It’s been a long season, starting way back in August with two-a-days, and now the culmination of hard work, practice and precision will reach the final chapter when DeMatha faces St. Johns for the WCAC Championship on Saturday in Byrd Stadium.
After a 10-1 season that included an undefeated run through the WCAC, the Stags faced much difficulty in the WCAC semifinals against Good Counsel. It seemed fitting that DeMatha would have to knock off the Falcons to get back to the championship, and a 29-28 overtime thriller reminded the D.C. area how tough it is to win in the WCAC playoffs.
Now, the Stags turn their focus to St. Johns. The Cadets have a dynamic run/pass threat in first team All-WCAC quarterback Will Ulmer. The Maryland-bound recruit can keep plays alive with his arm or by running out of the pocket.
With Ulmer and other playmakers on offense, the Cadets boast a strong offensive attack, but the defense makes the team so difficult. Cornerback Omar Truitt leads the WCAC’s best defense, and in their semifinal victory, St. Johns held Gonzaga to just 10 points.
The St. Johns defense pitched two shutouts en route to a 10-1 record this season, their only loss coming 26-21 to DeMatha in late September. In that game, the Stags 26 points was the highest total the Cadets gave up all year.
Stag fans can expect a lot of running in this game to set the pace and establish their strength. Running backs Taiwan Deal and Lorenzo Harrison will need big games against the stout Cadet front line. Quarterback John Lovett will need to connect with Cam Phillips and Chris Jones like he did in the semifinals as well to combat the secondary strengths of St. Johns.
Defensively, DeMatha will need its big men, particularly DeVante Fox, to control the line of scrimmage and allow linebackers Dale Matthews and JaWhaun Bentley to make tackles. In the defensive backfield Jarriel Jordan and Jamal Robinson must play disciplined and limit big plays from the Cadets.
With two strong teams, often a game can come down to who makes the fewest mistakes. Taking care of the football will be of paramount importance for DeMatha to bring home another WCAC Championship.
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- Congrats To Coach Elijah Brooks As WCAC Coach Of The Year (insidedemathafootball.com)
- Players of the Week: DeMatha 29, Good Counsel 28 (OT) (insidedemathafootball.com)
- Ruble, Deal, Phillips and Bentley Lead 22 Stags With WCAC Honors (insidedemathafootball.com)
- DeMatha Edges Good Counsel 29-28 In Overtime (insidedemathafootball.com)