DeMatha Catholic High School Head Football Coach Elijah Brooks amongst DeMatha Football scholarship signees
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If you’re from the DMV area, hearing about the football program at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville is not foreign to you, it’s automatically associated with greatness. But with the track record of DeMatha, placing athletes in top tier division-1 programs consistently for decades, there’s no other way to explain their dominance as “heavy is the head that wears the crown”.
Head Coach Elijah Brooks took over after legendary coach Bill McGregor in 2011 and has not missed a beat to keep DeMatha ahead of the pack as the premier program in the state of Maryland, leading them to a No.1 overall ranking and holding the No.13 rank in the United States according to Maxpreps.com. Brooks discussed the pressures of leading a program that he was once a part and maintaining their excellence for years to come.
“Ultimately, You feel pressure as a coach and as a player, but that’s why you come to DeMatha. It’s what you sign up for, to compete at the highest level and achieve at the highest level,” Brooks stated. In comparison to their rigor on the field, in the classroom DeMatha is no slouch as well, holding high standards academically that their players must achieve. “DeMatha is very competitive in the classroom, the kids have to maintain great decisions because of the spotlight we’re in at DeMatha. They must learn responsibility, in turn, being a part of something bigger than themselves forcing them to grow up early,” he continued.
Adverse from there on the field dominance of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC), DeMatha has also contributed to the Hyattsville community through seminars of domestic violence and their SAVE Initiative. The Sports Anti Violence Environment (SAVE) bridges the gap between youth and police by bringing in the chief of police in Prince Georges County, a fellow DeMatha alumni, to discuss police involvement and the proper way to handle various situations with officers. Currently in the works, a domestic violence summit is being planned for October of this year, subsequently, students need 200 hours of community service to graduate,” Brooks concluded. Although you may come to DeMatha for an opportunity to excel athletically in college, it’s more than being an athlete, DeMatha is about being impactful in the community as well.