Loyola cruises to victory at Providence

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Loyola cruises to victory at Providence

Friday, Sept. 16, 2011Posted: 11:45 p.m.

By Tim O'Brien
YourSeason.com

Running the no-huddle offense for Loyola, senior quarterback Malcolm Weaver isnt picky.

If an opposing defense is going to allow him to pass in the pocket, he plans on taking advantage through the air. As was the case Friday in Loyolas League Blue opener against Providence, it was the ground game that set the tone.

Weaver and William Palivos rushed for two touchdowns each in Loyolas 32-6 road win in New Lenox.

We couldnt capitalize passing on the goal line so we stuck to running, Weaver said with a smile. It worked so well take it.

Weaver finished 17 of 28 passing for 152 yards while rushing for 47 yards on 10 carries. Palivos ended with 15 carries for 122 yards for Loyola (4-0, 1-0).

Looking to open the scoring though, it was Weaver throwing an interception (just his second of the year) in the end zone on Loyolas first possession. Providence was unable to capitalize on a three-and-out.

Weaver and his Ramblers teammates responded, scoring on the teams next three possessions. Will Kushwa drilled a 27-yard field goal, Palivos ran it in from five yards out, and Weaver found the end zone on a two-yard keeper. Providence answered with 13 seconds left in the first half on an Andy Hoffmeister score for a 16-6 halftime deficit.

Youve got to have a short term memory, Weaver said. You cant put your head down (after the interception). I shook it off, and we came back and played some good ball.

The offensive momentum carried over into the second half as Weaver (7-yard run) and Palivos (32-yard run) again reached the end zone in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

The no huddle offense causes a little bit of a problem, Providence coach Mark Coglianese said. Loyola executes so well, and they got us back on our heels. Theyve got several guys who can make plays. They are definitely not a one-man team (Weaver).

Providence (3-1, 0-1) was never able to get into an offensive rhythm as the typically run-heavy Celtics were forced to throw. Hoffmeister finished with 63 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Chris Salazar completed 15 of 29 passes for 143 yards with an interception.

Ed Belfour reflects on fulfilling 'childhood dream' of playing for Blackhawks

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Ed Belfour reflects on fulfilling 'childhood dream' of playing for Blackhawks

While Troy Murray was attending summer school at the University of North Dakota he was also working out in offseason skates and practices there. Getting goaltenders for those skates wasn't easy. But a guy from Carman, Manitoba would drive down to Grand Forks, N.D., play in those games and then drive back home that night.

That guy was Eddie Belfour.

"He'd come in, put his gear on, and we thought this was just some kid that came from somewhere and, ‘Hey, thanks for coming, kid.' Little did we know, that's how he was making himself better," said Murray, who would later play with Belfour with the Blackhawks. "He walked onto UND, made there and the rest is history in how good he was at the collegiate level and as a pro."

The drive was there for Belfour then and it lasted throughout his career, which included eight seasons with the Blackhawks, a gold medal with Team Canada in the 2002 Olympics and a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999. On Thursday night the Blackhawks honored Belfour in their latest installment of "One More Shift."

For Belfour, it was a chance to be back where it all started – "it's always emotional coming back to Chicago. I had a lot of great times here," he said – with his favorite childhood team.

"The fans are always fantastic for me here in Chicago. I'll never forget the "Eddie, Eddie" chant. They're the ones who started it," Belfour said prior to taking his shift. "For me, getting a chance to play in Chicago stadium in front of the fans and how close they were and how loud the building was and the anthem was amazing. It was boyhood dream come true."

Ask Belfour's former teammates how best to describe the goaltender and the answer was pretty unanimous: intense.

"Intense is a good word. I think competitive is a really good word, too, because he was one of the few guys, few goalies who took working out very seriously [then]," Steve Konroyd said. "He used to train for triathlons, and this was in the late 80s, early 90s. For NHL players that was probably odd, but for NHL goaltenders that was crazy. He was ultra-competitive, different in ways but in a good way. He was a real character."

Denis Savard said Belfour's preparation for games was, "second to none."

"He always came prepared for a game, from focusing on that night and sharpening his own skates. He'd work on his own skates after practices sometimes for two hours. He was very meticulous about everything," Savard said. "We already know goaltenders are on their own program with how they prepare, but he was a special one. He was a battler, he was a winner and he was a great goalie for a long time."

Murray would face Belfour in 1996, when Murray was with the eventual Stanley Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche and Belfour was still with the Blackhawks. Patrick Roy got the best of that postseason series (Belfour led the Stars past the Avalanche in 1999 and 2000 playoff matchups). But Murray remembers Roy's confidence no matter who was in the other net, and Belfour had that same mentality.

"You need that as a goaltender. You want that challenge," Murray said. "You have to have that mindset because if you think you're second best, you're not going to succeed. That's what drives all these great players and Eddie had that mindset."

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For Belfour, those Chicago days were bittersweet. His first trip to the Stanley Cup final came with the Blackhawks. There were a lot of great times. There were a lot of tough times. But it was all worth it.

"Going to the Stanley Cup final was awesome to do in my first couple of years. Unfortunately, we didn't win and that's probably my biggest regret is that we didn't play well. It still haunts me some days," Belfour said. "But that happens sometimes when you're a younger player and you learn from it and get better. That's what I tried to do."

Belfour's body of work speaks for itself. The kid who first started honing his craft in pickup games at North Dakota had a tremendous NHL career. As for that competitiveness, he's still got it – even in jest.

"I was joking, ‘If I'm doing this [One More Shift], I gotta play at least five minutes,'" he said.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Alabama DL Jonathan Allen

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Alabama DL Jonathan Allen

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Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

6'3" | 286 lbs.

2016 stats:

69 tackles, 16 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 3 FR

Projection:

First round

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"Outstanding leader and athlete with an ability to rush the passer from outside or inside. Has produced against the run and pass thanks to his strength, agility, elite hand usage, and plus footwork. He might not be the cleanest fit inside as a full-time tackle for some teams, but his talent should trump any size concerns. Allen is a likely first-round selection with Pro Bowl potential down the road." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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