Loyola wins big, U-D Jesuit falls
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Loyola (12-0) advanced to the MHSAA Division 7 semi-finals winning Region 4 in a one-sided 50-7 rout of Southfield Christian (10-2) Nov. 15 at U-D Jesuit. The Bulldogs led 36-7 at the half and never looked back.
The Bulldogs got offensive touchdowns from running backs Marvin Campbell (60 and 56 yards), and Mideyn Wilson (58 and 47 yards), and fullback Alan Taylor (seven and three yards). Campbell rushed for 186 yards on nine carries and Wilson had 177 yards on seven carries.
On defense, defensive back Keith Graves had two interceptions, one of which became a 102-yard touchdown. Defensive back Anthony Frierson also had one interception.
“I was very pleased by the way the boys came out and set the tempo of the game,” said Loyola Head Coach John Callahan. “We got out and did things from the beginning. Southfield Christian did an excellent job because they never gave up. The games will now get tougher.”
Loyola will play Homer (11-1) Nov. 23 in the MHSAA Division 7 semi-finals at Chelsea High school.
The season came to an end for University of Detroit Jesuit (7-5) as the Cubs were defeated by Birmingham Brother Rice 41-14 Nov. 16 in the MHSAA Division 2 Region 3 Final at Berkley High School.
The Cubs, who trailed 28-0 at the half, got their two touchdowns in the fourth quarter straight from the arm of quarterback Ryan Brand — one TD pass for 20 yards and the other for 60 yards.
Despite the loss, U-D Jesuit Head Coach Oscar Olejniczak was pleased by the turnaround of the program; from 2-7 last season to a 7-5 record this season. He was also pleased by the way the Cubs won their district championship during the state playoffs.
“It was a good season,” he said. “We’re just happy at the progress we made from day one. We’re pleased by the way we played because it was a huge improvement. Our kids jumped out fast in the beginning of the season. I’m really proud of the way our team fought their way into the state playoffs. We had to win our last game of the regular season against (Birmingham) Seaholm, who was undefeated, to make the (state) playoffs. I’m proud of my boys.”