2012 DeMatha Football Schedule
|2012 Football Previews|
@ Hillside (August 31, time TBD)
@ Calvert Hall (September 7, time TBD)
vs. Loyola Blakefield (September 14, 7:00 PM)
vs. Dunbar (September 21, 7:00 PM)
@ Bishop O’Connell (September 29, 2:00 PM)
@ Good Counsel (October 5, 7:00 PM)
vs. St. John’s (October 13, 2:00 PM)
vs. Carroll (October 19, 7:00 PM)
@ Gonzaga (October 27, 2:00 PM)
vs. Bishop McNamara (November 2, 7:00 PM)
LAST YEAR’S RECORD
6-4, 4-3 in WCAC
KEY PLAYERS FOR 2012
QB : Roman Williams (Sr.) – Williams has something of a Cinderella story, as he ascended from being the fourth string quarterback all the way to the starter position over the course of last season, when he transferred into DeMatha from C.H. Flowers, a military school. He lit up Good Counsel last season to the tune of 270 yards and three touchdowns on 14-of-24 passing. But will Williams be the starter? Only time will tell.
LB: Spencer Kleinrichert (Jr.) – The junior Kleinrichert has gotten interest from quite a few D1 powerhouses, and is garnering interest from places as far away as Stanford, and received scholarship offers from Maryland and Massachusetts. A solid season anchoring the Stags defense can only help his college choices.
WR: Cameron Phillips (Jr.) – Phillips, a 6-foot-1 wide receiver, is the leader of the Stags’ junior class, which is a deep and talented class. Phillips and Williams will need to have big success in the passing game if the Stags are going to dethrone Good Counsel. Phillips is already receiving looks from the Ohio States and Michigans of the world before even playing his junior season, so that should show what kind of athlete he is on the gridiron.
KEY GAMES (3)
August 31st @ Hillside in Durham, NC
DeMatha opens the season by travelling down to the Research Triangle in North Carolina to take on annual state powerhouse Hillside.
“Hillside has an outstanding program, and we just thought it would be a great chance to give our kids the opportunity to travel and play a top opponent out of the state,” DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks said. “We thought it was a great fit for our program.”
After many years of rolling through non-conference opponents, what would undoubtedly be best for the program would be to establish themselves by grabbing a couple non-conference wins early in the season after struggling with that in the last few years.
October 5th @ Good Counsel
Obviously at this point, any team who has WCAC championship aspirations knows that the road travels through Good Counsel right now.
“Everyone knows right now about Counsel,” Brooks said. “They’re three-time champions, and they’re loaded with talent and a great coaching staff. We’ve had a lot of great games over the years. It’s going to be a game that we look forward to.”
October 19th @ Gonzaga
Every game is certainly important to the Stags, but the Gonzaga game has an extra large circle around it, after the Purple Eagles ruined their WCAC championship game appearances streak and beat them twice consecutively.
“It’s definitely an added motivation,” Brooks said. “Those two losses really hurt, so it is motivation for the program, we definitely have that one circled.”
GOALS FOR THE SEASON
“Like every year and for every team in this conference, it’s to win the WCAC. We want to play well, but we ultimately want to win a championship.”
-DeMatha head coach Elijah Brooks
DeMATHA ON THE NEXT LEVEL
Everyone knows that DeMatha sends its fair share of seniors to Virginia and Maryland, but what may surprise some is their connection with the University of Buffalo. With Dan Collura going to Buffalo, that means for two straight years, a DeMatha player has signed with the Bisons, and they’ve sent four since 2005.
“Juwhaun Bentley. He’s a linebacker, defensive end, he is coming back from injuries, so he should definitely be an impact player for us this year. He’s back, and he’s 100 percent.”