Posts Tagged ‘DeMatha Stags’

DeMatha Basketball Rolls Into The Holidays

December 24, 2017

Winter has finally come and we have all been anticipating another DeMatha Basketball campaign for a WCAC championship and national recognition.  In case you haven’t been paying attention, let’s catch up on the season ongoings with a video compilation from Marc Stern over there at YouTube holding down the DMV called Capitol Hoops.

This is our go-to website for highlights during the basketball season -as per usual, but if you are looking for live coverage of the games be sure to check out DeMatha Stags TV on the NFHS Network.  There are also replays of the games on demand so please support DeMatha Catholic High School for Boys student journalism and enjoy!  The DeMatha -Stags basketball team is currently undefeated (7-0) heading into the star-studded Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for their annual holiday tournament.

After all of those home victories, the Stags took all of that positive momentum on the road to Saint Johns College and the results were more or less the same.

Get the full DeMatha Stags basketball schedule right here on the team website.  Read about the latest over at Inside The Locker Room.  We will be sure to have more information on the Stags at a later date but you can already tell that DeMatha has some really good basketball players.

We’ll keep you posted here on The Chronicles of Six.  Go Stags!

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DeMatha Basketball 2017 Hype Video

December 6, 2017

We don’t know if you have been following but we are huge fans of DeMatha Catholic High School for Boys on this website.  Andre Jones, Class of 1987, is also a huge fan and his production company produced a video that should get you hype for the season opener in under an hour.  Check the #MadisonStreetHoops feeds on Twitter and Instagram in 2017.  We’ll get into all the rankings and player previews at a later date so watch the video.

We agree with Head Coach Mike Jones in that this is a team that the Coach Emeritus can be proud of.  DeMatha basketball makes us think of Morgan Wootten, also.  Both the old and the new coaches in Hyattsville have a knack for making student-athletes believers.  You can see for yourself that, once again, the Stags have a ton of talent with the right kind of leadership.  Watch the game for free on DM Stags TV because Neal Murphy and Sean O’Connor are broadcasting the opener.  (Linked below)  As usual, we will keep you posted here on The Chronicles of Six.

2017 Homer Football Wrap-Up

November 28, 2017

Sometimes promising seasons are cut down.  DeMatha football started out hot, but then suffered consecutive losses to league foes Gonzaga, Good Counsel, and Saint Johns College.  The Stags managed to beat Bishop McNamara and Archbishop Carroll to finish as the fourth playoff seed in the WCAC but they lost 14-17 to Saint John’s College in the first round.  We must admit that we were a little sad about the 6-5 overall record and a fourth place finish in the WCAC – until we remembered that we had another picture of Alexis Savage to post.

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Alexis Savage knows that hoops are on the horizon.

The Howard Bison football team also started hot when they registered a win at a UNLV and a close loss to Kent State, two FCS schools.  The University of Richmond put a chill on when they destroyed the Bison 68-21 in September.  Then North Carolina Central University left the normally potent offense frozen when they orchestrated a 13-7 victory in DC.  Howard (7-4) eventually finished second in the MEAC despite losing to Hampton University in what we like to call the Bourgeoisie Bowl and missed their sliver of an opportunity to play in the Celebration Bowl, instead.

All of that losing makes us sad.  Look people, studies have shown that the majority of teenage boys like modest pictures of extremely hot women so we’re really just providing a serviceable means of introduction here.  Let the Ooh La La’s of the Howard University Showtime Marching Band take you away from all of this.

We are better now.  Don’t give up on us!  We’re not going to let some silly football games get in the way of making some real progress on this blog.  We’re total homers for DeMatha Catholic High School for Boys and Howard University, here.   We’re never going to pretend to be anything else even if the analytics say that we should diversify for greater SEO appeal.  We aren’t in it for the short term game, are we?  We’re in this thing for the long haul.

