The Loyola Ramblers handed the Stevenson Patriots their first loss in 11 weeks as they capitalized on three Patriots turnovers on Saturday.
Down 14-13, Ramblers coach and former NFL linebacker John Holocek made a gutsy call to go for a two-point conversion with one minute and three seconds remaining in the game. His confident play call paid dividends when quarterback Jack Penn evaded tacklers, improvised and tossed a completed pass to Joe Joyce in the end zone.
Loyola advanced to the state finals next Saturday at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.
Contributed by Mark Maxwell