Detroit Loyola defeats Ishpeming to take state Division 7 crown; Campbell rushes for 215 yards


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DETROIT — Marvin Campbell and Detroit Loyola weren't leaving Detroit's Ford Field Saturday empty-handed.

Campbell, a senior, rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a 29-8 victory over Ishpeming in the Division 7 state championship game.

Loyola had taken perfect records into the last two title games but fell to the Hematites each time.

"After losing two times in a row, we had a goal," Campbell said. "We had to get this done."

The title was the first in school history.

The Bulldogs (14-0) spotted the Hematites the game's first touchdown but did the rest of the scoring to take control.

Campbell, who averaged more than 10 yards per carry, had a 53-yard scoring run early in the second and gave Loyola the lead for good midway through the quarter with a 7-yard touchdown. He added a 66-yard scamper on the Bulldogs' first possession of the second half and put the game away with a 5-yarder late in the fourth.

"We got guys to him, but it was hard to take him down," said Ishpeming coach Jeff Olson, who saw a 33-game winning streak end. "We were kind of outmatched on the edge."

Both of Campbell's long touchdown runs came after he got to the sideline.

"Running behind the line I've got, I couldn't be more confident," he said. "I followed my blockers."

Loyola allowed just 144 yards — 33 on the ground — and sacked Ishpeming quarterback Ozzy Corp three times. A fourth-down stop late in the third quarter killed Ishpeming's only good scoring chance in the second half.

"They're big and they're strong," Olson said of Loyola. "They were better than us today."

Corp was 9 for 16 for 111 yards for Ishpeming (12-1), which was seeking a third straight title.

Linebacker Paul Engram said the Bulldogs started dreaming of another shot at the Hematites when they began practicing in August.

"The last couple of years, we had a lot of talent," he said. "This year I think it was more about executing and knowing what we could do."

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