FOOTBALL: On the day after Americans feasted on turkey, Spencer Cecola had a voracious appetite for pigskin.
The Loyola Academy senior caught a pair of second-half touchdown passes from classmate Aidan Walsh, as the Ramblers defeated Curie’s Condors 14-7 in the 85th annual Prep Bowl at Solider Field in Chicago Nov. 28.
The connections covered 19 and 10 yards, with the clinching TD coming at 4:03 of the fourth quarter.
Curie (11-3) led 7-0 at the half.
Cecola finished with four receptions for 39 yards, and Walsh completed 11 of 16 passes for 115 yards.
The win marked LA’s 10th Prep Bowl title in as many appearances.
LA (11-3) entered the Catholic League playoffs after falling 24-21 to eventual state champion Stevenson in the second round of the Class 8A state playoffs Nov. 8. Loyola Academy eliminated St. Rita 31-3 and Brother Rice 31-14 the following two weekends to secure the Prep Bowl berth.
Junior running back Dara Laja (14 rushes, 65 yards) paced LA’s running attack. Ramblers senior linebacker Brian O’Brien had a monster game on the home field of the Monsters of the Midway, amassing 21 tackles (12 solo). Five other Ramblers — senior defensive linemen Andrews Beniana and Thomas Dreher, senior linebackers Cal Falkenhayn and Mark Nichol and junior defensive lineman Ben LeRoy — each made at least 10 stops.
LA senior defensive back Mark Dowdle intercepted a pass on Curie’s final possession in the final minute.