Re­flect­ing on the year’s top five sports sto­ries

St. Mary’s Ryken foot­ball wins a ti­tle

The Enterprise - - Front Page - COLIN STOECKER

In their re­turn to the Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence af­ter a one-year hia­tus, the St. Mary’s Ryken High School foot­ball team cap­tured the con­fer­ence’s Metro Divi­sion cham­pi­onship in a 43-0 vic­tory against Bishop O’Con­nell (Va.) at Catholic Univer­sity on Nov. 18.

The St. Mary’s Ryken foot­ball pro­gram claimed its first-ever ti­tle, this sea­son af­ter hav­ing their foot­ball pro­gram com­pletely turned around by sec­ond-year head coach Aaron Brady over the past two years go­ing from 1-9 to a 10-2 over­all record play­ing in the WCAC Metro Divi­sion. The Knights went 19-3 in Brady’s first two cam­paigns as head coach, and af­ter los­ing the sea­son opener to Mount St. Joseph the team won seven straight games.

St. Mary’s Ryken won the clash of Knights for the WCAC ti­tle against O’Con­nell with plenty of room to spare as the St. Mary’s County squad put the game out of reach with a flurry of points in the last three min­utes of the first half. In fact, St. Mary’s Ryken had ex­tended the lead to 36-0 by the in­ter­mis­sion which in­voked the run­ning clock for the en­tire sec­ond half.

St. Mary’s Ryken got on the board first mid­way through the first quar­ter when Wynn plowed for­ward from a yard out and Gar­rett Watkins added the ex­tra point for a 7-0 lead.

St. Mary’s Ryken re­sponded on its next pos­ses­sion as well, and this time it was Ja­ma­ree Bow­man who scored from 12 yards out and an­other Watkins ex­tra point ex­tended the lead to 14-0 with just over one minute re­main­ing in the first quar­ter.

On its sec­ond pos­ses­sion of the sec­ond quar­ter, St. Mary’s Ryken needed eight plays to go 78 yards and this time Wynn went off right tackle and raced 26 yards for his sec­ond score of the game and an­other Watkins point af­ter made it 21-0 with just over four min­utes left in the first half.

At half­time, the All-Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence teams were an­nounced and se­nior run­ning back Jonathan Wynn was tabbed as the Metro Con­fer­ence of­fen­sive player of the year.

Af­ter stop­ping O’Con­nell on three plays on its open­ing drive, St. Mary’s Ryken re­sponded by go­ing 59 yards in just eight plays. Wynn car­ried five times for 36 yards, but it was Will McKay who plowed into the end zone from a yard out to ex­tend the lead to 43-0 with less than five min­utes left in the third.

St. Mary’s Ryken’s clos­est game of the sea­son was a home game Sept. 28 against Bullis where the Knights came back from be­hind to se­cure a 34-33 vic­tory, scor­ing 10 points in the fi­nal minute to win.

The Knights lost one other reg­u­lar sea­son game, a non-con­fer­ence de­ci­sion the team dropped to Paul VI 27-24.

FILE PHOTO BY COLIN STOECKER

St. Mary’s Ryken High School play­ers gather to their vic­tory over Bishop O’Con­nell (Va.), 43-6, in the Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Metro Divi­sion foot­ball cham­pi­onship. 1

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