Top-ranked McDonogh School did most of its damage early, as the Eagles scored the first 35 points of the game, Friday, on their way to a 49-21 MIAA A Conference football victory over No. 11 Loyola Blakefield, at the Dons’ Hargaden Field.
McDonogh junior quarterback Dejuan Ellis, Jr. threw for four touchdowns in the victory, including three in the first half, to lead the way. Ellis was 10-of-12 passing for 149 yards.
Ellis, who’s verbally committed to Virginia Tech University, got McDonogh (5-1 overall, 1-0 MIAA A) on the board with a 25-yard TD toss to junior Jack Simmons. After a 38-yard scoring run by senior back Mylique McGriff, Ellis connected with Simmons again, this time for a 33-yard touchdown pass to give McDonogh a 21-0 lead at the end of one quarter.
In the second quarter, McGriff scored again, on a 5-yard run, and Ellis stretched the Eagles’ lead to a 35-0 with a 2-yard TD flip to senior Marquis Thornes.
Loyola finally got on the scoreboard when senior Omar Whiting returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown. The Dons (4-2, 0-2 MIAA A) followed with a onside kickoff, which they recovered, and turned into a 1-yard scoring run by senior Azende Smith, as Loyola cut McDonogh’s lead to 35-14 at the half.
Both teams scored a touchdown in the third quarter as sophomore Jabriel Johnson broke off a 54-yard run for McDonogh, and Jayson Smith hauled in a 51-yard TD pass from Will Koras for Loyola.
McDonogh capped the scoring in the fourth quarter as Ellis threw his fourth touchdown pass, a 33-yard toss to junior BJ Farrare. The Eagles host No. 7 St. Frances Academy Friday night.
NO. 1 MCDONOGH SCHOOL 49, NO. 11 LOYOLA BLAKEFIELD 21
MCD 21 14 8 6 — 49
LOY 0 14 7 0 — 21
MCD – Simmons 25 pass from Ellis (Lawrence kick)
MCD – McGriff 38 run (Lawrence kick)
MCD – Simmons 32 pass from Ellis (Lawrence kick)
MCD – McGriff 5 run (Lawrence kick)
MCD – Thornes 2 pass from Ellis (Lawrence kick)
LOY – Whiting 89 kickoff return (McLaughlin kick)
LOY – A. Smith 1 run (McLaughlin kick)
MCD – J. Johnson 54 run (Thornes pass from Ellis)
LOY – J. Smith 51 pass from Koras (McLaughlin kick)
MCD – Farrare 33 pass from Ellis (pass failed)