The weather is getting colder, and the football games are getting more important as the playoffs near. Friday night provided more drama in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference as DeMatha traveled to Good Counsel and shut down the Falcons, 32-2.
The Falcons were one of two top-10 teams to go down; in Loudoun County, Stone Bridge fell to unranked Tuscarora. Elsewhere in Virginia, Westfield fended off Centreville to remain undefeated and hold onto its spot in the rankings. Some of the other top programs in the area weren’t so lucky.
1. St. John’s (7-0) Last ranked: 1
The Cadets will put their WCAC supremacy on the line again Friday in a matchup with No. 2 DeMatha.
Next: Friday at DeMatha, 7 p.m.
2. DeMatha (6-1) LR: 5
The Stags forced five turnovers and looked dominant in a 32-2 win over Good Counsel.
Next: Friday vs. St. John’s, 7 p.m.
3. Damascus (8-0) LR: 3
With a 42-9 win over Walter Johnson, the Swarmin’ Hornets hold the nation’s longest active winning streak (50 games) and tied the Maryland record for consecutive wins.
Next: Friday vs. Seneca Valley, 6:30 p.m.
4. Westfield (8-0) LR: 4
The Bulldogs’ defense came up with three big stops in the red zone to keep Centreville off the board and hand the Wildcats their first loss.
Next: Friday vs. West Potomac, 7:30 p.m.
5. Good Counsel (5-3) LR: 2
The two points that the Falcons mustered against DeMatha were their fewest in a game since September 2014.
Next: Friday vs. Bishop McNamara, 7 p.m.
6. Gonzaga (7-2) LR: 6
Following a heartbreaker against DeMatha, the Eagles came out strong vs. Bishop McNamara, taking an early lead and never looking back in a 38-7 win.
Next: Nov. 3 vs. St. John’s, 3 p.m.
7. Wise (6-1) LR: 7
The Pumas made Friday’s rivalry game against Eleanor Roosevelt a bit more lopsided than in years past, racing past the Raiders for a 43-0 rout.
Next: Friday vs. Potomac, 7 p.m.
8. Flint Hill (7-0) LR: 9
Senior Miles Thompson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in the Huskies’ 38-0 win over St. James.
Next: Saturday at Potomac School, noon
9. Quince Orchard (7-1) LR: 10
The Cougars held a 42-point lead by halftime in a win over Wheaton.
Next: Friday at Northwest, 7 p.m.
10. Broad Run (7-1) LR: 11
The Spartans put up 40 or more points for the fourth straight game by beating Freedom-South Riding, 59-7.
Next: Friday at Briar Woods, 7 p.m.
11. Freedom-Woodbridge (7-1) LR: 14
The Eagles’ offense kept rolling in a 48-26 win over rival Potomac.
Next: Friday at Gar-Field, 7 p.m.
12. Stone Bridge (7-1) LR: 8
The Bulldogs’ high-scoring offense was bottled up by Tuscarora in a 24-14 loss.
Next: Friday vs. Freedom-South Riding, 7 p.m.
13. Centreville (7-1) LR: 12
The Wildcats couldn’t get their offense going against No. 4 Westfield in a 21-0 loss.
Next: Friday vs. Chantilly, 7 p.m.
14. Bullis (5-2) LR: 16
Jackson Greenleaf threw three touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Episcopal, 21-12.
Next: Saturday at St. Albans, 1:30 p.m.
15. Northwest (7-1) LR: 17
Ajahni Terry had two touchdowns as the Jaguars poured it on against Whitman, 47-14.
Next: Friday vs. Quince Orchard, 7 p.m.
16. Georgetown Prep (6-1) LR: NR
Running back Jalen Hampton rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown in the Little Hoyas’ 28-0 shutout of Landon.
Next: Saturday vs. Episcopal, 3 p.m.
17 . Landon (6-1) LR: 13
The Bears were shut out for the first time since 2016 in their loss to Georgetown Prep.
Next: Friday vs. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes, 1:30 p.m.
18 . C.H. Flowers (8-0) LR: 19
The Jaguars handed Suitland its first loss and remained undefeated with a 14-7 win.
Next: Friday vs. Douglass, 7 p.m.
19. St. Mary’s Ryken (7-1) LR: 20
The Knights’ next game is against Paul VI, which they beat, 35-0, a year ago.
Next: Friday vs. Paul VI, 7 p.m.
20. North Point (8-0) LR: NR
The undefeated Eagles have won by an average of 21 points.
Next: Friday vs. Calvert, 7 p.m.