For instance, don’t talk to us about how well your child reads at three-years-old.  Talk to us about how well your child reads at thirty.  That seems to be a better measurement of a job done well.  We are all about progress here on The Chronicles Of Six and both football teams are up to challenges ahead.  To lay some more smooth Black vernacular on you, DeMatha is certainly going to DeMatha.  Caylin Newton has three more years of eligibility at Howard University but he was already named the MEAC Rookie of the Year.

You know How It Goes Down…  We’re going to continue to keep you posted.

DeMatha Hall of Fame: 2017 Edition

November 2, 2017

“There are 38,000 high schools in America but only one DeMatha.”

DeMatha Catholic High School for Boys held the 16th annual induction ceremony for the DeMatha Hall of Fame on October 29.  It probably goes without saying but as far as high schools go, being recognized by your peers at DeMatha has to rank among the most difficult because of the deep tradition of excellence.  Although some DeMatha alumni have broken new ground and achieved unimaginable heights in their respective areas, it is not uncommon for them to hold their accolades from Hyattsville in the highest esteem.  The DeMatha Hall of Fame event is always a night that you don’t want to miss and it has become a source of inspiration for students, alumni, and friends over the years.  In order to get a feel for what it is all about, here are the video highlights as compiled by Andre Jones.

There was a lot buzz from social media surrounding the event and we have selected some fine examples for your review.  Basketball Coach Emeritus and DeMatha Hall of Fame and The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Morgan Wootten was on hand for the festivities with a few of his former students.  The LT Brendan Looney (SEAL) Convocation Center where the event was held houses the Kathy & Morgan Wooten Gymnasium and is already rich with DeMatha history in its own right.   It was the perfect setting to wax poetically and fondly recount the more lasting DeMatha memories with family.  Father Damian Anuszewski, O.SS.T., was the emcee and Principal Emeritus John Moylan was also in attendance, so we are certain that everyone was on their best behavior.

From Andre Jones Twitter.

Duane and Mike in 1991

In addition to the 1996 Hockey and the 2001 Lacrosse Teams, there were a number of individual honors: Garland Hawkins, Duane Simpkins, Kevin Davis, Paul Rabil, Mike Jones, Josh Wilson, and the first ever inductee from the Golf program Del Ponchock.  The highlighted and linked names appear as short articles in the DeMatha Stags community on Google+ so click away.

Former Assistant Principal William Clark was also inducted into the DeMatha Hall of Fame and Mike Johnson ’80 became the latest recipient of the Lou Amico Service Award.  Craig ’85 and Tim Gough ’78 were also named recipients of the St. Simon de Rojas Service Award at the ceremony.  Please check out the DeMatha website for an in-depth explanation of the awards and honorees.

The Chronicles of Six would like to congratulate all of the honorees from the 2017 DeMatha Hall of Fame ceremony.  We are hoping that the current faith-filled gentlemen and scholars at DeMatha will be inspired to similar greatness.  Go Stags!

[ Featured Image of Duane and Mike in 2017 from the Twitter account of Andre Jones. ]

Saint Johns Beat DeMatha In Football

October 21, 2017

2017 will certainly be a year that goes down in Saint Johns College history if only for ending a very long streak of losing in football to DeMatha.  The Cadets finally managed to have a good day and bested the Stags on the gridiron 38-22 in front of their homecoming crowd on Military Road.

It isn’t hard to put this win into perspective for Saint Johns because no one on their current football roster was born the last time that they beat the Stags in 1994.  We announced some time ago that Cadets changed the football landscape and that the rivalry with the Stags was back.   With this win, Saint Johns will undoubtedly justify the drastic changes that they have undertaken but it probably still rings a little hallow.

DeMatha falls to 4-4 on the year, and 0-3 in the WCAC.  For the first time in a while, DeMatha is fighting to be the fourth-best team in a very competitive league.  Looking at the strength of schedules, DeMatha doesn’t have any significant wins at this point in the season and Saint Johns merely joined the ranks of Good Counsel and Gonzaga who also beat the Stags this year.  The loss to Saint Johns College was their third in a row in a season in which DeMatha has struggled against upper echelon football teams.

The defending WCAC champions are now fighting just to make the playoffs.  DeMatha needs two straight wins at Bishop McNamara (October 28) and Archbishop Carroll (November 4) in order to control their own destiny.  Nothing will come easy for the Stag squad this season because, by now, everybody smells blood.

There have been some bright spots for the DeMatha Stags football team.  Senior Judson Tallandier was named to the American Under-19 football squad.  Senior Kicker Jake Dolinger is showing why four-year Stags are still the most sought after student-athletes in NCAA recruiting after recording a notable score on the SAT.

Yet DeMatha finds themselves in an unfamiliar position because they are unable to dominate key aspects of football games against teams -like they have in years past.  Sacks and rushing touchdowns are both down in 2017.

Cervus elaphus in the city

Stags are in unfamiliar territory.

The Big Four all have offensive and defensive lines that hover around the average weight of 300 lbs per player -and that makes for very tough sledding.

 

Once more the Stags are still trying to find their footing in a sport that isn’t very forgiving.  DeMatha has even tried changing quarterbacks to no avail: both Tyler Lenhart and Eric Najarian have notched two losses as the starter.  The ability to overcome injuries and distractions is also a huge part of football and the DeMatha Stags still aren’t totally out of contention yet.

If DeMatha can claim the fourth seed outright, there is still a chance to defend their title and win a fifth straight WCAC championship.  Can they come back unscathed from the verge of annihilation in 2017?  Stranger things have happened to the Stags so we will have to keep you posted.

[Featured Image: City of Ashton website]

 

DeMatha Loses To Good Counsel In OT

October 14, 2017

The DeMatha Stags football team couldn’t send off the seniors in style, losing in overtime against a tough Good Counsel squad for their last home game of 2017.  In a low scoring game that primarily featured run defenses, both teams stayed knotted at the conclusions of half and full times.  The relatively equally matched teams have become familiar with each other’s strategies over the years and they each only managed a touchdown in the first half.  DeMatha took a 14-7 lead until 2:02 left in the fourth quarter when Good Counsel tied the game on a spectacular passing play that left the Stags stunned.  The Falcons would then stop DeMatha in overtime and score a winning touchdown with a final score of 20-14.

DeMatha dropped their second game in a row and falls to 0-2 in the WCAC football standings.  Eric Najarian made his second start at quarterback of the season and Tyler Lenhart didn’t take any snaps.  The Stags are left to search for a way to restore the high expectations that they had for themselves at the start of the season with a 4-3 overall record.  While a WCAC football title is still in reach, DeMatha has to understand now that they are merely fighting for survival at this point.  The Stags aren’t used to this position.

Still the current crisis isn’t nearly as bad as it could be due to league restructuring.  There are six teams competing for the title and DeMatha is still all but assured of beating two of them to secure a playoff spot.  However nothing in the WCAC comes easy.  The Stags need to embrace what has quickly manifested into a rebuilding year and take a longer view for the season.  Head coach Elijah Brooks appears to have already done so with his decision to bench a former starting quarterback on his senior night in favor of a junior.

The quarterback controversy is sure to be revisited because the Stags seemed anemic on offense in their latest losing effort.  Senior running back Detrick Washington scored on the ground in the first half, and DeMarcco Hellams broke a crossing pattern loose after gaining fifty yards for a score in the second half.  DeMatha wouldn’t sustain a drive until late in the fourth quarter, but they failed to score and didn’t chew up enough clock to prevent Good Counsel from scoring.  A personal foul put the Falcons in DeMatha territory with time winding down.  The momentum shifted and the Stags never recovered.

Good Counsel used a strong running game to keep the DeMatha defense from pinning their ears back and rushing the passer.  The Falcons running back Latrele Palmer demanded a lot of attention at the line of scrimmage, and it was eventually the big bruising back that scored in overtime.  DeMatha did manage some bright spots on defense, but Falcons head coach Andy Stephanelli mixed in a good array of plays.  Both teams had crucial turnovers in the game but the outcome was decided when Good Counsel maximized their opportunities when DeMatha couldn’t.

