Saints rally in second half, falls to Episcopal (PA), Wicks goes for 218 and 3 TDs

Alex Wicks (2), running the ball in a 2018 match against St. Vincent Pallotti, had a monster game for St. Mary’s in the season opener Friday evening. The senior rushed for 218 yards and 3 touchdowns, but the Saints fell to Episcopal Academy near Philadelphia.

Despite a valiant comeback and great individual effort from Alex Wicks, St. Mary’s High opened its 2019 campaign with a 34-21 loss to Episcopal Academy in the Philadelphia suburb of Delaware County.

Episcopal quarterback Maurcus McDaniel produced 374 yards and three touchdowns, including a game-sealing 64-yard run with a minute left in regulation. McDaniel threw for 202 yards, featuring a 75-yard scoring pass to Malcolm Folk as Episcopal (1-0 overall) led 21-7 at halftime.

But St. Mary’s, the two-time defending MIAA B Conference champs, rallied behind Wicks. Wicks, a senior who will play lacrosse for the University of Maryland, starting in the spring of 2021, scored all three Saints touchdowns, the last tying the game at 21 with 10 minutes, 21 seconds left in regulation.

Wicks finished with 218 yards on 37 carries, but it wouldn’t be enough. Episcopal regained the lead for good on a 39-yard scamper from Billy Adams.

St. Mary’s (0-1) advanced the ball to Episcopal’s 36 on the ensuing drive, but, on 4th down, Wicks was stopped. McDaniel broke free for the clinching scored with less than a minute remaining.

St. Mary’s rushed for 291 yards Friday as Ki’Sean Gray-Dantzler finished with 65 yards.

The Saints open their home schedule Friday at Pascal Field in Annapolis against Delaware’s Delmar.