Thursday, May 23, 2013 1:39 PM
Published on: Thursday, October 11, 2012
By Brandy L. Simms
OLNEY – Good Counsel knocked DeMatha from the ranks of the unbeaten Friday night in a 13-10 homecoming victory over their league rival at Kline Stadium.
The Falcons earned their fifth consecutive win thanks in large part to a solid defense and special teams.
Good Counsel senior cornerback Kendall Fuller was named Most Valuable Player for his all-around performance in the Great American Rivalry Series which recognizes many of the nation’s top high school rivalries.
Meanwhile, Good Counsel running back and linebacker Dorian O’Daniel watched the second half from the sideline after suffering a “bruised” shoulder in the first half.
“I had faith in the rest of the team and everyone stepped in and did what they had to do,” said O’Daniel.
The win marked Good Counsel’s fourth victory over the Hyattsville school in the past five meetings between the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference teams.
Midway through the first quarter, Fuller fielded a punt at the Good Counsel 30-yard line and scampered 70 yards for the score that put the Falcons ahead by a touchdown.
“He’s our guy,” said Good Counsel head coach Bob Milloy. “I told him before the game ‘in these kind of games, special teams always gets involved’ and darn he broke the punt return and we needed it because the offense wasn’t doing a whole lot.”
Good Counsel (5-1) added a score late in the second quarter on Leo Ekwoge’s 16-yard touchdown run with 3:38 remaining, giving the Falcons a 13-3 cushion at halftime.
Defensively, Good Counsel was impressive, halting DeMatha scoring drives in the first half with interceptions from cornerback Kirk Garner and CJ Jones.
DeMatha (5-1) scored early in the fourth quarter on John Lovett’s 42-yard touchdown pass to Darryl Turner with 9:14 remaining.
“They fought hard,” said Fuller. “We knew they weren’t going to give up. They did really good on the ground. [They were] really diverse with the pass and the run so definitely a tough team and I’m pretty sure we’re going to see them back in the championship.”