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.

Playoff Preview: Coach Brooks Breaks Down DeMatha vs Gonzaga

Screen shot 2014-11-14 at 10.50.17 AMSunday marks the beginning of the 2014 WCAC Playoffs, and if the Stags are going to defend their 2013 title, they must face a tough Gonzaga squad. DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks provides a preview of Sunday’s action:

This Sunday we face a very good Gonzaga team again but this time the stakes are much higher. Gonzaga has a very good quarterback who is the leader of a very explosive offense. Their two running backs compliment each other well and have dynamic wide receivers who can score from anywhere on the field. We have to get off the field defensively or their offensive line will wear you down. Offensively we have to limit turnovers and control the line of scrimmage. Bottom line is everyone in our locker room knows what time it is, win or go home. We are working hard to make sure our season is extended one more week. Go Stags!

Screen shot 2014-11-14 at 10.45.57 AMSome of the Gonzaga players to watch include star running back Tyree Randolph and Virginia-commit start quarterback Nick Johns. The DeMatha defense certainly has its hands full Sunday.

The Stags seem ready for the challenge.

“Our mindset is to get this done and win another championship for those guys who came before us and set up DeMatha as a program,” DeMatha senior defensive back Tyler Green told The Washington Post. “The last Gonzaga game showed us we needed to buckle down and see who’s ready for war, and we believe we’re ready.”

Go Stags!

What A Win! DeMatha Surges Past Gonzaga 28-20!

Down 13 points at halftime to Gonzaga on Saturday, DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks challenged his team to put forth a better effort in the second half. The Stags responded. Led by powerful running from Lorenzo Harrison, DeMatha scored 21 straight points en route to a 28-20 come from behind victory.

Screen shot 2014-10-26 at 10.05.35 AM“With all the starters we lost, we know people have been counting us out,” Harrison told the Washington Post. Harrison finished the game with 155 yards and two touchdowns.

“All that matters is we know we can get the job done, and that’s what we did.”

The win against Gonzaga showcases a DeMatha defense improving as the year goes on. The Eagles came into Saturday’s game with arguably the best offense in the WCAC, and after a sloppy start, the Stags slowed the Eagles to a crawl.

“As a defense, we realized that the only reason they were making plays was because we were missing the little stuff, like routine tackles,” D.J. Turner said after the win.

DeMatha’s victory puts the Stags alone in second place in the WCAC, a game ahead of Gonzaga and one behind Good Counsel. Lots of football left.

Go Stags!

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 Players of the Week: DeMatha 37, O’Connell 31

After all DeMatha wins, head coach Elijah Brooks selects the players that stood out. After the big 37-31 victory over O’Connell, Brooks had a tough time slimming down his list.

SUN_0090-2014btnDefense – Shane Simmons – 4 sacks, 8 tackles. Brooks: “Shane did an outstanding job getting to the quarterback all day Saturday.”

 

 

 


SUN_0024-2014Defense – Tino Ellis – 6 tackles, 3 passes defensed. 
Brooks: “Tino did an excellent job making some tough catches Saturday but on defense he really stood out with a few punishing hits.”

 

 

 

SUN_0012-2014Offense – Lorenzo Harrison – 22 carries, 130 yards, 1 rec. 45 yards, 2 TDs. Brooks: “Lo continues to be our workhorse and making those big time runs when we need them.”

 

 


SUN_0029-2014Offense – Kellon Taylor – 4 rec. 69 yards 1 TD. 
Brooks: “Kellon did a great job catching the ball all day but he got us on the board first with a leaping touchdown catch over two defenders.”

 

 

CONGRATS TO THE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK!

Game Recap: DeMatha 37, O’Connell 31

Screen shot 2014-10-15 at 9.46.29 AMIt took a full DeMatha effort to get the Stags their second win in the WCAC, locking up second place behind Good Counsel, last Saturday. DeMatha beat O’Connell in front of a hostile home crowd, and the win was one head coach Elijah Brooks could be proud of.

Screen shot 2014-10-15 at 9.45.59 AMInside DeMatha Football caught up with Coach Brooks to hear more about the game:

It was a good league win this Saturday against O’Connell. This time of the year we need to make enough plays to win and we did that. We didn’t have our best defensive performance but key interceptions by DJ Turner and Cole Williams were pivotal in the game. Shane Simmons led the way up front with a game high four sacks. Offensively the line paved the way for a 400-yard explosion. It was a balanced attack with nine different players touching the ball. We face a dangerous McNamara team Friday so we must prepare like champions this week! Go Stags!