Flyers make it four straight with road win

COOP-ED UP: Loyola quarterback Cooper DeFatta ran for two touchdowns and threw  for another against Lakeside. (File photo by KEVIN PICKENS, Journal Sports)


SIBLEY – When the Lakeside Warriors got a 2-yard run by quarterback Cooper Chase with 55 seconds to go before halftime to cut into Loyola’s lead, it looks like things might get interesting in the second half Friday night.

Ten minutes later, that was no longer a concern.

Loyola came out strong in the third quarter by scoring on its first three possessions and headed home with a 41-14 win over the Warriors.

“I was worried about it at halftime because it seemed like we were sleep walking,” Loyola coach Mike Greene said. “We really got after them in the second half on offense. I knew that opening drive of the second half was going to be important.”

After losing the first three games of the year, the Flyers have now won four in a row and remain unbeaten with a 3-0 District 1-2A record.

Loyola scored less than 10 points in three of its first four games. The Flyers have now scored 118 in the last three.

Senior quarterback Cooper DeFatta highlighted the third quarter with touchdown runs of 7 and 8 yards to go along with the second touchdown of the night for senior running back Trace Wall, who returned after missing two games with a knee injury.

DeFatta also tossed a touchdown pass to Robert Pavlick in the first quarter.

Reagan Coyle had a two-yard scoring run with 6:22 to go in the game to complete the Flyer scoring.

“We played good defensively all night, but that kid (Chase) threw the ball so well,” Greene said. “(Cornerback) Colin Lirette played man-to-man almost all night and had a really good game.”

Grayson Hutchins had an interception for the Flyer defense.

Lakeside added a 3-yard pass from Chase to Rodney Smith with 5:32 to play.

Loyola will be at home for its final two games, taking on North Caddo next Friday and Calvary on  Nov. 4.