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Loyola Rams back where they expected, but with a challenge ahead

Posted at 3:58 PM, Nov 15, 2018

MISSOULA – While Cat-Griz is going on in Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the Missoula Loyola Rams will be playing on their home grass in Missoula for a chance at the Class B state title.

Loyola has been phenomenal all year, but if the Rams want to cap off the season with a championship, they’ll have to beat the Fairfield Eagles, the team that handed the Rams their lone loss of the season. It wasn’t a close one, either, as the Eagles blew out Loyola 38-6.

While Loyola’s expectation is getting to the state title game each year, the Rams know they have some cleanup to do if they want a shot on Saturday.

“Expectations are definitely to get to state every year. I guess the people that have played before us have paved the way of what it looks like to get there and what it takes,” said senior running back Ryan Tirrell.

“We just got to play better. I mean, that first game it was early on, a lot of young kids, different spots, we turned the ball over five times. You don’t win very many games … when you turn the ball over five times, so I think if we can control that part of it I think it’ll be a pretty good game,” said Loyola head coach Todd Hughes.