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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Week 9 Preview: DeMatha vs Gonzaga

One of the oldest area rivalries should produce one of the best football games of the season Friday night when the DeMatha Stags welcome the Gonzaga Purple Eagles. There will be high-major Division 1 college football talent all over the field in a game scouts will be drooling over.

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Stags Head Coach Eljiah Brooks broke down the magnitude of the matchup:

Friday we play a very important game against Gonzaga as we try to fight for playoff seeding. They are playing extremely well on both sides of the ball.

For DeMatha, a win would be a chance to seize control of the Washington Area Catholic Conference regular season standings. It would also give the Stags one of their best wins of the season. Depending where you look, DeMatha is ranked No. 1 by the Washington Post and DC Sports Fan, but Gonzaga claims the No. 7 and No. 2 spots respectively in those polls. Continue reading

Week 8 Players of the Week

Last week DeMatha put up its highest score of the season in a 61-27 homecoming win over McNamara. Clearly with such a big win, many players stood out, but Head Coach Eljiah Brooks highlighted three players as his Players of the Week.

Offensive Player of the Week: Lorenzo Harrison RB – 17 carries, 230 yards, 5 TDs

dematha_HS_0053 Outstanding performance by Lorenzo. Linemen did a great job of opening holes all day and Lorenzo made some spectacular runs to lead the rushing attack.

 

 

Defensive Player of the Week: LB Spencer Kleinrichert – 6 tackles 3 sacks

dematha_HS_0090Spencer had another big game for us, with 3 of the 10 sacks we had Saturday. Great effort from our senior captain.

 

 
Special Teams Player of the Week: DB Jarriel Jordan Jr.

dematha_HS_0005Recovered the opening kickoff for us that really set the tone for us for the entire day.

 

 

 

All three players led the way for the Stags to the huge win over McNamara, but Coach Brooks knows he will need an even better effort this week to beat Gonzaga.

DeMatha Football would also like to extend a hearty congratulations to Austin Fontain, an offensive and defensive lineman with the Westlake Bulldogs, for being Tuesday’s raffle winner from the Athletic Open House!! Austin please email dmfootballsite@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Stay focused Stags, it’s Gonzaga Week!

Week 8 Recap: DeMatha romps in Homecoming Blowout

That’s how you celebrate homecoming!! DeMatha simply overpowered the McNamara Mustangs, running to a 61-27 win. The victory brings the Stags record to 7-1 and an undefeated 4-0 record in the Washington Area Catholic Conference.

DeMatha Head Coach Elijah Brooks was proud of his team after the win.

This was another big win for us in the league. Our guys had added motivation that it was homecoming and we wanted to come out and play well. They did that.

Screen shot 2013-10-14 at 4.43.31 PMThe Stags came into this game without starting quarterback John Lovett, who missed the game with a concussion. It didn’t matter as the Stags running attack dominated the Mustangs.

More to come this week as Coach Brooks announces his Players of the Week, but first we want to announce our first prize winner from the Athletic Open House held at DeMatha.

Congratulations to Anthony Toro, a tight end and linebacker from Crofton, for winning our first prize. Please email dmfootballsite@gmail.com to claim your prize!!

And don’t forget, it’s Gonzaga Week! Expect a lot of coverage this week as the Stags take on the Purple Eagles Friday night!!

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Game 5 Preview: DeMatha at St. Johns

After a tough four-game nonconference schedule that saw DeMatha start 3-1, now the real work begins. If DeMatha plans to contend for the 2013 WCAC title, the quest begins Saturday at 2 p.m. in Northwest D.C.

The Stags will face St. Johns (3-1), a team with an explosive offense that starts with quarterback Will Ulmer. Ulmer, a University of Maryland commit, can run or pass to beat defenders. Here’s what Coach Brooks said of the Cadets’ QB:

9.19 UlmerHe’s such a dynamic threat. As the game of football evolves with the zone read at QB, it makes game planning against guys like him very difficult. They can hurt you with their legs, hurt you with their arm. Our first objective is to contain him.

Brooks explained that with Ulmer’s run/pass capability, the play action is a dangerous tool for the Cadets, as well as RB Omar Garcia.

If at any time our kids aren’t disciplined, we can get burned. They have a lot of talent that we have to be on the look out for.

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But DeMatha also has plenty of playmakers. Brooks wants a lot from senior RB Taiwan Deal.

9.19 DealWe need him to have another monster game. Whenever he touches the ball 20 to 25 times, our winning percentage goes up. We want to stay in that range but we want to give our playmakers on the outside the opportunities to make plays.

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