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.

Playoff Preview: Coach Brooks Breaks Down DeMatha vs Gonzaga

Screen shot 2014-11-14 at 10.50.17 AMSunday marks the beginning of the 2014 WCAC Playoffs, and if the Stags are going to defend their 2013 title, they must face a tough Gonzaga squad. DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks provides a preview of Sunday’s action:

This Sunday we face a very good Gonzaga team again but this time the stakes are much higher. Gonzaga has a very good quarterback who is the leader of a very explosive offense. Their two running backs compliment each other well and have dynamic wide receivers who can score from anywhere on the field. We have to get off the field defensively or their offensive line will wear you down. Offensively we have to limit turnovers and control the line of scrimmage. Bottom line is everyone in our locker room knows what time it is, win or go home. We are working hard to make sure our season is extended one more week. Go Stags!

Screen shot 2014-11-14 at 10.45.57 AMSome of the Gonzaga players to watch include star running back Tyree Randolph and Virginia-commit start quarterback Nick Johns. The DeMatha defense certainly has its hands full Sunday.

The Stags seem ready for the challenge.

“Our mindset is to get this done and win another championship for those guys who came before us and set up DeMatha as a program,” DeMatha senior defensive back Tyler Green told The Washington Post. “The last Gonzaga game showed us we needed to buckle down and see who’s ready for war, and we believe we’re ready.”

Go Stags!

WCAC Playoff Schedule: DeMatha To Face Gonzaga Sunday

IMG_7156Every year the WCAC playoffs produce incredibly high-level prep football, and this year should be no different. In a rematch of a 28-20 nail-biter DeMatha won over Gonzaga in October, the Stags will face the Eagles at noon on Sunday in Annapolis at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

DeMatha comes into the game as the No. 2 seed in the WCAC and Gonzaga the No. 3 seed. After the Stags-Eagles game, No. 1 seed Good Counsel will take on No. 4 seed Bishop McNamara.

DeMatha vs Gonzaga could set up to be a classic, as The Washington Post ranks the teams No. 7 and No. 8 in the region. Gonzaga reached the playoffs in impressive fashion thanks to a comeback win against rival St. John’s. Now, the Eagles focus on beating the Stags, something they had an opportunity to do in October but could not finish.

Screen shot 2014-10-26 at 10.05.35 AM“Finishing ball games is the key for us,” Gonzaga RB Tyree Randolph told the Post. “We didn’t do that the last time we played DeMatha but we did it Saturday to get the win, so it’s all about picking things up on both sides of the ball and finishing what we started.”

Expect much more on Sunday’s playoff game throughout the week! Go Stags!

DeMatha Alum Ja’Whaun Bentley Set To Star On Big Ten Network’s The Journey

Screen shot 2013-11-27 at 1.01.14 PMOf course you remember Ja’Whaun Bentley, star DeMatha linebacker from last season’s WCAC title team. Now a freshman playing at Purdue, the Big Ten Network will feature Bentley on Wednesday night’s episode of “The Journey.”

 

Congrats Matt Brisolari, DeMatha Academic Player of the Month

Life as a football player at DeMatha is all about reaching your best as an athlete and as a student. In honor of that, Coach Elijah Brooks honor Matt Brisolari as the Academic Player of the Month. Coach Brooks on Brisolari:

 SUN_0031-2014Matt was selected as this year’s “Honor Man” in honor of Brendan Looney. We have just concluded the 1st quarter and Matt has earned a 4.0 GPA while taking mostly honors courses. Matt does a great job contributing to the team as a safety. Matt is is a standout on the lacrosse team, and proud commit to Providence University.

Congrats to Matt for his great work on the football and lacrosse fields, but more importantly, in the classroom. 4.0, way to go!!

Go Stags!

WCAC Playoff Preview: No. 2 Seed Within DeMatha’s Grasp

StagsThe kids are done trick or treating, and the leaves are almost off the trees: That means it’s almost time for the Washington Area Catholic Conference football playoffs. Every fall we see some of the best high school football in the country, and this year should be no different.

Fresh off a bye week, DeMatha faces Archbishop Carroll this Friday night with a chance to lock up the No. 2 seed for the playoffs. A win, and the Stags take the second spot behind Good Counsel. The Falcons have compiled an undefeated WCAC campaign so far, accounting for DeMatha’s only loss, though Good Counsel did struggle with Bishop O’Connell last week.


Behind the Stags and likely in at the No. 3 spot are the Gonzaga Eagles. A dominant offensive team, Gonzaga could be a problem in the playoffs, but they face a tough matchup this weekend with St. John’s College. The Gonzaga-St. John’s matchup will go a long way toward deciding the third and fourth seeds for the WCAC playoffs.

Here is a great breakdown of the bottom two playoff spots in the WCAC from DC Sports Fan, and what needs to happen this weekend for each team to grab a spot:

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Much more to come this week. Go Stags!

Bye Week Blitz: DeMatha In Strong Position For Stretch Run

As everybody gets ready to celebrate Halloween, let’s take a quick look at the DeMatha football team eight weeks into the year. The Stags get the weekend off to rest before the closing weeks of the WCAC season. Below are the current WCAC standings, with DeMatha firmly in second place and in good positioning for the playoffs.

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Some more interesting reading during the bye weekend, check out this DC Sports Fan profile of possible WCAC MVPs. Notice that both DeMatha running back Anthony McFarland and quarterback Beau English land on the list. An excerpt on McFarland:

With power, speed, and elusive quickness in his repertoire, the young sophomore has taken the WCAC by storm this year. His 1034 yards leads the conference.

And if you’re looking for a bit of fun, check out this pic of former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George striking a famous pose in the locker room with the Stags after the big win over Gonzaga.

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