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  1. You’re pretty good at math! Not so much of a wordsmith, though. Imagine going 15-5 after a streak where you only won one of your previous 10 games...and describing that as “fading”. And, are you really jonesing for a Terrell Owens pic that badly? Must be a slow news day over on Edinger, right? Plenty of other Loyola Cubs doing big things these days. Here’s one: Brayden Utley - Baylor DT (6 tackles/1 sack/1 interception) in the Sugar Bowl and Big 12 Championship Games. Literally, The Best Team in school history. Awesome seeing that to start the year. Brayden ‘18 is one part of a Great Loyola Family. Father, Heath Utley, is Loyola’s Dean of Men and was the Strength and Conditioning Coach under Steve Grady in the late 90s and 2000s. Brayden’s older brother, Noah Utley ‘16, is a West Point Grad and played OL for Army.
  2. Loyola is 15-5 in their last 20 games with 2 Angelus League Championships and one 1 Lower Level CIF Championship appearance. Lots of talent returning for the Cubs. Fading might not have been the best choice of words..
  3. Anthony Barr (Loyola Class of 2010) was a Cub from the jump. He is one of the NFL finalists for the Walter Payton Man of the Year. His younger brother Nick (UCLA Kicker) also went from Cub to Bruin. It was awesome watching all those Loyola NFL standouts this past weekend. The aforementioned David Long Jr on the Rams, as well as Coleman Shelton snapping to Stafford all game. Viking Captain Anthony Barr had 2 interceptions and 7 tackles in the same game. And, maybe the most consistent Loyola Cub in the NFL is Myles Bryant with the Patriots. The Pasadena product had 9 tackles from his nickel spot last week. Loyola Cubs everywhere. Always doing big things.
  4. Ah, yes! David Long Jr., Loyola High Class of 2016! Long is just getting started for the LA Rams, after Jim Harbaugh climbed a tree at Long’s Pasadena family home to make him sign with Michigan. You are correct, Long initially enrolled at Alemany for (checks notes) ONE semester of his frosh year before transferring to 1901 Venice Blvd. But, by all means, if you would like to give credit to his personal trainer, that’s fine by me! He’s trained a long line of Loyola Pasadena Pros, which makes a ton of sense...That man is Jerry Phillips, Loyola’s DBs Coach under Drew Casani. Surprise, surprise. Phillips has trained the aforementioned David Long Jr, fellow NFL Cub Myles Bryant (Patriots), current Cubs in college Ceyair Wright (USC), Zakhari Spears (Washington) and Chad Bailey (Tulane), as well as Pasadena Pros Darnay Holmes (Giants) and Marvell Tell (Colts). And, plenty more Pasadena to Loyola talent to come! Nice try, Little Nicky.
  5. Early Signing Day saw the two local schools, USC and UCLA, only sign ONE Offensive Lineman between the two. The UCLA Bruins signed one of the top OL/OT Prospects in the state, Sam Yoon a 6’5 295 LT from Loyola High. Football is about the basics. You still have to block and tackle. No line, no shine. Someday, these folks will learn. In 2022, Loyola will return 4 of their 5 starters up front, including Senior to be #68 Jack Susnjar (6’6 310) and Junior to be #72 Rashad Westbrooks (6’4 250). Both returning Loyola linemen will take part in the US Army All-American Bowl Combine in January, along with returning RG Junior to be Ryan Turk (6’4 265).
  6. Reading some of these posts is absolutely hilarious to me. Bryce Young started on varsity as a freshman at LA Cathedral, and then led his squad to one of the school’s best seasons ever as a sophomore. Before transferring from Cathedral to Mater Dei in January 2018, Young already held scholarship offers from Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and USC among about a dozen other schools across the country. He was not underdeveloped. Dude was a crown jewel in his recruiting class and Mater Dei understood that fact. Mater Dei will always take credit for the good. But, in reality, if anyone should take credit for Young’s development over the years (outside of his parents), it’s Coach Danny Hernandez, who is now QB Coach at Los Alamitos. But, let’s not forget, the first official game Young ever played for Mater Dei in 2018 vs Bishop Amat ended up being ruled a Forfeit by CIF. Young’s fellow teammate from Cathedral (the player to be named later for cash considerations), Felix Fualao was ruled ineligible for Mater Dei. Sloppy transfer paperwork by MD, I’m sure.
  7. I love that Mater Dei fans are always thinking about Loyola. Loyola came up short tonight. 28-21 to yet another undefeated team. Came up with an awesome 4th down stop with under a minute to go. Tried to tie the game and go to OT, but threw an INT. Tough. I honestly do not know how many squads (All-Star level or not) would win a league championship and battle it out in the playoffs with their starting QB going down for the year in Week 1, but that's exactly what Loyola did. Just didn't get the job done tonight. Extremely proud of these young men, though. They fought until the bitter end. Some of these young men will never play the game again, but there will be a hefty handful of guys playing on Saturdays and beyond. That's the Loyola way. True Scholar Ballers. Best part for Loyola is, there is a ton of talent returning. Brick By Brick.
  8. A Saturday Night CIF SS Playoff Special... Loyola goes down to The OC and returns to LA as 35-14 victors. The Cubs will host Undefeated 11-0 Etiwanda at Smith Field Friday Night.
  9. Got it. Thanks for chiming in on Loyola again. The fan base is global! Proud of these young men for battling through adversity all season. 7-3 and a second straight Angelus League Championship after winning 1 game a few seasons ago. Brick by brick. Playoffs Next.
  10. Sure thing. When was the last time Mater Dei was SHUTOUT in the playoffs? Maybe 2005? Loyola 14. MD. Nothing.
  11. Say what you will, those Cubbies play entertaining football games, win or lose. All 3 losses Loyola (7-3) had in the regular season, they led with 5 minutes left to play. All three losses by a COMBINED 7 (SEVEN) TOTAL POINTS 😳 Gotta finish. Fingers crossed for a favorable draw in playoffs. FYI, I saw Inglewood beat a team 106-0 tonight...
  12. Angelus League Championship up for grabs Friday Night. The 7-1(1-1) St Paul Swordsmen travel to Downtown Los Angeles to battle 7-2(2-0) Loyola, for the 25th edition of their rivalry. Great helmet/uniform matchup. Loyola looks to extend their series lead over the Swordsmen, which currently stands at 18-5-1.
  13. Loyola 44 Crespi 20 Loyola extends their lead in the series with the Crespi Celts 29-9-1. Angelus League Championship on the line next week.
  14. BUMP The Saint Louis Crusaders lost again to Kamehameha 34-31. Kamehameha was down 20-31 at halftime. Kamehameha (3-1) will play the winner of Punahou (1-3) and Saint Louis (2-3) for the ILH (Private) Championship on Oct 29th. OIA (Public) Season Finally Begins Kahuku 41 Kapolei 7 Mililani 49 Waianae 6
  15. Currently, only ILH schools (private schools Saint Louis, Punahou, Kamehameha, ‘Iolani, Damien) are playing in Hawai’i. Those private schools implemented their own vaccination mandates for their respective campuses and programs way back in June for the 2021-22 school year. The OIA (public schools) waited until late August to lay down the hammer and announce a vaccine mandate for athletes and coaches for all competition by September 24th. Then two weeks of practice. So, the official start of football for OIA schools (Kahuku, Mililani, Wai’anae, Farrington, etc.) will not be until October 15.
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