Beau English is no stranger to the winner’s circle and he has already led DeMatha to the WCAC championship in 2014 and 2015 after taking over as the quarterback for the Stags as a sophomore. The United States Air Force Academy commit has dazzled fans early in the 2016 season by turning in not just one but two perfect passing performances en route to an unblemished 4-0 start. This young man has measured up to the highest standards off of the field and on it.
Hot right out of the gate, Beau English has scorched opponents with a variety of passing options that DeMatha isn’t typically known for. Gun slinging isn’t how most DeMatha football fans identify the program that has relied heavily on the run in the past. (Even the former DeMatha quaterback with the nickname “gun” was primarily a threat on the ground, see below.) The idea of running between the tackles isn’t news to any successful program however DeMatha has made it a calling card of sorts even before the days of former head coach Bill McGregor.
Next man up! The DeMatha way! https://t.co/2Bwp9zGcaQ
— Elijah Brooks (@DMCoachBrooks) September 19, 2016
— AllMetSports (@allmetsports) September 19, 2016
The current DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks was a student of McGregor and one of his best running backs, but it is apparent that passing talent is in fashion as long as Beau English is on the field. Beau has the ability to tally up yards even though DeMatha is still stacked at their most dependable position. The featured running back this year, Anthony McFarland, was lost to pre-season broken leg but the Stags have hardly missed a beat. The offense has opened up under the steady stewardship of Beau English and it has resulted in a natinoal championship buzz for DeMatha football.
After toppling Oscar Smith (VA), Avalon (MD), Bishop McDevitt (PA), and now McDonogh (MD), DeMatha football is ranked number 4 in the USA according to most polls. Once again the eyes in Hyattsville shift to complete a perfect season and stay in the hunt for a national title. While the entire cast of players and coaches deserves the credit for the success of the DeMatha football team there is no denying that Beau English has done his part so far. The added dimension of the passing game has done wonders for running backs Khory Spruill and Myles Miree, and the DeMatha defense has been solid as well.
But it is worth mentioning that Beau English is the first to be absolutely perfect in the modern quarterback rating system at DeMatha. That is really something in my estimation. This kid deserves this nickname regardless of the outcome of the rest of the season but I hope that you know by now that I’m rooting for him to take it to the fullest extent. I have been writing about the DeMatha Stags for a very long time and there aren’t that many players that have achieved the level of nickname status from me. If anyone could stand up to the mounting pressure it would be this guy.
If Beau English can keep the party going with his third consecutive WCAC title in football he will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the best quarterbacks in school history. A name like “Mr. Perfect” will only draw too much attention to him where he is going and I wouldn’t wish any correlations to any other demerit dodgers on him. I think of previous nicknames like the one I bestowed on Tommy “gun” Chroniger and I always knew that I could do better. (Tom Chroniger won three WCAC titles for DeMatha football, but his passing completion percentage left room for improvement.) Whether or not Beau English is able to accomplish the extraordinary feat of winning DeMatha’s first ever national title in football, he will always be Mr. Perfect to me.