Two WCAC matchups headlined a big slate of games this weekend in the D.C. area. At Catholic University, No. 1 St. John’s used a strong second half to put away No. 2 Good Counsel on national television. Meanwhile, DeMatha and Gonzaga needed three overtimes to find a winner, and a key interception by DeMarcco Hellams helped the Stags get the victory.
After their victory Saturday, H.D. Woodson players huddled around a cardboard cutout of freshman quarterback Ethan Lane and waved towels decorated with the number 17.
Lane was hospitalized after getting shot leaving practice Monday. Junior wide receiver Andre Winestock, who was with Lane before the incident, donned a No. 17 jersey for the game instead of his normal No. 13.
When DeMatha played Gonzaga last year, the Stags ran out of time in the fourth quarter to finish their comeback. This year, DeMatha made sure to finish its job — even if it took three overtimes.
After DeMarcco Hellams intercepted the Eagles in the end zone in the third overtime, running back MarShawn Lloyd bulldozed through the Eagles’ defense to score on the next play as No. 7 DeMatha defeated No. 5 Gonzaga, 27-21.
St. John’s wide receiver Rakim Jarrett lined up at the Good Counsel 41-yard line and held a steely gaze toward the back of the end zone. There were 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter of Friday’s clash between the top-ranked Cadets and the second-ranked Falcons, and St. John’s led by 14. Jarrett understood one more touchdown would effectively seal the outcome.
Jarrett looked to his left at St. John’s quarterback Sol-Jay Maiava. He wanted the ball.
By the time Good Counsel finished its practice Tuesday night, the field was so dark that the white lace on the football seemed invisible. The coaching staff gathered the players, who all kneeled and looked at them with eyes so determined that their gaze was palpable amid the darkness. The coaches told them to grasp the moment and that it was their opportunity to shine.
Good Counsel proved it’s a top contender in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference by opening league play with a 38-31 win over then-No. 2 Gonzaga on Saturday. The win boosted the Falcons from No. 5 to No. 2 and set up a Friday night matchup with the No. 1 team, St. John’s, that will be played at Catholic University and broadcast on ESPN2. Gonzaga will battle DeMatha in another game that could shake up the WCAC.