With their spot in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs already penciled in, the DeMatha Stags were simply looking for a little preparation to get them tuned up for a rematch against Gonzaga Eagles a week later.

That tune-up came against Bishop McNamara, and sophomore running back Taiwan Deal ran for four touchdowns to help the Stags cruise in 47-12 demolition of the McNamara Mustangs on Nov. 2 at Landover Sports and Learning Complex in Landover, Md.

Deal scored three touchdowns in the first half as DeMatha ran over and through the Mustangs all night.

“I think I did good. The offensive line helped me out. I just kept my feet running and I was just breaking a lot of runs and scoring,” Deal said.

When DeMatha’s defense wasn’t punishing McNamara, it was Deal doing the work, as the 6-foot, 2-inch, 226-lb tailback simply wore down the defenders on a chilly night.

“We needed that from him,” DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks said. “He’s our go-to guy right now on the ground.”

The Mustangs simply couldn’t get anything going against a fast-moving Stags defense. DeMatha took a 26-6 lead at the top of the third after junior defensive back Greyson Torain returned an interception 40 yards. It was all about bouncing back for DeMatha, as they rebound from a loss to the Eagles the on Oct. 27.

The runaway victory sets up a rematch date with the Gonzaga Eagles. At their recent faceoff, the Eagles surprised the Stags, 27-10, behind a fired up home crowd, but DeMatha has been buzzing ever since. 

“I’m looking forward to having the same game I had this week,” Deal said. “We lost to Gonzaga we know what our mistakes were. We’ve been working hard in practice so we’re going to go back and show them.”

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO