DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) quarterback Beau English has a not-so-secret weapon in senior wide receiver DeLante Hellams and that was enough for a 28-13 defeat of Good Counsel in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinal on Friday.
English, an Air Force commit, threw three touchdown passes to Hellams for the No. 6 Stags. The only other DeMatha touchdown came on a late fumble return by Ohio State defensive end committ Chase Young.
Last week, in the regular-season finale for the teams, No. 6 DeMatha beat Good Counsel 21-7, but this time around, the Falcons were in the game until they made some late mistakes.
Good Counsel took a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter on a 27-yard pass play from quarterback Travis Nannen to Darnell Pratt, Jr., who has committed to Virginia. The play was set up by a key 3-yard run for a first down by Nannen a play before.
Just seven seconds before the half, the Stags tied the score at 7 on a 13-yard pass from English to Hellams. The Falcons came back early in the third quarter. A 15-yard run by Mohamed Ibrahim on third down brought Good Counsel to the DeMatha 8-yard line. A few plays later, Nannen ran it in from the 3-yard line to put Good Counsel up 13-7. DeMatha blocked the extra point.
The kicking game again hurt the Falcons in the fourth quarter on a missed field goal. Moments later, English found Hellams for a 29-yard touchdown pass for the go-ahead score. After an interception by DeMatha, English and Hellams connected again on fourth down for a touchdown pass. Young’s scoop and score came with 3:30 to go in the game.
DeMatha (11-0) will play in the WCAC championship next week against the winner of Saturday’s other WCAC semifinal between Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) and St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.). The loss ends the season for Good Counsel (6-5).