Down 13 points at halftime to Gonzaga on Saturday, DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks challenged his team to put forth a better effort in the second half. The Stags responded. Led by powerful running from Lorenzo Harrison, DeMatha scored 21 straight points en route to a 28-20 come from behind victory.
“With all the starters we lost, we know people have been counting us out,” Harrison told the Washington Post. Harrison finished the game with 155 yards and two touchdowns.
“All that matters is we know we can get the job done, and that’s what we did.”
The win against Gonzaga showcases a DeMatha defense improving as the year goes on. The Eagles came into Saturday’s game with arguably the best offense in the WCAC, and after a sloppy start, the Stags slowed the Eagles to a crawl.
“As a defense, we realized that the only reason they were making plays was because we were missing the little stuff, like routine tackles,” D.J. Turner said after the win.
DeMatha’s victory puts the Stags alone in second place in the WCAC, a game ahead of Gonzaga and one behind Good Counsel. Lots of football left.