St. Mary’s Ryken earned a shutout over Options Charter School of Washington, D.C., on Friday night with a 51-0 tally.
Last year, the Knights edged the team, 33-31.
Ryken head coach Jerry Franks said it was a big game for his team, which is now 5-3 overall.
“They were very talented and athletic opponents,” Franks said. “I thought overall we played very well. Our special teams and defense did a great job for us. We rang up some numbers.”
Starting quarterback Ryan Deal connected with Nick Gray for a 10-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to get the scoring started after the Knights and its ground crew pushed up the field.
Junior running back Chazz Bradner saw the end zone on a seven-yard touchdown run.
Junior Josh Carpenter added to his punt return tally (three on the year) when he carried the ball 77 yards for the Knights.
Franks was proud of sophomore Casey Bernard, who recovered a fumble and trotted 43 yards for another Ryken touchdown.
Senior running back KaDarrius Campbell scored twice and was the team’s leading rusher. Campbell had seven carries for 80 yards.
Freshman Damien Jones also saw the end zone after a 31-yard carry and Kyle Goddard intercepted another pass, his fourth of the year, for a touchdown.
Deal completed three passes for 66 yards and senior kicker Sean Garrahan was 7 for 7 on extra points.
Leading tacklers for Ryken were Dominic Moore with nine, Jones with six and Devon Montgomery with five.
The Knights host Paul VI of Fairfax, Va., at 7 p.m. Friday.