Tom Loughran Wins 200th Game In Fox Chapel’s Win at Hampton

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The first win of the season can be a pretty nice feeling, but Fox Chapel delivered an even bigger win for coach Tom Loughran on Friday.

Zakaria’s Essaouab’s 23-yard field goal pushed the Foxes out to a 16-7 lead over Hampton, and that’s all they would need as they gave Loughran his 200th career victory, 16-13, at the Talbots’ Fridley Field.

The Foxes were on the brink of victory during their first four games of the season, but let up a big play or committed a crucial penalty. Against Hampton, the Foxes played well in all three phases of the game, earned their first victory and gave Loughran a special one.

During his five years at Fox Chapel, Loughran has a 14-26 record and led the Foxes to the WPIAL playoffs twice. Before that, Loughran coached at South Park for 30-plus years.

Fox Chapel (1-4, 1-3) will host Upper St. Clair (4-1, 3-1) next week at 7:30 p.m.