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 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 RB Lorenzo Harrison Commits To Maryland

dematha_HS_0053Didn’t take long for major recruiting news to emerge at DeMatha: Junior running back Lorenzo Harrison has committed to play football at the University of Maryland. Harrison is considered a Top 20 prospect in the state of Maryland and a big part of the Stags plans this season.

DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks was happy to see Harrison stay close to home, saying:

Lorenzo has been an impact player for us since his freshman year. He is an all-around back, you can put him in the backfield, keep him in for pass protection, whatever you need. He can do it all.

Harrison marks the fourth commitment for the Stags so far this year, along with DeAndre Kelly who committed to Temple, Shane Simmons at Penn State, and Tyler Green at Ohio State.

A 5’8″, 185 lbs. speedster, Harrison also had offers from the University of Virginia and interest from Penn State. Watch some of Harrison’s highlights below:

DeMatha Players Attend Chris Canty Leadership Academy

IMG_20131203_090322900DeAndre Kelly and Shane Simmons represented DeMatha this week at the Chris Canty Leadership Conference. Canty is a nine-year NFL veteran now playing with the Baltimore Ravens, and a respected winner and Super Bowl Champion, and Ravens receiver Torrey Smith hung out with the players as well.

MG957608Coach Elijah Brooks was quite pleased some of the players the Stags will lean on next year got a first hand glimpse at the hard work put in by professional football players to accomplish their goals.

Check out the highlight video below:

 

 

 

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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