DeMatha Head Coach Elijah Brooks on WCAC Title: ‘I’m So Proud Of Them’

Screen shot 2014-11-24 at 11.22.25 AMThe 2014 DeMatha Stags football team proved they had the heart of a champion last Saturday when they came back to defeat Good Counsel in the WCAC title game. An impressive feat by a collective group of impressive young men. Winning back tp back WCAC championships means a lot to Stag head coach Elijah Brooks, but this team showed tremendous heart all year, and that’s what stands out for Brooks. His words here:

I’ve won many games and my share of Championships but this one is definitely near the top. The game Saturday was another example of why this team was special in their own right. You never want to start a championship game the way we did. Good Counsel was able to capitalize on multiple 3 & Outs and ended the 1st quarter with a 14-0 lead. Our guys did not panic and our defense came up with an interception by DJ Turner that sparked a comeback. We got on the board with a tough run by Khory Spruill making it 14-7. After a defensive stop, Keegan Meyer booted a 44-yard field goal making it 14-10. The defense again forced a punt. Beau English connected with Anthony McFarland on a nice throw to the corner of the end zone putting us up 17-14 at halftime. We knew Good Counsel wouldn’t go away quietly. They marched the ball down after halftime and went up 20-14. A blocked extra point by DeAndre Kelly proved to be a key play later in the game. Our offense converted on several 3rd and 4th down plays keeping the drive alive. Our line protected and opened up holes for our backs. Beau English then snuck the ball in from the 1-yard-line putting us up 24-20. We had several important defensive stops and a crucial forced fumble and recovery by DJ Turner and Darryl Marshall that ultimately sealed the game for us. This game truly showed the heart of our program and I’m so proud of them.

DeMatha Coach Elijah Brooks Breaks Down WCAC Semifinal Win over Gonzaga

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 11.40.04 AMBefore we look ahead to the WCAC Championship Game Saturday at Byrd Stadium between DeMatha and Good Counsel, let’s take one look back at the great team effort the Stags produced last week in a 21-14 come-from-behind win over Gonzaga. DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks talked with IDFB and broke down how his Stags fought their way to the big win:

Our team showed a lot of fight and determination. Gonzaga came out and executed very well in the first half. Outside of a fantastic punt return touchdown by DJ Turner, we didn’t have much to be excited about. At halftime we didn’t panic, but explained that this is where DeMatha teams come together and find a way to make one more play than our opponents. In the second half our defense was phenomenal, not allowing a score, just as they did in the regular season match up against Gonzaga. Offensively our execution was much better. A huge touchdown strike to Tino Ellis from Beau English and a more consistent run game proved to be the difference in the game. I’m so proud of this team and the grit they have shown to get to this point. They have grown up in a hurry and we look forward to putting our best foot forward in the Championship game this Saturday. Go Stags!

DeMatha Pulls Off Dramatic Comeback Win Over Gonzaga In WCAC Semifinals

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 11.40.04 AMThat was one for the ages! DeMatha started slow Sunday against Gonzaga, but showing the heart of a champion, the Stags rallied in the second half to a 21-14 win over the Eagles.

A great punt return by Darryl Turner Jr. went 54 yards for a touchdown gave DeMatha an early 7-0 lead. But then it looked like Gonzaga’s offense might run away with the game, as they scored twice on big plays, and the Eagles jumped out to a 14-7 lead.

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 11.41.12 AMWhen DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks got his team in the locker room at halftime, he told them what they already knew: You can come back and beat this team. You’ve done it before, now go do it again.

The Stags took Brooks’ message to heart. Behind a great half from QB Beau English and RB Lorenzo Harrison, DeMatha marched back into the game. English connected with Tino Ellis for a 71-yard touchdown, and Harrison powered in for the game-winning TD. A tremendous defensive play from Ellis sealed the game for DeMatha by breaking up a last-minute Gonzaga comeback attempt.

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 11.41.26 AMAn impressive team effort for DeMatha leaves the Stags in the WCAC Championship game against Good Counsel. The Falcons rolled to a big win in their semifinal game against McNamara, and will be a stiff challenge for the Stags on Saturday. Expect much more on that game this week, but today, enjoy the Stags comeback win over Gonzaga.

 

Thanks to Washington Post for the pictures.

What A Win! DeMatha Surges Past Gonzaga 28-20!

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.

Screen shot 2014-10-26 at 10.05.35 AM“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.

Go Stags!

DeMatha Rolls To School Record Win Over McNamara 70-32

What a win! When the Stags fully click, the rest of the WCAC needs to look out. As evidenced by Friday night’s 70-32 win over McNamara, DeMatha put together an explosive offense and tough, playmaking defense and elite speed.

 Expect much more this week from head coach Elijah Brooks, and it will be tough for the coach to pick his Players of the Week after such a big win!

Game Recap: DeMatha 37, O’Connell 31

Screen shot 2014-10-15 at 9.46.29 AMIt took a full DeMatha effort to get the Stags their second win in the WCAC, locking up second place behind Good Counsel, last Saturday. DeMatha beat O’Connell in front of a hostile home crowd, and the win was one head coach Elijah Brooks could be proud of.

Screen shot 2014-10-15 at 9.45.59 AMInside DeMatha Football caught up with Coach Brooks to hear more about the game:

It was a good league win this Saturday against O’Connell. This time of the year we need to make enough plays to win and we did that. We didn’t have our best defensive performance but key interceptions by DJ Turner and Cole Williams were pivotal in the game. Shane Simmons led the way up front with a game high four sacks. Offensively the line paved the way for a 400-yard explosion. It was a balanced attack with nine different players touching the ball. We face a dangerous McNamara team Friday so we must prepare like champions this week! Go Stags!

DeMatha Outlasts Tough O’Connell Squad For 2nd WCAC Win (VIDEO)

It wasn’t easy, but wins in the WCAC rarely are. On the strength of Lorenzo Harrison’s legs, DeMatha took an important road win in Virginia against Bishop O’Connell by a final score of 37-31.

Check out the highlight package below from our friends at DC Sports Fan: