The 2014 season hasn’t started exactly the way DeMatha expected, but the WCAC opener could not have gone better for the Stags. Facing a loaded St. Johns team ranked among the best teams in the D.C. area, head coach Elijah Brooks needed the best effort of the season from his DeMatha squad, and the team delivered.
Brooks weighed in after the 21-14 overtime win:
The game against St. John’s was one to remember. We definitely didn’t start the way you want allowing the opening kickoff to be returned for a touchdown. I have to give my players credit for quickly regrouping and getting back on track. Defense was stout all game, only allowing 29 yards in the first half. Offensively it took some time to find our rhythm but a passing touchdown from Beau English to Darryl Turner to end the half was key. It was back and forth most of the game as we headed into overtime. We prepare daily for situations like last Friday and our team was ready for the challenge. When Darryl Turner caught the pass he wasn’t going to be denied from scoring. Our defense, who had struggled early in the season, made the crucial 4th down stop to end the game. It’s tough to win in our league, every game is tough. To defeat St. John’s for the 20th straight year isn’t a knock on their program at all, more so a credit to how hard we work day in and day out. I’m confident we will see them down the road but we will enjoy this win because as you can see, they don’t come easy.
20 years straight, and this one a comeback in overtime. Stags fans will certainly remember this one a long time.