The Cup returns home
Brady earns first win as St. Mary’s Ryken football wins opener
Kristian Marks threw four touchdowns, firstyear head coach Aaron Brady picked up his first career win and the Brother Lambert Cup is back at St. Mary’s Ryken High School following the Knights’ 30-28 football win over visiting Mount Saint Joseph of Baltimore on Saturday.
The Knights (1-0 overall) jumped out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead and led by 16 points with five minutes left in the fourth quarter, then hung on for the win.
“It’s always the hardest one right?” Brady said of his first win. “Our kids battled and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy because they’re a very good football team. They have some talented kids; our kids just hung in there.”
The win also helps the Knights regain possession of the Brother Lambert Cup, which was named in honor of Brother Lambert Bents and established following his death in 2002.
According to a news release, Bents was known as a spirited competitor and one who insisted on only the best from his students and since he had ties each school, who are both a part of the 13-school Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School, the Brother Lambert Cup was founded in 2014.
The two teams have flipped wins through the first four years, with the Gaels (0-1) claiming a 34-7 victor y last season.
“It’s awesome for the kids, they were really excited about that,” Brady said of reclaiming the hardware, “especially after last year losing by a couple touchdowns and not even really being in the game.”
The Knights led 3014 and were seemingly headed to the win when Mount Saint Joseph scored and made the 2-point conversion to make it 30-22 with just over nine minutes left.
The Gaels added another touchdown a few minutes later, but the 2-point
conversion, a one-on-one out route in the corner of the end zone, fell incomplete and the Knights led 30-28.
The Gaels got the ball back with less than a minute remaining, but senior defensive back Jalyn Phillips intercepted a pass at his own 30-yard line to clinch the win.
“They throw the ball a lot and they were really fast,” Brady said of Mount Saint Joseph. “Threw a lot of deep balls and they have two great [college-bound] receivers and they made some really great catches, but our kids did a really great job. The secret for us was to keep playing.”
Marks completed 15 of 24 passes for 180 yards and four scores.
“He did a great job,” Brady said of the 5-11, 180-pound senior. “He’s a gutsy kid and he’s hard to tackle back there. On
one touchdown he broke a couple of tackles and scrambled out and threw a ball for a touchdown.”
Junior John Wynn caught touchdown passes of 14 and 3 yards, Calvin Bell scored on a 60-yard pass and run play and Camden Boyle hauled in a 20-yard scoring toss.
Bell and Wynn combined for 150 rushing yards.
Brady said the defense played well, despite having bad field position, and that defensive backs Wynn, Daniel Keith and Charles Barley all had a strong game against the Gaels’ receivers.
“We jumped out right away and should have been up by more, but we turned it over,” Brady said. “It could have been 20-0 and maybe the game would have been over by that point. We just have to learn how to put people away.”
St. Mary’s Ryken will travel to Pallotti of Prince George’s County to face the Panthers at 7 p.m. Friday.
“Getting the Cup back, especially for the seniors who went through a tough year last year and to come back and start the season with a big win against a quality opponent at home is really exciting,” Brady said. “We’re going to build off that energy. We have to get better at finishing [games], finishing plays too and playing through the whole play. It’s something we’re going to work on this week along with tackling, but it all comes down to the basics. Football is about blocking and tackling and our kids played really hard and we’re going to continue to grow as a team. We’re hoping to get a lot better by next week.”