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.

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!

Week 5 Players of the Week: DeMatha 21, St. Johns 14 (OT)

What an exciting win! The Stags gave their best effort of the season to ensure their biggest win of 2014, and DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks picked the players that meant the most in the overtime win against WCAC foe St. Johns. Check ’em out!

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Shane Simmons

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Julius Combes

Defense: LB Shane Simmons – 7 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack. DL Julius Combes – 6 tackles 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack. “Shane and Julius led the way on defense helping to hold St. John’s College to one offensive touchdown and under 100 yards of total offense.”

 

 

 

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Darryl Turner Jr. 

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Offense: WR Darryl Turner Jr. – 6 catches for 78 yards and 2 TDs. QB Beau English – 10 of16 for 165 yards and 3 TDs – “Beau and DJ seemed to connect well Friday night. Beau made some great throws under pressure and I can’t say enough about DJ’s effort on the game winning touchdown in OT.”

 

Week 3 Scouting Report: LaSalle College (PA)

Another week, another trip to Pennsylvania to play a powerhouse. Friday night DeMatha travels to Philadelphia to play LaSalle College High School, a tough opponent with an explosive offense. The game will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet, so tune in! For a preview on the LaSalle team that DeMatha will face, check out this article. Below are some of the top players DeMatha must prepare for:

  • Screen shot 2014-09-11 at 9.18.52 AMQB KYLE SHURMUR – The 6-foot-4 signal-caller is a Vanderbilt commit and the son of current Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. As a junior last season, Shurmur shattered La Salle school passing records after throwing for 2,472 yards and 25 touchdowns in his first year as the starter.
  • 3 WR JIMMY HERRON – 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, caught a team-high 48 passes for over 700 yards and 12 touchdowns last season and appears to be Shurmur’s No. 1 target.
  • Screen shot 2014-09-11 at 9.20.07 AMRB/WR JORDAN MEACHUM – The 5-foot-8, 185-pound did a little bit of everything for La Salle. Meachum accounted for nearly 1,300 all-purpose yards (171 rushes for 895 yards; 24 catches for 414 yards; 12 total TDs) last season.

Week 2 Players of the Week

Any time the Stags register a win, head coach Elijah Brooks weighs in on the players that really stood out. While every player on the roster helped in the victory, after looking back at the film of the 21-12 over St. Mary’s Ryken, Brooks selected players from both sides of the ball that made the DeMatha win possible.

dematha_HS_0123DE Julius Combes – An outstanding job as a senior leader on the defensive line to shut down the Ryken run game. He finished the game with nine tackles.

 

 

SUN_0019-2014-2014RB Anthony McFarland – Broke off some incredible runs to finish the night with 253 yards, and it’s scary to think he had a 50 yard TD run called back.

 

 

Screen shot 2014-09-10 at 8.53.21 AMPK Keegan Meyer – DeMatha soccer goalie Meyer joined the football team this fall as a place kicker and is off to a hot start. He was perfect on extra point attempts against Ryken, which was key in a tight, low-scoring game. Making extra points is crucial in WCAC play, emphasized by Ryken’s two misses in the game.

 

Brooks’ Break Down: DeMatha’s 21-12 Win Over St. Mary’s Ryken

McFarlandDeMatha scored their first win of the season, beating St. Mary’s Ryken 21-12 on the road. The game was hard fought, but the Stags now sit with a 1-0 WCAC record and 1-1 on the season.

We talked with Stags head coach Elijah Brooks on how his team gutted out their first win:

It wasn’t pretty but it we made enough plays to come away with a win and we have to be happy about that. Our defense stepped up big and held Ryken to 12 points. We forced two key turnovers, including a huge Pick-6 by Shane Simmons. Our offensive line paved the way for a breakout performance from Anthony McFarland, who rushed for 253 yards and two touchdowns. Now we have to get back to work to prepare to face Philly power LaSalle College.

Remember you can watch Friday’s game even if you don’t travel to Philadelphia. The DeMatha-LaSalle matchup will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet in the D.C. area.