Hamid Bullie, Loyola run past Hinsdale Central into quarterfinals

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By Mike Clark

Loyola is never going to be too one-dimensional on offense.

The Ramblers' depth at the skill positions guarantees that.

But sometimes circumstances dictate a tilt one way or another in the game plan. So it was on Saturday afternoon, when Ramblers let their offensive line and running backs do the heavy lifting in a 28-7 Class 8A second-round win over visiting Hinsdale Central.

Loyola (10-1), which reached the quarterfinals for the third straight year and eighth time in nine seasons, will play Marist (11-0) next week.

The Ramblers were typically efficient in the passing game as senior Quinn Boyle was 9 of 15 for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

But Loyola ran much more frequently behind the line of seniors Ryan Hagedorn (6-foot, 235 pounds), Josh Green (6-3, 260) and Charlie Gross (6-5, 270), and sophomores Peter Gianaris (6-1, 225) and Christopher Kelly (6-2, 240).

The Ramblers piled up 292 yards on 55 carries, with Hamid Bullie (25 carries, 167 yards), Boyle (14 carries, 79 yards) and sophomore Trevor Cabanban (nine carries, 43 yards) leading the way.

It was a matchup of Loyola's size against Hinsdale Central's speed, and size won out.

"We knew all week they were a little bit smaller, so we'd be able to bounce off a lot of tackles, break a lot of tackles if we just ran hard," Bullie said.

Though Bullie still wears a brace on his right leg after tearing his ACL last year, the injury seems to be just a fading memory.

"Hamid was great," Loyola coach John Holecek said. "He was patient, he saw a hole and he exploded north and south.

"The kid needs another year and he's going to be a special college player."

Cabanban's promise was apparent when he averaged 8.4 yards on 10 carries and scored a touchdown in a first-round win over New Trier.

"He works super hard, he's very humble," Bullie said of Cabanban, who had all of his carries after halftime Saturday. "Coming up from sophomores is not easy. ... He's learning on the fly."

Boyle liked what he saw of Cabanban's highlights earlier this season, and nothing has happened since to change his opinion.

"We always knew down the line he'd be a great athlete," Boyle said. "This year, he's stepped in already. He's got a motor like no other."

Loyola led 21-0 at halftime, thanks to Boyle's 2-yard TD run and his scoring passes of 8 yards to Rory Boos and 30 yards to Noah Jones.

Hinsdale Central (8-3) pulled within 21-7 on Matt Rush's 33-yard TD pass to Garrett Oakey at 4:13 of the third quarter. But Loyola needed just 59 seconds to answer with Boyle's 4-yard TD run.

"I don't think we played the best in the first half," Hinsdale Central coach Dan Hartman said. "Our run fits weren't real tight. When you're outmatched size-wise, that becomes a problem."

"We played a little better in the second half."

With 15 juniors or sophomores starting, Hartman thinks the momentum could continue in 2018.

"They battled throughout the year, got better and better," he said. "(They) took us to the next step. We just have to go a little further to beat a team like this."

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