Game Preview: DeMatha vs St. Mary’s Ryken

The season didn’t get off to the start the Stags wanted, but DeMatha has a chance to bounce back strong Friday night in their first WCAC game of the season. Coach Elijah Brooks will travel with his team for the second week in a row, this time to Southern Maryland to face a tough a Knights squad that will be motivated to face the defending WCAC champs.

Screen shot 2014-09-04 at 11.16.21 AMLast week St. Mary’s Ryken scored a dominating win over Severn (Md.) while DeMatha fell to Pennsylvania powerhouse Archbishop Wood 34-13. Coach Brooks knows the Stags need a better effort to get in the win column, and he spoke with IDFB to give us a preview:

We hit the road this Friday to play a very good Ryken team. They are coming off a 35-0 victory last weekend and are clicking on all cylinders. They have a fantastic quarterback who is the leader of their offense and a big offensive line that paves the way for multiple dynamic running backs. Our defense must do a better job this week of tackling and limit the big plays. Defensively, Ryken is very stout upfront with an athletic secondary. We must execute better from the start of the game and not settle for field goals. We are looking forward to getting back to playing DeMatha football this Friday!

Playing DeMatha football is the key phrase to remember from Coach Brooks. If the Stags can successfully run the ball, that will open up the offense. And the defense must wrap up. Friday night lights, WCAC play. Who could ask for more?!?

Thanks to St. Mary’s Ryken for the graphic! 

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