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Flyers looking forward to playoffs 

The end of the regular season wasn’t what the Loyola Flyers were looking for – a heart-breaking 42-35 loss to Mansfield – but don’t think for a second that coach Steven Geter is letting it get him or his team down.

“We’re district champions and have a home playoff game for the first time and since 2010,” he said. “We are in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008. We won nine games for the first time since 2010. Sure, the last game didn’t go the way we wanted, but we’ve got a lot to look be excited about and look forward to.”

After receiving a No. 2 seed in the Division II, the Flyers received the first playoff bye in school history and had a week off. Now, they’ll take the No.  7-seed University Lab (Baton Rouge) Friday night at 7 p.m. at Messmer Stadium.

It will be quite a challenge for the Flyers, who have suddenly been beset with injury problems after a relatively injury free first two months.

University was a semifinalist in Division II last year and reached the statte finals in 2013 (13-1) and won the division II state championship in 2014 (13-0). In the last six years, University is 67-10. Two of those wins came against Loyola (2011, 2012).

Though the Cubs are 7-4, they played one of the toughest schedules in the state. Two of the losses were to Class 5A teams Rummel and Mandeville and the others were to district opponents Parkview Baptist and West Feliciana, both high seeds in their respective playoff brackets.

The Cubs are led by Gideon Cuellar, who has 618 rushing and seven touchdowns while Mike Hollins has 537 yards and nine TDs.

Quarterback Alex Popov has completed 78 of 137 passes for 1152 yards and 10 touchdowns. The leading receiver is Adam Lewis with 27 catches for 463 yards.

University averages 30.2 points per game and 360.4 yards on offense.

Against Mansfield, the Flyers lost quarterback Jacob Allen and leading rusher Ethan Stansell in the first two series of the game (and then lost defensive end Thomas Hebert to a season-ending knee injury). Though Allen returned in the second half, the Wolverines led 35-14 entering the fourth quarter before the Flyers rallied with three touchdowns – a 2-yard run by Allen, a 1-yard run by Allen and  a 10-pass to John Williams to tie the score at 35-all with 3:02 to play.

But Mansfield scored on a 29-yard pass on third-and-24 in the final minute to win the game.

“I was really proud of how we never gave up, never quit,” Geter said. “We had some things that we had to overcome, but we never stopped playing hard.”

 

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