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California’s Top 50 high school football teams: Drew Casani wants No. 19 Loyola to compete for a championship

Loyola is the clear favorite in the Angelus League and should make a Southern Section playoff run most likely in Division 2 or 3.
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SBLive is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in California ahead of the fall 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Loyola Cubs of the CIF Southern Section, the No. 19 team in our statewide countdown.

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LOYOLA TEAM PAGE | 2021 FALL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

LOYOLA HEAD COACH

Drew Casani – 3rd season – (10-7)

  • Former NFL Scout and UCLA Director of Scouting

2021 SPRING AT A GLANCE

  • 4-0 overall
  • 3-0 in Angelus League (1st)

IMPACT DEPARTURES

  • CEYAIR WRIGHT, 6-1, 181, WR/Corner/KR/Athlete (USC freshman)
  • JOSH LONG, 6-4, 232, DL/TE (Graduated)
  • ZAKHARI SPEARS, 6-3, 185, Corner/WR, (Washington freshman)
  • BRAYDEN ZERMENO, 6-4, 224, QB (University of Arizona freshman)
  • JEFFREY JOHNSON, 6-5, 226, DL
  • HARRISON ALLEN, 5-10, 171, RB (Transferred to Dorsey)

2021 FALL SCHEDULE

  • Aug. 20 vs. Inglewood - 7:00PM
  • Aug. 26 vs. Damien – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 3 @ Culver City – 7:00PM
  • Sept.. 10 @ Cathedral – 7:00PM
  • Sept. 17 vs. Crenshaw – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 1 @ San Clemente – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 15 @ Crespi – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 22 @ St. Francis – 7:00PM
  • Oct. 29 vs. St. Paul – 7:00PM

RETURNING STARTERS

  • 6 on offense
  • 5 on defense

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Sam Yoon (Senior-OL) (6-5, 280)

Offer sheet: 12 offers including Cal, UCLA and USC

Coach Casani: “Sam is a big, athletic and super smart kid. He has great feet and he's very strong. He'll be the anchor on the o-line for us."

Jack Susnjar (Junior-OL) (6-5, 305)

Coach Casani: “Jack started for us in the spring and we're expecting him to have a big season. He should make a big jump."