COLLEGE PARK – The DeMatha Stags won their third straight WCAC football championship behind their stout rushing attack Sunday, defeating Good Counsel 48-17 at the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium. DeMatha running back Lorenzo Harrison, a Maryland commit, scored three touchdowns and picked up 244 yards to lead the Stags’ offense. “I think it was […]
COLLEGE PARK – The DeMatha Stags won their third straight WCAC football championship behind their stout rushing attack Sunday, defeating Good Counsel 48-17 at the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium.
DeMatha running back Lorenzo Harrison, a Maryland commit, scored three touchdowns and picked up 244 yards to lead the Stags’ offense.
“I think it was one of my better games. I think I had a pretty good performance today,” Harrison said.
The Stags started off strong, scoring early in the first quarter on a 30-yard pass from quarterback Beau English to Anthony McFarland.
“The offensive line just protected all day and they run blocked well as well. And on that particular play Anthony McFarland just went up and made a play,” English said.
Unlike the last game when Good Counsel came within 17 yards of an upset, the Falcons offered little offense and committed four turnovers.
“We really didn’t change too much. We just felt if we executed what we did, our base things, we don’t feel like anybody can stop us as long as we’re doing what we need to do,” English said.
After a 7-0 first quarter, the scoring picked up in the second as the teams combined for 23 points.
First, DeMatha cornerback Robbie Robinson picked up a loose ball and ran it back 81 yards to put the home team up 14-0.
“I saw him fumble the handoff and I thought someone on the team was going to hop on the ball and it rolled between a couple of legs and I just picked it up and just ran with it,” Robinson said. “It was the preparation. We didn’t win the game today. We won the game (last) Sunday. Then with practicing and putting in the reps, the coaches put us in a good situation to come out with a win.”
Good Counsel later turned the ball over again and DeMatha capitalized with a 20-yard run from Harrison to build a 21-0 lead.
The Falcons finally answered when quarterback Travis Nannen found Owen Peters for the visiting team’s only touchdown of the first half.
Sam Kwon added a field goal right before the half to make the score 21-9 in favor of DeMatha.
The third quarter opened with another quick scoring drive for the Stags.
On just their second play, Harrison exploded through a hole and extended his team’s lead to 28-9 on a 72-yard run.
Good Counsel responded with a one-yard touchdown run from Mohamed Ibrahim, but the Falcons’ drive spanned 17 plays and almost seven minutes, leaving them with only one quarter left to make a comeback from a 28-17 deficit.
Then the flood gates opened. After DeMatha punted following a three-and-out on a drive that spanned only 31 seconds, Good Counsel coughed the ball up when DeMatha’s Chase Young pressured Nannen into throwing an interception to nose tackle Austin Fontaine.
The 295-pound sophomore lumbered back for a touchdown, building out DeMatha’s lead to 35-17.
On DeMatha’s next drive, Harrison rushed off tackle to the left, then reversed field, breaking two tackles to score a 68-yard touchdown.
DeMatha managed to tack on one final score as Kobe Boyd ran an off-tackle play 44 yards for a score to give the Stags a 48-17 lead.
The Stags finished their championship season with an 11-1 record.
“We really feel that we’re the best team in the area, but Good Counsel is a great team so we couldn’t take them lightly. They came out and fought today and they’re a better team than the score indicated,” English said. “Hats off to them, but we just executed in all three phases.”
GC 0 9 8 0 17
DM 7 14 7 20 48
D – Anthony McFarland 30-yard TD pass from Beau English
D – Robbie Robinson 81-yard fumble return
D – Lorenzo Harrison 20-yard TD run
GC – Owen Peters 18-yard TD pass from Travis Nannen
GC – Sam Kwon 29-yard field goal
D – Harrison 72-yard TD run
GC – Mohamed Ibrahim 1-yard TD run
D – Austin Fontaine INT return
D – Harrison 68-yard TD run
D – Kobe Boyd 44-yard TD run