Brooks’ Break Down: DeMatha’s 21-12 Win Over St. Mary’s Ryken

McFarlandDeMatha scored their first win of the season, beating St. Mary’s Ryken 21-12 on the road. The game was hard fought, but the Stags now sit with a 1-0 WCAC record and 1-1 on the season.

We talked with Stags head coach Elijah Brooks on how his team gutted out their first win:

It wasn’t pretty but it we made enough plays to come away with a win and we have to be happy about that. Our defense stepped up big and held Ryken to 12 points. We forced two key turnovers, including a huge Pick-6 by Shane Simmons. Our offensive line paved the way for a breakout performance from Anthony McFarland, who rushed for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Now we have to get back to work to prepare to face Philly power LaSalle College.

Remember you can watch Friday’s game even if you don’t travel to Philadelphia. The DeMatha-LaSalle matchup will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet in the D.C. area.


DeMatha Finishes Preseason, Prepares for Archbishop Wood (PA)

DMWFWith students heading back to school and the regular season on the horizon, summer is officially over. Now marks the beginning of the 2014 WCAC season, and the Stags look to defend their title after a dominant run in 2013. DeMatha closed out the preseason with a scrimmage against Westfield High School of Virgina last weekend and we caught up with Coach Elijah Brooks following the game.

We finished the preseason on a high note with our annual scrimmage vs. Westfield. Our line play was solid on both sides of the ball. Offensive standouts included running back Lorenzo Harrison, running back Anthony McFarland and wide receiver and team captain Tino Ellis. Defensively we definitely took steps in the right direction. Tackling was much improved and we saw big plays made by defensive tackle Julius Combes and linebacker Jaylen Brown.
We are looking forward to a great week of practice in preparation for our opener against Pennsylvania state power Archbishop Wood. They are a veteran team that is very physical and well coached. On the road we have to limit our mistakes or a team like Wood will capitalize every time. Without a doubt we have our work cut out for us but we will be up for the challenge! Go Stags!

Check out some pictures from the Westfield scrimmage below:

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Scrimmage Recap: DeMatha vs Wilson (DC)

DeMatha scrimmaged against the Wilson Tigers of the D.C. Public School league on Saturday afternoon. The scrimmage went well and we checked in with Head Coach Elijah Brooks afterwards:

Saturday’s scrimmage against Wilson was a solid day for us. We did some good things but we need to make many improvements before ouScreen shot 2014-08-18 at 9.44.26 AMr opener. We did a decent job of getting the ball in the end zone all day but struggled to keep Wilson from making explosive plays. Moving forward, execution on both sides of the ball needs to be much better. We are gearing up for our next scrimmage against Virginia power Westfield on Friday.


Expect much more from Inside DeMatha as the week continues, including reports from practice and checking in with some of the team’s seniors. And of course, lots of coverage from the scrimmage against Westfield Friday night.

Cam Phillips Joins Elite Company As Player of the Year

Screen shot 2013-12-26 at 9.17.24 AMEarlier this week DeMatha wide receiver Cam Phillips was named the Maryland State Player of the Year. The Virginia Tech bound Phillips joins an elite group of former Stags to take the top honor in the state. Phillips accomplished his best season with a unique blend of size and speed.

Screen shot 2013-12-26 at 9.15.12 AMIn 2007, former Stag Kenny Tate took Maryland’s top honor as a hard hitting safety. Tate could deliver bone-crushing hits while he also had a knack for the ball, grabbing interceptions and forcing fumbles from the defensive backfield. Tate would play at the University of Maryland before injuries unfortunately derailed his career.

Screen shot 2013-12-26 at 9.20.17 AMBefore Tate came another bruising DeMatha defender to take Maryland’s top honor in Ian Thomas. Thomas played linebacker in the mold of the greats, and played four seasons at the University of Illinios, earning All-Big Ten honors in his senior season. While at Illinois Thomas registered more than 250 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, and one interception in his Illini career. 

Screen shot 2013-12-26 at 9.30.43 AMAnother DeMatha receiver took the top honor in 2003. Derek McPhearson was a speedster with great shift and breakaway ability. McPhearson starred at DeMatha before heading to play college football in the Big Ten, also at University of Illinois before transferring to Hampton to finish his college career. 

WakeNow going all the way back to the last millenium, Cameron Wake showed that he was the best defensive player in Maryland in 1999. Wake is still showing his skill at rushing the passer, only now he is doing it for the Miami Dolphins. Wake is in the middle of a career year for the Dolphins, but his story also shows the value of hard work and perseverance.

Screen shot 2013-12-26 at 9.39.16 AMAfter starring at DeMatha, Wake played college ball at Penn State University. After college Wake went undrafted, then signed with the New York Giants. From New York, Wake ended up in the Canadian Football League, and impressed scouts. He later received offers to get back into the NFL and picked Miami. Now Wake is on the verge of a Pro Bowl berth!

Congrats to all of our former Players of the Year, and our current one!! Go Stags!

Merry Christmas From DeMatha Football

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Screen shot 2013-11-17 at 10.08.53 AMDeMatha Football wants to wish a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone, and to celebrate, we thought we should note a few remarkable achievements from our 2013 WCAC Championship squad.


Screen shot 2013-12-13 at 2.57.55 PMScreen shot 2013-11-27 at 1.01.14 PMVirginia Tech bound wide receiver Cam Phillips was recognized as the All-State Consensus Offensive Player of the Year. Joining Phillips on the All-State Team: Wisconsin bound running back Taiwan Deal, Florida State bound lineman Brock Ruble, and Purdue bound linebacker JaWhaun Bentley.


And how about a Christmas stocking stuffer: DeMatha moved up to No. 19 on the national high school football rankings from USA Today. Congrats Stags!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!

DeMatha Players Attend Chris Canty Leadership Academy

IMG_20131203_090322900DeAndre Kelly and Shane Simmons represented DeMatha this week at the Chris Canty Leadership Conference. Canty is a nine-year NFL veteran now playing with the Baltimore Ravens, and a respected winner and Super Bowl Champion, and Ravens receiver Torrey Smith hung out with the players as well.

MG957608Coach Elijah Brooks was quite pleased some of the players the Stags will lean on next year got a first hand glimpse at the hard work put in by professional football players to accomplish their goals.

Check out the highlight video below:




WATCH DeMatha Prepare For WCAC Title Game Against St. Johns

At Inside DeMatha Football, we give exclusive access to the Stags football team. It doesn’t get more inside than watching the DeMatha team prepare for the WCAC Championship game against St. Johns. We even mike’d up Head Coach Elijah Brooks. Watch here:

Stay tuned as we bring more highlights from the WCAC title game this week!