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St. Mary’s Ryken Knights head football coach Jerry Franks, in his first year as the head of the Knights, has coached the Knights program to some high marks.
Those marks include the most wins in program history at seven, the longest winning streak in program history at six games, the most wins at home in a single season at five and most shutout victories in a single season at four.
And, according to Franks, this historic season is just the foundation.
Franks and the Knights closed out the 2012 season with a 41-0 victory over Riverdale Baptist School in Prince George’s County on Friday night. And for the seniors, those new, fairly new and old to the program, this season, Franks admits, was special for them.
“They were ecstatic,” Franks said of Friday night’s win. “It was a great season for the team and the players that have been here with us or were here before I got here. They didn’t have this type of season and they struggled [before] and it was really good to see them enjoy the year and be proud.”
The victory on Friday night was the smoothing over of the pavement for the Franks foundation, taking the Knights to a 7-3 overall record.
After winning only one of the first four games, the Knights reeled off six straight wins to close the year.
“This season has been an outstanding accomplishment for our team and players,” Franks said. “We started off just trying to get to know everybody, the coaches trying to get to know the players and the players trying to get to know the coaches. We started a little slow, but ended up on a high note.”
But now, with the foundation in place, Franks admits that it will take a list of things to build upon it including, immediately, improving the offseason weight program, securing a large and talented incoming freshmen class, similar to the freshmen class this past season and attracting players to Ryken for next season who can make immediate impacts on the team.
“We’re going to proceed and try to continue to build on this,” Franks said, “because we feel that this year helped build the foundation.”