Gonzaga triumphs over rival DeMatha in WCAC football showdown

Freshman quarterback Caleb Williams, shown here in a game against Viera, led the Eagles past DeMatha on Oct. 6. (Brian Kapur/The Current/September 2017)

The Eagles shocked Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival DeMatha — a team ranked as the best in the area by multiple publications — in a 26-20 win at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex on Friday night.

Gonzaga pounced on the highly regarded Stags from the opening minutes of the game and built a 26-0 lead, then withstood a furious rally by DeMatha to hang on.

The Eagles offense was led by freshman quarterback Caleb Williams, who looked like a savvy veteran while completing 14 of 20 passes for 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Williams’ go-to guy was junior John Marshall, who hauled in four passes for 85 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Meanwhile, senior wideout Maguire Dilenge added three catches for 34 yards.

The Gonzaga rushing attack was also potent. Senior running back Jason Labbe took nine carries for 44 yards, and junior running back Loic Sangwa scored on a three-yard tote.

The Eagles defense also contributed to the upset victory as Labbe — a two-way player — came up with an interception on defense that he returned for a 40-yard touchdown.

Gonzaga now boasts a 6-1 record, including a 1-0 mark in conference play. The Eagles will look to solidify their strong performance they host Archbishop Carroll on Saturday at 2 p.m.