By John Montgomery
Loyola Academy's goal line offense in football is pretty simple. The Ramblers (3-0, 1-0) run the football with backup quarterback Jake Marwede.
Marwede scored three touchdowns in the first half to lead Loyola past Mt. Carmel (2-1,1-0) 35-28 in the Catholic League opener for both squads at Gately Stadium.
Marwede rushed for 70 yards and was a factor in the final quarter as he helped Loyola run out the clock. One of the most versatile offensive players in the state, last year Marwede scored eight rushing touchdowns.
Loyola's offense was very strong last season with quarterback Emmett Clifford and running back Dara Laja. The dynamic duo combined for 54 touchdowns as Loyola (14-0) won the Class 8A championship.
The Ramblers are off to another solid start scoring 115 points in three wins.
Loyola needed its goal line defense for the second straight week to preserve a victory. Last week, the Ramblers beat Maine South 44-43 by stopping a two-point conversion. Last night, Mt. Carmel drove to the 11-yard line. On 4th and 5, Mt. Carmel quarterback Dan Trudeau threw an incomplete pass.
Loyola took advantage of three turnovers and built a 35-14 lead.
The Caravan, who have won 12 state football championships in school history, rallied behind Alek Thomas. Thomas, one of the state's best baseball players, threw a touchdown pass and scored on a seven-yard run. Ironically, Thomas is also a backup quarterback.