Friday, 18 Jan 2019

No. 2 DeMatha rolls to WCAC championship with win over No. 5 Good Counsel

DeMarcco Hellams and DeMatha beat Good Counsel to advance to the final WCAC. (Samantha Pell / Washington Post)

DeMatha 30,

Good Counsel 14

DeMarcco Hellams dropped the football in the late afternoon to the DeMatha sideline Friday night, a hoard of teammates greeting the Alabama with high-fives and handshakes.

Hellams, DeMatha's dual senior defensive back and wide receiver, had just made his second long touchdown when DeMatha Coach Elijah Brooks interrupted the early third quarter with a message of his own.

"Hey 1! I said "I'm going to call your number," Brooks hollered at Hellams. "Big players, big plays, right?"

Led by Hellams's two touchdowns, two interceptions and a blocked punt that led to a safety, No. 2 DeMatha defeated No. 5 Good Counsel, 30-14, in a Washington Catholic Athletic Semifinal Conference at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

"I've been here just before, just waiting for my turn," Hellams said. "And when my number was called, I just made the plays I was supposed to be a leader and help us win."

The Stags (8-2) will face the winner of Saturday's WCAC semifinal – No. 1 St. John's hosts No. 6 Gonzaga – in the conference championship game Nov. 18.

Good Counsel finished 6-4 overall, 2-3 in league play.

DeMatha will return to the WCAC championship game a year after missing it for 2011. DeMatha won four-straight WCAC titles from 2013 to 2016 and won to Good Counsel in the 2012 championship game. The Stags, in their 20th championship appearance in 22 seasons, are looking for their fifth title in six years.

"We do not just want to go back," Brooks said. "We want to go back and win it."

On Friday night, DeMatha opened the scoring with a 60-yard touchdown from Hellams. He was then on the field when Good Counsel punted them in the first quarter.

"Brooks said of Hellams." "He's been leading all year, and what a great time for him to come out and do big things."

DeMatha five-star running back MarShawn Lloyd gave the Stags a 16-0 lead before Good Counseling with a three-yard touchdown run by Sy'Veon Wilkerson at the end of the first quarter. After Hellams scored again after halftime, defensive back Josh Wallace kept the momentum going with a pick-six, putting DeMatha up 30-7 with 9:25 left in the third quarter.

Good Counsel countered with a four-yard touchdown run by Latrele Palmer late in the third quarter, but the Falcons could not get any closer.

"I came to DeMatha to win championships, and so I'm glad to be back, and I want that 'W,'" Hellams said.


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