Year in Review No. 1: St. Mary's Ryken football wins WCAC Metro Division title

Published by The Enterprise on December 28, 2019

Year in Review No. 1: St. Mary's Ryken football wins WCAC Metro Division title

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.

WCAC Metro Division Championship Game. Photo courtesy of The Enterprise. 

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.