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 Lands 17 Players On All-WCAC Teams

DeMatha has a long history of great players, and with the 2014 team playing this Saturday in the Washington Area Catholic Conference Championship, this year’s Stags team is no different. The WCAC recently announced players that made all-conference, and DeMatha landed 17 players on the various teams.
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Full list below:
WCAC FIRST TEAM

Terrance Davis – OL                                             Darryl Turner Jr. – DB

Lorenzo Harrison – RB                                         Jaire George – LB

Anthony McFarland – RB                                     Shane Simmons – DL

DeAndre Kelly – TE

WCAC SECOND TEAM

JP Urquidez – OL                                                 Julius Combes – DL

Tino Ellis – WR                                                     Jason Rogers – LB

Thomas Barringer – P

WCAC THIRD TEAM

Elijah Johnson – OL                                              Seun Oluwatimi – DL

Hamilton Day – TE                                                Keegan Meyer – K

Kellon Taylor – WR

HONORABLE MENTION

Darryl Marshall Jr. – DB                                       Beau English – QB

Andrew Robertson – DB                                      Delante Hellams – WR

Myles Olufemi – LB

CONGRATS TO ALL OUR STAGS HONORED BY THE WCAC!!

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.

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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PHOTO GALLERY: DeMatha Football Thru Week 7

The season is just a little more than halfway done, and the DeMatha Stags are playing their best football. Check out a series of photos from throughout the season below!

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Week 6 Preview: DeMatha @ Good Counsel

In the last decade, the matchups between Good Counsel and DeMatha have played a huge part in deciding the champs of the Washington Catholic Area Conference. This year, some predicted the Falcons and Stags would slide back to the WCAC pack, opening the door for St. Johns and Gonzaga to take the title. Last week, Good Counsel and DeMatha showed different.

Screen shot 2014-09-27 at 11.41.20 AMDeMatha beat St. Johns 21-14 in overtime, and Good Counsel took down previous No. 1 ranked Gonzaga. Thus, the significance of Friday night’s Stags-Falcons showdown just got that much bigger.

There are stars on both sides of the ball for both teams. The Stags have playmaking talent like QB Beau English, RB Anthony McFarland and WR Darryl Turner Jr, not to mention power players on the defensive line and at linebacker. Good Counsel has a stout defense and a great running back in Jonathan Lee.

“We have to make sure we contain, especially because they have very fast running backs,” Good Counsel senior defensive end Darius Fullwood told the Washington Post. 

DMDefenseDeMatha vs Good Counsel with first place in the WCAC on the line. Just the way it should be.

Go Stags!