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Tony Dorsey (3 touchdowns) had plenty pf reasons to be excited Friday night (photo by Claire Funk).

Big Knight doesn't ruin Flyers' big night

The last four times the Loyola Flyers had started a season 6-0, the seventh game turned into a loss. But thanks a balanced offense, special teams that produced three scores and a first half defense that forced four punts, the Flyers got over the seventh-game hurdle to defeat North Webster 40-34 Friday night at Messmer Stadium.

North Webster's T.J. Hawthorne had 387 all-purpose yards and scored 34 points in the game, but the rest of the Knights scored zero as Loyola is now 2-0 in District 1-3A and 7-0 overall for the first time since the 1976 season.

The Flyers had 423 yards in total offense as running back Ethan Stansell ran for 203 yards on 24 carries and quarterback Jacob Allen threw for 147 yards and ran for 73 more. Wide receiver Tony Dorsey had four catches for 103 yards and two receiving touchdowns and scored on an 86-yard kickoff return immediately after North Webster's Hawthorne scored on a 96-yard kickoff during a wild sequence during the third quarter.

In addition to the kickoff return, the special teams also produced a blocked punt for a safety and a 37-yard field goal by Josh Hawboldt.

Hawboldt's field goal gave Loyola a 3-0 lead in the first quarter but Hawthorne responded with a 77-yard run to give the Knights the lead. 

The Flyers regained the lead in the second quarter by going 79 yards in four running plays as Stansell had consecutive runs of 32 and 14 yards to get into the end zone. After a fumble stalled another drive at the North Webster 8, David Durel blocked a punt that spun out of the end zone for a safety. The Flyers then ended the half on an 11-play, 63-yard drive that resulted in a 9-yard scoring pass from Allen to Dorsey for a 19-6 halftime lead.

Loyola came right back after halftime as Dorsey got loose on a 59-yard scoring pass to give Loyola a 26-6 lead, but that's when Hawthorne and Dorsey exchanged touchdowns on kickoff returns. The result was a 33-12 lead with 10:05 to play in the third quarter.

North Webster made it 33-20 on a touchdown run on fourth-and-12 by Hawthorne and the Flyers got their final score with 6:58 to play when Allen ended a 53-yard drive with a 1-yard run on fourth down for a touchdown.

The Flyers had a 40-20 lead with two minutes left, but Hawthorne continued his brilliant night with two late scores.

Loyola will have its final regular season road game when it travels to Leonard C. Barnes Stadium to take on Booker T. Washington (3-4, 0-1) Friday at 7 p.m.


  • Loyola has scored in an amazing 15 straight quarters and 20 of the last 21 (the only miss was the first quarter against St. Mary's).
  • Loyola had now scored 40 or more points in three straight games for the first timce since the 1967 season.
  • The Flyers are ranked No. 1 in the unofficial power rankings for Division II. 
  • Dorsey's kickoff return for a touchdown was the first since Alexander Anglin in 2006.
  • Stansell is the 20th Flyer to go over 1,000 yards in a single season (1,057). His 1,250 career yards ranks No. 23 all time in school history.
  • Josh Hawboldt now has 118 career points, tying him for third fourth place for kick scoring in school history.
  • Dorsey has a touchdown reception in four straight games.
  • It's the first time Loyola has allowed 34 points and won since the opening game of the 2013 season.








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