Six members of Loyola’s varsity football team that completed the 2015 campaign with a 9-3 record were selected to CalHi Sports’ All-State teams.
Senior corner DAVID LONG, JR. who was a U.S. Army All-American, an All-CIF honoree and a Los Angeles Times All-Area pick, was named to the first team. Senior safety KELLY BLAKE, an All-CIF defender who led the Cubs with six interceptions, and senior nickel back MYLES BRYANT, an All-Mission League performer and Loyola’s Most Valuable Player, collected All-State Special Mention accolades.
All-CIF Pac-5 Division running back DRAKE BEASLEY, JR., who led the Cubs with 1,647 yards rushing, was selected to the CalHi Sports All-State Junior first team squad. All-CIF Pac-5 Division kicker/punter DIEGO CACHO-SOUSAearned a spot on the second team All-State Junior honor unit.
Sophomore linebacker JACKSON SIRMON was selected as a first team All-State Sophomore defender.
Arizona defeated New Mexico 45-37 in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl
Arizona was led by leading rusher JARED BAKER ’11, the 2009-2010 Serra League Most Valuable Offensive Player and a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFFCHF) Scholar Athlete for the Cubs. Baker rushed for 2,605 career yards at Loyola.
Boise State routed Northern Illinois 55-7 in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
Loyola 2011 All-Serra League and All-State second team wide receiver CHAZ ANDERSON ’12 caught a TD pass for the Broncos to conclude a stellar junior campaign as a starting wide receiver for Boise State.
California shot down Air Force 55-36 in the Lockheed Martin Armed Services Bowl
Loyola 2012 Most Valuable Player, corner/RB CAMERON WALKER ’13 started in the secondary for the Bears in their win over the Falcons; he has been a starter in the secondary at Cal for three seasons.
Houston pounced on Florida State 38-24 in the Chik-fil-A Peach Bowl
An All-Serra League DB and NFFCHF Scholar Athlete for the Cubs in 2010 (and CIF Div. II long jump champion), LEE HIGHTOWER ‘11 started at safety for the Cougars in their big win over the Seminoles. Houston (13-1) was ranked no. 8 in the final AP poll.
Stanford dominated Iowa in a 45-16 victory in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual
Two former Cubs started for the Cardinal in their romp over the Hawkeyes. Loyola 2011 All-State, All-CIF Pac-5 Div., All-Serra League and NFFCHF Scholar Athlete safety KODI WHITFIELD ‘12 started every game this season at safety for Stanford. He was a key member of the Cardinal defense. Loyola 2011 All-Serra League kicker and NFFCHF Scholar Athlete CONRAD UKROPINA ’12 was a pivotal part of the Stanford offense all season. His biggest FG of the campaign was in the final seconds against Notre Dame when he booted a 45-yard game winner. Against Iowa in the Rose Bowl he converted every extra point and kicked a field goal. Stanford was ranked number 3 in the final AP poll. A Los Angeles Times article about Ukropina and his Loyola experience which ran on December 31 is in the following link.
Washington dispatched Southern Mississippi 44-31 in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl
The University of Washington’s Lineman of the Year, COLEMAN SHELTON ’13 started every game for the Huskies. Shelton was an All-Serra League and NFFCHF Scholar Athlete two-way lineman for the Cubs in 2012.
Five former Loyola players who started in collegiate bowl victories were NFFCHF Scholar Athletes
If there were any question that Loyola combines football competition with excellence in the classroom better than any other school, look no further than the players above, five of whom were National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athletes. It would have been six had Cameron Walker not been injured in his senior campaign, thus denying him post-season honors which are a prerequisite for NFFCHF consideration He is a two-time All-Pac-12 All-Academic honoree.
On December 17th CalHISports.com published an in depth review of what it considers California’s State Super 50 all-time great prep football teams and a list of 40 other Golden State squads described as “truly memorable.”
Loyola’s 1975 CIF Southern Section AAAA and National Championship powerhouse was selected at number 33 on the State Super top-50 list, and the 1963 CIF AAAA Southern Section AAAA champion Cub squad that finished 12-0 and ranked second in the nation was included on the list of 40 truly memorable teams. Loyola has the sixth most all-time wins in California prep football history.
The 1975 national title squad, which completed the campaign with a 13-0 record, was led by All-CIF AAAA quarterback KEVIN MUNO (University of Notre Dame), All-CIF tackle ROD BUTLER (Colorado), All-CIF defensive back KAZELL PUGH (Colorado), junior All-CIF linebacker BOB WOOLWAY (Harvard), All-CIF running back PAT NOMURA and All-Del Rey League running back GORDON BANKS (Stanford, NFL’s New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys).
The 1963 Cubs completed a second consecutive undefeated CIF AAAA championship campaign with a 21-0 victory over El Rancho before a crowd of 23,632 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Loyola was led by CIF Southern Section AAAA Player-of-the-Year, lineman DON SWARTZ (Stanford); junior All-CIF tailback MIKE BERGDAHL (UCLA); All-CIF end MIKE CURTIS (USC); and All-CIF end GARY KELLER (UCLA). The Cubs outscored their twelve opponents 350-53.
Considering there are currently 4,495 high schools in California and that football has been an interscholastic sport in the state for more than a century, it indeed is a special honor for Loyola to be a part of such prestigious lists.
Loyola football ranked tenth in Times’ end-of-the-season rankings
Loyola was ranked tenth in the Los Angeles Times’ end-of-the-season 2015 Southland football rankings released on Tuesday. It was the highest the Cubs have finished in the final area rankings since 2005, the last year Loyola won a CIF Southern Section Division I championship. Loyola finished the campaign with a 9-3 record. Its three losses were to Serra, Bishop Amat and St. John Bosco in the CIF Pac-5 Division playoff quarterfinals. The Cubs defeated number 16-ranked West Hills Chaminade during Mission League play.
Cub DB David Long, Jr. named to Times’ All-Area football squad
Loyola senior defensive back DAVID LONG, JR. rated the top corner in the western United States and the top corner in California byRivals.com, was selected to the Los Angeles Times’ first team All-Area team.
Long will represent Loyola as a member of the West squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on January 9. In last January’s U.S. Army All-American contest Cub defensive end CHRISTIAN RECTOR ’15 (USC) played for the West team. Long is the fourth Loyola player to be selected to compete in the prestigious all-star contest, regarded as the top post-season prep all-star showcase in the nation. The others were defensive back QUINTIN DANIELS ’03 (Washington), running back ANTHONY BARR ’10 (UCLA consensus All-American and starting linebacker for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings) and Rector.
Loyola ranked 17th in State Division I by CalHiSports.com
Loyola was ranked 17th in CalHiSports.com’s final State Division I rankings released today. The Cubs were ranked 17th overall (all divisions) in in the final California rankings released Sunday by MaxPreps.com and CalPreps.com.