The second week of conference play is in the books after teams in the DC area duked it out over the weekend. Many of the matchups did not disappoint, and as expected, there were major implications in the standings. See our recap of the weekend here!
WCAC- Capital League
The WCAC’s Capital League is undoubtedly the most dominant conference in the DMV this year. Three teams sit at 6-1, one at 5-2, and one at 4-3. The competition has ramped up with conference play. On Saturday, St. John’s, who was 3-3 heading into the weekend, beat a previously undefeated Bishop McNamara, who fell to 6-1. The final score was 23-14. The win surely showed the rest of the conference that the Cadets are not to be taken lightly. If this weekend showed us anything, it’s that anyone can beat anyone. The other game of the weekend was between two powerhouses- DeMatha and Good Counsel, who are both now 6-1. This game was an instant classic, and both offenses came to play. The Falcons won the game by a score of 35-28 in overtime, taking over first place in the conference.
WCAC- Metro League
Bishop Ireton, who has been the class of the Metro League this year, shut out St. John Paul the Great in one of the few non-conference games of the weekend. The final score was 35-0, and the Cardinals improved to 5-2. On Friday night, Archbishop Carrol took down conference rival Paul VI, 24-15, on the road. In the other in-conference matchup, St. Mary’s Ryken routed O’Connell, 28-0. The Metro League standings are in a unique spot right now. Ireton, Paul VI, and Bishop O’Connell all have better overall records than Carroll and Ryken, but Carroll and Ryken both sit at 2-0 in conference play, while the other three teams are still looking for their first win in conference play.
The IAC has been extremely competitive in 2023. Going into this past weekend, only 3 games separated first place Georgetown Prep and last place St. Stephen’s. Three teams in the conference stood at 4-2. Two of these teams played each other this weekend. On Saturday, Landon went into Episcopal’s home field and walked out with a crucial 21-14 victory. Georgetown Prep continued their dominant season, beating St. Stephens 31-0 and improving to 6-1. As the middle of the pack in the IAC tried to gain separation with each other, Georgetown PRep maintained their status as top dog. The upset of the weekend occurred in the Bullis-St. Albans game. The battle of the Bulldogs saw St. Alban’s take down a Bullis team that was a game ahead of them in the standings by a score of 19-9.
Maret is the story of the MAC. They put on an offensive clinic on Saturday against St. James. The Frogs won the game on 51-21 and improved to 7-0 on the year. Will anyone be able to stop them? If anyone has a chance, it might be Flint Hill, who absolutely dominated Potomac 50-0.