DeMatha looks ahead to one of their biggest challenges of the season when they have to go to Military Road and take on the Saint Johns Cadets.  SJC beat Good Counsel last week and they have been itching for some kind of revenge for over a quarter century of losses to the Stags.  The October 21 game will be a difficult test but DeMatha can’t afford to take any of the games lightly now.  With no home games left to hide behind, the remaining WCAC teams are going to look to cow the Stags into submission.  Suddenly now the last two games of the season against Bishop McNamara and finally Archbishop Carroll are important.

We are all anxious to see how DeMatha football will respond in the future but feel free to check the tale of the Good Counsel tape on Twitter at #GCvsDM.  The DeMatha Football website is back up and running, so you will have to follow there from here on out.  We will do our best to keep you posted but there are no more DM Stags TV football broadcasts scheduled in 2017.

Red Deer from Rough Guides

The DeMatha Stags have had a rough start to the WCAC season so far, and they are looking for a bright spot.

[Featured Photo, RoughGuides.Com ]

 

Alexis Savage: Special Ginger Edition

October 12, 2017

There is something about this day that makes it deserving of special editions, and Alexis Savage is certainly exemplary of superlatives. We really just couldn’t help ourselves and we had to post a few photos of this beautiful, redhead, ginger lady because it is Friday the 13th.  We aren’t ashamed to say that we are completely infatuated with this Irish model, Alexis Savage. Gosh, she’s perfection. She is also from Dublin, Ireland which isn’t far from St. James Gate.

The American framer Benjamin Franklin is credited with saying that beer is proof that God love’s us but his direct quote was really about wine.  Anyway, Guinness has been around since 1759 so there is a good chance that Franklin (1706-1790) had direct knowledge of such things.  Non sequitur or not, we love Alexis Savage.  Teen Vogue knew what was up when they included her in their gallery for curly hair.  Take some time to appreciate the best.

Alexis Savage is the best model.

Did you know that the Guinness Storehouse is only a fifteen minute drive from the agency that Alexis Savage belongs to?  We hope our use of Google Maps isn’t creepy here.

Alexis Savage can put you in a happy place, and we could really use that right now.  The United States of America seems to be running a little short of fantastic statesmen, and half the world is on the brink of nuclear destruction.  Seriously, we refuse to even link to that bullshit now because we don’t want the devil to steal our joy.  When we discovered that Alexis Savage existed we knew that we had to return to our roots to spread the love.

We are doing everything that we can here to promote the media that the world needs to see.  Sure we are all over the place, but consider us a showcase of digital media that gets off the beaten path. Today is a very auspicious occasion at The Chronicles of Six.  Heightening our expectations for the day the greatest rap group of all time, the Wu Tang Clan, collectively launched studio release number 45.  The 9 member super group are the first of their kind but we will get back to the mathematics in a few.

While the Wu Tang Clan album The Saga Continues plays in the background we are reminded that our job is also to inspire you to look forward.  Even when there is no cause for optimism, we push the reset button for as long as it takes.  However we aren’t going to erase anything in our archives because how else could you gauge our progress?  We are committed bloggers here even if that means descending into debauchery and exposing our shortcomings. Seriously, check our disclaimer because nothing under our domain can be taken seriously.

Alexis Savage can do modeling in her sleep.

Alexis Savage can be found on the Fraser Models & Actors webpage and you should hire her.

Sure you might glean a few facts here and there, but the first chance that we get we are posting pictures of beautiful women.  The first obvious fact in this piece that you should already understand is that everybody needs to hire Alexis Savage.  You should put Alexis Savage in your advertising campaigns, on the cover of your magazine, and in your movie casts.  Put Alexis Savage on television.  Fuck it, give her a special or something.

