The 2023 football season is nearing an end to the regular season, and things are getting intense. In-conference play makes or breaks teams this time of year, so every game is crucial. See our recap of the weekend games and their impact in the standings below.
The loaded Capital League had a busy weekend, and most of the games’ results reaffirmed what we already knew. First off, first-place DeMatha dominated McNamara 33-0, improving to 8-1 on the year. McNamara, despite having an overall record of 6-3 on the season, remains in the basement of the Capital League. They haven’t been able to defeat any teams in their conference this year, an issue that they will have to address next season. Elsewhere in the conference, the dominant Good Counsel Falcons overpowered Gonzaga 28-6. Good Counsel is undefeated in the conference and sits at 7-1 overall. Gonzaga dropped to 6-3 on the year and 1-2 in conference play, with their other in-conference loss coming against DeMatha a few weeks ago. 4-4 St. Johns was idle this weekend.
WCAC- Metro League
In the Metro League, it was a weekend of blowouts. St. Mary’s Ryken remained undefeated in conference play, beating Archbishop Carroll 24-0. Ryken has completely turned their season around. After starting the season 0-5, they have now won 4 straight games and have the best in-conference record in the Metro League, even better than an Ireton squad who is 7-2 overall. Speaking of the Cardinals, they smoked Bishop O’Connell 30-6 on Saturday. O’Connel dropped to 0-3 in conference play and 3-5 overall. They sit in last place in the conference. Paul VI was the only one to play an out-of-conference opponent over the weekend, and they enjoyed every second of it in a 45-7 win over Saint John Paul the Great.
In a huge game Friday night, Landon took on Bullis. The Bears went into the night a game behind the Bulldogs in the overall standings. Neither offense was able to fully break through throughout the night, but it was the Landon offense who made the plays when they needed to. The final score was 21-13. Both teams are now 5-3 on the season. Landon improved to 2-1 in conference play and Bullis fell to 1-2. The two top teams in the conference battled it out over the weekend as well. The Maroon walked into Georgetown Prep on Saturday afternoon, a game back of the Little Hoyas. When the clock hit triple zeros, they had won 24-17, improving to 6-2 on the year. They now hold the tiebreaker over Georgetown Prep. Senior running back Cedric Benning led the way for the Maroon, tallying 160 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. Finally, 4-4 St. Albans sneaked by a 2-6 St. Stephen’s team 14-13. St. Stephens is still looking for their first in-conference win.
Undefeated no more. Perhaps the biggest story of the weekend was Flint Hill taking down Maret in a high-scoring thriller. Both offenses put on a show, but it was the Huskies who prevailed on the road by a score of 47-37. This game no doubt served as a wakeup call for the seemingly impeccable Frogs, who dropped to 8-1 on the year. Flint Hill improved to 5-2 on the season and 2-0 in conference play. As for the rest of the MAC, St. James kept pace with Flint Hill in the standings, defeating the Potomac School (1-7) 37-28. They improved to 5-3, just a ½ game back of the Huskies.