Quarterback Beau English ran for three touchdowns as No. 6 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) used a punishing running game to win 21-7 Friday at Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) in a game televised on ESPNU.
The victory was tempered, however by what appeared to be a head injury to Stags left tackle Marcus Minor, a senior Maryland commit, on English’s final touchdown. After the score, Minor staggered and fell. He was attended to on the field for several minutes before being carried off the field on a gurney.
DeMatha (10-0) led the Falcons (6-4) only 14-7 with 1:53 left when English, a senior Air Force commit, followed a big surge by his offensive line for a 1-yard touchdown run to put the game away. The Stags went up 14-0 early in the second half on a 2-yard keeper by English, the score set up by two short runs by Khory Spruill, who ran for more than 100 yards in the game.
The win ended the regular season for both teams, who will face each other next Friday in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference semifinal at Landover.
Good Counsel’s only score came on a 35-yard fumble return by Jalen Lee, as he scooped up a fumbled DeMatha snap. The Falcons were driving late in the third quarter in an attempt to tie the score but a bobbled handoff led to a fumble recovery by Stags linebacker Kobi Thomas to end the threat.
In the first half, English put the Stags up 7-0 with an 6-yard keeper, rolling out right and going up the sideline.
Good Counsel looked to answer right back on Tremayne Stott’s 92-yard kickoff return, but a blocking in the back penalty by the Falcons negated the score. Stott came up big on DeMatha’s next drive, though, blocking a 15-yard field goal attempt by Joseph Hood.
The Falcons’ defense came up big again on DeMatha’s next chance at a score, sacking English to end the first half and keeping the score at 7-0 for the Stags.