With the start of the high school season football fast approaching, St. Mary’s traveled to Baltimore City Wednesday afternoon for a scrimmage with Mount St. Joseph.
The Saints, under second-year coach Jason Budroni, went 5-5 last season (2-4 in MIAA B Conference). The Annapolis school graduated 15 seniors including five all-conference performers.
The good news for St. Mary’s is 22 returning letterwinners, led by senior wide receiver/linebacker Connor Kringel, junior wide receiver/defensive back Ryan Poole and junior wide out Josh Wallace. Last season, the Saints lost two games by a total of 10 points.
Mount St. Joseph had an impressive first season with new coach Rich Holzer, finishing 8-3, 4-2 in the MIAA A Conference. The Gaels are hoping to challenge for the title in 2016 with a dynamic passing game with senior quarterback Christian Carter.
Seniors Aaron Johnson (tight end/linebacker), Anthony Ruffin (offensive/defensive line), linebacker BJ Morgan and junior Sam James (running back/linebacker) will also have a major roles. The Gaels open their season Sept. 3 against Washington Catholic Athletic Conference powerhouse Good Counsel, the state’s No. 2 team, at Pleyvak Field in Irvington.
St. Mary’s starts its season Sept. 2 at home against Archbishop Spalding.