Nothing is better than Friday Night Lights to start off your weekend.
Just ask Gonzaga, as they upset DeMatha in a thriller contest on Friday Oct. 6.
Both teams are very young, but the Eagles showcased maturity and toughness on Friday.
The game started off slow, with Gonzaga scoring 19 quick points in the first quarter. Gonzaga scored again late in the third quarter to take a 26-0 lead. After this, DeMatha scored 20 unanswered points but lost after getting sacked with three seconds left in the game.
Here are the top players from the game:
John Marshall, Gonzaga WR 2019- Marshall was a force to be reckoned with on Friday night finishing with four catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns. The Gonzaga offense was able to line up Marshall all over the field and he was used as a decoy to free up other wide receivers. Marshall was featured on “ESPN’s Top 10 Plays” for making a one-handed catch over a defender last week against Bishop McNamara. By the end of the season, Marshall should have a ton of offers from Division I programs including Maryland.
Caleb Williams, Gonzaga QB 2021- Williams is a smooth quarterback that is never phased by the moment. Standing at 6 feet exactly, he completed 14 of 20 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns against DeMatha. Williams is a pocket passer who showed the ability to stay calm and make the right reads against a DeMatha defense that gave up over 250 yards of offense. He is only a freshman, and should be an Under Armour All-America by his senior year if he plays like he did against DeMatha every week. After this season, look for Williams to gain a power-five offer.
Austin Fontaine, DeMatha DT 2018- Fontaine committed to Maryland in early April and now has been focusing on getting ready for college and winning championship. Fontaine spoke to The Left Bench back in April, saying, “My goal for my senior season [at DeMatha] is to get better for me, but also make the people around me better,” he said. “Helping the younger guys coming up because we are kind of a younger team now.” DeMatha is indeed young, but Fontaine looked dominant against Gonzaga. Facing double teams throughout the night, Fontaine forced the Gonzaga offense to rely on quick throws and runs away from him. Fontaine converted a big sack in the third quarter that started the comeback for DeMatha. Although Gonzaga won, Fontaine still forced Gonzaga to run away from him. Look for Fontaine to continue this dominance for the rest of the year and in a Maryland jersey in the future.
Evan Gregory, DeMatha OG 2018- Gregory also will be playing college football for Maryland next year along with his teammate Austin Fontaine. The 6-foot-4 285 pound offensive guard is the anchor on the DeMatha offensive line that produced over 330 yards of total offense. Gregory is a guard that is athletic and quick on his feet. He plays with an edge and nastiness that is a necessity for offensive lineman. This playing style has influenced other teammates to play the same way. Look for Gregory to make an early impact next fall for Maryland
Demarcco Hellams, DeMatha WR 2019- Hellams has a perfect body fit for a college wide receiver. Standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 215 pounds, the four-star receiver has 20 offers from schools such as: Maryland, Penn State, Clemson and Michigan. Against Gonzaga, Hellams did not play his best game, dropping over four passes. He finished with 2 catches for 22 yards. With only room to grow, look for Hellams to convert on these missed opportunities. Hellams is a physical wide receiver with breakaway speed. He has every tool to be a great receiver not only at DeMatha, but in college. Look for Hellams to pick up his play for DeMatha for the rest of the season and into postseason play.
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