Football: Loyola – again – stands in the way of Irish’s road to 4-0

Father Gabriel Richard welcomes Detroit Loyola to Ann Arbor on Friday to kick off the Catholic League AA schedule. The Fighting Irish will bring a perfect 3-0 record into league play following a 43-14 win on Friday over Lutheran North.

Richard will be looking to open the season 4-0 for the first time since 2010. The Irish will not only be going up against the Bulldogs Friday afternoon but also competing against a little bit of history. In four of the past five seasons, Richard opened up with three straight wins only to lose game four – including three straight times to Detroit Loyola (2013-2015 and all by wide margins).

But a lot of teams have lost to Loyola in the last decade. In fact, the Bulldogs have reached the state playoffs every year since 2006 and have reached the state finals four of the last five years – the other year they only reached the semifinals.

Loyola’s impressive run may be on its last stride. While the Irish enter Friday’s game at 3-0, the Bulldogs bounce in at 0-3 after being outscored 75-36. The Irish have outscored their first three opponents 127-34.

Richard Coach Brian Lewis, in his first year running the Fighting Irish, was pleased with the win on Friday and how his team played.

“We played a great team game, all three phases,” he said. “Chris Hill really ran hard and made some terrific runs. The defense stood strong after giving up an early touchdown.”

In the win, Chris Hill had two rushing touchdowns and an interception returned for a score. Patrick Patton had a touchdown reception from QB Michael Engelhardt, who also ran one in for the Irish.

The defense had three picks in the victory.

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