WCAC Football 2009: Week 4 Recap

A Sweet Looking Set Up At The Start

The WCAC is showing that there are six teams that are ready to play football this season in 2009. Six teams have notched wins against nonconference opponents at the conclusion of nonleague play. The teams with wins over Saint Mary’s Ryken technically don’t count in my opinion because the Knights haven’t officially joined the league and maintain their interim status until next year. Sorry Paul VI and Archbishop Carroll, respectively the Panthers and the Lions are looking at long seasons this year with the prospect of no official wins looming over their heads.

Week 4 is all about honesty. As long as we’re being honest I have to tell you that I don’t expect either team at the bottom of the conference to be able to pull off an upset this year. This doesn’t mean that I won’t watch the Archbishop Carroll game versus DeMatha during the last regular season game of the season –because anything can happen. I wouldn’t it put it past some team trying to jump up and bite DeMatha in a year that could be their best in quite some time. (Carroll would probably pick their senior day, defending their own home turf, to try and knock off an overly confident and complacent Stag team looking too far ahead into the playoffs.) Anyway, enough of my anxiety and let’s all try to focus on what actually went down in the Washington metropolitan area’s strongest athletic conference.

As I already mentioned, wins against Saint Mary’s Ryken don’t count and the closest thing to a bye week in the league is playing a team in interim status. This week it was Bishop O’Connell’s turn to give the Saint Mary’s Ryken a game to help break in their fledgling football team in the battle of The Knights’. Both teams share the same mascot, but beyond that they have little else in common. The Bishop O’Connell Knights of Fairfax, Virginia were victorious over Saint Mary’s Ryken, 35 – 6, and rightfully so; Bishop O’Connell is undefeated in league play and they will open their WCAC regular season against a tough Good Counsel team next week on the road.

Speaking of Good Counsel, they might be delivering more than one reality check this year. The Falcons took on the same Gilman team that DeMatha beat last week to the woodshed, demolishing them 49 – 37 in front of Good Council’s home crowd. Highlights were provided by sophomore sensation, Stefon Diggs who scored three touchdowns including two kick-off returns as he proved that Good Counsel could put up a heap of points in a hurry. The Falcons should probably handle Bishop O’Connell next week, but with a win over the fifth or sixth best football team in the state of Maryland (Gilman is still a pretty good football team) probably means Good Counsel has bigger goals in mind.

The small fish in the league Paul VI and Archbishop Carroll went a little further in the way of damaging their reputations in Week 4. Everybody seemed to be successful in big cat hunts this weekend because neither the Panthers nor the Lions even managed to score a single point. Paul VI went on the road to face a DC public charter school Frederick Douglass and they lost 40 – 0. Archbishop Carroll suffered their humiliation at home courtesy of the Landon Bears, 21 – 0. Shooting blanks before the conference opener is not what either team had in mind, and so is a winless season.

Gonzaga could still be looking at a long season but the Purple Eagles are riding high right now with a 23 – 20 win at the Jesuit Classic over Georgetown Prep. At the very least, Gonzaga should be able to beat some people in the WCAC this year if they can continue to channel the energy that they showed in one of the oldest rivalries in the history of the sport of football. Both schools are very old, Jesuit, and not that great in football recently. Next week will certainly tell the story for Gonzaga as they defend their home turf versus McNamara in the game of the week. If the Purple Eagles don’t win in the last week of September then they probably won’t make the playoffs this year, but the win over the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas shows that they are already making strides.

Bishop McNamara has certainly made significant strides in previous years. The Mustangs are still undefeated after shutting down Saint Alban’s 38 – 27. Quarterback Joseph James is actually being considered for first team All Metropolitan by the Washington Post as he has put up big numbers in opening games. The high powered offense of the Mustangs could surprise a few teams, and look for them to give Gonzaga fits when they go on the road their next week. The Mustangs have been showing and proving in the WCAC and have eclipsed older contenders the last four years in a row.

Saint Johns College had a bye this week.  The Cadets opens at Archbishop Carroll next week, and they’ll probably look at that as a bye as well. I can’t see the Lions giving the Cadets a decent game even given Archbishop Carroll’s home field advantage. Carroll’s offense hasn’t scored a point in the last two games and their head coach is looking like a complete buffoon right now. I don’t care what kind of players were touted on the Lions’ defense, if the WCAC had a fantasy league, now is the time to start Charles Brown at tailback from Saint Johns College. The Cadets’ star is almost guaranteed to have a big game coming off that loss to Archbishop Alter two weeks ago.

This brings us to the DeMatha Stags. I already did a pretty good job of telling you what happened in the early release for the Stags the other day, but you could also take the word of the Washington Post if you didn’t believe me. Marcus Coker had a mild day compared to where he was at last week, but he still managed a touchdown and seventy yards on the ground. Mike Meriwether had the run of the game, and Bobby Caffes was my player of the game when the Stags used timely defense and overpowering running to shut down Friendship Collegiate 45 – 12. Paul VI will have the pleasure of hosting DeMatha next week in the WCAC opening weekend. DeMatha is still has some things to work on but I have every confidence that they will handle the Panthers. Things only get harder for the Stags after that so look for a lot of new players getting some action in the next few weeks. Homecoming is against Gonzaga October 2nd, and then DeMatha plays Good Counsel on October 9th for what could be a big piece of the puzzle that is a Maryland State title.

DeMatha is looking a lot like Ali Sonoma (pictured) right now.  All American, fly, in red, white, and blue standing in front of some purple flowers.  I know that ya’ll don’t hear me though.  What I mean to say is that DeMatha football is right where they should be at this stage in the game.  I know that mad some revealing statements earlier when I confessed that I had a secret fear that the Stags would somehow lose to Archbishop Carroll, one of the worst teams in the league, but bare with me.  I’m prone to these types of swings during football season.  I get all emotional on the wins and losses, but I try to not lose sight of the bigger pictures.  DeMatha is still producing high quality young men and that is the most important fact in the long run.  I just hope that the long run also includes a few touchdowns along the way because The Lord knows that pretty women are awesome to look at, and he also knows that I love it when the DeMatha Stags win championships.  Glad we can put it all together for you, here.  Keep checking me out here.

Go Stags!

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