Loyola steamrolls Lake Forest Academy
Loyola's Ryan Ribordy carries the ball during Saturday's game at Lake Forest Academy. | Joe Cyganowski~ For Sun Times Media
LAKE FOREST — Days after returning from a football trip to Dublin, Ireland, Loyola did exactly what was expected in its first game back in America.
The Ramblers, who are ranked No. 6 in the Sun-Times poll, scored early and often Saturday in their 41-7 win over Lake Forest Academy. Loyola led 34-0 at the half, and coach John Holecek rested his starters for the final two quarters.
“We came out and took care of business,” said Loyola senior safety Danny Rafferty, whose club improved to 2-1. “Things are looking good for us heading into the Catholic Blue.”
Peter Pujals shook off an interception on his first series to throw two touchdowns, including a 20-yard dart to Kris Coker. The senior finished 8-for-12 for 71 yards in two quarters. Pujals also ran for a score.
Junior Julius Holley carried the load in the backfield, running 14 times for 78 yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, Loyola’s defense limited the Caxys to 24 total yards and one first down in the first half. Lake Forest Academy (1-2) also committed three turnovers, all three of them leading to Loyola touchdowns.
“I’ve never played against a team like Loyola,” said Caxys senior receiver Mat Gagnon, who’s originally from Ottawa, Ontario, and has been at Lake Forest Academy for two years.
Down 41-0, Lake Forest Academy got on the board when Chris Karamanos connected with Dejon Brissett for an 8-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter.
Loyola starts conference play next weekend when it hosts Providence Catholic on Saturday. Lake Forest Academy travels to St. Laurence on Friday.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper on Thursday to read more about the Lake Forest Academy and Loyola football teams.