Fochtman sets fast pace
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.”
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.