Fultz's 240 passing yards was a career high and put him over 1,000 for the season.

 

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