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DeMatha rallies late to stun St. John’s for fourth straight WCAC title
Grown men were bawling inside the DeMatha
locker room, still trying to digest their comeback that will be talked about for years to come. But quarterback Beau English
’s face betrayed none of these emotions.
This is just how “regular old Beau English” is, sophomore Myles Miree
explained, and it’s the same demeanor he had throughout the frantic final moments of No. 1 DeMatha’s 34-29 win over No. 4 St. John’s
in Saturday’s Washington Catholic Athletic Conference football championship game at the University of Maryland.
Relying on English’s poise and a couple of breaks, the Stags erased a 15-point deficit over the final 7:18 of the fourth quarter. Miree’s 18-yard diving catch along the sideline with 1:05 remaining was the winning touchdown.
DeMatha (12-0) then sealed its fourth consecutive WCAC title with an interception by senior Myles Canton
, and the celebration began. But this team’s legacy will go hand in hand with the one English forged in Hyattsville.
“He might be off for three quarters, but when it’s money time, he is going to find a way to lead us to victory,” Coach Elijah Brooks said. “And he did it again.”
For much of Saturday, DeMatha’s hopes of completing its first undefeated season in a decade were in dire straits. Though English uncorked an 80-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Delante Hellams
on the first play of the game, St. John’s (8-4) responded behind quarterback Kasim Hill.