No win ever comes easy in the WCAC, and DeMatha was reminded of that fact again last Saturday. The Stags rallied from a 9-7 halftime deficit on the road at St. Johns to come back and win 26-21.
We definitely know that once we got into league play every game is going to be hard-fought. St. Johns came out and played a much better first half than we did.
In the second half, the DeMatha defense clamped down on St. Johns mobile quarterback Will Ulmer and did a better job of preventing big plays. Brooks highlighted the play of defensive backs Jarriel Jordan Jr. and Jamal Robinson. But St. Johns stayed in the game until the end.
Offensively, the DeMatha big men on the line were able to generate more push in the second half, opening holes for running backs Taiwan Deal and Lorenzo Harrison. Deal had a monster game, but a late ankle injury forced him to the sideline. Harrison stepped up and then delivered the game winning touchdown run.
I told them we have to develop a sense of urgency. Our guys came out and responded well.
Now the Stags focus turns to the biggest game of the season: playing Good Counsel on Friday night. While DeMatha has not beaten the Falcons since 2010, Brooks will have the team focused and prepared for Friday’s clash of the WCAC heavyweights.
The win puts DeMatha at 4-1 on the season, and 1-0 in conference play.
Check back often for more DeMatha news, including Players of the Week from the win over St. Johns as well as a full preview of Friday night’s showdown with Good Counsel. The Falcons will be coming off an upset loss at the hands of Gonzaga, so both teams will be primed for the match up.
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