Rough night for Flyers started early

GRIFFINS KEPT GOING:  North DeSoto running back John Lewis (2) looks for running room. (Photo by KEVIN PICKENS, Journal Sports)

By JOHN JAMES MARSHALL, Journal Sports

STONEWALL – You got the feeling it wasn’t going to be the Loyola Flyers’ night when they fumbled on the first play of the game and fell behind 7-0 four plays later.

You were pretty sure it wasn’t going to be their night when a North Desoto punt bounced off the leg of an unaware Loyola blocker and was recovered by the Griffins. That led to another first quarter touchdown.

You were sure it wasn’t their night when a fumble on a quarterback sack resulted in a two-yard scoop-and-score for North Desoto.

By that time, it was a 35-7 lead midway through the second quarter and the only suspense remaining was what the final score would be.

The answer? North Desoto 49, Loyola 7.

The Griffins dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage to go along with a 217-yard passing performance by freshman quarterback Luke Delafield to raise their record to 3-0 while the Flyers fell to 0-3.

But Loyola coach Mike Greene was philosophical when it was all done.

“We have played a tough first part of the year,” Greene said. “And I just told them the pre-season is over. We should feel like we are as good as anybody left we have to play. Hopefully we have learned something from these first three games.”

One thing the Flyers have learned is that they have played a pretty strong schedule to date. The combined record of Loyola’s first three opponents is 8-1.

“We’ve played some good teams,” he said. “We will see if has helped us or if we still have our tail between our legs. But we got to start finding a way to get wins.”

After getting stunned early, the Flyers did have some success in driving 67 yards in 11 plays to get a 1-yard scoring run by quarterback Cooper DeFatta to make it 14-7 with 3:37 to play in the first quarter. That drive was highlighted by a 41-yard pass from DeFatta to John Carmody.

Loyola had two possessions sandwiched around halftime in which the Flyers got inside the Griffins’ 10-yard line and did not score.

“It’s hard when you make mistakes that could be prevented,” Greene said. “We gave them the ball at the 15 to start the game. We dropped an interception that would have stopped another score. But when you play good teams like this, you have to take advantage of every single chance you get.”

North Desoto got the scoring started with a 19-yard scoring pass from Delafield to Landon Falls and followed that with a 48-yard TD pass to Sam Odom midway through the first quarter.

Trysten Hopper caught the third scoring pass of the first quarter (17 yards) and Delafield added a fourth on a 19-yard strike to Cole Cory with 7:32 to go before halftime. Hunter Addison had the two-yard fumble return for a score, Hopper caught a 7-yard shuttle pass and Brian Banks (11 yards) added a scoring run to complete the scoring.

The Flyers will be back on the road next week for a non-district game against Red River.

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North DeSoto 49, Loyola 7

Score by quarters

Loyola | 7 | 0 |  | 0 | – 7
North DeSoto | 21 | 21 | 7 | 0 | – 49

Scoring summary

ND – Landon Falls 19 pass from Luke Delafield (Falls kick)
ND – Sam Odom 48 pass from Delafield (Falls kick)
LCP – Cooper DeFatta 1 run (Evan Lirette kick)
ND – Trystan Hopper 17 pass from Delafield (Falls kick)
ND – Cole Cory 19 pass from Delafield (Falls kick)
ND – Hunter Addison 2 fumble return (Falls kick)
ND – Hopper 7 pass from Delafield (Falls kick)
ND – Brian Banks 11 run (Falls kick)

Individual Leaders

Rushing – LCP (41-69), Trace Wall 19-44, Jon Ebarb 8-28, DeFatta 11-12, Jackson Barnes 1-minus-3, Reagan Coyle 1-minus-3, Colby Hamilton 1-minus-9 12, ND (27-121), Banks 12-54, John Lewis 7-28, Hopper 4-16, Kenny Thomas 2-18, Cory 1-8, Braelyn Latin 1-minus-3.

Passing – LCP (6-18-0-82), DeFatta 4-15-0-74, Hamilton 2-3-0-8. ND (15-27-0-217), Delafield 13-25-0-217, Nick Turpen 0-2-0-0.

Receiving – LCP, John Carmody 4-64, Barnes 1-10, Grayson Hutchins 1-8. ND, Cory 6-82, Odom 4-73, Hopper 3-28, Falls 1-19, Lewis 1-15.