Friendship defeats St. Joes, 18-13

It wasn't pretty, but it was a win for Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) who barely held on to defeat St. Joseph, 18-13, in the final seconds of the I-95 Kickoff Classic opening game. Who were the playmakers and game changers? Find out inside...

BOWIE -- For many a win is a win. It can be ugly as long as it's a win right? Well, that is not the case for Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) head coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim who defined his 18-13 victory over St. Joseph in the I-95 Kickoff Classic opener Thursday night as, well, pretty much ugly.

"We played bad football," said Rahim. "We held on by the grace of God, but we have a lot of revamping to do and we need to do a lot better than what we are showing."

I assume he means better than the three turnovers they had in the fourth quarter. While they were missing their starting quarterback Tim Brady to an ankle injury that occurred early in the game, it still was not a legitimate excuse for a team loaded with Division-1 talent said Rahim.

"We should have closed it. We are finding a way to win--barely."

Like turning to defensive back Reginal Wyatt, a sleeper, to make a diving deflection to preserve the Knight's win -- barely.

Before the turnovers took place; however, it was running back Albert Reid, a West Virginia commit, who gave his Knights the early edge with two first half touchdowns. It was five-star Eddie Goldman who had five tackles, two for loss and one third quarter sack. It was 2014 cornerback Jalen Tabor who was a dual threat and linebacker Selton Hodge who had close to double digit tackles. All of which are Division-1 prospects.

"Our best and most valuable player right now is Albert Reid," said Rahim. "He does little things that make him so great. He's our hardest worker. He is a very rugged back and a relentless runner."

But as they entered the fourth quarter, where did the talent go?

"I liked our defense the first three quarters then we fell a part," said Rahim.

"The mental intensity needs to be up," answered Goldman. "We need to do better in practice to prevent those mistakes."

With a plethora of playmakers, all eyes and pressure will be on Friendship as they face Georgetown Prep (Md.) Sept. 9.

Playmakers on St. Joseph:

Temple wide receiver commit Sam Benjamin
Temple quarterback commit Ben Onett
Junior quarterback Luke Casey

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