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Gonzaga, DeMatha lead DMV Top 25 for Week of Oct. 7

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Chad Ricardo

Gonzaga, DeMatha lead DMV Top 25 for Week of Oct. 7

DeMatha flexed its muscle in a win over Friendship. Good Counsel escaped a challenge from Ryken. Quince Orchard and Wise won in impressive fashion. Here’s how the rest of the top 10 fared:

1. Gonzaga (6-0) | Last: Win (41-6) vs. Leesburg (FL) | Next: Good Counsel, 10/11

Gonzaga utilized a devastating ground game and smothering defense to fly past visiting Leesburg. Behind touchdown runs by Malcolm Terry II and Joseph Hammond Jr., the Eagles led 31-0 at the half.

Next week will be a test against a fourth-ranked Good Counsel team.

2. DeMatha (5-1) | Last: Win (17-0) vs. Friendship | Next: IDLE

DeMatha showed its grit in a hard-fought match-up with Friendship Collegiate Academy. In a bruising battle, the Stags defense registered a fourth consecutive shutout. 

South Carolina commit, Marshawn Lloyd electrified the crowd with a 52-yard touchdown reception.

3. Quince Orchard (5-0) | Last: Win (56-0) vs Clarksburg | Next: at Richard Montgomery, 10/11

QO continued its dominance against Clarksburg. They were up 21-0 after one. 49-0 at the half. 

On offense, they’re explosive. Defensively, they’re relentless. They are the defending champs for a reason.

4. Good Counsel (5-1) | Last: Win (17-14) vs. Ryken | Next: at Gonzaga, 10/11                  

Good Counsel found itself down 14-3 in the second quarter to Ryken. Showing poise and determination, the Falcons cut the lead to 17-10 at half. They took the lead in the third and relied on their defense to seal the deal.

They will face Gonzaga next week in a match-up that will tell us a lot about both teams.

5. Wise (5-0) | Last: Win (70-0) at Bladensburg | Next: vs High Point, 10/11

The Pumas put on a show, hanging 70 points on Bladesnburg. Five games into the season, Wise has allowed a total of six points.

6. Westfield (5-0) | Last: Win (53-3) at Woodson | Next: vs. Madison, 10/11

Virginia Tech commit Noah Kim completed an 87-yard touchdown pass to Michelle Howard mak-ing the score 13-0. The Bulldogs never looked back.

Football has three phases, Westfield excelled at special teams as well, returning two kickoffs for scores. 

7.  Freedom (5-0) | Last: Win (49-0) at Forest Park | Next: Hylton, 10/11

Forest Park was no match for Freedom as the Eagles soared to victory. It was their third shut out in 4 games. 

8.  Stonebridge (5-0) | Last: Win (55-7) at Rock Ridge | Next: at Riverside, 10/11

Stonebridge led Rock Ridge 34-0 by the end of the 1st quarter. They have Riverside next week, but the DMV has its’ eyes set on their 10/18 match-up with Woodgrove.

9. Broad Run (5-0) | Last: Win (35-7) vs Loudon County | Next: at Loudon Valley, 10/11

In a complete team effort, the Spartans racked 236 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns. On defense they held Loudoun County to -12 rush yards and forced 3 turnovers.

10.St. John’s (2-4) | Last: IDLE | Next: at McNamara, 10/12

The Cadets led the top team in the country 21-20 at the half — that lead quickly dissipated. 

In his first three possessions of the second half, Alabama commit Bryce Young went 9-for-11 for 171 yards and three touchdowns.  

Despite sparks of brilliance by Rakim Jarrett and a run so impressive by Antwain Littleton that DMV native Wale’ showed it love on social media, St.John’s dropped its’ fourth consecutive game — the last three to top 5 teams. They have a bye before gearing up for WCAC play.

