St. Marys Ryken claims first-ever WCAC win
Football team downs Ireton; Great Mills falls to Potomac
By JAMES A. McCRAY III and TAMMY SHOWALTER
A 38-24 victory over Bishop Ireton delivered the St. Mary’s Ryken Knights football program, which began play in 2006, its first-ever Washington Catholic Athletic Conference victory on Saturday.
“Well, it was nice and a very good win for us,” Ryken head coach Jerry Franks said. “We have been getting better and that is what we strive for, to make improvements every time we step on the field.”
Offensively, running backs Chazz Bradner and KaDarrius Campbell each rushed for over 100 yards and each scored a rushing touchdown in the road victory.
Additionally, Kyle Goddard returned a kickoff for a touchdown and caught a touchdown from quarterback Ryan Deal in the win.
“One of the good things about being here is that the entire school is supportive of what we’re doing,” Franks said. “I’ve received a number of congratulations and I hear nothing but good things about the players from the staff. It sounds like we’re heading in the right direction.”
Franks also took time to appreciate the efforts of his defense in the historic win.
“Bishop Ireton does so many things that can hurt you on offense, I thought that our defense played very well,” he added. “They were able to shut them down. They have a tremendous screen game and I thought this was an overall team win.”
Ryken (2-3, 1-1 WCAC) will host Bishop Walsh of Allegany County at 7 p.m. Friday.
Great Mills falls
The Hornets hosted Potomac of Prince George’s County on Friday night and lost 42-26.
Great Mills head coach Tyrone Bell said the loss came down to the mental areas.
“It’s time for us to take the practice techniques to the game field,” Bell said. “Having said that, one thing stays consistent, we always finish the game. The players get it, they understand the situation they are in and work hard everyday to improve it. The beauty of it all is that we have gotten better. We have been playing programs that are established and soon we will be one of them.”
Senior wide receiver Michael Hill scored two touchdowns. His first came off a fumble recovery in the red zone and the very next play was a slant to him. Ian Williams scored late in the game on a rushing touchdown and Eugene Wright ran a fumble for a touchdown late in the game.
Wide receiver Markeese Hill said the team was close to coming back.
“We had it and then we couldn’t pull it out toward the end,” Hill said. “We kind of fell apart. We did have a bad call. He fumbled the ball but we were called for a penalty before he fumbled so they called it back.”
Great Mills (0-5, 0-3) travels to Patuxent for its next contest at 7 p.m. Friday.