DeMatha (12-0) rose to the occasion in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference by defeating St. John’s, 34-29 on Saturday to win its fourth straight conference title.
Stags senior quarterback Beau English threw for 188 yards and four touchdowns. The Air Force signee also ran for 72 yards and a touchdown.
The Cadets received a solid outing from their quarterback Kasim Hill as the Terps commit threw for 195 yards, three touchdowns, an interception and rushed for 88 yards.
St. John’s senior wide receiver ED Lee had 61 receiving yards and three touchdowns on five receptions. Rakim Jarrett tallied 49 yards and a touchdown.
DeMatha kicked things off with English finding wide receiver Delante Hellams for a 80-yard touchdown. Later in the first quarter, Hill threw an 11-yard touchdown to Lee, which tied the game at seven.
St. John’s took a 13-7 lead after Hill connects with Jarrett for a 41-yard touchdown. English threw a two-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to put the Stags up 14-13. The Cadets took a 19-14 lead after Hill found Lee for a 22-yard touchdown pass.
A field goal by the Cadets in the third quarter extended their lead to 22-14. St. John’s went up 29-14 in the fourth after Hill threw another touchdown pass to Lee.
DeMatha looked like a team that was about to hand St. John’s its first conference title since 1989, but they didn’t give up. English ran 17-yard for a touchdown that cut the deficit to 29-21 with 5:16 left in the game.
St. John’s fumble on the kick-off and DeMatha recovered at the Cadets one yard line. A touchdown pass by English made it a 29-27 St. John’s lead.
After a strong defensive stand by the Stags, English threw a touchdown pass to Myles Miree that put the DeMatha up 34-29.
DeMatha’s Myles Canton caught an interception that clinched the WCAC title and a perfect season.