WCAC Playoff Preview: Good Counsel vs. DeMatha

DeMatha marched through the Washington Area Catholic Conference regular season undefeated, but the stakes get much higher this weekend. Sunday at Byrd Stadium in College Park, the Stags will face off against their WCAC-football nemesis in Good Counsel, with the chance to erase a string of recent playoff losses.

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In September, DeMatha beat Good Counsel 21-0, a convincing win for the Stags. But as the playoff pressure mounts, the Falcons come into the game healthy and ready to retain their WCAC crown. DeMatha Head Coach Elijah Brooks knows what to expect.

Records, rankings, past games don’t mean a thing this time of year. It’s win or go home right now and everyone is clear on that as we get ready to face Good Counsel.

The Falcons come into the game with losses to DeMatha, St. Johns and Gonzaga on the season, yet the team is full of talent. Senior defensive lineman Jesse Aniebonam is the No. 2 ranked player in the state, and will play for the University of Maryland next season.

Plus Good Counsel has recent history on its side, winners of the last four WCAC football titles. Brooks hope to change that.

This will be another hard fought game to the end. Good Counsel is healthy, with major contributors ready to go. Their defense has been stout all year and we expect more of the same so we must limit turnovers. Their ground game is potent and their passing attack has been improving every week. We can’t give up big plays this week.

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DeMatha’s explosive rushing attack will be a key to beating the Falcons. Senior running back Taiwan Deal will get a heavy workload, and other runners like Lorenzo Harrison will need big games as well.

If DeMatha wants to get back to the WCAC title game, it will require taking down their recent foe in the Falcons. Brooks understands this all too well.

We knew coming into the year, one way or another we would have to go through Good Counsel.

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