Less than 24 hours becoming the center of a prep-school prostitution scandal, the DeMatha Catholic High School football team held off a late rally to defeat Calvert Hall High School 23-14 before a small but friendly crowd at Naval Academy Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
Throughout the day, the team endured something of a local media frenzy to cover the news that (a Morrisville, NC Holiday Inn near the Raleigh Durham Airport) following their season opening victory on the road against Durham-based Hillcrest High School.
The scandal overshadowed what would otherwise be news of a surprising upset over Calvert Hall, ranked 3rd in the state according to Maxpreps and s econd in the Baltimore region according toThe Baltimore Sun. DeMatha, ranked 5th statewide by Maxpreps and 7th in the DC area according to The Washington Post, built up a 20 point lead by the middle of the third quarter with two red-zone touchdown passes by junior quarterback John Lovett and another red zone rushing touchdown from Sophopmore Taiwan Deal.
Calvert Hall mounted something of a comeback in the late 3rd quarter and 4th quarter, scoring two touchdowns to close the gap to 20-14 with 9 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
But DeMatha held on for the victory, sealing the win with a 15 yard field goal with 2 minutes left to make the final score 23-14.
According to The Washington Post, the prostitution incident has high school football coaches across the region re-examining their chaperoning procedures used on long distance trips.
The Post also has a full game recap and photogallery here.
DeMatha's next faces Loyola Blakefield at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Prince George's Count Sports and Learning Complex.