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Football: Loyola shuts out De La Salle 48-0

Loyola's Julius Holley rounds corner looking for room run during Oct. 11 game against De LSalle Chicago.  |

Loyola's Julius Holley rounds the corner looking for room to run during the Oct. 11 game against De La Salle in Chicago. | Vincent D. Johnson/for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 14, 2013 6:28AM



THE SKINNY

Loyola (7-0) didn’t have a letdown against host
De La Salle, racing to a 28-0 lead at the half. After a big Catholic League South win over previous No. 1 Mount Carmel last week, the Ramblers kept their focus and
remained undefeated with the easy win over the Meteors (5-2). Loyola will meet Lake Forest Academy next week.

TURNING POINT

On Loyola’s third drive, the Ramblers established a passing game after running the ball for most of the first two scoring drives. Quarterback DJ Melsheimer, in his first start replacing injured Jack Penn (sore shoulder), completed four passes to Joe Joyce, including a 5-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-down play.

THE STAR

Melsheimer threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, finishing 16-of-22 for 212 yards while adding 41 yards on the ground in a little under three quarters of play. His main target was Owen Buscaglia (8 catches, 109 yards, TD).

BY THE NUMBERS

Running back Julius Holley scored the first two touchdowns of the game to put the Ramblers up 14-0 after a quarter. He finished with 95 yards on 13 carries. De La Salle star running back Mikale Wilbon was held to 22 yards on 10 carries.

QUOTABLE

“Coach (John Holecek) told us this was our trap game and we needed to stay focused. De La Salle has some great athletes and we were happy to get out of here with a win.” — Melsheimer

Bill Harrison



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