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High school football top 10 roundup: Gonzaga wins, St. John's College HS loses

Chad Ricardo

High school football top 10 roundup: Gonzaga wins, St. John's College HS loses

Top-ranked Gonzaga was down 14-0 on the road to Don Bosco, but came back to make it an epic 35-21 win thanks to quarterback Caleb Williams' five touchdowns. And that was far from the only exciting game in DMV high school football in week two. Here's how the top 10 fared:

1. Gonzaga (2-0)
Win (35-21) vs. Don Bosco Prep (NJ) | Next: Georgetown Prep, 9/14
As previously noted, after falling behind 14-0 on the road to perennial powerhouse Don Bosco, the Eagles came storming back to win 35-21. 

2. Quince Orchard (1-0)
Win, (56-0) at Wootton | Next: Damascus, 9/13
Quince Orchard began their quest for back-to-back championships with a dominating performance, shutting out Wootton, 56-0. Bryan Plummer passed for three touchdowns in the Cougars' win.

3. Good Counsel (2-0)
Win (19-7) vs. Mount St Joseph | Next: @ St John Bosco (CA), 9/13
Good Counsel notched a convincing victory over a sound Mount St. Joseph’s squad. The Falcons' defense has been stout, allowing a total of seven points in its first eight quarters of play.

4. St. John's College HS (2-1) 
Loss (34-30) @ St. Joseph’s (PA) | Next: @ Duncanville (TX), 9/14
The Cadets fell behind 21-0 early to Pennsylvania's St. Joseph’s, as Ohio State commit, QB Kyle McCord passed for two first-half scores. St. John’s stormed all the way back, briefly taking a 27-24 lead on an Antwain Littleton score, before ultimately falling 34-30.

5. DeMatha (1-1) 
IDLE | Next: Avalon, 9/13
Following an impressive victory over Imhotep, the Stags were idle. Their next matchup is against Avalon at Catholic University.

6. Woodgrove (2-0)
Win (46-6) vs. Rock Ridge | Next: Tuscarora, 9/13
Senior running back K.J. Lewis rushed for 97 yards in the first half as Woodgrove cruised to victory in its home opener, 46-6.

7. Freedom (2-0)
Win (47-0) vs. Riverbend | Next: Colonial Forge, 9/13
Through two weeks the Eagles are clicking on all cylinders, scoring nearly 50 points per game. They've allowed a total of 14.

8. Westfield (2-0)
Win (37-14) vs. John Champe | Next: Lake Braddock, 9/20
Noah Kim and the Bulldogs continue their redemption tour with a 37-14 victory over John Champe. They will have a week off to prepare for a classic battle with Lake Braddock.

9. North Point (1-0)
Win (55-32) @ Arundel | Next: Westlake, 9/12
Led by a huge performance from Teddy Gleaton, the Eagles flew to victory in their season opener. Their offense appears to be in mid-season form.

10. Wise (1-0)
Win (41-0) @ Eleanor Roosevelt | Next: Laurel, 9/13
After being dismantled by Quince Orchard in the 2018 state playoffs, the team from Wise re-introduced itself in a major way. Behind an inspired three-touchdown performance from sophomore quarterback Jayden Sauray, the Pumas pounced on Eleanor Roosevelt.

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

11.  Stonebridge (2-0) | Last: 33-19 (W) @ Madison | Next: Brooke Point, 9/13
12.  Broad Run (2-0) | Last: 51-13 (W) @ Brooke Point | Next: @ Dominion, 9/13
13. Friendship (2-1)| Last: 41-14 (W) @ Ballou | Next: @ H.D. Woodson, 9/14
14. Georgetown Prep (1-1) | Last: 33-27 (L) vs. Loyola Blakefield | Next: @ Gonzaga, 9/14
15. National Christian Academy (3-0)| Last: 46-6 (W) @ Royalty Institute | Next: @ Riverdale Baptist, 9/20
16. Landon (0-1) | Last: 34-27 (L) vs. Delbarton | Next: @ Dunbar, 9/13
17. Northwest (1-0) | Last: 40-13 (W) @ Whitman | Next: @ Paint Branch, 9/13
18. Oakdale (1-0) | 33-20 (W) @ Wilde Lake | Next: Frederick, 9/13
19. Damascus (0-1) | Last: 2-0 (FFL) vs. Rockville | Next: @ Quince Orchard 9/13
20. Flowers (1-0) | Last: 27-17 (W) @ Oxon Hill| Next: Bladensburg, 9/13
21. Paint Branch (1-0) | Last: 20-0 (W) @ Einstein | Next: Northwest, 9/13
22. Flint Hill (1-0) | Last: 28-6 (W) vs. Paul VI | Next: @ St. James, 9/14
23. Lake Braddock (1-0) | Last: IDLE | Next: @ Hayfield, 9/13
24. H.D. Woodson (0-2)| Last: 27-26 (L) @ Steubenville (OH) | Next: Friendship, 9/14
25. South County (2-0) | Last: 48-20 (W) vs. Hayfield | Next: T.C. Williams, 9/13


High School Game Of The Week for Oct. 26: DeMatha vs. Gonzaga

High School Game Of The Week for Oct. 26: DeMatha vs. Gonzaga

In the 2018 WCAC championship game, Gonzaga defeated DeMatha 46-43, in thrilling fashion. A touchdown pass with four seconds remaining not only secured the title for the Eagles, their first since 2002, but it also broke the Stags’ heart in the process. 

On Saturday, DeMatha sets out for revenge. 

The championship game played out like a Hollywood movie script. Trailing 20-0 early in the first half, the underdog Eagles mounted a feverish comeback, taking the lead for the first time with 29 seconds remaining in the game. DeMatha returned the ensuing kickoff 77 yards to put the Stags up 43-40 with 15 seconds left. That set up a Caleb Williams-to-John Marshall, 53-yard Hail Mary as time expired — a moment that will be passed down in Gonzaga football lore.

To the Zaga faithful, the fairytale ending was a dream. For DeMatha, it was a nightmare.

“I still think about it all the time,” said DeMatha running back, Marshawn Lloyd. “ I can’t put into words what I felt that night; everything seemed like a blur. All I could do was think about what I could have done to change the situation”.

DeMatha is a dominant program. They’ve appeared in 20 of the last 22 WCAC championship games and last season, were attempting to win their fifth title in six years. They carried the anguish of that loss with them into the off season, determined to use it as motivation. “It fuels us every day,” said Lloyd. “ The shirts we work out in say, ‘4 seconds’ on the front and ‘Finish’ on the back. Our coaches don’t want us to forget”.

And it’s with that energy that the Stags have attacked the out of conference portion of their schedule. Riding a potent rushing attack and dominating defense, DeMatha (5-1) has won five consecutive games, 4 of which by shutout — outscoring their opponents 162-6 over that stretch.

“We know what we're capable of. We’ve been giving our all every play— not giving teams time to breathe," said Lloyd.

Saturday, the Stags will face a Gonzaga (6-1) team searching for their own piece of redemption. After steam-rolling their first six opponents, last week the Eagles fell 42-35 to WCAC foe Good Counsel (6-1), in a 5 overtime thriller. 

The 42 points allowed by Gonzaga is a bit misleading as all but 7 were given up in overtime, while playing on a shortened field. The Eagles defense is disciplined and stout. Led by interior anchor, Josh Williams and play-making safety, Kye Holmes, the Zaga defense is poised to pose quite a challenge for Lloyd and the Stags. 

The Eagles offense is led by 5-star quarterback Caleb Williams. A young man capable of generating offense in a multitude of ways. Last week he accounted for all 5 Eagles scores; 1 by air and 4 on the ground. Undoubtedly, DeMatha will need to devote additional resources in attempts to keep Williams at bay.

Saturday at 2p, no. 3 Gonzaga will play host to no. 1 DeMatha. It’s a big game for both teams. The Eagles look to prove that last season's storybook ending was not a fluke and that they are deserving of the title, “defending WCAC champs”. 

DeMatha, on the other hand, looks to write a new chapter in this storied rivalry, or at least re-write the previous.

See the top 25 here.

DeMatha, Good Counsel lead Top 25 for week of Oct. 13

DeMatha, Good Counsel lead Top 25 for week of Oct. 13

Good Counsel defeats Gonzaga in a 5 overtime instant classic on Friday night, bumping them up to the second spot in the rankings and Gonzaga down to three.

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

1. DeMatha (5-1) | Last: IDLE  | Next: at Gonzaga, 10/19
The DeMatha Stags were on a bye. They are preparing for Gonzaga. It will be their first conference action of the season and a rematch of the 2018 WCAC championship game

2. Good Counsel (6-1) | Last: Win (42-35 5OT) vs. Gonzaga | Next: vs St.John’s, 10/18

Good Counsel defeated previously top-ranked Gonzaga in an instant classic. The Falcons and Eagles went 5 overtimes. Sy’veon Wilkerson scored two touchdown’s in the extra frames. Kris Jenkins broke-up Caleb Williams’ pass on 4th and short to end the game.

3. Gonzaga (6-1) | Last: Loss (42-35 5OT ) at Good Counsel | Next: DeMatha, 10/19

Five-star quarterback Caleb Willams had a hand in all five Eagles touchdowns in the loss, running for four and passing for another.

4. Quince Orchard (6-0) | Last: Win (59-14) at Richard Montgomery | Next: vs Whitman, 10/18

At one point Quince Orchard trailed 7-0, they then outscored the Rockets 59-7 the rest of the way. The Cougars returned a kickoff, punt and interception for touchdowns. They outgunned RM 383 yards to 167.
5. Wise (6-0) | Last: Win (70-0) vs High Point | Next: at Suitland, 10/18

The Pumas scored 70 points for the second consecutive weekend. Jalil Farooq showed his versatility, scoring both receiving and rushing touchdowns. The Pumas defense forced 7 turnovers and allowed a total of 44 yards. In 6 games they have allowed 6 points.

6.  Westfield (6-0) | Last: Win (21-14) vs Madison | Next: at Oakton, 10/18

Virginia Tech commit Noah Kim ran for two touchdowns as Westfield was able to hold off Madison.

7.  Freedom (6-0) | Last: Win (46-6) vs Hylton | Next: at Woodbridge, 10/18

Freedom flexed its muscle in a 48-6 home victory over Hylton.

8. Stonebridge (6-0) | Last: Win (46-3) at Riverside | Next: vs. Woodgrove, 10/18

The Stonebridge defense intercepted three passes while allowing a total of 134 yards. 

9. St. John’s (3-4) | Last: Win (45-7) at Bishop McNamara | Next: at Good Counsel, 10/18

The Cadets bounced back in a big way.  After suffering 4 consecutive losses to elite competition, St. John’s opened WCAC play with a resounding victory over Bishop McNamara. The Cadets face Good Counsel on 10/18 in what will be an important game for WCAC playoff seeding.

10. Broad Run (6-0) | Last: Win (28-14) at Loudon Valley | Next: at Churchill, 10/18

Broad Run won a highly contested game at Loudon Valley. Spartans quarterback Mitch Griffis passed for multiple touchdowns leading his team to victory.

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

11. Northwest (6-0) | Last: Win (44-7) vs Churchill | Next: at Clarksburg, 10/18
12. North Point (5-1) | Last: Win (42-8) at Great Mills | Next: vs St. Charles, 10/18
13. Damascus (4-2) | Last: Win (49-8) at Watkins Mill | Next: Wheaton, 10/18
14. South County (6-0) | Last: Win (44-0) vs Woodson | Next: at West Springfield, 10/18
15. Natl Christian Aca (6-1) | Last: Win (56-55) at Steubenville | Next: vs. Central, 10/18
16. Tuscarora (6-1) | Last: Win (43-7) at Heritage | Next: IDLE
17. Friendship (4-3)| Last: Win (42-0) at Riverdale Baptist | Next: vs Penn Wood, 10/19
18. Landon (4-1) | Last: Win (41-35 2OT) at St.Stephen’s & St. Agnes  | Next: vs. Georgetown Prep, 10/19
19. Lake Braddock (5-1) | Last: Win (42-27) at Robinson | Next: vs Woodson, 10/18
20. Georgetown Prep (4-2) | Last: Win (23-9) at Episcopal | Next: at Landon, 10/19
21. Dunbar (5-1) | Last: Win (24-12) at Roosevelt | Next: vs Ballou, 10/19
22. McNamara (5-2) | Last: Loss (45-7) vs. St. John’s | Next: IDLE
23. Douglass (6-0) | Last: Win (26-20) at Fairmont Heights | Next: vs Surrattsville, 10/19
24. Arch Bishop Carroll (4-2) | Last: IDLE | Next: at Bishop O’Connell, 10/19
25. Flowers (4-2) | Last: Win (39-0) vs ERHS | Next: at Highpoint, 10/18


26. Paint Branch (5-1) | Last: Win (21-7) at Blake | Next: vs Northwood, 10/18
27. Huntingtown (6-0) | Last: Win (33-7) at Chopticon | Next: vs. Leonardtown, 10/18
28. Lackey (6-0) | Last: Win (49-12) at McDonough | Next: vs. Patuxent, 10/18
29. Linganore (6-1) | Last: Loss  (34-6) vs Penns Grove | Next: at Gov Thomas Johnson, 10/18
30. Pallotti (7-1) | Last: Win (28-24) vs St. Mary’s | Next: IDLE