Bernie Rogers came to Archbishop Ryan in his early teens and stayed into his 40s. It’s the only place he’s ever known, but a simple desire to teach and coach in the same building led the longtime Ryan boys basketball coach to seek another challenge.
Needless to say, last softball season was anything but normal for Archbishop Ryan.
Staring at fourth-and-5 while nursing a one-score lead with 12 seconds left on the clock, the Archbishop Ryan coaching staff might have faced a gut-wrenching decision. But for one more play at least, the Raiders still had Samir Bullock.
WHERE: George Washington High School WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. LAST YEAR: Ryan, 21-0 RYAN LEADS SERIES: 27-9-1
Ryan got its first playoff football win since 2004 behind the joint efforts of Samir Bullock and Bobby McDevitt.
In sports, the concept of deja vu sometimes has a cosmic way of spinning full circle.
When your mom and dad and numerous relatives attended the same high school, your allegiance is pretty well determined long before you finish eighth grade.
In the moments following Saturday’s gritty season-opening win over archrival Father Judge, Frank McArdle reiterated the team’s motto to his victorious Archbishop Ryan Raiders:
With Week 1 of the high school football season kicking off this weekend, here’s a closer look at the seven Northeast-area programs: