WCAC Football Week Eleven: The End of the Beginning

In the last regular season game of 2008, the entire WCAC was on the same page and kept it very real.  No upsets, and no surprises.

One could make that argument for the entire season, too, since the top four teams haven’t changed one bit despite the recent pushes forward by the Virginia schools. The WCAC championship will be decided from the same pool of teams as last year except in markedly different order.

Good Counsel guaranteed the top spot with a 44-0 rout of Archbishop Carroll. One has to wonder if any team has even come close to the Falcons this season because aside from putting up at least 42 points on everybody in the league, their defense has only allowed nine points in the last 4 games.

The second seed in the WCAC belongs to the defending champion DeMatha Stags, who beat fourth-seeded McNamara 42-7. This was a big confidence booster for the Stags who needed a solid display on both sides of the ball going into the playoffs as an underdog for the first time in five years.

Bishop O’Connell managed to stop their recently resurgent rivals, Paul VI, 16-0 for the seventh year in a row. The O’Connell Knights ended their miracle season with a win despite missing out on a playoff spot when they lost to McNamara last week in overtime last week.

The third seed in the playoffs this year belongs to the Saint Johns College High School Cadets and they managed to beat Gonzaga 27-14 in their 80th meeting: the oldest (Yawn.) rivalry of two catholic schools in the country. 

Dandini’s 2008 WCAC Week 11 Power Rankings*

1. Good Counsel (10-0, 7-0)
2. DeMatha (8-2, 6-1)
3. Saint Johns College (7-3, 5-2)
4. Bishop McNamara (5-5, 3-4)
5. Bishop O’Connell (6-4, 3-4)
6. Paul VI (4-6, 2-5)
7. Gonzaga (2-8, 2-5)
8. Archbishop Carroll (1-9, 0-7)

The WCAC Playoffs schedule begins Friday, November 14th when Good Counsel (1) plays McNamara (4), and DeMatha (2) plays Saint Johns (4) in their second meetings this  year.  All of the other teams in the WCAC are concentrating on basketball theses days, and their football seasons are over.

As for everyone else, this week only marks the end of the beginning.  Let’s all say a silent prayer that the DeMatha Stags can win their sixth WCAC championship in row.  I’ve written it many times at this point it I also believe that it is worth repeating: if the Stags are able to win the championship game on November 22nd, it will be the biggest upset in DeMatha football history.  GO STAGS!


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