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 Defeats Good Counsel for 2014 WCAC Championship

Congrats to DeMatha! It was a hard-fought effort, but the Stags bring home the 2014 Washington Area Catholic Conference Championship after a 24-20 win over Good Counsel. Great win for a great team!

Expect much more on the Stags 2014 WCAC title here!! Congrats DeMatha!!

WCAC Championship Preview: DeMatha vs Good Counsel

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!

Inside Stats: Looking In-Depth at DeMatha vs Good Counsel WCAC Title Game

DMflagSaturday DeMatha will square off against Good Counsel for the Washington Area Catholic Conference title game in a game that should be action packed. These two teams have come to be the true power brokers in the WCAC over the last decade, and this Saturday should be no different.

Let’s take a look back at some statistics that could play a role for the championship game:

  • DeMatha has won 16 conference titles in 23 postseason conference title games.
  • DeMatha has an overall record of 7-3 against Good Counsel in playoff games.
  • DeMatha has beaten Good Counsel five times in championship games, but Good Counsel has won the last three title game match-ups.

Looking for one more great nugget about DeMatha football? Check out the ESPN Junior 2016 Top 300. Four Stags made the list: No. 21 Shane Simmons (DE), No. 144 J.P. Urquidez (OL), No. 187 Terrance Davis (OL), and No. 268 Tino Ellis (WR).

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!

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!

Week 6 WCAC Update: DeMatha In The Hunt

DeMatha suffered a tough loss last Friday to Good Counsel, but thanks to a overtime win against St. Johns two weeks ago, the Stags remain in a good spot for a WCAC playoff berth. Yes, another undefeated WCAC season is no longer a possibility, but the Stags defending their 2013 WCAC title remains very much in play.

Below are the WCAC standings through Week 5:

Screen shot 2014-10-08 at 1.03.04 PMBy looking at the standings, it’s pretty obvious how big this Saturday’s game against Bishop O’Connell is for DeMatha. The WCAC is always packed with elite talent, and this year is no different.

Stay with Inside DeMatha Football for much more and a preview of Saturday’s game against O’Connell.

Go Stags!