The Cup re­turns home

Brady earns first win as St. Mary’s Ryken foot­ball wins opener

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @SOMDhab­s­fan

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.”

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