Class 8A playoffs: Stevenson takes down Loyola
Nov 8, 2014 8:59 PM - Twice in the final six minutes of regulation, Loyola had a shot at déjà vu. Reminded of the bitter taste from last year's semifinal loss, Stevenson's defensive swarm would have none of it. "We've been waiting for this game for a very long time," said Patriots senior linebacker Blake Drazner. "Ever since they knocked us out last year -- just the emotion and everything -- we knew we had to make big plays." Simply put, pivotal fourth-down stops of the Ramblers' final two possessions were sweet Patriot payback. With the help of 3 sacks over the visitors' final seven offensive plays -- the later a Drazner sandwich of quarterback Aidan Walsh on fourth-and-one with under a minute remaining -- Stevenson survived and advanced to a second-straight 8A quarterfinal berth with Saturday's 24-21 second-round win.