Two of the perennial high school football powers in the Mid-Atlantic will face off in late August.
DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md,), which finished No. 12 in the Super 25 last fall, will visit Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) on Aug. 26, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
A game for this season initially had fallen through when longtime Oscar Smith coach Richard Morgan left for a job in Georgia. Contracts had not been signed and DeMatha found a replacement against Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, Fla.). But late last month, Oxbridge’s billionaire founder Bill Koch fired the athletic director and football coach amid controversy.
So DeMatha Catholic reached out to Oscar Smith to see if the option to play still existed.
“Their coach reached out to our coach and said they had something come up with one of the teams and they could not play,” athletic director Todd Parker told the Pilot. “That opened up a date and it happened to match our date.”
“When (new coach Bill Dee) came to me and said he thought he had DeMatha back on the board, it was kind of a relief because I didn’t want to go playing nine games two years in a row. It’s not a power ratings factor and it will be a good sell and good competition for us and a good way to introduce coach Dee into our football program.”
DeMatha won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship and finished 11-1 last season. The Stags return quarterback Beau English but lost 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.
Oscar Smith lost the Group 6A state title game last season and are expecting 16 starters back, including quarterback Shon Mitchell.