WCAC Championship Preview: DeMatha vs St. Johns

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.

WCACAfter 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.

9.19 UlmerNow, 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.

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Ruble, Deal, Phillips and Bentley Lead 22 Stags With WCAC Honors

After marching to an undefeated record in the Washington Area Catholic Conference, everyone knew DeMatha had a talented squad. The folks who decide on the All-Conference teams clearly agreed, giving WCAC honors to more than 20 Stags!

Selected as First Team All-WCAC are a list of names that college recruiters from across the country know: offensive lineman Brock Ruble, running back Taiwan Deal (Wisconsin), wide receiver Cameron Phillips (Virginia Tech) and linebacker JaWhaun Bentley.

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More Stags talent showed up on the Second Team All-WCAC list, like Wisconsin bound WR Chris Jones. Also making Second Team All-WCAC: defensive lineman Devante Fox, running back Lorenzo Harrison, linebacker Dale Matthews Jr, defensive backs Jarriel Jordan and Jamal Robinson, tight end Spencer Kleinrichert and return specialist Greyson Torain.

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Week 10 Preview: Carroll Vs. DeMatha

Way back in August, many predicted a strong season for DeMatha, but few could guess just how well it has gone. The Stags have locked up the No. 1 spot for the Washington Area Catholic Conference playoffs, but they still have one game left.


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Highlights From DeMatha’s Win Over Gonzaga

By now you know DeMatha beat Gonzaga 31-21 last week to secure the top spot in the WCAC playoffs. But here’s what you haven’t seen: exclusive behind the scenes action from the game. Listen to head coach Elijah Brooks talk to the Stags, and watch the game unfold from an insiders angle.

Stay tuned this week with updates on some DeMatha recruiting trips and preview the rest of the season and playoffs.

WATCH DeMatha Prepare For Gonzaga On Senior Night

DeMatha’s win over Gonzaga landed the Stags in the top spot for the WCAC playoffs, but to get there took a lot of hard work and preparation. Watch below as Head Coach Elijah Brooks gets his team ready for the biggest game of the season.

Check back later today when we will have full game highlights from the Senior Night win over Gonzaga.

Week 9 Players of the Week

In DeMatha’s 31-21 win over Gonzaga, the entire team came together for an important victory. Leadership was on full display, as was the skill and precision of the Stags team. But Coach Elijah Brooks wanted to specifically highlight the play of three players in the win.

Offensive Player of the Week – #3 QB Jamal Robinson: 10-20 176 yards 1 TD

dematha_HS_0006“Jamal’s performance on senior night was incredible. Stepping in and giving his team that type of lift just shows you how talented he is.”


Defensive Player of the Week – #25 Safety Sean Doyle: 8 tackles

dematha_HS_0061“Another senior who helped hold Gonzaga to 87 yards rushing and 74 yards passing.”

Special Teams Player of the Week – #55 Kicker/Punter Derrick Graham: 4/4 on PAT’s, 1/1 FG, 50 yd punt,1 successful onside recovery

dematha_HS_0121“Derrick was another senior who brought his A-game versus Gonzaga. His field goal to put us ahead 24-21 late was a huge boost in momentum.”

DeMatha Wins Late Over Gonzaga 31-21, Secures Top WCAC Spot

In what was billed as the best high school football game in the D.C. area this season, DeMatha took on a tough Gonzaga squad in a matchup that didn’t disappoint.


Gonzaga got off to a strong start in the game, taking an early 14-0 lead. But eventually the Stags found their offensive rhythm and showed again they have the deepest and best running attack in the area.

The win locks up the top playoff spot for the Stags, who get to rest now with a bye week. By beating Gonzaga, DeMatha now has a 8-1 record, including an unblemished 5-0 in the loaded Washington Catholic Area Conference.  Continue reading