Loyola Football 150 fun facts

The following 150 facts about the football history at Loyola of Los Angeles were compiled and sent to us by Pat Jacobs, who is an attorney but spends a lot of his free time aiding the athletic department with sports information duties. These 150 facts are not ranked in order (just numbered) but it’s an important number since the school is celebrating its 150th year of operation this year. It is the oldest school in Southern California (Los Angeles High started in 1873). The oldest school in the state is Bellarmine Prep of San Jose (founded in 1851 as Santa Clara Prep). The extra fact at the end was added by us.

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1. Loyola crowned National Champions in 1975 (13-0), outscored opponents 397-131
2. 25 Consecutive CIF Large School playoffs appearances 1981-2005
3. Anthony Barr ’10, ninth player taken in 2014 NFL draft, was All-American at UCLA
4. Callanan brothers Howard ’39, George ’42, Jim ’43, each All-CIF
5. 38 league Championships since 1924
6. 35-game unbeaten streak (1962-1964) still a CIF Large Schools record
7. Drew Casani, 1990 CIF Div. I Player-of-the-Year, played title game with broken leg
8. Ray George, 1930’s Star (USC/NFL), was head coach at Texas A&M
9. Head Coach Steve Grady’s overall record 269-77-6 (1976-2004), six CIF title game appearances
10. 134 All-CIF football players since 1937
11. 1997 All-CIF RB Wesley Willard attended U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was awarded Bronze Star as Army Ranger for service in Iraq
12. 1996 All-CIF tackle John Kadzielski played for Harvard, became a medical doctor
13. WR TD pass by All-CIF Kazell Pugh to TE Henry Workman, following bounce “pass” from Kevin Muno, in CIF AAAA ’75 semifinals was legendary
14. Head coach Lew Stueck (1958-1962) led Loyola to first CIF AAAA title in ‘62
15. 2000 CIF Div. I Player-of-the Year Matt Ware started for NFL’s Eagles (played in Super Bowl XXXIX) and Cardinals (played in Super Bowl XLIII) and was freshman All-American at UCLA
16. 101 Victories during the decade of the 1990s
17. 1986 All-Del Rey League QB and Cub MVP George Paton is Assistant GM of Minnesota Vikings
18. Mike Leahy ’48 bequeathed more than $1,000,000 to Cub Football
19. Al Pollard was named CIF Large Schools Player-of-the-Year in ’45 and ‘46
20. Cubs defeated CIF Large Schools Champion Redondo in 1942
21. Kelly Blake ’16 one of 20 finalists for 2015 U.S. Army-Pro Football Hall of Fame Award of Excellence
22. 1995 All-League WR Danny Farmer, UCLA’s all-time receiving yards leader, UCLA Hall of Fame, played in NFL
23. 95 Cubs named Scholar Athletes by National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame
24. All-CIF tailback Mike Bergdahl rushed for school-record 2,317 yards in 1963 for Loyola’s CIF AAAA champion team
25. Steve Grady led state in rushing and TDs (35) in ’62, was CIF AAAA Player-of-the Year
26. Loyola rushed for school record 597 yards against California High in 1974
27. 632 victories, sixth all-time in California (according to Cal-Hi Sports)
28. Played in four CIF Div. I title games in the 1990s
29. Freddie Brown ’75 one of Loyola’s great all-time All-CIF RBs
30. Double-OT win over state number one-ranked Fountain Valley in 1977 CIF Big Five Conference playoffs was epic
31. CIF AAAA title team in 1963 ranked second in nation
32. Loyola defeated CIF Large Schools Champ L.B. Poly in 1936
33. All-State guard/ LB Nick Bertole ’06 and brother Matt ’08 (MVP), a two-way lineman, are grandsons of Cub baseball and basketball star Maurice Donovan ‘38
34. 1930s star Don McNeil was USC’s 1939 Rose Bowl Captain
35. 1964 All-CIF AAAA OT George Kunz was consensus All-American at Notre Dame (No. 2 in NFL draft)
36. Cubs’ first CIF Large Schools title game appearance was in 1946
37. 11-1 ’79 team led by All-CIF QB Vince Beringhele, now a collegiate head baseball coach
