St. Mary’s may be in the midst of a rebuilding year with its football team, but it is still a storied program which has won a pair of MIAA B Conference titles in the last five years. It is a program, Annapolis Area Christian has looked up to during the last four years, as it has established its program and begun to make strides.
First the Eagles won the MIAA C Conference crown one year ago. Then they began this fall with impressive non-conference wins and, Friday night, they defeated St. Mary’s, 21-14, to stretch their winning streak to 10 games and improve to 4-0 on the season.
A victory by the Eagles over the Saints was unimaginable of just two years ago, but AACS head coach Ken Lucas is seeing the young talent he has been molding, growing up into an outstanding football team.
St. Mary’s jumped in front, 7-0, in the contest played at Annapolis High School, with a seven yard touchdown run by Braedon Graham, in the first quarter. AACS, however, rolled off the next 21 points and withstood a fourth quarter St. Mary’s score to claim the victory.
Quarterback Chris Chick got the Eagles on the board with a one-yard sneak in the second quarter and James Anderson gave them the lead with a 50-yard touchdown sprint in the third quarter. Anderson ran the ball 19 times for 138 yards in the contest.
The Annapolis Area defense produced the final Eagle score when Jake Kimble scooped up a fumble by Spencer Coyle and returned it six yards for a fourth quarter touchdown.
St. Mary’s (1-3) rallied with a late score as Ryan Hart connected with Graham Begley for a 58 yard touchdown pass, but the Saints failed to recover an onsides kick and never got the ball back.
|Annapolis Area Christian 21, St. Mary’s 14|
|SM-Graham 7 run (Graham kick)|
|AACS-Chick 1 run (Slink kick)|
|AACS-Anderson 50 run (Slink kick)|
|AACS-Kimble 6 fumble return (Slink kick)|
|SM-Begley 58 pass from Hart (Graham kick)|