Game 8- Loyola
LOYOLA 7, EAGLES 0 (GLENDALE, Nov. 2, 2002)
Bo Renaud rushed for 140 yards and scored the games only touchdown from one yard out as the Loyola Cubs avenged last years defeat of the Eagles with a 7-0 win before 3,500 at Glendale High School. The loss dropped the Eagles to 5-3 and 0-3 in league play while the Cubs moved to 6-2 and 1-2.
The game was a defensive battle with neither team able to generate much offense. Loyola's touchdown came with 0:44 left in the first quarter after driving 60 yards on eight plays. The Eagles, playing without the services of Ashton White, Bubba Jesperson, Jason Graban, Dustin Slinkard and Will Johnson played well enough defensively to keep the Eagles within one score, but the offense lacked any continuity and produced season lows of 132 yards and eight first downs. The first half saw the Eagles run only 16 plays and collect just four first downs as they managed to cross midfield only once. A promising drive that advanced as far as the Loyola 36 was done in by an illegal procedure penalty, a 13-yard sack then an interception on a Hail Mary pass as the half came to a close. The second half was more of the same as they ran 21 plays and managed to cross midfield twice as the longest gain was a 15-yard scramble by QB Case Colaw (11 of 15 for 74 yards).
The shutout was only the third in Santa Margarita history and the first
since the 31-0 loss at AB Miller in the 1999 CIF Playoffs. The Eagles
limited the Cubs to 259 total yards including six relatively short pass
completions, but the offenses inability to capitalize on a fumble by Renaud
with 10:10 left in the game typified the evening. Defensive standouts
included linebackers Doug Reinhardt (14 tackles), Thomas Ramirez (13 tackles),
Jack Meehan (nine tackles) and safety Ryan Nienhuis who continued his
solid season with eight tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and two passes