Week 9 Preview: DeMatha vs Gonzaga

One of the oldest area rivalries should produce one of the best football games of the season Friday night when the DeMatha Stags welcome the Gonzaga Purple Eagles. There will be high-major Division 1 college football talent all over the field in a game scouts will be drooling over.


Courtesy DC Sports Fan

Stags Head Coach Eljiah Brooks broke down the magnitude of the matchup:

Friday we play a very important game against Gonzaga as we try to fight for playoff seeding. They are playing extremely well on both sides of the ball.

For DeMatha, a win would be a chance to seize control of the Washington Area Catholic Conference regular season standings. It would also give the Stags one of their best wins of the season. Depending where you look, DeMatha is ranked No. 1 by the Washington Post and DC Sports Fan, but Gonzaga claims the No. 7 and No. 2 spots respectively in those polls.

They have elusive running backs and dynamic wide receivers that can really make you pay if you aren’t disciplined. Their defense has pitched two straight shut outs.


dematha_HS_0053Both DeMatha and Gonzaga played without their starting quarterbacks last week, and both teams still won convincingly. With John Lovett out last Saturday, the Stags relied on a lethal ground game to carve up the McNamara Mustangs. Coach Brooks has said Lovett will be a game-time decision for Friday night’s game, and many expect DeMatha to again make much use of Wisconsin-bound Taiwan Deal and sophomore Lorenzo Harrison.

 Gonzaga has weapons on its side too, in players like lineman Richie Petitbon Jr, defensive backs Miles Taylor and Marcus Lewis and wide receiver Jabari Greenwood.

PetitbonWe have our work cut out for us this Friday to say the least. We must cut down on penalties and limit mistakes in order to be successful.

DeMatha vs Gonzaga under the Friday night lights. It doesn’t get much better. Check back with Inside DeMatha Football for much more on this game, and follow us on Twitter @InsideDMFB for pictures and live action from the game. And if you want to check it out, the Washington Post did a preview video for Friday night’s game, click here to watch.

Go Stags!

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