DeMatha routs Paul VI Catholic, 41-6, in WCAC opener

By Terron Hampton
The Gazette
Saturday, September 25, 2010; 12:22 AM

After a 35-10 loss last week at the hands of Baltimore powerhouse Gilman School, DeMatha got what any team needs following a loss: a game against a struggling opponent.

The Stags dominated Paul VI Catholic, drubbing the Panthers 41-6 on Friday night at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover.

The Stags improved to 3-1 overall, as they opened the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference portion of their schedule on a winning note. The Panthers, on the other hand, cruised to a 42-14 win against St. Mary's Ryken in their season opener, but have been outscored 100-12 in three losses since then.

"I thought it was a good team win," said DeMatha coach Bill McGregor, whose team had allowed 98 points through its first three games. "We needed a game like this to get back on the charts after a tough Gilman game. Now we have three tough weeks in a row. We have Gonzaga, Good Counsel and St. John's. I thought the kids came out and did a very good job. I was pleased with the team's effort."

The Stags were clicking in all phases offensively, led by senior quarterback Nikolay Uherek, who completed 8 of 10 passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns. DeMatha senior running back Jacob Siwicki added nine carries for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Stags' defense forced three fumbles and registered five sacks while holding the Panthers to 102 yards of offense. DeMatha scored following every turnover, including the game's first score, which came on a 4-yard run by Siwicki following a fumble recovery by senior defensive tackle Kendall Patterson.

On the Stags' next drive, senior running back Darien Harris capped a 57-yard drive with a 13-yard run. Uherek connected with senior tight end Brent Wilkerson on a 5-yard touchdown pass with 1 minute, 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter, and Michael Branthover's extra point made it a 28-0 DeMatha lead.

The Stags quickly took possession again when Paul VI fumbled on the first play of its ensuing drive. Uherek connected with senior wide receiver Ryan Burbrink on a 36-yard touchdown pass to help the Stags take a 35-0 lead into halftime.

DeMatha drove 60 yards for a touchdown on its first possession of the third quarter on a 26-yard touchdown run by Charlie Jordan. Paul VI got its lone score on a late 8-yard touchdown run by junior running back Raymond Geier.

"It felt really good, I think this helped us for the season with our confidence," Siwicki said.

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