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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Recruiting Update: Brock Ruble and JaWhaun Bentley

It’s been a banner year for the Stags, capped off with an undefeated WCAC season with a 27-6 win over Archbishop Carroll. Next up for DeMatha is the WCAC playoffs, which we will preview later this week.

Today, we switch our focus to the next level for some current Stags. Seniors Brock Ruble and JaWhaun Bentley are in the middle of college recruiting, and they gave us some insight into their choices.Ruble

Ruble has made one official visit to Florida State, and has two more scheduled, first to Tennessee on Nov. 23, and then to N.C. State on Nov. 30. It will be a busy month for the 6’8″, 320 lb. offensive lineman, who still lists Ohio State University and the University of Maryland as schools he’s considering. 

“Right now I have no timeline. I just have to make sure I make an informed decision, not rush into anything,” Ruble told Inside DeMatha Football. 

9.19 BentleyBentley is still scheduling his official visits, and he has one planned at Purdue University in December. The 6’2″, 245 lb. linebacker also plans on visiting Syracuse University and is hopeful to arrange a trip to Wisconsin.

“I’m looking forward to them,” Bentley said of his future visits. 

Good luck men, and Go Stags!


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 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 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.


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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