Good Counsel beats McNamara Convincingly
By: Jim McDonough
OLNEY, MD - On a beautiful sunny day in Olney, Maryland, the Good Counsel Falcons easily defeated the Bishop McNamara Mustangs 48-0. McNamara came into this game with a talented but young and inexperienced offensive line. The Falcons took advantage of their youth and throttled the Mustang offence. The Falcon offence started slowly as they may have been feeling the effects of a limited week of practice. As Coach Milloy said, there had been a lot of rain which reduced their ability to have full practices. It was also quite possible that the Falcons may have been looking forward a little to their upcoming tilt against their archrival DeMatha.
The opening quarter saw both offences struggle to gain any consistency. The Mustangs tried mix up the runs with some passes. They were not successful as their passes fell incomplete. The Falcons offence had challenges of their own. They fumbled on two of their first three possessions. One fumble was by their running back Diggs and the other fullback, Drew Stefaneli after a nice run.
The only score in the first quarter followed an excellent punt return by Blake Countess of 52 yards to the Mustang 17 yard line. From there, they rode the legs of Stefon Diggs for a touchdown. He ran for 10 and 3 yards setting up a 4 yard touchdown run. The PAT was good for a 7-0 lead. The Good Counsel kicker, Kyle Hamby was solid all day booting most of his kickoffs into the end zone. The Mustangs tried to establish their running game behind Townsend and Robinson. They were met with tough resistance from the Falcon defense which spent much of the day in the Mustang backfield. The defensive line applied a strong push from their defensive line to allow their linebackers to come up and make plays.
Twice on their third possession, the Mustangs were dropped for a loss. Once again they were forced to punt. The Falcon offense seemed to get going but were thwarted by an aggressive strip by the Mustang defense. The Mustangs took over at their own 10. They were tackled for a loss on successive plays and once again they were forced to punt. The first quarter ended with a 7-0 Good counsel lead but things would change in the 2nd. The Falcons rode the legs of Diggs and QB Zach Dancel for 23 yards and a score.
The struggles continued for the Mustangs and they were forced to punt again. Then the "Play of the Game" ensued. With McNamara kicking from deep in their own territory, Blake Countess received the punt at the Mustang 39. He headed straight up field and then, behind some solid blocking, broke left and scampered to the end zone. The PAT was good and the route was on. Then after a Mustang fumble, the Falcons QB Zack Dancel completed two nice passes in a row. The first was to a wide open Diggs for 27 yards and the second was to Countess down the seam for a 16 yard touchdown. The score was 34-0. The first half ended with the Mustangs taking a knee and going to the locker room a see if they could regroup and get their offence untracked.
The Mustangs kicked off to open the second half and Blake Countess, the Gameday Player of the Game, took the kick at the 13 and raced 87 yards for another touchdown. The Falcons now led 41-0. The game clock would be a running clock with a 35 plus point lead. There was little left in doubt but the final score. The final was 48-0. Coach Milloy was glad to get the win and come out of the game with no significant injuries. Next up for the Falcons, DeMatha.