LANDOVER – The DeMatha football team had seen this play out before. The Stags were losing 12-3 at halftime to the LaSalle Explorers, a team from Pennsylvania that had beaten them last season. “We probably played the worst half of DeMatha football since I’ve been here,” DeMatha Head Coach Elijah Brooks said. But the DeMatha […]
LANDOVER – The DeMatha football team had seen this play out before.
The Stags were losing 12-3 at halftime to the LaSalle Explorers, a team from Pennsylvania that had beaten them last season.
“We probably played the worst half of DeMatha football since I’ve been here,” DeMatha Head Coach Elijah Brooks said.
But the DeMatha offense came roaring back by scoring four second-half touchdowns, while the defense completely shut down LaSalle on the way to a 32-12 come-from-behind victory.
The game seemed to start normally for the nationally recognized Stags. After taking the football down the field on its opening drive, DeMatha was unable to score a touchdown and settled for a field goal. From there the team’s offense stalled, with quarterback Beau English completing just two passes the rest of the first half.
On the other side of the ball, LaSalle controlled the clock and efficiently moved the ball. Explorers quarterback Chris Ferguson led his team on a 14-play drive to tie the game at three.
Then, after a snap got away from English in the end zone and allowed the Explorers to record a safety, LaSalle got the ball back.
Later in the second quarter, Ferguson led a 10-play drive, which he capped with a 10-yard touchdown pass to receiver Nick Reinella. Reinella made a nice one-handed grab in the corner of the endzone for the score.
However, down 12-3 at halftime, DeMatha came out in the second half firing. English quickly moved his team 80 yards in seven plays that took just a minute and 35 seconds off the clock. Running back Khory Spruill finished the drive with a touchdown run.
The Stags’ defense clamped down as well and forced a three-and-out when defensive lineman Shane Simmons sacked Ferguson. The teams traded short possessions before DeMatha struck again with another seven-play drive. Running back Lorenzo Harrison snapped off a 16-yard touchdown run and gave the locals their first lead of the ball game. In the end, it proved to be the game-winner.
DeMatha wasn’t finished. English added a pair of touchdown passes of 36 yards and 40 yards respectively to receivers Anthony McFarland and Andrew Robertson. English finished the game 12-for-16 with 157 yards and two touchdowns, including 10-of-11 for 135 yards in the second half.
English looks forward to the challenges ahead.
“This is a great group of guys,” English said. “I love my teammates. I’m really just looking forward to continuing to have success with them.”
DeMatha, which was ranked No. 4 nationally in the USA Today and MaxPreps rankings coming into Friday’s game, will take on St. Mary’s Ryken on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex.
LaSalle 3 9 0 0 – 12
DeMatha 3 0 14 15 – 32
D – Field goal, 0-3
L – Field goal, 3-3
L – Fumble recovery for safety, 5-3
L – Chris Ferguson 10-yard touchdown pass to Nick Reinella, 12-3
D – Khory Spruill touchdown run, 12-10
D – Lorenzo Harrison 15-yard touchdown run, 12-17
D – Beau English 36-yard touchdown pass to Anthony McFarland, 12-25
D – Beau English 40-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Robinson, 12-32