Posts Tagged ‘Stags’

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!

Beau English is Mr. Perfect

September 19, 2016
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#17 Beau English was a perfect 15/15 passing and leads the #4 team in the USA.

Beau English is no stranger to the winner’s circle and he has already led DeMatha to the WCAC championship in 2014 and 2015 after taking over as the quarterback for the Stags as a sophomore.  The United States Air Force Academy commit has dazzled fans early in the 2016 season by turning in not just one but two perfect passing performances en route to an unblemished 4-0 start.  This young man has measured up to the highest standards off of the field and on it.

Hot right out of the gate, Beau English has scorched opponents with a variety of passing options that DeMatha isn’t typically known for.  Gun slinging isn’t how most DeMatha football fans identify the program that has relied heavily on the run in the past.  (Even the former DeMatha quaterback with the nickname “gun” was primarily a threat on the ground, see below.)  The idea of running between the tackles isn’t news to any successful program however DeMatha has made it a calling card of sorts even before the days of former head coach Bill McGregor.

 

 

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DeMatha senior Beau English

The current DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks was a student of McGregor and one of his best running backs, but it is apparent that passing talent is in fashion as long as Beau English is on the field.  Beau has the ability to tally up yards even though DeMatha is still stacked at their most dependable position.  The featured running back this year, Anthony McFarland, was lost to a pre-season broken leg but the Stags have hardly missed a beat.  The offense has opened up under the steady stewardship of Beau English and it has resulted in a national championship buzz for DeMatha football.

After toppling Oscar Smith (VA), Avalon (MD), Bishop McDevitt (PA), and now McDonogh (MD), DeMatha football is ranked number 4 in the USA according to most polls.  Once again the eyes in Hyattsville shift to complete a perfect season and stay in the hunt for a national title.  While the entire cast of players and coaches deserves the credit for the success of the DeMatha football team there is no denying that Beau English has done his part so far.  The added dimension of the passing game has done wonders for running backs Khory Spruill and Myles Mireeand the DeMatha defense has been solid as well.

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Beau English is now known as Mr. Perfect and he is headed to the Air Force Academy after 2016.

 

But it is worth mentioning that Beau English is the first to be absolutely perfect in the modern quarterback rating system at DeMatha.  That is really something in my estimation.  This kid deserves this nickname regardless of the outcome of the rest of the season but I hope that you know by now that I’m rooting for him to take it to the fullest extent.  I have been writing about the DeMatha Stags for a very long time and there aren’t that many players that have achieved the level of nickname status from me.  If anyone could stand up to the mounting pressure it would be this guy.

If Beau English can keep the party going with his third consecutive WCAC title in football he will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the best quarterbacks in school history.  A name like “Mr. Perfect” will only draw too much attention to him where he is going and I wouldn’t wish any correlations to any other demerit dodgers on him.  I think of previous nicknames like the one I bestowed on Tommy “gun” Chroniger and I always knew that I could do better.  (Tom Chroniger won three WCAC titles for DeMatha football, but his passing completion percentage left room for improvement.)  Whether or not Beau English is able to accomplish the extraordinary feat of winning DeMatha’s first ever national title in football, he will always be Mr. Perfect to me.

Luminous Without Further Comment

April 6, 2015

Super Sophomore Championship Goodness

November 23, 2014

What year would be complete without a recap of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship? DeMatha was able to overcome a 14-0 first quarter deficit and eventually defeat Good Counsel, 24-20 for their 22nd league title. By all accounts, it was a great contest and the Falcons fought to the end but were unable to prevail. The defending champions of the WCAC were underdogs mainly because they were considered to be too young to compete for the title in 2014 but a class of super sophomores had something to say about all of that.

The class of 2017 is loaded. Quarterback Beau English won the starting job earlier this year and matured markedly during a WCAC regular season campaign that only included one loss to Good Counsel. Beau English scored on a third quarter quarterback sneak and managed the game superbly for the Stags. Sophomore running back Anthony McFarland caught one touchdown pass from English and sophomore Khory Spruill completed the class of 2017 trifecta by rushing for a score.  Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy was named the 2014 Coach of the Year for his undefeated regular season campaign, but DeMatha Coach Elijah Brooks might have done a better job in the end.

It is worth mentioning that Good Counsel was also counted out at the beginning of this season and they definitely didn’t get the respect that they have earned at the beginning of the year in almost everybody’s poll. (It probably isn’t worth mentioning that one of the reasons why Gonzaga sucks is that they hijacked the polls in 2014 and barely made the WCAC playoffs –despite possibly being the best football team within the confines of Washington D.C.) The Falcons will likely find themselves near the top of the WCAC field of football competitors next year, but they will have to contend with a lot of the same names from DeMatha that are only sure to get better in Coach Brooks’ system. DeMatha will return 15 bona fide starters according to sources.

