Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:10 PM
Published on: Thursday, November 14, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
COLLEGE PARK – There will be a new champion crowned in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference this year.
Good Counsel’s quest to capture the football program’s fifth consecutive league title fell short Sunday as DeMatha rallied from a halftime deficit en route to a 29-28 overtime victory at Byrd Stadium.
DeMatha (10-1) remained unbeaten in conference play and advanced to play St. John’s in the WCAC championship game while Good Counsel finished the campaign at 6-5.
Tied 22-22 at the end of regulation, DeMatha scored on the first play of overtime when senior quarterback John Lovett connected with Virginia Tech-bound wide receiver Cameron Phillips on a 25-yard touchdown.
Good Counsel later scored on Chris Dawson’s one-yard run but opted for a two-point conversion instead of a tie. DeMatha’s defense applied pressure on Good Counsel sophomore quarterback Andres Castillo whose pass fell incomplete. The Stags rushed the field in jubilation to celebrate a hard-fought victory over one of their biggest rivals.
“Coach [Elijah Brooks] put together a tough schedule for us so we would be ready for conference play and games like this,” said Phillips.
Late in the fourth quarter, Good Counsel faced a fourth down situation at midfield. Castillo found a streaking Myles Robinson down the sideline who hauled in the pass and outran his defender en route to a 52-yard touchdown that gave Good Counsel new life. Dawson ran in the two-point conversion to give the Falcons a 22-15 advantage with 2:33 remaining.
Good Counsel scored on Jonathan Wanat’s 29-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and Castillo ran in the two-point conversion, helping the Falcons jump out to an 8-0 advantage in the second quarter.
“Good Counsel is tough,” said Phillips. “They always play us tough. We always have to wear our hardhats.”
In the second half, Lovett and Phillips connected for three scores including an eight-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Phillips, who finished with nine receptions for 120 yards, also caught the ensuing two-point conversion that knotted the game at eight apiece.
The loss marked a disappointing end for the Good Counsel seniors including Division I prospects such as Sam Mustipher (Notre Dame) and Kobie Walker (Kentucky).
“It was real man,” tweeted Good Counsel senior wide receiver CJ Carroll. “Love my team. Thanks to all the people [who] supported me these last few years.”
“Job well done to all my fellow seniors,” Good Counsel senior defensive lineman and Maryland commit Jesse Aniebonam tweeted. “Way to end out with one hell of a season. I love each and every one of you.”