Location: Hyattsville, Md.
18-19 Record: 8-3
Final Super 25 Rank: Unranked
Why them: Bill McGregor was the DeMatha head coach for three decades. He’s back to replace Elijah Brooks, who was hired at Maryland, and ready to avenge the Hail Mary loss in last year’s championship game, which would have been its fifth title in six years.
But four-of-six is a pristine number, something most organizations couldn’t even dream of. On the path for five-of-seven, the Stags will rely heavily on the talented 2020 class led by running back MarShawn Lloyd. He’s not only eager to win the title, but he dropped to a four-star ranking on the 247Sports Composite; can he prove he’s a five-star?
Three three-star offensive linemen – Golden Israel-Achumba, Jordan White and Dwayne Allick Jr. – will be there to protect him. If incoming transfer Malakai Anthony has the starting job, the team also has a two-star quarterback to lead the charge.
One defense, Coziah Izzard is a four-star defensive tackle who can lead the way. The 2021 class has more players considered Div. I talent, with four-star inside linebacker Greg Penn III, four-star strong-side defensive end Colin Mobley and three-star safety Jalen Clyatt.
In all, DeMatha looks like it’s running out a strong lineup with talent all over the field. With the ability to score and defend at a high level, it could get back on top.
8/24 at St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.)
8/30 Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Penn.)
9/21 St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio)
9/27 Life Christian Academy (Chester, Va.)
10/4 Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.)
10/19 at Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
10/25 Our Lady of Good Counsel
11/2 at St. John’s (Washington, D.C.)
11/8 Bishop McNamara