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Carter Windham moves through the Mandeville defense.

Flyers advance in playoffs

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The weather forecast called for rain on Sunday afternoon in Shreveport for the LHSLL Play In game between the Loyola Flyers and Mandeville Skippers. While the raindrops held off until after the game, the Loyola offense rained goals to the tune of a 23-11 victory over the Skippers. The win earned Loyola (11-2) a quarterfinal playoff spot. The loss ended Mandeville’s season at 4-8.

The Flyers opened up the 1st quarter with a five goal run. Daniel Mazzanti started things off for Loyola when he fielded a deflected shot just off the Skipper crease and beat goalie Michael Andrepont one on one. Hayden Watts followed that with the first of his three goals in the quarter on a fast break. Another fast break goal by Mazzanti, a score by Joshua Mathias, and a dodge and score by Carter Windham made the score 5-0 before the crowd had a chance to settle in. Mandeville’s Malik Reimonenq stopped the bleeding with a goal at 4:23 in the quarter. Zekaiah Foster answered for the Flyers when he scored on a busted Skipper clear to make the score 6-1. Mandeville’s Austin Danielson got loose down the right alley and beat Flyer goalie Thomas Hebert with a high shot to the backside pipe. But any momentum the Skippers may have gained was snuffed out by Watts who closed out the quarter with a goal with :51 on the clock and then a behind the back beauty with 19 ticks left.

The 2nd quarter started with the Flyers going on another run. This time it was two goals by Jackson Smith and one by Windham to run the lead to 11-2. Mandeville answered with a three goal run of their own. The first was from Danielson who rebounded a loose ball and scored on the put back. Then Eric Rader scored back to back goals for the Skippers. The first was on a man up opportunity while the second was the result of a failed double team by the Flyer defense with :22 left in the half. But on the ensuing faceoff, Mitchell Ratcliff fielded the rake by Khalil Sumlin and didn’t stop until he had given the Flyers a 12-5 halftime lead.

The Skippers began the 3rd quarter man up due to a penalty. It took just eight seconds to cash in as Austin Danielson scored his third goal from the wing to cut the Flyer lead to 12-6. The Skipper defense, hoping to slow the Flyer offense, locked off Flyer leading scorer Hayden Watts. But the scheme had limited success as the rest of the Flyer offense didn’t miss a beat, going on another five goal run. Mazzanti hit a shot from the wing followed by a blast from Windham. Mathias scored back to back goals to make the score 16-6 before Foster scooped another Sumlin faceoff rake and scored for a 17-6 lead. The Skippers, looking to spark their defense, replaced goalie Andrepont with freshman Holton Martin. The Mandeville offense responded as Rader scored an unassisted goal for the Skippers to cut the lead to 17-7 with 5:39 to play in the quarter. But the best the Skippers could do was trade goals with the Flyers for the rest of the game. 

The win puts Loyola in the LHSLL quarterfinals. The Flyers will travel to Covington to play #2 seed St. Paul’s Wolves on Saturday April 18 in Hunter Stadium.


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