WCAC Football: Resistance, Reconciliation, and Reunion?

I was way too busy over this past weekend with Howard University homecoming so I’m just a little late on the recap that I know you’ve all been waiting for. The Magic Number in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference happens to be four. In a field of eight teams there are only seven league games and four losses would mean that a team is under the probably cut for the playoffs with a conference record under .500

With that thinking being the conventional wisdom of the league, Archbishop Carroll and Paul VI have effectively erased all doubt that come November they’re going to be focusing on basketball while the top four in the power rankings will likely contest for the football championship. Although, one can never doubt what nobody is sure about.

I fully expect Saint Johns to lose to DeMatha in two weeks, in order to guarantee a much needed second seed for the playoffs. I imagine that it will be highly contested game because Good Counsel is making a bid to go undefeated this season and they will likely get the top seed. Of course Saint Johns could change all that by beating the Falcons tomorrow, but again, we’re dealing with slim probabilities here.

DeMatha finally showed signs of enthusiasm and thoroughly trounced Gonzaga in their own stadium 35-6. The Stags shut out the Purple Eagles for the first three quarters and tried to put previous lackluster performances behind them for good this season.

Bishop O’Connell handled their business against Archbishop Carroll at their homecoming, 20-14. The Knights have just proved what everybody knew about the Lions though: you can only get so hype and eventually potential sinks into reality.

Special note to the Lions: Fire Coach Houchens immediately. If you’re going to be last in the WCAC, you might as well be led by a college graduate.  You are a college preparatory school, right? How come your Assistant Athletic Director isn’t a college graduate?  Hmmn.

Good Counsel isn’t letting their foot off of the gas even for one second, as they throttled past Bishop McNamara 42-6 in an offensive showcase. The Falcons beating the Mustangs has brought McNamara to the brink, and they will likely be eliminated from contention in ensuing weeks.

Paul VI proved that they knew what was at stake by taking Saint Johns into two overtimes. The Panthers have played everybody tough recently but haven’t earned a WCAC win yet, as they lost 34-27 to the Cadets this past weekend.

The season is at the half-way point and the playoff picture is becoming clearer. The top seed is all but assured. The second and third seed will likely be decided by DeMatha versus Saint Johns in two weeks. And the fourth seed is expected to be a shake down of Bishop O’Connell, Gonzaga, and Bishop McNamara.

 

Dandini’s 2008 WCAC Week 8 Power Rankings

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

This year is shaping up to be one of the most highly contested years of all time: with six teams in the hunt with less than half of the season left to play!  Can we finally admit that the WCAC is healthy?  I think so.

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