I agree with all of this. It's going to be really interesting to see how this plays out and I have a feeling injuries that occur during these games might be huge factor.
SJC is clearly the most talented team and by far the most battle tested...but look out for GC. Alot of their best players are seniors and have gone through these WCAC battles already. Both teams played Marietta, a really talented offensive team out of Georgia and Good Counsel beat them by 18....and that game was game 1 on the road. Would have been more if the GA refs didn't stack the calls against them. St. Johns won by 7 in DC.
Gonzaga has a lot more talent than people realize. They've got at least one player at just about every position with a power 5 offer. QB has an Alabama offer. They just haven't played anyone of note yet. Dematha, GC, and St. Johns have all played a much stronger non conference schedule. I wonder if that becomes an issue this weekend and beyond. we'll see.
Dematha in my opionion has the biggest issue for the reasons you stated. They can't throw the ball. I only saw that Aquinas game in week 1, and to be fair they've got 4 players in their seconday with top end power 5 offers, but that QB doesn't have zip on his passes. I think thats going to be an issue in conference play when teams stack that box. At the same time I anticipate Hellams playing much more at WR in the reg season than he did in game 1....Defensively they are stout though. Cross and Hellams have to be the best safety combo in the area.
GC, as you mentioned has a mammouth line that just wears teams down. They've got decent wideouts but the one real threat is when they line Hart out wide. They've looked sharp in their last few games. I don't think the starters have given up a point in the last three games. With that said that one game that got cancelled, against Spalding, their secondary was getting shredded. Maybe those issues have been fixed but that is the formula to beating them. Easier said than done though bc their front seven is stacked and will get pressure on the ball. I think one adjustment they made was putting Hart at corner instead of safety so that he can take out the other team's best wideout.
I don't think McNamara wins a game. No shade. The other 4 teams are ranked regionally in the USA today polls. They only rank 10 teams for each of the four regions.
If I had to guess I think the standings play out like this:
2. Good Counsel/Gonzaga
3. Gonzaga/Good Counsel