by: John Gretschel   10/5/2017

Gonzaga vs. DeMatha, Friday, 7PM, PG Sports & Learning Complex

In what has blossomed into one of the area’s great rivalries, the first ranked DeMatha Stags (4-1), fresh off a thrilling win over the previously 6th ranked Friendship Collegiate, will take on the Gonzaga Eagles (5-1) at the P.G. Sports and Learning Complex, in the shadow of FedexField. The Stags, led by star senior quarterback Ty Lenhart, whose play helped DeMatha stay competitive with Las Vegas powerhouse Bishop Gorman early in the season and has spearheaded second-half comeback efforts against McDonough and Friendship, will look to attack an Eagles’ defensive front which shut down Bishop McNamara in a 38-0 rout a week ago. While DeMatha will go into the game as the undeniable favorite, the Eagles, whose offense has scored at least 38 points in four games this season, will look for the upset.

St. John's @ Good Counsel, Friday, 7 PM

The 5th ranked St. John's Cadets (2-2) will attempt to move their record over .500 against their WCAC counterparts Good Counsel (4-1). The Cadets, led by transfer quarterback and recent Michigan commit Kevin Doyle, have played one of the area's toughest schedules this season, narrowly falling to the California based De La Salle and St. John Bosco, while beating Florida's Jones High School and New Jersey's St. Joseph Regional. Good Counsel, however, will not go lightly, as running back Latrele Palmer, a powerful runner who exploded for 3 touchdowns a week ago, will make life difficult for a St. John's defensive front yet to play a local opponent. While the Cadets are the clear favorites, Good Counsel's 58-point offensive outburst a week ago is reassuring for Falcon fans hoping to see an upset in Olney. 

St. Mary's Ryken @ Bullis, Friday, 7PM

In a Friday matchup between two unbeaten squads, the St. Mary's Ryken Knights (6-0) will take on the Bullis Bulldogs (4-0) on Bullis' home turf. The Knights have looked dominant thus far, defeating two WCAC teams (PVI and Carroll), while also finishing off St. Mary's in a close 27-24 contest last weekend. Bullis, the Washington Post's 18th ranked side, has looked equally brilliant, crushing all their opponents by double digits up until their tilt with Quince Orchard, which ended in a thrilling 42-41 win for the Bulldogs. With no clear favorite, this game figures to be one of the weekend's best, as neither team will want to relinquish their undefeated status.

McNamara @ Carroll, Saturday, 2:30PM

The Bishop McNamara Mustangs (0-5) and Archbishop Carroll Lions (2-3) will each look to get on track this weekend after a rough start to the season for both programs. McNamara, fresh off a disastrous 38-0 loss to Gonzaga, will look to notch their first win of the season. The Mustangs are in grave need of some offense, as their team has failed to score more than 7 points in a game this year. Carroll, however, plays a defensive brand of football, as their two wins, over Franklin Christian and Pallotti, were due to a suffocating defensive effort in which they held each program to 12 points. While Carroll will go into the matchup as the slight favorites, a McNamara team desperate to get a win will do their best to drop the Lions to 2-4.