WCAC Football 2009: Week 5 Recap

So I’m heavy off in the college game while also spying on the Redsox versus the Yankees. The reality of the situation is that the WCAC just wrapped up and there are some things that I want to touch on.  One, the Stags are still looking like number one.  DeMatha beat Paul VI 42 – 0 and The Long Ranger ran for 246 yards and three touchdowns on just fifteen carries.  (That means that 20% of the time the run resulted in Coker scoring with an average 16.4 yards for every carry.)  If Marcus Coker has a big game against a nationally ranked defense like Good Counsel on October 9, then I think that is would be safe to say that he is the best running back in the entire country.  Yes, you just read that.

Before the Stags can get ahead of themselves they have a date with Gonzaga for homecoming on October 2.  The Purple Eagles are coming off another loss to Bishop McNamara as they were unable to keep pace with the offensive machine that Bryce Bevill has put together over there. McNamara prevailed on the road in a hostile Gonzaga home field 28 – 14, so it goes without saying that DeMatha probably has a lot of confidence looking forward to a Stag homecoming party.  The failure of the Purple Eagles to defend their home turf has been the reason for their recent departure from the upper echelon of WCAC football.  In any case McNamara proved that they have the mettle of WCAC championship contenders with their Week 5, Game of the Week win.

Good Counsel took care of Bishop O’Connell 35 – 8 but at least the Knights scored in their first loss of the season.  The final numbers actually indicated to me that even though, the Falcons probably had Bishop O’Connell severely outmatched at the skill positions the Knights weren’t total pushovers.  In a league as tough as the WCAC, 42 points is the respected blowout score.  That means that it is generally considered poor form for a team that is winning to pile on numbers and run up the score on an opponent, provided the outcome isn’t in any doubt.  I guess you could say that the gentlemen’s rule is not to score more than three times in any given half of play, and with that being said Good Counsel failed to do that.  Of course the defensive back (DB Louis Young) over there that has everybody talking is playing excellent football but the news of this game is that Bishop O’Connell is a better football program today than it was four years ago.  They are going to shock somebody.

Saint Johns College put a hurting on Archbishop Carroll to open their season of WCAC play 49 – 14.  The Lions finally scored but they aren’t looking much better than Paul VI.  This is only significant in WCAC play because the Lions will once again play the Panthers next week to determine who is the worst in the league.  I don’t know what Cadets’ running back Charles Brown did over there but the story in this score is once again the defense.  Namely how was it even possible for Archbishop Carroll to score on Saint Johns?  Now through the years we have seen a pattern with the Cadets that includes a myriad of offensive stars on offense and none on defense.  The Cadets are just a little short of beating a team like Good Counsel again, but in order to do that they are going to have to play better, top to bottom, when they aren’t in possession of the ball.

Dandini’s Week 5 WCAC Rankings*

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

*After the first week of play it is pretty redundant to put up each team’s record.  The top four in the league have a perfect conference record and the bottom half are all 0 – 1 in conference play. 



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