Blue Jays, Williams take season opener in Rock Bowl
Senior Ryan Baez churned out 125 of Loras' 162 yards on Saturday
Senior Ryan Baez churned out 125 of Loras' 162 yards on Saturday
Sat, Sep. 1, 2012 - [Football]

By: Loras College Sports Information Office


Elmhurst 36, Loras 0


Despite Ryan Baez's 125 yard day, the Duhawks could not muster any points as the Elmhurst Blue Jays took the opening contest of 2012, 36-0 in the Rock Bowl.


On Loras' first drive of the game, sophomore Dylan Jones dropped back and fired an errant pass into the hands of Blue Jays defender George DeMaria. 3 plays later, Elmhurst was leading 7-0 and would not look back the rest of the day.


It seemed as if Loras would be able to bounce back, as they took their next possession and marched down the field. The Duhawks relied largely on their running game, with Baez carrying the ball 31 times, including 25 in the first half. However, it was on that second drive of the game that Baez would lose a fumble in the red zone, resulting in another Elmhurst touchdown – this time covering 91 yards.


"Going forward, we know that we need to get better. That fumble in the red zone was all on me, I know I can't be doing that if we are going to win games," Baez said.


The Blue Jays powered their offense with the legs of senior Scottie Williams who had 20 carries for 159 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Duhawk defense conceded over 400 yards of offense to the Blue Jays and were unable earn a takeaway against the experienced Elmhurst offense.


"Those two guys [QB Joe Furco & Williams] are a very good combo. We played them tough, but we know we can do better," senior linebacker Brandon Ronan said.


Statistically, Loras posted 162 yards and posted 10 first downs. They allowed 406 and 23 first downs to Elmhurst.


Dylan Jones' debut under center included a 4-for-12 performance with an interception. Brendan Oates hauled in the long pass of the day for 24 yards.


Defensively, the Duhawks were led in the tackles department by Dave Pirkle and Brandon Ronan who each had nine. Kyle Kirchhoff and Jeff Fredricks each logged sacks.


Loras returns to the Rock Bowl next Saturday to host Rockford College. The Duhawks will hope to repeat last year's performance, which they won 48-17. They will also honor the Loras College Hall of Fame Class of 2012. This is the 30th anniversary of the Loras Hall of Fame.