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).

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.
Full list below:

Terrance Davis – OL                                             Darryl Turner Jr. – DB

Lorenzo Harrison – RB                                         Jaire George – LB

Anthony McFarland – RB                                     Shane Simmons – DL

DeAndre Kelly – TE


JP Urquidez – OL                                                 Julius Combes – DL

Tino Ellis – WR                                                     Jason Rogers – LB

Thomas Barringer – P


Elijah Johnson – OL                                              Seun Oluwatimi – DL

Hamilton Day – TE                                                Keegan Meyer – K

Kellon Taylor – WR


Darryl Marshall Jr. – DB                                       Beau English – QB

Andrew Robertson – DB                                      Delante Hellams – WR

Myles Olufemi – LB


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.”




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!


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.”





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.”


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.


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: