DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) planned to open its football season against Virginia power Oscar Smith (Chesapeake). When Richard Morgan, who won two state titles in his 14 years at Smith, left for a school in Georgia, the contract fell through.
DeMatha instead will host Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, Fla.) on Aug. 26 in the season opener then face Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg) on Sept. 6. That will be McDevitt’s opener.
DeMatha won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship, finished 11-1 and was ranked No. 12 in the final Super 25 rankings. The Stags return quarterback Beau English but lose nearly a half-dozen four-star recruits such as Penn State-bound defensive end Shane Simmons and a trio headed for Maryland — offensive guard Terrance Davis, wide receiver/athlete D.J. Turner and wide receiver Tino Ellis.
Oxbridge went 9-3 last season — after a 10-1 season in 2014 as an independent — and lost in the Florida 3A state regional finals to American Heritage (Delray Beach, Fla.)