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Top 25 DMV high school football rankings: Gonzaga tops list

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Chad Ricardo

Top 25 DMV high school football rankings: Gonzaga tops list

The Eagles defense stymied the Lil’ Hoyas as Gonzaga holds on to the number one spot in the DMV high school rankings and Marquez Cooper has a record-setting performance for Quince Orchard.

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

1. Gonzaga (3-0) | Last: Win (31-7) vs. Georgetown Prep | Next: Avalon, 9/20

Top-ranked Gonzaga shook off a slow start before defeating Georgetown Prep 31-7 off a strong second half. Joseph Hammond Jr. scored two touchdowns while senior captain Malcolm Terry II added another.

2. Quince Orchard (2-0) | Last: Win (21-7) vs. Damascus | Next: Gaithersburg, 9/20

Marquez Cooper scored three touchdowns and became Quince Orchard’s all-time leading rusher. The Cougars defeated Damascus for the first time since 2013.
 
3. DeMatha (2-1) | Last: Win (33-0) vs. Avalon | Next: St. Ignatius (OH), 9/21 

 DeMatha seems to have rebounded from its season-opening loss. While leaning on 5-star running back Marshawn Lloyd, transfer QB Malakai Anthony is finding his stride with the Stags. The team's won its last two games by a combined score of 67-6.

4. Wise (2-0) | Last: Win (35-0) vs. Laurel | Next: at Northwestern, 9/20

Tracey White registered 11 tackles, including four for loss as the Pumas defense notched their second consecutive shutout.

5. Westfield (2-0) | Last: IDLE | Next: Lake Braddock, 9/20

The Bulldogs were idle as they prepare for a primetime match-up this Friday with #21 Lake Braddock.

6. Good Counsel (2-1) | Last: Loss (31-8) @St John Bosco (CA) | Next: at Spalding, 9/20

Good Counsel showed grit but fell on the road to St. John Bosco (CA). The Falcons defense kept them within striking defense early before withering in the second half. Sy’Veon Wilkerson led GC with 57 yards on 15 carries. 

7. St. John’s (2-2) | Last: Loss (35-14) @ Duncanville (TX) | Next: IMG Academy (FL), 9/21

Colby McDonald found the end zone twice for the Cadets but it wasn’t enough to prevent them from falling on the road to elite competition for the second week in a row; this time to the fifth-ranked team in the country, Duncanville (TX). It gets no easier for St. John’s as they have appointments with powerhouses IMG Academy and Mater Dei on the horizon.

8. North Point (2-0) | Last: Win 34-21 vs. Westlake | Next: Huntington, 9/20

North Point racked up 388 total yards including 209 on the ground while running over Westlake.  Ka’von Burks registered 10 total tackles, two for loss and 1.5 sacks in the victory.

9.  Freedom (3-0) | Last: Win 30-27 vs. Colonial Forge | Next: IDLE

Wide receiver Jason Hawkins caught two touchdown passes to help Freedom come back from a 21-point deficit. Markell Johnson kicked a field goal with two seconds remaining to propel the Eagles to victory.

10. Stonebridge (3-0) | Last: Win 42-7 vs. Brooke Point | Next: IDLE

Stonebridge rushed for 376 yards and forced four turnovers in a dominating victory over Brooke Point.

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

11. Broad Run (3-0) | Last: 58-0 (W) @Dominion | Next: IDLE
12. Friendship (3-1)| Last: 34-6 (W) HD Woodson | Next: IDLE
13. Woodgrove (2-1) | Last: 13-12 (L) Tuscarora | Next: @Dominion 9/20
14. Natl Christian Aca (3-0) | Last: IDLE | Next: @Riverdale Baptist 9/20
15. Northwest (2-0) | Last: 24-12 (W) Paint Branch | Next: @Bethesda Chevy Chase 9/20
16. Flowers (2-0) | Last: 63-0 (W) Bladensburg | Next: @Laurel 9/21
17. Landon (1-1) | Last: 14-8 (W) @Dunbar | Next: IDLE
18. Oakdale (2-0) | 49-7 (W) Frederick | Next: @Governor Thomas Johnson 9/20
19. Flint Hill (2-0) | Last: 48-7 (W) St. James | Next: @Collegiate 9/20
20. Damascus (0-2) | Last: 21-7 @Quince Orchard | Next: @Magruder 9/20
21. Lake Braddock (2-0) | Last: 44-7 (W) @Hayfield | Next: @Westfield 9/20
22. South County (3-0) | Last: 41-13 (W) T.C. Williams | Next: Madison 9/20
23. Georgetown Prep (1-2) | Last: 31-7 (L) Gonzaga | Next: IDLE
24. Arch Bishop Carroll (3-1) | Last: 48-12 (W) Wilson | Next: Ballou 9/21
25. Tuscarora (2-1) | Last: 13-12 (W) @Woodgrove | Next: Musselman (WV) 9/20

NEXT 5:
26. Paint Branch | (1-1) | Last: 24-12 (L) Northwest | Next: Springbrook  9/20
27. Ryken (1-2) | 21-12 (W) @Bishop McNamara | Next: @East Ridge 9/20
28. Madison (2-1) | Last: 18-7 (W) South Lakes | Next: @South County 9/20
29. Bullis (1-1) | Last: 43-29 (L) Spalding | Next: McDonogh 9/20
30. Dunbar (2-1) | Last: 14-8 (L) Landon | Next: Ron Brown 9/20

Click here for the extended-DMV top 25 rankings.

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.