Carter Windham shined the brightest under the Friday night lights at Messsmer Stadium as he led the Loyola Flyers to their first home and district win, 34-16 over the BTW Lions.
Windham had 26 carries for 191 yards and three touchdowns rushing. He added two catches for 45 yards before being injury on a screen play late in the third quarter.
“He just tweaked his ankle a little bit,’’ Loyola coach Alan Carter said. “He’ll be OK.”
The first quarter of play produced a surprising 22 points in the wet conditions. The Lions Tre’Shawn Hill scooped an interception away from Flyers quarterback Bishop George for a 40-yard touchdown return, putting the Lions up 8-0 early in the first after the 2-point conversion.
On the following possession, George led his Flyers down field culminating in a 5-yard run up the hash marks for the touchdown. The Lions fumbled on their next possession in their territory, and again George led his team down the short field. This time, George took it in himself from 3 yards up the middle for a 14-8 Flyers lead at the end of the first.
From the start of the second quarter Windham began to take over the game. The Flyers were pinned down inside their 5-yard line when he popped a 60-yard run across midfield before being brought down near the 30. Two plays later Windham took a pitch and ran 30 yards to the end zone, putting his Flyers up 21-8 after Josh Hawboldt’s extra point.
“He (Windham) ran the ball exceptionally well,’’ Carter said. “You know, he’s our playmaker and obviously the offensive line did a great job blocking for him.”
The Lions struggled to move the ball consistently or put together a sustainable drive against the Flyers’ stingy 3-3-5 defense, even turning it over on downs in a rare red zone visit. The Flyers took advantage of the generous field position and Windham continued to produce, this time with a 15-yard run around the end for the score putting his team up 28-8 with 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Showing a flash of fight, BTW got an 80-yard touchdown pass, making it respectable at 28-16 late in the third quarter.