DeMatha also has four juniors on the ESPN 300 list and will likely get a fifth when cornerback Brenton Nelson transfers from his school in Florida. The catalyst for the game happened to be one of the very talented juniors that was snubbed.  Darryl Turner, Jr. wears #1 at DeMatha and he caused the fumble that robbed Good Counsel of a critical possession late in the game which helped the Stags seal the victory.  The cupboard is just about full of Division 1 student-athlete prospects, again.  This is largely why hardcore Stags who are in-the-know believe that DeMatha is preparing for an epic run at a national championship very soon.

The Win Streak Continues: DeMatha 21, St. Johns 14

September 27, 2014

Young Underdogs. I like the sound of that. Super sophomore powered the DeMatha Stags to victory recently and I thought you might want to know.

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What a win! DeMatha went into Friday night’s game an underdog to St. Johns, but after a gutty effort, the Stags knocked off the Cadets in overtime 21-14. Wide receiver Darryl Turner Jr. dove for the end zone pylon in overtime, and got the TD, delivering the win for DeMatha!

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We will have a full report on the game Monday, but for today, enjoy knowing the Stags moved to 1-0 in the WCAC and 3-2 for the season. The Washington Post has a great write-up on the game, click here to read.

Expect insight from DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks and the announcement of the Players of the Week soon. Go Stags!

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DeMatha Stags Tople Florida Power Godby Cougars 26-9 On ESPN

September 2, 2013
Links to Prince George's Gazette article on the game.

Senior Defensive End #9 Deonte Holden comes up big with a sack.

DeMatha took care of business in the Under Armour Fallen Heroes Classic at College Park, Maryland -effectively holding down home turf against a defending Florida state (5A) championship team.  The Godby Cougars found it extremely difficult to move the ball against a stout DeMatha team defense.  The famous speed of Florida high school football only seemed to burn DeMatha once on a 89 yard kick-off return for a score, but the game was already out of reach.

DeMatha was able to run the football between the tackles on a consistent basis.  Given the Stags’ history they have a 95% chance of winning games in which that scenario plays out.  In the case of the ESPN match up honoring recent alumni killed in action, it was done strictly by committee.  Of course a whole lot of credit has to go to the offensive line, being the collective heavyweight chairmen of the running committee.

DeMatha used size and strength to over power and straight up bully in the trenches and at least three different running backs for DeMatha were able to capitalize with big runs over the course of the shortened game.  DeMatha dominated in time of possession despite turning the ball over multiple times and giving the momentum back to the Godby Cougars at crucial times.  Click the picture above and get more in-depth game coverage from the Prince George’s Gazette.

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LT Brendan Looney USN SEAL wore #10 at DeMatha

This DeMatha team is obviously young and inexperienced, but they are also obviously talented at all of the impact positions in football.  There are simply too many Stags to name here in this missive so I won’t single any of them out.  Today’s showing on ESPN was very much a team effort, anyway.  The mistakes that were made revealed that the DeMatha Stags have a lot to work on.

Fumbles and goal line interceptions cost the Stags more than points but luckily the game was never in doubt.   After giving up a field goal early in the first quarter the Stags reeled off twenty points to go into halftime with the lead.  When the DeMatha football team played well, which was most of the time, the Godby Cougars looked over matched.  However when DeMatha didn’t play well the entire team suffered enough to offer glimmers of hope to the weary visiting Florida team.

For DeMatha this game is an important win on the road to perhaps what could be a High School National Championship in Football.  A win over a Florida team by Maryland creates a pairing point in national rankings.  DeMatha travels to NJ next in a bid to consolidate the East Coast football landscape and focus it in on Maryland for the first time in a decade.

All of this is happening before the grueling WCAC season even begins for the Stags.  They haven’t won the title in four years and yet this summer DeMatha had the highest ranked football team in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  The Stags will have to make good on all of this early season promise in order to best the competition in the finest conference in America regardless of what happens in New Jersey.

Stags are getting fat right now on that good summer grass that sweeps over begging to be devoured.  Pretty soon the Stags are going to stop feeding their faces long enough to rub the itching velvet off of their racks.  And I think you know what happens after that…

Bedlam in Hyattsville.

GO Stags!

Bonfire

February 11, 2012

Gonzaga @ DeMatha February 10, 2012

So it went down sweet for the Stags on ESPN2 last night. It was beautiful.

Gonzaga’s coach looked horrendous. When I got home and saw him on my DVR in HD in all his disheveled glory I almost started to feel sorry for him. Then, at that moment, I remembered that DeMatha is totally awesome; like roasting marshmallows around a bonfire.

Referees disqualified our star player, and team leader, with two whack technical fouls but it didn’t matter. Mike Jones looked like that high school kid that won championships for DeMatha in 1991: cool, calm, and collected. The Stags rallied and poured on the gas.

