Archbishop Curley football coach Sean Murphy could not have asked for a bigger win to mark his 100th career victory.
Friday, the Friars upset MIAA A Conference foe and No. 10 Loyola, for the first time by rolling up 39 unanswered points for a 39-7 victory at home under the lights.
“It just means I’ve been around a long time,” Murphy said with a laugh. “It was satisfying. More importantly, I was happy for our school, happy for our kids. I’m proud of how far our program’s come. When I first started there, I thought I would be there a very short time, but I love our school and I love our kids.
“Our kids are not privileged by any means. They’re blue collar kids who have to work for everything they get. It was so satisfying to watch them on Friday. Everybody was into it. Our whole student body was into it.”
Murphy, who grew up in New Jersey but played football at Towson, took over the Friars in 1997. Since then, he has guided them to a 100-72 record.
“It was tough early on. Sometimes, I had to question whether I was ever going to have a winning season, but the last few years have been fun. We’ve had a lot of good players,” said Murphy, who notched 24 wins in the past three years.
Murphy wasn’t convinced he would reach the milestone Friday night against the Dons, who had just beaten St. John’s, the perennial Washington, D.C. powerhouse, 13-7, last weekend. Two weeks before that, St. John’s beat then-No. 3 Calvert Hall, 17-7.
“I told our coaches, ‘We’re going to have to play a perfect game.’” Murphy said. “We had never beaten Loyola and after they beat St. John’s last week and they scored on their first possession [Friday], I said, ‘We’re just going to have to try to keep this one close,’ but the kids just played really well.”
Although Murphy praised all of his players, he cited three who had especially big nights. Junior Deonte Harris had four touchdown runs, including one of 74 yards. Senior quarterback Garrett Reynolds had a 78-yard touchdown run off an option keep. Senior defensive end Corey Frisby had an interception and six tackles. Murphy also lauded the play of his offensive line.
The Friars are 3-0 with one more non-league game to go before heading into their MIAA B Conference schedule. They play Caravel Academy, Del. at home Friday at 7 p.m.