Flyers fall on the road at Many
The Loyola Flyers took to the road to take on Many, the Class 2A state finalists from last year, and came out on the short end of a 30-3 score Friday.
But the score wasn’t as lopsided as it might appear as the defense had another good game against one of the top offenses in the state.
The Loyola defense only gave up 14 points until the late stages of the game and Coach Alan Carter was pleased with his team’s defensive performance.
“Many plays a tough style of football," Loyola coach Alan Carter said. "We did some good things and defensively we hung in there and gave ourselves a chance to win."
Carter Windham ended a Many scoring threat with an interception and a 32-yard return and Austin Sullivan also had an interception on a fourth down play.
The defense set up the Flyers’ only score as Max Morgan recovered a fumble on the second play of the game and Josh Hawboldt converted that into a 31-yard field goal to give the Flyers a 3-0 lead.
Many had a 14-3 halftime lead, but a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown in the third quarter was the key play of the second half.
But the Flyer defense continued to come up with big plays. Charles Hawes had 3 ½ tackles for loss and a forced fumble and Alex Monsour had 1 ½.
Rodney Rollins led the Flyer defense with 18 tackles.
“We are proud of the way the kids played on defense," Carter said. "They played hard and we are not going to play a bigger team, a faster team or a more talemnted team (than Many). If we can clean up some things and move the ball offensively, we may be OK.”
On offense, Tamerick Gilyard had a 34-yard run and led the Flyers in rushing.
Next up for the Flyers is the district opener against Northwood Friday night at Jerry Burton Stadium.
“Northwood has a lot of speed too, but I think we'll be fine defensively," Carter said. "On offense, we are going to change some things and do some things better.”
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