The detention of derelicts that crowded DeMatha’s Kathy and Morgan Wootten Gymnasium basketball court on both ends reveled with their band and fashioned their hands like antlers on their heads.  Gonzaga was cooking on national television and the glow from the flames warmed the face of my soul.

That was the whole game.

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Linked Stags in January

January 4, 2012

DeMatha basketball is emerging as a national contender after returning from the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic Tournament in San Diego with championship hardware and an undefeated record. The Stags are still perfect with ten wins and no losses despite playing very stiff competition early on. The best games of the Holiday Classic Tournament are still on YouTube so the wins against Lincoln, Mayfair, Newark Memorial, and Los Angeles Winward are there for you if you need them.

Jerami Grant was named the MVP of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic, but the Stags aren’t the only team making noise nationally in the prestigious Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The Gonzaga Purple Eagles are also undefeated after their holiday jaunt to Charleston, South Carolina and can boast their Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic championship title. Even Paul VI still enjoys significant attention after their loss to the number one team in the country two weeks ago in the Chick-fil-A Championship finals.

Something has got to give in the WCAC when you have three top teams with only one combined loss and as the regular season progresses basketball fans are sure to be treated to some of the greatest spectacles in high school sports. One of them already happened last night when Paul VI (11-1, 3-0) hosted Bishop O’Connell (9-4, 4-1) in what is half of one of the greatest rivalries in Northern Virginia –besting them 77-66.

Bishop O’Connell, led by a super sophomore, will certainly be heard from later on in the season as they are the best out of the teams that have been beaten in WCAC play. Bishop McNamara (7-7, 3-2) in Forestville, MD gets my vote for the fifth place team because wins are hard to come by. Cervus Elaphus Linked WinterSaint John’s College (7-7, 1-2) and Bishop Ireton (8-4, 1-2) are two teams that are still very much still full of fight.

Good Counsel (6-7, 1-3) will probably still play DeMatha very tough on the road tomorrow night at the Kathy & Morgan Wootten Gymnasium. Both St. Mary’s Ryken (2-8, 0-4) and Archbishop Carroll (6-5, 0-4) are searching for their first win in conference play and demonstrate how brutal it can be. After the league games tomorrow night, however, all three of the top WCAC teams will participate in the Cancer Research Classic in Wheeling, WV on Saturday.

One of the most prestigious tournaments in the country, the Cancer Research Classic raises the awareness of men’s health issues, and hosts the top Catholic high school basketball teams in a one day showcase. The “tournament” aspect of this event isn’t realized until one understands that it is also a veiled attempt at consolidating all of the top teams in the country by giving them common opponents.

Paul VI kicks off the tournament January 7, 2012 at 1 PM EST against St. Raymond of the Bronx. Later on DeMatha plays Neumann-Goretti of Philadelphia at 5:30 PM EST. And finally, Gonzaga will play Whitney Young High School of Chicago in a game that will be broadcasted on ESPNU at 10 PM EST.

The one day event will garner considerable prestige due to the fact the headline game features two top five teams playing each other at a neutral site when Miller Grove of Lithonia, GA takes on Simeon of Chicago at 8 PM EST –a game that will also be broadcasted on ESPN2. Mater Dei of Santa Ana, California is also playing in this event so the full schedule is definitely worth checking out.

WCAC 2011-2012 Preview

December 22, 2011

Today is the official start of Winter which means that I can finally talk to you about basketball. I didn’t do a season preview this year although I probably should have because the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC), is the most competitive league in the entire country.

I can say that with ease because there are three teams that are ranked in the top 25, according to USA Today. #24 Paul VI (10-0) could drastically alter their ranking tonight if they can beat out-of-conference basketball factory, #1 Oak Hill. #23 Gonzaga (6-0) is right there in the hunt with returning starters and a chance to improve their standing when they go down to the nationally recognized Piggly Wiggly tournament in Charleston next week.

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#10 DeMatha (4-0) has a chance to finish as the number one team in the country if they are able to run the gauntlet that is their tough schedule. The three time defending WCAC, and DC City Title champions, bring back four starters from last year and boast one of the most stacked line-ups that DeMatha has ever had. James Robinson, Jerami Grant, and BeeJay Anya are three of those DeMatha starters that have achieved national recognition for their prowess on the hard wood.

The Stags continue conference play tonight against St. Mary’s Ryken (3-5), in the first home league game of the season. They will certainly need to take care of business because WCAC basketball teams like Bishop O’Connell (7-1), Good Counsel (5-3), and St. Johns (5-4) are all hungry to make a name in a famous coalition. Bishop Ireton (5-2) and Archbishop Carroll (3-3) would also jump at the chance to knock off a favorite.

So there it is. That was the run down.