Loyola Blakefield traveled to Bethesda on Saturday afternoon and flattened Georgetown Prep’s hopes of claiming a share of the 2010 MIAA A Conference championship, routing the Little Hoyas, 49-24.

Georgetown Prep (7-4, 3-2) had hoped to close its season with a win to be in position to share the MIAA A Conference crown with Gilman and Calvert Hall, if Calvert Hall was able to defeat Loyola on Thanksgiving Day. That would have left three teams at 3-1, with no tie-break advantages.

Instead, the Little Hoyas were eliminated, while Loyola (6-4 overall) improved to 3-1 in the league.  Gilman (7-2 overall) has completed its season and sits at 4-1 in the conference.  If Loyola wins the Turkey Bowl, the Greyhounds and Dons will finish in a tie, but Gilman would win its 10th league title by virtue of a head-to-head win over the Dons.  Gilman would have also owned the tie-break in a two-way tie with Georgetown Prep (7-4, 3-2).  If Calvert Hall (10-1, 3-1) wins on Thanksgiving, the Cardinals and Greyhounds would finish in a first-place tie and Calvert Hall would win the championship because of its win over Gilman.

Loyola played perhaps its best offensive game of the year, displaying excellent balance between the passing and running games.

Quarterback Mike Fafaul threw three touchdown passes, including a pair to Jordan Floyd and one to Mike Higgins, and Ryan Black rushed for a career high three touchdowns.

“Our line dominated the entire game.  It allowed us to run the ball the best we’ve run the whole year,” said Loyola quarterback Mike Fafaul.  “This allowed our passing game to really open up.  All our receivers made huge catches.  Overall, it was a great team victory for us and we’re looking forward to Thanksgiving Day against the Cardinals.”