The 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.
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!
— Inside DM Football (@InsideDMFB) November 22, 2014
Expect much more on the Stags 2014 WCAC title here!! Congrats DeMatha!!
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!
Before 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 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:
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
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!!
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.
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.
An 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.