DeMatha Catholic trailed by two touchdowns in the first quarter but took control in the second half and rallied for a 52-46 victory against Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) on Saturday. The game was marred by penalties with more than 30 flags thrown and three touchdowns called back.
The 46 points allowed are two less than the 48 DeMatha has allowed in the first five games combined. The Stags were coming off back-to-back shutouts and had not been scored upon in 10 quarters.
Lorenzo Harrison had three TDs for DeMatha, including a 55-yard run.
After getting behind 14-0 and then 21-14, the sixth-ranked Stags tied the score on a 45-yard TD pass from Beau English to Kellon Taylor in the second quarter. They then took their first lead of the day on a 25-yard pass from English to Anthony McFarland.
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A 28-21 halftime lead increased to 49-35 by the end of the third quarter and the Stags were seemingly in control. But McNamara added a late TD in the final two minutes and failed on the two-point conversion. DeMatha recovered the onside kick to secure the win.
The Stags (6-0) next face Gonzaga College Prep on Friday in a nationally televised homecoming game.