It has been a tough opening stretch for the St. Mary’s football team as the Saints opened their season with consecutive shutout losses, on the road. Back in Annapolis Friday night, St. Mary’s scored five first half touchdowns and rolled to a 42-20 MIAA B Conference win over St. Frances.
Ironically, St. Mary’s first points of 2010 were scored by the defense, as Connor Crowley made a tackle in the end zone for a safety, breaking the Saints’ scoring drought. Braidon Graham followed with a 22 yard touchdown run on St. Mary’s next possession to build a 9-0 lead at the end of one quarter.
In the second quarter, Horace Chalstrom scored on a seven yard pass reception from Spencer Coyle and, later in the half, Chalstrom scored on a 20 yard run. In between, Nate Lewnes and Malik Branch found paydirt on runs of one and three yards, respectively.
The Saints substituted freely throughout the second half with their only additional score coming in the fourth quarter on a 65 yard kickoff return by Graham Begley.
St. Frances (0-3) salvaged something from the night as quarterback Wayne Harris tossed three fourth quarter touchdown passes with two being sixty-plus yards to Darius Lee.
With the closing flurry, Harris finished with 269 yards passing, but he was intercepted three times in the contest.
St. Mary’s 42, St. Frances 20
SM-Safety-Crowley tackled Abdul in end zone
SM-Graham 22 run (Graham kick)
SM-Chalstrom 7 pass from Coyle (Graham kick)
SM-Lewnes 1 run (kick failed)
SM-Branch 3 run (Graham kick)
SM-Chalstrom 20 run (Kick failed)
SF-Jones 18 pass from Harris (run failed)
SF-Lee 63 pass from Harris (run failed)
SM-Begley 65 kickoff return (Graham kick)
SF-Lee 64 pass from Harris (Harris run)