Focht­man sets fast pace

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seven-team A Con­fer­ence is so tough that Cava­liers coach Kyle Sch­mitt said ev­ery game is like a play­off game.

“It’s huge,” Focht­man said. “You need to start out with con­fi­dence, and I think that was a pretty con­vinc­ing win, 63-24. I think that was a great way to start our sea­son. We’ve got more to come.”

Loy­ola cut the Cava­liers’ lead to 28-24 af­ter quar­ter­back Will Ko­ras hit Ja­son Smith for a 36-yard touch­down pass with 2:36 left in the first half. The Dons then forced Spald­ing (4-1) to punt af­ter a three-and-out drive. The mo­men­tum didn’t last long for Loy­ola, as Brevin Eas­ton picked off a pass from Ko­ras and re­turned it to Loy­ola’s 16-yard line.

It took Focht­man one play to score: a pass to Larry Brown for their sec­ond touch­down con­nec­tion of the game. Dons coach Brant Hall said Eas­ton’s pick changed the game.

“I thought we had a lit­tle mo­men­tum and then we just had a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween our quar­ter­back and our re­ceiver, and we threw an in­ter­cep­tion,” Hall said.

Loy­ola went three-and-out on its next drive, and two plays later, Focht­man hit Brown again, this time for a 56-yard touch­down pass and 41-24 lead with 10:13 to go.

Af­ter that, Loy­ola (4-1) just couldn’t keep up with the Cava­liers’ big plays.

Focht­man added a 41-yard touch­down run, Julius Ch­est­nut had a 63-yard scor­ing run, and Eas­ton picked off an­other pass and re­turned it 30 yards for a touch­down.

“We just de­cided we needed to throw the foot­ball. They were pack­ing the box,” Sch­mitt said. “We had to get the ball out in space and go. We’ve got some skill that can turn it on, and we’re re­ally ex­cited about some of those guys, and they stepped up to­day.”

Focht­man com­pleted 11 of 16 passes for 185 yards and three touch­downs. He also ran the ball 16 times for 143 yards and two touch­downs.

“I told some­body re­cently that as long as we’ve got him, we’ve got a chance ev­ery week,” Sch­mitt said. “He can beat you in a lot of ways. He can beat you throw­ing it. He can beat you run­ning it. He’s so ex­plo­sive and he knows the of­fense so well.”

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As his blockers clear the way for him, Arch­bishop Spald­ing quar­ter­back Evan Focht­man sprints into the end zone for a touch­down. “I told some­body re­cently that as long as we’ve got him, we’ve got a chance ev­ery week,” Cava­liers coach Kyle Sch­mitt said of the se­nior.

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