38. All-CIF QB Kevin Muno ’76 punted for University of Notre Dame’s National Champion team in ‘77
39. 1962 AAAA Champion team scored 387 points, relinquished just 88 in 12 games
40. Jim McAnany ’54, All-League back helped lead Loyola to ’54 CIF baseball title; played for White Sox in ’59 World Series
41. All-Del Rey League back Gordon Banks ‘76 played for Stanford, NFL’s Saints and Cowboys
42. 1963 tackle Don Swartz was CIF Player-of-the-Year; was All-Coast at Stanford
43. Seven CIF Div. I title game appearances from 1990-2005
44. 1961 CIF AAAA Player-of-the-Year Paul Horgan was first of unprecedented three consecutive Loyola Players-of-the-Year
45. Loyola’s current overall record against six Mission League rivals: 102-66-1
46. 1962 All-CIF AAAA lineman Rich Deakers started for UCLA
47. 1963 All-Catholic League blocking back, Richard Vanis, M.D. had four sons play for Cubs; two were All-CIF RBs
48. Antoine Harris was 1996 CIF Def. Player-of-the-Year; started at TE for USC for four years
49. All-CIF DB Chris Conte ’07 started for NFL’s Chicago Bears, now with Tampa Bay
50. 2005 CIF Div. I Off. Player-of-the-Year Henry Burge threw for school record 2,806 yds. and 26 TDS; helped lead Cubs to CIF Div. I title
51. 12 of Loyola’s National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes attended Stanford
52. 2015 secondary comprised of seniors Kelly Blake, Myles Bryant, David Long, Jordan Riordan and David Tolbert may be Cubs’ best ever
53. All-CIF QB Andy Henderson ’78 led Cubs to CIF Big Five Conference semifinals in 1977
54. Jared Baker, 2009 and 2010 Serra League Off. MVP rushed for 2,605 career yards
55. Loyola won six consecutive Catholic League titles from 1960-1966
56. All-CIF QB Clelio Boccato one of Loyola’s all-time best; led Cubs to 12-2 record in ‘92
57. 12 trips to CIF Div. I semifinals or beyond from 1988-2005
58. 1982 All-CIF QB Brendan McCracken was high school All-American, played at UCLA, one of Loyola’s all-time best athletes
59. All-CIF DB Calvin Newman attended MIT
60. 2003 CIF Div. I Offensive Player-of-the-Year Scott Deke passed for 2,150 yds and 22 TDs, also rushed for 399 yds; helped lead Cubs to CIF Div. I title
61. Head coach Mario DiMuro’s record from ’63-65: 32-3
62. All-league OL Patrick Girardi ’99 played at Columbia and now works on UCLA football staff as Director of Player Personnel
63. Brothers Matt ’92 and Mike ’96 Vanis earned All-CIF honors as RBs
64. Mike Long, All-CIF Def. tackle in ’97 attended Princeton, is one of Loyola’s all-time best DL
65. 1993 All-CIF DL Eric Tausilimagalaga Scanlon started at Duke
66. 1998 All-CIF Southern Section LB Andrew Altman commuted from Thousand Oaks, started for Penn of the Ivy League
67. 30 of Loyola’s National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes attended Ivy League Schools
68. 1986 All-Del Rey League fullback John Winnek exemplified toughness of Cub Football; won Bruin Award at UCLA
69. All-Serra League DE George Hypolite was All-Big 12 at Colorado and All-Academic for Buffs
70. 1994 All-Del Rey League LB Joe Cesta started for Arizona State
71. All-Del Rey League LB Chris Rising ’87 helped Duke win ACC title in 1989
72. Scored 409 points in 14 games in 1992 (CIF Div. I runner-up)
73. 1995 Loyola squad, surprise CIF Div. I finalist
74. 1974 center Mike Shatynski attended Naval Academy, because Admiral in U.S. Navy
75. 2004 All-CIF Kicker Thomas Weber won the Lou Groza Award at Arizona State

Image from Loyola of Los Angeles 1950 yearbook shows home game played on campus between St. Monica and the Cubs in October of 1949. Last year's home game against St. Augustine of San Diego was the first one played on-campus since that day.

Image from Loyola of Los Angeles 1950 yearbook shows home game played on campus between St. Monica and the Cubs in October of 1949. Last year’s home game against St. Augustine of San Diego was the first one played on-campus since that day.