Here’s how the rest of the top 25 fared:

11. Northwest (4-0) | Last: Win (49-13) at Gaithersburg | Next: vs Churchill, 10/11
12. North Point (4-1) | Last: Win (70-6) vs Leonardtown | Next: at Great Mills, 10/11
13. Damascus (3-2) | Last: Win (45-0) vs Seneca Valley | Next: at Watkins Mill, 10/11
14. South County (5-0) | Last: Win (54-7) | Next: Woodson, 10/11
15. Natl Christian Aca (5-1) | Last: Loss (42-41) at Steubenville | Next: vs. Central, 10/18
16. Landon (3-1) | Last: Win (35-16) at Maret  | Next: at St. Stephen’s | St. Agnes, 10/11
17. Tuscarora (5-1) | Last: Win (31-13) at Stafford | Next: at Heritage, 10/11
18. McNamara (5-1) | Last: Win (38-6 vs. PVI | Next: vs St. John’s, 10/12
19. Friendship (3-3)| Last: Loss (17-0) at DeMatha | Next: at Riverdale Baptist, 10/11
20. Lake Braddock (4-1) | Last: Win (40-12) at Oakton | Next: vs Woodson, 10/11
21. Georgetown Prep (3-2) | Last: Win (27-13) vs Benedictine | Next: at Episcopal, 10/12
22. Dunbar (4-1) | Last: Win (26-14) at H.D. Woodson | Next: at Roosevelt, 10/12
23. Linganore (5-0) | Last: Win (17-0) vs Walkersville | Next: vs Penns Grove (NJ), 10/11
24. Arch Bishop Carroll (4-2) | Last: IDLE | Next: at Bishop O’Connell, 10/12
25. Douglass (5-0) | Last: Win (32-19) vs. Potomac | Next: at Fairmont Heights, 10/11

NEXT 5:

26. Paint Branch (4-1) | Last: Win (44-0) Wheaton | Next: at Blake, 10/11
27. Huntingtown (5-0) | Last: Win (21-20) at St.Charles | Next: at Chopticon, 10/11
28. Lackey (4-0) | Last: Win (35-14) vs Calvert | Next: at McDonough, 10/11
29. Pallotti ( 6-1) | Last: Win (28-7) at Curley | Next: vs St. Mary’s, 10/11
30. Woodgrove (3-2) | Last: IDLE | Next: vs Briar Woods, 10/11
 

High School Top 25 for week of Oct. 21: Gonzaga, Quince Orchard get top two

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Chad Ricardo

High School Top 25 for week of Oct. 21: Gonzaga, Quince Orchard get top two

Gonzaga holds on to knock off DeMatha. St. John’s is officially BACK!

Here’s how the rest of the top 10 fared:

1. Gonzaga (7-1) | Last: Win (28-26) vs. DeMatha | Next: vs. McNamara, 10/26
 
Caleb Williams accounted for 4 more touchdowns helping the Eagles defeated previously top-ranked DeMatha. Five-star quarterback Willams has nine touchdowns in the last two weeks.

2. Quince Orchard (7-0) | Last: Win (55-0) vs. Whitman | Next: vs Northwest, 10/25

The Cougars were dominant from the start, leading Whitman 35-0 after 1 and 48-0 at the half. Demeioun Robinson returned an interception for a score and running back Marquez Cooper ran for 109 yards and two scores.

3. DeMatha (5-2) | Last: Loss (28-26) at Gonzaga  | Next: vs. Good Counsel, 10/25

The DeMatha Stags fell on the road to Caleb Williams and the Gonzaga Eagles. Trailing 21-7, freshmen quarterback Cam Edge helped the Stags mount a comeback attempt. He threw two touchdown passes closing the gap to 28-26 with seconds remaining. The Stags had a chance to tie it on a two-point conversion. It failed.

4. St. John’s (4-4) | Last: Win (34-31) at Good Counsel | Next: IDLE

St. John’s defeated Good Counsel to improve to 2-0 in conference play. Facing multiple key injuries, the Cadets showed grit in their come from behind victory. Wyatt Hagan replaced an injured Sol-Jay Maiava, leading the Cadets on multiple key 4th quarter drives. Rakim Jarrett had a clutch catch-and-run getting SJC within striking distance and Antwain Littleton barreled over the goal line for the game-winning touchdown late in the 4th.

5. Good Counsel (6-2) | Last: Loss (34-31) vs. St. John’s | Next: at DeMatha, 10/25                    

Good Counsel fell 34-31 in a back-and-forth battle with St. John’s. The Falcons defense applied heavy pressure to SJC quarterbacks throughout the evening, even knocking BYU commit Sol-Jay Maiava out of the game.  A late catch and run by the Cadets’ Rakim Jarrett led to Antwain Littleton’s game-winning score. The Falcons drove the ball into SJC territory with under 30 seconds remaining but were unable to score.

