Knights knock off McNamara for 2nd straight win
Knights football records second straight win in WCAC contest that needed two days to finish
The weather was unpredictable again for Friday night’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference game between St. Mary’s Ryken and visiting Bishop McNamara.
The game stretched for two days because of a lightning suspension with less than five minutes left before halftime Friday evening and the Knights leading 13-7. Saturday, the Knights never lost that lead and prevailed, 30-7, for their second straight win.
“[Bishop McNamara] is a good football team,” St. Mary’s Ryken head coach Aaron Brady said. “The score is not indica- tive of the game at all. We had a couple late scores and late plays, but I’m happy our guys just hung in there.”
He added: “It’s kind of weird when you have to go play a game the next day and finish it. We have a lot of stuff to clean up still, but I’m really happy to get the first win at home. That’s a big one. Any WCAC win is a big win.”
St. Mary’s Ryken (2-1, 1-0 WCAC) struck first when sophomore quarterback Trevor Nored hit senior wide receiver Camden Boyle with a five yard pass in the end
zone with 2:48 left to go. The Knights tried for the 2-point conversion, but the McNamara defense managed to disrupt the play to leave the score at 6-0.
Boyle had four catches for 140 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Nored was 8 of 11 passing for 170 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
“It went great. It was a good team effort,” Boyle said. “It got split up into two days, but we came back out here and got to work. Our quarterback Trevor played a good game, the offensive line did, too. It’s everybody really, a team effort. It’s a great stepping-stone here and we play Pallotti next weekend.”
The Knights reached the end zone again in the opening minute of the second quarter when Nored hit Boyle for a 42yard touchdown pass. Junior kicker Garrett Watkins made the extra point and the score was 13-0 Knights.
McNamara answered as senior quarterback Miles Miller lobbed a pass to senior wide receiver Ervin Wilkins for a touchdown. The extra point was good, trimming the St. Mary’s Ryken lead to 13-7 with 7:08 left before halftime.
Then with heat lightning in the distance, officials delayed play with 4 minutes 46 seconds left in the opening half and there would be no further play on Friday night. The teams returned to the field for a 7 p.m. Saturday resumption and the Knights ran to a wet victory.
“We have some momentum going now,” Brady said. “We have another team coming from Baltimore next week. We don’t have any easy weeks. I’m excited the way our seniors stepped up tonight and led this team, Camden Boyle, Will McKay, and sophomore quarterback Trevor Nored. Nored made a couple plays that changed the game. The back breaker was the scramble and finding Cam Boyle in the middle of the field.”
The Mustangs started out with the ball when play resumed Saturday, but with only seconds left to go before halftime, junior Colyn Webster intercepted a Miller pass. Webster also had another interception in the third quarter.
The Knights steadily advanced the ball down the field in the third and Watkins managed a 26- yard field goal with 2:44 left in the third quarter to extend the lead to 16-7.
Boyle was next to score for St. Mary’s Ryken with his third touchdown of the game, a 76-yard touchdown pass from Nored with 7:49 left in the fourth quarter.
With the rain intensifying, the Knights capitalized as senior running back Jonathan Wynn ran 45 yards for a touchdown with just over three minutes left in the game. Watkins made the extra point to make it 30-7. Wynn had 19 carries for 140 rushing yards in the game.
“Can’t turn the ball over, can’t have penal- ties,” McNamara head coach Keita Malloy said. “I never feel good if we lose, that’s never acceptable, and we’re not going to accept that. But we can’t turn the ball over and can’t have penalties. We lost nothing, I told them after the game, we only have one goal and that’s to win the WCAC. We lost to a team very comparable to us. Didn’t think we played well in the second half. They won the game.”
St. Mary’s Ryken looks to make it three wins in a row at 7 p.m. Friday in a home contest versus Pallotti of Prince George’s County.
St. Mary’s Ryken senior running back Jonathan Wynn runs with the ball in Friday night’s game against Bishop McNamara High School. Wynn had 19 carries for 140 yards and one touchdown as the Knights were victorious 30-7 in a weather-delayed game that finished Saturday.