Football: Weaver, Loyola defense get it done against Montini

Special to the Tribune

Special teams mishaps prevented Loyola from playing a complete first half. The Ramblers took care of that in the second half.

Malcolm Weaver's passing, a defense that remains dominant despite 10 new starters and a third-quarter fake punt highlighted Loyola's 31-9 victory against Montini on Saturday in Lombard.

Weaver threw for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns — two to Earl Webb — and Loyola (2-0) still hasn't allowed an offensive touchdown this season.

Montini (0-2) was full of life until a 23-yard pass from punter Patrick El Zoghbi to James Bonner led to Weaver's third touchdown pass and a 28-6 lead with 1 minute, 51 seconds remaining in the third.

With Montini bunched at the line of scrimmage to stop Spencer Perry (22 carries, 118 yards), Weaver was effective in the play-action passing game. His touchdowns to Webb came from 32 and 6 yards. He also connected with Marquese Martin-Hayes on a 28-yard score and came up with a 26-yard completion to Dylan Brennan on fourth-and-3 from the Montini 31 late in the second quarter.

Weaver finished that drive with a 2-yard run to give the Ramblers a 22-6 halftime lead.

"They can't cover everything, and Spencer Perry is a stud back," Loyola coach John Holecek said. "That helps give us balance. If our quarterback continues to mature and our offensive line stays solid, we have a chance to be a special team."

Montini had its chances but managed only a field goal and an 88-yard kickoff return by Anthony Taylor that made it 15-6 in the second quarter.

Player of the game: Malcolm Weaver, Loyola, 218 yards passing, 3 TDs, rushing TD.

Key performers: Loyola — Spencer Perry, 22 carries, 118 yards; Earl Webb, 6 receptions, 73 yards, 2 TDs; Peter McGuire, 3 sacks. Montini — Jordan Westerkamp, 5 receptions, 108 yards; Anthony Taylor 89-yard kickoff return.

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