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 Coach Elijah Brooks Breaks Down WCAC Semifinal Win over Gonzaga

Screen shot 2014-11-17 at 11.40.04 AMBefore we look ahead to the WCAC Championship Game Saturday at Byrd Stadium between DeMatha and Good Counsel, let’s take one look back at the great team effort the Stags produced last week in a 21-14 come-from-behind win over Gonzaga. DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks talked with IDFB and broke down how his Stags fought their way to the big win:

Our team showed a lot of fight and determination. Gonzaga came out and executed very well in the first half. Outside of a fantastic punt return touchdown by DJ Turner, we didn’t have much to be excited about. At halftime we didn’t panic, but explained that this is where DeMatha teams come together and find a way to make one more play than our opponents. In the second half our defense was phenomenal, not allowing a score, just as they did in the regular season match up against Gonzaga. Offensively our execution was much better. A huge touchdown strike to Tino Ellis from Beau English and a more consistent run game proved to be the difference in the game. I’m so proud of this team and the grit they have shown to get to this point. They have grown up in a hurry and we look forward to putting our best foot forward in the Championship game this Saturday. Go Stags!

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


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.

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.”




Week 4 Recaps: DeMatha Rolls Over Eastern Christian 47-26

StagsDeMatha hit the road again last Friday to take on one of the better teams in the state of Maryland. The result? A romp for the Stags! DeMatha jumped on top of Eastern Christian Academy early, taking a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, and didn’t let up until the final whistle, winning 47-26.

A look at some stats from the game:

  • QB Beau English completed 8 of 14 passes for 160 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • RB Gavin Lavat rushed for an astounding 278 yards and 2 touchdowns
  • RB Anthony McFarland ran for more than 100 yards and 1 touchdown
  • WR Tino Ellis brought in more than 100 yards receiving and 1 touchdown