No. 5 DeMatha (Md.) overcomes Avalon after slow first half

No. 5 DeMatha (Md.) overcomes Avalon after slow first half

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No. 5 DeMatha (Md.) overcomes Avalon after slow first half

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DeMatha quarterback Beau English (Photo: Derik Hamilton, USA Today Sports).

DeMatha quarterback Beau English (Photo: Derik Hamilton, USA Today Sports).

Senior quarterback Beau English ran for two touchdowns and had a touchdown pass to lead No. 5 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) to a 55-20 defeat of Avalon (Gaithersburg) on Friday.

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The Stags (2-0) will play next Friday at Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.). Avalon (0-2) will play at Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) on Saturday.

DeMatha poured it on in the second half after a sloppy first half that had plenty of penalties and a costly interception of English that led to an Avalon touchdown just before the half.

DeMatha running back Khory Spruill had two 7-yard touchdowns, one in the first quarter and another in the third quarter.

Defensive end Chase Young’s pick six made it 14-0 in the first quarter. Black Knights receiver Mason Standard hauled in a 20-yard touchdown reception to cut the Stags’ lead to 14-6.

English ran it in from the 7-yard line, straight up the middle, with some blocking, to put DeMatha up 21-6 with 11:23 to go in the second quarter. Later in the quarter, he connected with Delante Hellams for a 70-yard touchdown pass and DeMatha went up 28-6.

With less than a minute to play in the first half, English threw his first interception of the season and a moment later, Avalon converted on a pass. Following the two-point conversion, DeMatha’s lead was cut to 28-14 just before the half.

The Stags got another scare with 4:12 left in the third quarter when Noah Taylor hauled in a 61-yard touchdown catch to cut DeMatha’s lead to 28-20, with a failed two-point conversion.

The Stags responded with Spruill’s second touchdown run and a 1-yard touchdown run by English to put the game away.

Backup DeMatha quarterback Tyler Lenhart had a late 10-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Johnson.

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