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The most this.
The first that.
The first-ever this and the first-ever that.
The previous phrases preceded a lot of monumental achievements this past year for the St. Mary’s Ryken Knights football program led by first-year head coach Jerry Franks.
Franks led the Knights to their first-ever winning season in program history, finishing 7-3 overall.
Not only was it the first-winning season for Ryken, its fans and supporters witnessed a season in which the Knights won the most games 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.
“This season has been an outstanding accomplishment for our team and players,” Franks said in November. “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.”
That high note was a 41-0 victory over Riverdale Baptist High School in Prince George’s County on Nov. 2, the team’s sixth straight win to finish the season.
The Knights averaged 46.7 points per game in its seven wins and won those games by an average margin of 34.2 points.
Franks was named All-County Co-Coach of the Year for his team’s achievements.
With the Knights looking to soon play a full Washington Catholic Athletic Conference in 2014, the foundation is now set for a winning program to be built upon.
“We’re going to proceed and try to continue to build on this,” Franks added in November, “because we feel that this year helped build the foundation.”
JAMES A. McCRAY III