After a tough four-game nonconference schedule that saw DeMatha start 3-1, now the real work begins. If DeMatha plans to contend for the 2013 WCAC title, the quest begins Saturday at 2 p.m. in Northwest D.C.
The Stags will face St. Johns (3-1), a team with an explosive offense that starts with quarterback Will Ulmer. Ulmer, a University of Maryland commit, can run or pass to beat defenders. Here’s what Coach Brooks said of the Cadets’ QB:
He’s such a dynamic threat. As the game of football evolves with the zone read at QB, it makes game planning against guys like him very difficult. They can hurt you with their legs, hurt you with their arm. Our first objective is to contain him.
Brooks explained that with Ulmer’s run/pass capability, the play action is a dangerous tool for the Cadets, as well as RB Omar Garcia.
If at any time our kids aren’t disciplined, we can get burned. They have a lot of talent that we have to be on the look out for.
But DeMatha also has plenty of playmakers. Brooks wants a lot from senior RB Taiwan Deal.
We need him to have another monster game. Whenever he touches the ball 20 to 25 times, our winning percentage goes up. We want to stay in that range but we want to give our playmakers on the outside the opportunities to make plays.
To get the workload Brooks wants for Deal, the Stags will rely heavily on their powerful offensive line.
Ultimately, Coach Brooks sees this game coming down to the DeMatha defense making stops against the Cadets.