The time has finally come. Washington Catholic Athletic Conference matchup between DeMatha and Good Counsel. Over the years this game has grown to be one of the biggest high school football rivalries in the area.
Both teams have faced each other countless times in the WCAC playoffs and now they will clash on prime time television to close out the regular season.
Date: November 4, 2016
Game time: 8:00pm
Stream: Watch ESPN
DeMatha (9-0), winners of three straight conference titles, enters Friday night’s game as the top team in the area and No. 6 in the nation. It will be the third time is the last two season where the Stags played on ESPN. For the defending champions, they have grown accustomed to the national spotlight.
“It has grown to become an expectation,” DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks said. “If we do not earn an opportunity to showcase our program on national TV each year, it’s a disappointment.”
Despite losing Under Armour All-American Anthony McFarland to an injury prior to the season, the Stags continue to find success in the run game. Senior tailback Khory Spruill has rushed for 623 yards and eight touchdowns on 127 attempts.
Sophomore Myles Miree and freshman Marshawn Lloyd have made contributions to the offense this year. Miree is second on the team in rushing yards with 537, while Lloyd has tallied 317 yards and five touchdowns.
Senior quarterback and Air Force commit Beau English has done a solid job as the Stags signal caller. English has thrown for 690 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions. Rushing wise, English recorded 123 yards and five touchdowns.
Defensively, Ohio State commit Chase Young has led the Stags to allow 12 points per contest. DeMatha shut Archbishop Carroll down in the 42-0 victory on Oct. 21.
Good Counsel (6-3, 3-2 in the WCAC) are victors in three of their last four games. In the games they won, the Falcons racked up 40 or more points. Their last game was a 51-17 victory over St. Mary’s Ryken.
Senior running back Mohamed Ibrahim has been one of the top running back in the conference, rushing for 1,167 yards and 16 touchdowns. Quarterback Travis Nannen has thrown for 836 yards, five touchdowns, and six interceptions.
Both teams have punched their tickets to the playoffs. While DeMatha is a lock for first place, Good Counsel will stay in fourth since they lost to St. John’s earlier in the season.
This game will be a chance for one of the two teams to gain momentum heading into the postseason.