MSJ freshman QB throws two late TD passes, but Ryken prevails, 30-28

Playing its football season-opener against an opponent it routed one year ago, Mount St. Joseph traveled to Leonardtown, Saturday night, for its annual Lambert Cup showdown with St. Mary’s-Ryken and suffered a 30-28 upset to the Knights.

Ryken burst out to a 13-0 lead and was ahead 30-14 early in the fourth quarter before the visiting Gaels staged at late rally that came up just short.

St. Joe freshman quarterback Billy Akins threw a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes, the first to senior Matthew MacDonald and the second to sophomore Amir Hall, with 4 minutes, 25 seconds to play. The Gaels got a two-point conversion after the first score to make it a one score game, but failed on the second conversion pass to remain trailing by two. Unfortunately for coach Rich Holzer’s squad, they would not dent the scoreboard again, as the Knights held on for the victory.

St. Joe’s first score came in the second quarter as the Gaels marched 80-yards and they pulled within 20-14, at the half, following a 16-yard touchdown run by sophomore Marlowe Wax.