Why must it be a secret?  We might not be safe for work because we are Alexis Savage and Wu Tang Clan fans.  We are still going to keep it fresh, nerdy, and digital.  We are right back where we started from, as far as the blog is concerned and we appreciate the folks that have pledged allegiance to this growing community.  It is astonishing to think that people come in so many different shapes and sizes and we are all still 99.9% alike. Genetically, the difference between any two people on the planet is miniscule compared to other species.

Alexis Savage is sitting on steps by Nicole Pagan.

“Don’t worry little brother, there are more.”  Alexis Savage by Nicole Pagan on Behance should get you through the Fall.

God is good.  Nature is awesome, right? The Wu Tang album is tight.  Also the DeMatha Stags play football tonight at the PG Sports & Learning Complex, so you know that I’ll be posting on that.  Things are coming together thanks to The Football Guys shedding light on the ennead and bringing it all the way back into our Wheelhouse.

Try not to overthink all of this.  You don’t have to be genius at math to know why it was important for us to keep rambling on and on to justify using all of these photos of Alexis Savage.  The math on the number nine has brought us the understanding that we can move forward through our digital roots.  Or to be precise, any natural number is multiplied by 9, and the digits of the answer are repeatedly added until it is just one digit, the sum will also be nine.  Peep how nine-lettered Alex Razor must be a model genius because he had an amazing video of Alexis Savage on his YouTube channel.

We are sitting pretty at 44,444 unique viewers here on The Chronicles of Six.  In our numerology, five-fours has an added significance to us and this is all cause to celebrate.  5/4 is also a fun time signature to play in music, but in this instance we believe it means a continuation.  Nines are upside down sixes.

[Featured Photo: Instagram/@lovecloudalexis]

The Ole Kick In The Nuts 2017

October 7, 2017

As soon as DeMatha finished lacing up their shoes they got a healthy dose of what they would be getting served for most of the rest of the night.  Gonzaga looked upon the famed DeMatha Stags under the harvest moon and kicked them right in the nuts.  The Purple Eagles elected to receive the opening kickoff and made an energetic return in exchange for prime field position.  It only took them a few minutes to score from there.  DeMatha didn’t take very much time off the clock after a three-and-out, and then Gonzaga scored again on an even longer drive the next time.

The Stags tried to regain their composure on their next drive but then quarterback Tyler Lenhart threw a pick-six.  Suddenly, DeMatha was down 19-0 at the end of the first quarter at the PG Sports & Learning Complex.  DeMatha would eventually threaten the red zone with 7:00 to go in the first half, but their hopes were dashed on a dropped pass for a crucial fourth down conversion.  Gonzaga freshman quarterback Caleb Williams played well enough to leave the Stags wondering what was going on and the score would hold up until halftime.

DeMatha was really lucky that the 19 point lead they gave up wasn’t worse.  Gonzaga set the tone for what the 2017 WCAC football season has in store.  The Stags looked the part of a prime candidate for upset: uncomfortable and timid.  Gonzaga was the conference foe that came to Prince George’s County in 2015 and bullied the nationally ranked Stags in a similar fashion on ESPN.  It always seems like Gonzaga and DeMatha are taking turns kicking each other in the gonads, destroying each other with shock and awe, in full public view.  Penalties and miscues on both sides ultimately tamped down the score total, but anyone could see that this was painful.

Gonzaga came out for the second half with even more Whipass.  It was like those old cans of Whupass, but they were quicker.  The Purple Eagles generated another stop on defense and walloped the Stags with another quick score to go up 26-0.  DeMatha just couldn’t move in this contest and they were completely frozen on offense until a change at quarterback and a fourth-quarter bomb.  Eric Najarian finally hooked up with Jermaine Johnson to put the Stags on the board and he started an ultimately hopeless, but what was then still just an improbable rally of sorts.  Anthony Toro caught another deep strike, and Myles Miree found paydirt soon after but the damage was done.

