So much hard work, years of intense effort for some players, culminates Saturday afternoon for many players when DeMatha takes on Good Counsel for the Washington Area Catholic Conference Championship. If it seems like DeMatha plays Good Counsel for the title every year, that comes with reason: This will mark the ninth time in the last 11 years the Stags and Falcons will fight for the title.
What makes this year different? For the Stags, the 2014 team has a very special chance to defend their 2013 title. Last year’s team had a lot of senior leadership and stars all over the field, and they marched to an undefeated WCAC record and the conference title. The 2014 team was younger, and while still packed with talent, the Stags got off to a slow start with some tough non-conference losses early in the season.
But like all great DeMatha teams, the boys worked hard, and got better as the season continued. Leaders emerged on both sides of the ball, and DeMatha landed 17 players on various all-conference teams. Now, these players have a chance to put another trophy in the Stags case, a chance to put their team in with historic champions before them.
In October, the Falcons gave the Stags their only WCAC loss. The game was tight, and Good Counsel won it 21-14. DeMatha will likely remember that come Saturday afternoon.
It should be a terrific game. Go Stags!
Every 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.
“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!
The 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:
Much more to come this week. Go Stags!
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.
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.
After an impressive come from behind win over Gonzaga, Stags head coach Elijah Brooks had a lot to say about his team. Needless to say Brooks is proud, but could this win spring the Stags to another deep WCAC playoff run? Here’s Brooks take:
I was truly proud of my kids and the way they responded to adversity Saturday against Gonzaga. We started the game the way you want by getting a defensive stop on the first possession and scoring quickly in two plays. But a lack of execution on both sides of the ball had us trailing 20-7 at half. Our kids never wavered and had the confidence that they would be able to turn the tide in the game. We did exactly what we discussed at halftime. It was imperative to score in the opening drive of the 3rd quarter, get a defensive stop, and score again. We were confident if we got to that point, our grit and mental toughness would carry us through to victory. We go into a much needed bye week with momentum and look forward to finish out conference play against Carroll next week for Homecoming and Senior Night next Saturday at 2:30pm!
Great win for Brooks and the Stags. Rest up boys!