Southfield Christian's DeShawn Moore doesn't have much room to run as Loyola defenders move in quickly to stop him for a loss during their MHSAA regional championship at Detroit U-D Jesuit High School Friday. (The Oakland Press/Vaughn Gurganian)
FOOTBALL: Great season finally comes to an end for Eagles, Southfield Christian drops regional to Loyola, WITH TOUT VIDEOS
Loyola's #4 Alan Taylor drags Southfield Christian defenders #12 DeShawn Moore and #18 Jack Harrington into the end zone for a touchdown during their MHSAA regional championship at UD Jesuit High School in Detroit, Friday November 15, 2013. (The Oakland Press/Vaughn Gurganian)
Loyola's #5 Marvin Campbell runs for big yardage while being chased by Southfield Christian's #18 Jack Harrington during their MHSAA regional championship at UD Jesuit High School in Detroit, Friday November 15, 2013. (The Oakland Press/Vaughn Gurganian)
Southfield Christian's QB #3 Jonathon Springer scores their first touchdown against Loyola making the score 23-7 during their MHSAA regional championship at UD Jesuit High School in Detroit, Friday November 15, 2013. (The Oakland Press/Vaughn Gurganian)
DETROIT – Take a bow, fellas.
Southfield Christian took a bow on the football field Saturday night, literally bowing from the state tournament with a 50-7 loss to Detroit Loyola in a Division 7 regional final played at Detroit U-D Jesuit and metaphorically tipping its hat to its fans for its tireless effort this fall that resulted in a historic, championship season.
Saturday was an emotional end to a campaign where the Eagles (10-2) won their first-ever league and district titles.
Players were watery-eyed in the aftermath of falling in a lopsided contest to an undefeated Loyola club (12-0).
“It’s been a real special year,” second-year Southfield Christian Larry Weiss said. “I think most of the tears you see right now are tears of joy for what we accomplished and what we’re in the process of building as opposed to tears of sadness. There weren’t many people that thought we could do what we’ve done and for all of us to know that is gratifying and inspiring for the future.”
Weiss was impressed with his opponents Saturday, viewing the Bulldogs' program as a measuring stick for his own.
“We know where the bar is, Loyola is the bar and that’s what we’re shooting for,” he said. “We’re not there yet, but we know what we have to do to get there.”
Loyola sprinted out to a 23-0 lead at halftime, dictating tempo and mauling the smaller Eagles with smash-mouth line play on both sides of the ball.
Bulldogs' running back Midelyn (Middie) Wilson recorded 100 yards on his first two carries, the first one going 37 yards for a touchdown.
The Eagles finally got on the scoreboard early in the third quarter, taking advantage of a bad snap on a Loyola punt, recovering a fumble on the goal line and eventually scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by senior signal caller Jonny Springer.
Unable to capitalize on any momentum from trimming its deficit to two scores and a 2-point conversion courtesy of Springer's trip into the end zone, Southfield Christian gave up a Loyola touchdown run by Marvin Campbell (5 yards) shortly thereafter. Wilson’s 60-yard scoring scamper with 32 seconds left in the third swelled Loyola’s lead to 36-7 and sent many in attendance to the turnstiles early.
The fourth quarter saw a running clock installed and Southfield Christian lose three players due to injury (all getting the wind knocked out of them on volatile Bulldog hits).
“Loyola is just so big and so physical, we couldn’t handle it,” said a frank Weiss following the game. “They came after us on every snap with everything they had and never let up. Those were men out there and they took it to us.”
Springer, a first-team all-league selection out of the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference this season, concluded the night throwing for a game-high 130 yards.
Next year, Weiss and the Eagles will return Springer’s fellow all-league standouts Kameron Garner (10 touchdown catches, 11 interceptions) and Bobby Banks (over 1,000 yards rushing).
“We’ve done a lot this year,” Weiss said. “People want to be part of this. And that’s great.”
DETROIT LOYOLA 50, SOUTHFIELD CHRISTIAN
SC 0 0 07 0 - 7
DL 8 16 14 14 - 50
L - Middie Wilson 27 run
L - Alan Taylor 18 run
L - Taylor 1 run
S - Jonny Springer 1 run (Ryan Hanson kick)
L - Marvin Campbell 5 run
L - Wilson 60 run
L - Campbell 66 run
L - Keith Graves 106 yr int return
RECORD - Loyola 12-0; SCS 10-2)