Weekend walk-through: D.C., privates
No. 3 DeMatha (3-1) at Gonzaga (3-1), Saturday, 1
The only game between teams that won their Washington Catholic Athletic Conference openers last week matches a pair of longtime rivals. But while the games between these teams once determined who would be the league champion, DeMatha has dominated the series recently, winning the teams' past 10 meetings, all but one by more than two touchdowns.
If this season's game is closer, Gonzaga quarterback Kevin Hogan probably will be the difference. A Stanford recruit, he has passed for 709 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a pair of scores. In a 49-24 loss to DeMatha last regular season, Hogan passed for 277 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 75 yards, though the Stags did a better job containing him in the playoffs, earning a 35-0 victory.
"Hogan does a great job of running the offense," DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor said. "He's very dynamic. You have to keep him in the pocket because he can scramble to beat you and he can throw to beat you. And they're running the ball well, too with [D'Lante] Martino."
DeMatha will be missing running back Delonte Morton for the third consecutive game with a sprained ankle, but with the exception of the 35-10 loss to Gilman the Stags have been able to move the ball. DeMatha has scored at least 35 points in each of its victories.
"I think we're improving - we're getting better and we're getting more experienced," McGregor said. "Each time we're on the field, you see improvement with us."
Around the area
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