WCAC Football: Uncertainty is Predictable

Dandini’s 2008 WCAC Week 7 Power Rankings

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

Fast forward a week and the league is wide open. There has been a major blow for the Mustangs playoff hopes, though.  After a losing to Gonzaga 26-7, it has become apparent that McNamara is the sixth best team in the league.  Head Coach Bryce Bevill, a 1991 DeMatha graduate and former standout at  running back, has an uphill battle to guide his McNamara team to a third consecutive playoff birth.

The worst of the bad news for the Stags may be yet to come, though.  For the first time in a while I, myself, am doubtful that DeMatha is a lock for the playoffs.  DeMatha frantically struggled to beat the Panthers 21-13 at home coming off their blow-out loss to Good Counsel. The Stags have a lot of work to do if they want to make it happen this year and they are on long odds.

The main reason the Stags aren’t the favorite is because Good Counsel doesn’t seem to have anybody in their way. The Falcons absolutely destroyed O’Connell, 41-14, and eliminated any doubt if they would overlook a Knight team that has enjoyed recent success. Perhaps the only goal that Good Counsel has the rest of the season will come by avenging a regular season loss to Saint Johns College last year.

Saint Johns isn’t letting up the pressure or willing to concede anything to the league favorite, either, as the Cadets continued to roll in the WCAC. Archbishop Carroll was the latest victim of the Cadets who are vying for to be the best in the confines of the District. With a 35-12 win over the struggling Lions, Saint Johns College is playing well enough to count on making a post season appearance.

This season is awesome, so far, by the way.  If you’re a DeMatha fan like I am we all know that this season could get even better, though.  I’m going to keep staring at my Halle Berry goal posts and hope for a Stag resurgence the likes of which we have never seen before.  Seriously, I don’t mean to start talking it up out of fear of jinxing it, but you have to think that with the way the Stags have been playing recently, if they were to suddenly come out of their funk and win the WCAC championship it would be the greatest upset in Stag football history.  The reason why it would be an upset is because Good Counsel just continues to run roughshod over everybody that happens to get in their way.  In case you people haven’t figured it out yet, everybody is saying that this is the Falcons’ year.  Halle, I hope not!

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