76. Loyola’s 1995, 37-35, playoff semifinal win over Los Alamitos may be most exciting game in Cub annals
77. Loyola has defeated all-time CIF Champion leader L.B. Poly five times
78. Jim McAnany ’83 All-Del Rey League LB was one of best Cub LBs of all time; was baseball star at LMU
79. 1989 All-CIF DB Khalil McAlpin also starred at RB for Cubs; one of Loyola’s all-time best players
80. 1997 All-Del Rey League RB/DB Steve Faulk played for Penn; was also Ivy League sprint champion
81. Loyola allowed only 18 points over course of season in 1927
82. 2003 All-CIF LB Ian Wilson was All-Ivy at Dartmouth
83. 1991 All-CIF DE Chris Econn played for Duke
84. Most points scored: 62 in 1924 vs. Pacific Military Academy; 61 vs. Salesian (1975)
85. 1995 team scored 31 points against Fontana, considered top defense in state
86. 2009 All-CIF off. tackle Colin Tanigawa was a three-year starter for Washington
87. Two-time all-league safety Scott Walter ’97 was one of Cubs’ all-time best at position; was baseball star at LMU
88. 2011 All-CIF safety Kodi Whitfield is a starting safety at Stanford
89. 1984 two-way All-Del Rey League lineman Greg Heinen graduated from Yale medical school; both of his sons played for Cubs
90. 1990 10-7 quarter final win over Fontana one of best games in Loyola annals
91. All-Serra League three-year starter Cameron Walker ’13 is a DB at Cal
92. Loyola’s 1987 15-8 victory over Crespi was epic; both teams were rated in national top ten
93. 1982 All-CIF Safety Fred Sainz was granted a scholarship to Air Force Academy
94. All-CIF, All-State kicker Mick MacGillivray averaged 43.4 yds per punt; was a USC starter
95. 1985 All-Del Rey League running back Mark Estwick started for UCLA
96. Loyola played in CIF playoffs for 25 consecutive seasons from 1981-2005
97. 1948 All-CIF back Joe St. Geme played for Stanford
98. 23-22 victory over CIF Div. III champ Hart in 1998 was a thriller
99. Twin brothers Donald (All-CIF DE) and Ronald Evans ’85 were outstanding
100. All-league RB Richard Brown ’85 was another talented RB from the Brown family, including Fred ’75 and Michael ‘92
101. 1961 All-Catholic League guard Steve Barry started at USC
102. 1982 All-CIF offensive tackle Guy Collins started as a freshman for Arizona
103. 1975 All-CIF offensive tackle Rod Butler started for Colorado
104. Most Consecutive league wins: 37 (1960-1966)
105. 1994 All-CIF punter Mark McDonald started for Arizona; hit a 53-yd FG at Loyola
106. Chad Slapnicka was All-CIF LB in 2000 and 2001; played for University of Pennsylvania
107. Cubs’ 27-23 non-league victory over Div. II Champ Hart in 1995 was one of top wins of season
108. 1995 All-Del Rey League corner Erik McGoldrick is now an orthopedic surgeon
109. 2005 All-CIF WR Marcus Lawrence started for the University of Pennsylvania
110. Most shutouts in a season: seven (1963)
111. 23-14 victory over Bishop Amat before SRO crowd at Glendale in 1995 was big
112. 1992 All-CIF tackle Robert Jungerhans played for Harvard
113. 1975 All-CIF wide receiver Kazell Pugh started for Colorado
114. Number of Seasons without a loss: six (1927, 1930, 1942, 1962, 1963, 1975)
115. All-CIF DL John Fouts, his twin Martin and brother David were three of toughest Cub DL ever
116. All-CIF LB Bronson Green ’09 was All-Ivy League and team captain at Dartmouth
117. Current Loyola DB David Long is rated the number one DB in California and the West by Scout.com
118. 1993 All-CIF safety David Olsen played at Harvard
119. Desmond Taylor ’05, All-Serra League lineman, All-Academic Big Ten starter at Northwestern
120. 1990 and 1991 All-CIF punter John Stonehouse started at USC
121. 1977 All-CIF OT Joe Murray started for USC
122. 1997 3-0 victory over Bishop Amat was epic
123. Defeated San Francisco St. Ignatius in ’35 to win California Catholic Championship
124. All-League RB Kadar Hamilton ’94 started for Bill Walsh at Stanford as a DB
125. 30 seasons without a league loss
