Hobbled Banning falls to Loyola

Hobbled Banning falls to Loyola

Jared Samuelson

Hobbled Banning falls to Loyola

Missing six key players from its lineup, Banning came up short against powerful Loyola on Friday night, falling 22-0 at East L.A. College. In preparation for league play next week, the Pilots (2-3) were resting their injured starting quarterback and running back as well as four offensive linemen.

The holes were obvious from the start, as Banning struggled to generate any offense against Loyola’s tough defense.

Patrick Perry,who replaced A.J. Tuitele (shoulder injury) at running back, managed just 26 yards on 19 carries behind a patchwork offensive line.

Sophomore quarterback Robert Martinez played well in place of senior Damian Satete (shoulder injury), going 4-for-8 for 42 yards and running seven times for16 yards. But he spent most of the game on the run from Loyola’s defenders.

“Our kids played well tonight. They played like true Pilots,” Banning coach Ed Lalau said. “RobertMartinez showed some big-time leadership with tonight’s performance.”

The Pilots’ defense kept the game close and limited Loyola’s scoring opportunities despite poorfield position for almost the entire game.

Loyola (5-0) held a 7-0 lead at halftime and went ahead, 14-00}, in the third quarter before running back Bo Renaud’s 48-yard touchdown run early in the fourth.

Renaud finished with 132 yards on 14 carries, but he also had three fumbles.

Banning was unable to capitalize as Loyola fell on all three fumbles to keep their drives alive. The defensive effort and the play of Martinez showed Lalau that his team is ready for Marine League play.

“We got everything (we wanted) tonight and then some,” Lalau said.

“And we pickedup a quarterback.”

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