6. Wise (7-0) | Last: Win (47-12) at Suitland | Next: at Parkdale, 10/26

For the first time this season, the Pumas faced a bit of adversity — only leading 13-6 at the half. In the second half, Wise outscored Suitland 34-6 to pull away. Jayden Sauray passed for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Rodney Gainous led the Pumas defense with 11 tackles.

7. Westfield (7-0) | Last: Win (51-7) at Oakton | Next: at Centreville, 10/25

Westfield scored on offense, defense and special teams. They led 44-0 at halftime en route to a 51-7 route of host Oakton.

8. Freedom (7-0) | Last: Win (45-7) at Woodbridge | Next: at Potomac, 10/25

Defeating Woodbridge 45-7, the Eagles improved to 4-0 on the road. They have held six of seven opponents below 10 points.

9. Stone Bridge (7-0) | Last: Win (44-14) vs. Woodgrove | Next: at Briarwoods, 10/25

Jared Cole ran for 4 touchdowns leading the Bulldogs over visiting Woodgrove. 

10. Broad Run (7-0) | Last: Win (47-7) at Churchill | Next: at Heritage, 10/25

Broad Run out-gained Churchill 398-96 en route to a 47-7 victory.

Here’s how the rest of the top 25 fared:

11. Northwest (7-0) | Last: Win (49-7) at Clarksburg | Next: at Quince Orchard, 10/25
12. Damascus (5-2) | Last: Win (47-0) vs. Wheaton | Next: vs. Blake, 10/25
13. South County (7-0) | Last: Win (35-18) vs West Springfield| Next: vs. Robinson, 10/25
14. Natl Christian Aca (7-1) | Last: Win (49-0) vs. Central | Next: vs. Friendship, 10/25
15. Tuscarora (5-1) | Last: IDLE | Next: vs. Loudon County, 10/25
16. Friendship (5-3)| Last: Win (2-0 FFW) vs. Penn Wood | Next: at National Christian, 10/2
17. Georgetown Prep (5-2) | Last: Win (14-7) at Landon | Next: vs. St.Albans, 10/26
18. Lake Braddock (6-1) | Last: Win (56-27) vs. Woodson | Next: at Fairfax, 10/25
19. Dunbar (6-1) | Last: Win (40-8) vs. Ballou | Next: at Eastern, 10/26
20. McNamara (5-2) | Last: IDLE  | Next: at Gonzaga, 10/26
21. Douglass (7-0) | Last: Win (51-0) vs. Surrattsville | Next: at Central, 10/26
22. Carroll (5-2) | Last: Win (50-0) at Bishop O’Connell | Next: vs. Paul VI, 10/26
23. Flowers (5-2) | Last: Win (56-0) at High Point | Next: vs. Suitland, 10/25
24. Huntingtown (7-0) | Last: Win (49-0) vs. Leonardtown | Next: vs. Northern, 10/25
25. Paint Branch (7-1) | Last: Win (42-6) vs. Northwood | Next: vs Sherwood, 10/25

NEXT 5:
26. North Point (5-2) | Last: Loss (27-21) vs. St. Charles | Next: at Stone, 10/25
27. Linganore (6-1) | Last: Win (2-0 FFW) at Gov Thomas Johnson | Next: vs. Tuscarora, 10/25
28. Bullis (5-2) | Last: Win (36-19) at Episcopal | Next: vs. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, 10/25
29. Pallotti (7-1) | Last: IDLE | Next: vs. Boys Latin, 10/25
30. Landon (4-2) | Last: Loss (14-7) vs. Georgetown Prep  | Next: vs. Episcopal, 10/25
 

Gonzaga fends off DeMatha in WCAC championship rematch

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Chad Ricardo

Gonzaga fends off DeMatha in WCAC championship rematch

In Saturday's match-up of the 2018 WCAC championship, Gonzaga came out ahead again - this time beating DeMatha 28-26.

Gonzaga broke up DeMatha's attempt at a 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game.

Caleb Williams finished with four touchdowns for the Eagles. In 2018, the Eagles beat DeMatha on a legendary Hail Mary pass from Williams to receiver John Marshall.