DeMatha's defense controlled the first half and its powerful running game dominated the second as the No. 4 Stags eased to a 28-6 Metro Conference victory over O'Connell last night at Washington-Lee.

DeMatha upped its record to 6-1, 2-1 in the Metro. O'Connell is 4-3, 1-3 and has lost to the big guys in the Metro (Carroll, McNamara and DeMatha) by a combined total of 96-25.

The Knights played hard all night but were simply overmatched. DeMatha has 22 players on its roster of 200 pounds or more while O'Connell has 28 players on its roster.

Seneca Coehins led the Stags with 197 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. Lamont Gore added 83 yards and a touchdown on nine carries and Coy Gibbs had two attempts for 52 yards and a touchdown. The Stags had eight plays for gains of 20 yards or more.

DeMatha held O'Connell to minus-eight yards rushing in the first half and minus-19 for the game. The Stags sacked O'Connell quarterback Ray Williams five times and pressured him all game. The Stags also overcame 10 penalties totalling 107 yards.

Coehins had four carries for 58 yards in DeMatha's 85-yard drive to open the second half. Gore's five-yard touchdown increased the Stags' edge to 21-0 early in the third quarter.

O'Connell lifted it's homecoming crowd's spirits with an eight-yard touchdown pass from Williams to Chris Ruwe with 13 seconds left in the second half.

But Coehins ended any comeback hopes when he weaved his way to a 68-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

DeMatha led, 14-0, at halftime despite a slew of miscues. The Stags were penalized seven times for 65 yards and quarterback Dan Crowley was four of 13 mainly due to four dropped passes. DeMatha punted five times and Dan DeArmas averaged only 27 yards per punt.

O'Connell had the first scoring chance after DeArmas's best kick of the half -- 41 yards to the DeMatha 47. Williams found tight end Carlos Lama (five receptions, 48 yards in the half) for 15 yards and a first down at the Stags 32. But DeMatha's defense stiffened and Tom Smith missed a 48-yard field goal.