DeMatha Coach Mike Jones entered this season with every reason to feel optimistic. After a year in which his program went 33-5 and won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship, the top-ranked Stags returned all five starters and a few key bench pieces.
Jones knew that this rare situation would create lofty expectations — and it has. DeMatha has been revered on both a local and national level, but the reality is those expectations have crashed headlong into a schedule packed with national opponents and tough WCAC foes, many of whom are also nationally ranked. How the Stags weather that schedule — especially when it comes to the postseason — will be the ultimate gauge of their success.