In a game that was supposed to be a good litmus test for the overall health of the WCAC, the Bishop O’Connell Knights proved better than the Bishop Ireton Cardinals (1-1) by blanking them hoes 34-0 on the road. I don’t think that the Knights (1-0) have a defense that is nearly that good, but by running the Trimble brothers incessantly, they might have controlled the game clock.

On a day when most of the WCAC seemed to either be shutting someone down or shooting blanks, themselves, I’m going to have to say that the Bishop O’Connell victory is a good indication that the WCAC is healthy. From top to bottom, there is more opportunity this year for a team like the Knights to make an impact. Maybe they read my season preview?

The Gonzaga Purple Eagles lost like some hoes to Loyola of Baltimore. Gonzaga lost 42-0 in their home opener and could be in for a long season as they drop to 0-2. On the bright side, both of the losses are out of the WCAC –for now. On the dark side, Gonzaga doesn’t appear to have an offense or a defense, this year. Man, they might suck harder than Coco on Ice!

Bishop McNamara (1-0) showed why they are a playoff contender this year when they shut out prospective WCAC member Saint Mary’s Ryken (1-1), along with junior quarterback Chris Rixey, 61-0. This was a very rude awakening for Saint Mary’s Ryken, who can no longer claim a totally undefeated football program. Ryken can, however, claim to have their first negative experience of looking like some hoes, though.

Perhaps the biggest losers of the weekend weren’t Saint Mary’s Ryken or Bishop Ireton because neither of them participates in the WCAC, officially, and with a full schedule. This makes the Archbishop Carroll Lions amongst the biggest hoes and losers this weekend because they fell to Landon 25-0 while exposing new weaknesses in their game. The Lions struggled on special teams and gave up a safety when they long snapped a punt attempt through the back of the end zone.

Saint John’s College High School (1-1) also lost, but not so hoe-like, when they thought it would be cool to take a bus down to East St. Louis and play the local high school of the same name. (Brother Ricky Reeves could have told you that it was a bad idea, but you don’t know nothing about Homey D. Clown, pictured below right.) At least the Cadets managed to put up some points in their effort, falling 54-13.  Look for them to regain some measure of their former grit after the East St. Louis hazing.

Also on the same plain as faking it to make it, you can put down Paul VI (0-1) for their 35-14 loss to Georgetown Prep. Prep will take on Gonzaga this weekend in the Jesuit Classic. Look for Gonzaga to lose with a slightly better score than the Panthers had. Idreis Augustus, the star Paul VI Panthers’ running back, managed only 123 yards against a defense that didn’t care late in the game.

Good Counsel (1-0) may have sent defending DCIAA [read: public school] champions Dunbar of DC (0-3) down the road to a hoe and five start after the Falcons beat the Crimson Tide 42-12. I am told that Dunbar scored first on a 80 yard pass play to wide receiver Deon Long and then promptly folded. Good Counsel was heavily favored and their stars Caleb Porzel (107 yards on 13 carries) and Jelani Jenkins (4 rushing touchdowns) looked to be in top form, but…

Clearly the biggest winner this week was DeMatha (1-0) for utterly dismantling the defending Delaware state champions 37-0 on the road. DeMatha also had a nice article written about one of their offensive linemen that also managed to illustrate why DeMatha is so much better than any other school.  (If you can’t read, check the video below.) 

The real test for the Stags will be this Friday when they take on Gilman of Baltimore to basically decide the state championship for the state of Maryland in the third week of the season.

If the Stags are able to win this game as well as the WCAC championship, it is unlikely that there will be another team that can lay claim to the Maryland state title. Gilman usually holds down Baltimore and despite getting totally destroyed by DeMatha last year, 42-0, they managed a 7-2 record.

Player of the Week: Marcus Coker of DeMatha rushed for 194 yards on 15 carries.  (Unofficial.)

Dandini’s 2008 WCAC Week 2 Power Rankings.

1. DeMatha (1-0)
2. Good Counsel (1-0)
3. Bishop McNamara (1-0)
4. Bishop O’Connell (1-0)
5. Saint Johns College (1-1)
6. Paul VI (0-1)
7. Gonzaga (0-2)
8. Archbishop Carroll (0-2)


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