Marina High School came into Friday night's Big Five Conference playoff opener against Loyola held together by adhesive tape and Ace bandages. Loyola left much the same way.
But, in the end, it was Loyola that limped into the second round with a 7-0 victory before 3,200 spectators at Westminster High. The Cubs took advantage of a Marina fumble in the first quarter for a one-touchdown lead, then made it hold up by recording their fifth shutout of the season.
Anthony Holly recovered Marina running back Kevin Magula's fumble at the Viking 29 to set up a 3-yard scoring run by Loyola quarterback George Paton with 1:02 left in the first quarter. The teams spent the remainder of the game bruising each other until the final seconds expired and Loyola ended Marina's winning streak at five games, thereby eliminating the champions of the Sunset League.
Marina fullback Sean Magula was injured in the first game of the season, and the Vikings proceeded to lose five straight games without him. He returned in time for Marina's league opener and helped the Vikings go 5-0 and win their first outright league title ever.