DeMatha Catholic High School were ranked No. 19 in the MaxPreps preseason rankings .
The Stags are coming off a 2015 season where they went 11-1, and won their third straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.
DeMatha will lose a lot of players from the championship team as players like wide receiver Tino Ellis, Darryl Turner Jr., Lorenzo Harrison, Robbie Robinson, Terrance Davis and Shane Simmons will be heading off to college.
Despite that, DeMatha will have a good amount of players returning. Players to watch out for are defensive end Chase Young, running back Anthony McFarland, quarterback Beau English, offensive tackle Marcus Minor, wide receiver Delante Hellams and defensive tackle Austin Fontaine.
McFarland, and Young will likely be key players on offense, and defense as they are two of the top players in the country. Young is the No. 1 weak side defensive end in the nation and the top player in Maryland according to 247sports. While, Anthony is the No. 4 all-purpose running back in the country and the second best player in the area.
Rising junior Austin Fontaine is a player that’s on the rise. The 6-foot-2 defensive tackle has offers from Maryland, Ohio State, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan State and others. English had good 2015 season as the Stags signal caller. English threw for 1021 yards and 11 touchdowns.
DeMatha’s quest for four straight conference titles won’t be easy. They will have to go up against St. John’s, Good Counsel and Gonzaga. St. John’s has become a real threat in the WCAC with the additions of defensive end Cam Spence and quarterback Kasim Hill.
If the Stags are able to have the same success they had over the past few seasons, expect them to move up in the rankings.