126. Jimmy Klein ’89, two-time All-CIF safety, started at Stanford as freshman
127. All-CIF DB Jim Abbott shut down L.B. Poly’s future NFL star DeSean Jackson in ’03 title game
128. Head Coach Bill Sargent’s overall record: 39-7-3 (1937-38; 1943-46), 83%
129. 1988 Cub MVP, All-CIF RB Johann Fuller, one of Loyola’s best all-time
130. All-league LB Kwame Cain attended Stanford and Harvard Law School
131. 1997 12-1 squad allowed only 90 points, one of all-time best Loyola defensive units
132. Frank Layana was rare two-time All-CIF back in 1950 and 1951
133. 2005 CIF 49-42 win over Esperanza in CIF Div. I title game one of most exciting Loyola games ever
134. All-CIF LB Sloane Joseph ’98 and his brother, All-CIF WR Taylor ’06 were both captains at Columbia
135. 1988 All-CIF DL Matt Butkus is son of NFL Hall of Famer, Dick Butkus
136. Two-time All-CIF AAAA LB Bob Woolway ’77 played for Harvard
137. John Kvasnicka, great Cub soph coach, had 72-0-1 unbeaten streak
138. Three-year starter, all-league RB/DB Taylor Williams ’00 (1997-1999) grandson of ‘30’s star George Callanan
139. Marty Shaugnessy’s three year head coaching record: 27-6 (1973-75) (82%); led Cubs to National championship in 1975
140. Defensive Coordinator Jon Dawson’s stop squads allowed less than 10 points per game over 23 seasons (1973-1995), an incredible statistic
141. All-CIF punter Paul Stonehouse ’89 is Loyola’s only three time All-CIF player; punted for Stanford
142. Steve Grady, only individual to be named State Player-of-the-Year (1962) and State Coach-of-the-Year (2003)
143. Cubs played in four CIF Div. I title games in 1990’s (1990, 1992, 1995, 1996)
144. All-CIF LB Keven Dell’Amico ‘90 was starter on Pepperdine’s NCAA champ baseball squad in 1992
145. 23,632 fans in attendance at 1963 CIF AAAA championship game against El Rancho
146. 1998 All-CIF OT Scott Tercero started for Cal and NFL’s St. Louis Rams
147. 13 former Cubs currently on Pac-12 football rosters
148. Four players from ’10 squad were collegiate captains in 2014: Anthony Barr (UCLA), Bronson Green (Dartsmouth), Jordan Hanson (Nevada), Colin Tanigawa (Washington)
149. 1975 14-13 victory over St. Paul at Coliseum ranks among top all-time wins
150. Three unbeaten CIF AAAA Championship seasons, 1962 (12-0), 1963 (12-0), 1975 (13-0)
151. Pat Jacobs is one of the best sports information contributors any school anywhere in the nation has ever had.

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  1. Cary Goolsby
    Posted September 2, 2015 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Privledged Cub baller 1974-1978. Such an honor to where the blue.

    Posted July 9, 2016 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    WAY TO GO, LOYOLA CUBS AND PAT JACOBS…FROM Wayne Kurtz, Loyola’s class of ’65, at 12:15 AM from Caserta, Italy.

  3. Louis Edward Brizzol
    Posted August 1, 2018 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Very interesting.

    Ed Brizzolara ’52

  4. Paul J. Turgeon
    Posted March 7, 2021 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    I guess I came in at 152, eh Pat? 🙂

    I would add that in item #84, our 1975 game vs. Salesian in which we scored 61 points would have crushed the record of 62 points had we not agreed to a running clock in the second half.

  5. Andy Henderson
    Posted June 10, 2021 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    Great job guys!!! Remarkable what you were able to pull together!! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Cub Nation!!

  6. Barney Landgraf '69
    Posted November 1, 2023 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Phil Jebbia, #15, starting tailback on Loyola’s 1965 single-wing team, played the entire first-round playoff game against Westminster with TWO separated shoulders!! (The 1965 team was the Catholic League Champion, finishing regular season play with an 8-0 record. Phil was voted All CIF and All American.)

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