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Sophomore Jacob Allen (12) threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more.

Once again, Flyers rally for win

NATCHITOCHES -- The Loyola Flyers fell behind 13-0 in the second half against St. Mary's , but that’s nothing new for Loyola. In the 4-0 start, Loyola has trailed in all four games, including the last three games in the second half.

This time, it was a 27-0 second half advantage that led Loyola to a 34-13 win over the Tigers Thursday at Turpin Stadium on the Northwestern State campus.

St. Mary's turned two Loyola interceptions into touchdowns for a 13-0 second quarter lead before the Flyers got on the board late in the second quarter on a fourth-down touchdown run by Jacob Allen. Loyola held St. Mary's out of the end zone late in the first half on an interception by Dean Hamiter at the Loyola 2.

In the second half, Allen threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tony Dorsey to give the Flyers a lead they would never lose, though the Tigers drove down the field again before Will Barlow had an interception at the Loyola 1. Ethan Stansell capped a 97-yard drive with a touchdown to extend the lead and Allen passed to Dorsey for a touchdown and ran for another to cap the scoring.

Stansell had a career-high 202 yards on 33 carries and Allen added 67 yards and Jalen Peterson had 40.

The Flyers had 299 yards rushing and added 66 in the air. Barlow and Myles Mitchell each had seven teackles to lead the Flyers and Daniel Mazzanti (interception) and David Durel (fumble) also came up with turnovers.

Coach Steven Geter was pleased with his team’s comeback win. "Once again, I'm just proud of my guys with the way they came back in the second half," Geter said. "We started out sluggishly and didn't play very well offensively. But our guys came through in the second half and made the plays when we needed to."

The 4-0 Flyers will travel to 4-0 Sterlington Friday night in the final game before the District 1-3A season begins.

FlyerFacts

  • Stansell has 101 carries this season and only once has he lost yardage.
  • Loyola is 4-0 for the first time since 2010. That team started 6-0.
  • The three interceptions is the most since the Benton game in 2014.
  • Loyola has had consecutive 30-point games for the first time since the beginning of the 2012 season.
  • The Flyers have scored 123 points in four games, which is more points than were scored in the entire season two years ago.
  • The game against Sterlington will be the fifth time Loyola has played on synthetic turf, but is the ninth straight dating back to last year. It's the longest streak of games on turf in school history.

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