Loyola Academy has found another unbeaten football team to fill the open slot on the schedule, and it will provide the seniors one last opportunity to showcase their talents in the friendly confines of Hoerster Field.
The opponent is Phillips of the Chicago Public League and the game will be played at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, April 16.
Phillips has overwhelmed its three opponents, routing Westinghouse 46-6, Taft 48-26 and Lincoln Park 46-0.
Loyola (4-0) is ranked No. 1 in the metropolitan area and is coming off a 37-0 conquest of Hillcrest, another COVID-19 fill-in team that came to Hoerster Field with an unblemished record and a hitherto high-powered offense.
The Ramblers have also bested Catholic League foes St. Rita (7-3), Mt. Carmel (35-17) and Brother Rice (28-7).
The final game of the pandemic-abbreviated season will be played on the road on Friday, April 23, against Marist, the team that spoiled the Ramblers’ 2019 campaign by defeating them in the last regular season game and then again in the quarterfinals of the IHSA 8A playoffs at Hoerster Field.
Neil Milbert was a staff reporter for the Chicago Tribune for 40 years, covering college (Northwestern, Illinois, UIC, Loyola) and professional (Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, horse racing, more) sports during that time. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on a Tribune travel investigation and has covered Loyola Academy football since 2011.