Nothing is going to come easily in WCAC, and the Stags have demonstrated that they have already learned the hard lesson from this contest.  DeMatha showed a lot of heart for staying in the fight and for never quitting, but they couldn’t make the impossible recovery.  It all ended on a sack before Najarian could even send a prayer to Our Lady of Victory.  Tonight the DeMatha Stags got kicked in the nuts, in the old #TheOleKickInTheNutsGame with Gonzaga, and they deserve all the credit.  Caleb Williams managed the game wonderfully and the Purple Eagle’s defense held their own.

Trap game after homecoming or not, DeMatha should remember that’s how it goes sometimes in The Ole Kick In The Nuts Game.  The last two all-male schools from the old Metro Conference just don’t like each other.  They take turns kicking each other in the nuts but nobody ever quits or calls it just a silly game.  Yep, this time its football but they’ll be at it soon enough again.  We’d prefer to believe that Gonzaga didn’t even get the cakewalk they deserved in the end,  barely hanging on for the 26 – 20 final score.  It hurts just the same though, but you probably surmised that.

DeMatha Spirit & Cameron Phillips

September 20, 2017

This is DeMatha spirit week in preparation for the homecoming game this Friday versus Friendship Collegiate.  Watch this video as many times as possible for zero house points.  There are a lot of recruiting success stories in this video, and it also goes a long way to show that DeMatha has a deep roster of stud football players.  Return to Glory tells the story of how the latest championship run unfolded and is a great example of the DeMatha Family.  I hope we can keep the party going.

Watch it again, for six Soul Credits.  There were some serious ballers in that video, too.  There are guys getting it done in college in that video.  Cameron Phillips is just one of the many but it is worth mentioning that he is closing in on the receiving records over there at Virginia Tech.  Ju’Whaun Bentley, Taiwan Deal, John Lovett, are all in there with Principal Emeritus John Moylan.  Father Damian and Ed King are in there too.  Seriously watch it again.  Alright now watch Cam for a minute because he clearly has the spirit.

Anyway, we hope that you are hanging in the #NoKaepernickNoNFL boycott.  Remember that you can always watch college football and high school football repeats.  Don’t tweet any NFL highlights or participate in any fantasy leagues.  We think it is pretty safe to say that some of these guys are going to the league and that we hope it is a better one when they get there.  We are going to keep it digi.  Go Stags!

DeMatha vs McDonogh: Maryland Sports Access Edition

September 16, 2017

DeMatha Crushes Gonzaga and Looks Ahead To Championship, National TitleKyle McFadden and Maryland Sports Access have some pretty good coverage of the DeMatha vs McDonogh football game.  DeMatha won the contest 17-14 and kept McDonogh out of the end zone in the second half, in an otherwise lackluster game for the Stags.  DeMatha improved to a record of 3-1 on the season but they are still in the processes of learning and fine-tuning.

The Maryland Terrapins were in attendance, and there may have been performance anxiety issues.  DeMatha football has emerged as an unofficial pipeline to the University of Maryland, and the Stag alumni helped coin the popular recruiting wave moniker, “The Movement.”  The Old Line State has made significant gains in the sport of football at the high school and college levels and recognition is still on the rise.

Stag football alums, now at MD, with Wendy at last night's game.

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The Free State, used to be called The Old Line State.

Maryland State Flag

As you can see I am not the only person that can cover the Stags.  In recent years DeMatha vs McDonogh has been one of those games that can determine who will be top dog in the state of Maryland, and it draws plenty of attention.  The University of Maryland definitely took notice when these two heavyweights from The Free State played each other because both teams produce top, Division 1 talent.  Anyway, click the link in the first paragraph to read Kyle McFadden’s article with better embedded Tweets.  As always, DMStagsTV provided a replayable broadcast for your enjoyment and you can follow all of the Stags home games there.  (Alumni teachers Sean O’Connor & Cory Puffett provided the play-by-play this week.)  Crabcakes and football!  This is what we do.

Friendship Collegiate Academy will travel to the DeMatha home field at the PG Sports and Learning Complex next week, September 22.   As usual, we are going to keep it digital and keep you posted here on The Chronicles of Six.  Go Stags!