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Despite scoreless first half, Good Counsel Falcons crush Gonzaga Eagles 27-7

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IMG 5200Head Coach Andy Stefanelli advises Good Counsel Falcons team on strategy against the Gonzaga Eagles. PHOTO BY MATT COHEN  OLNEY — Two contenders for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference football title, the Good Counsel Falcons and Gonzaga Eagles faced off on Friday night, with the Falcons coming out on top 27-7.

Both teams struggled in the first half, as nearly every drive ended in a punt. Each team had a couple of sustained drives, but neither was able to capitalize on opportunities. Each team was gifted with good field position on some punts, and each was able to create turnovers, but both remained scoreless for most of the first half.
Finally, a sustained Gonzaga drive finished in the end zone as Loic Sangwa broke tackles, and muscled his way to a touchdown. With the extra point, the score gave Gonzaga a 7-0 lead.

Although Good Counsel had a chance to score right before halftime, the Eagles’ defense made a goal line stand to keep the Falcons out as the clock expired to mark the conclusion of the first half. Gonzaga remained in the lead 7-0.

The Eagles controlled the pace of the game through much of the first half, and the early part of the second. Gonzaga’s Lucas Warfield was having his way running the ball in the early parts of the second half. However, on his next carry after a long run in which he picked up a first down and moved the ball to the Falcons’ 21-yard line, the Gonzaga running back fumbled. Good Counsel was able to recover, and after a short return, took over at their own 37-yard line.

“The defense came up with that big fumble recovery,” said Good Counsel head coach Andy Stefanelli. “That really got our momentum going.”

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After three-year drought, Good Counsel Falcons finally defeat rival DeMatha in overtime

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DeMatha vs. Good CounselHYATTSVILLE – After three years and several losses, all it finally took was an overtime period Friday night for the Good Counsel varsity football team to once again defeat its WCAC archrival DeMatha Stags at Marvin F. Wilson Stadium, 20-14.

A light drizzle fell during the course of the game, similar to the game on Oct. 3, 2014 when the Falcons last scored a win over DeMatha. The two final scores (three years earlier, it was 21-14) were almost identical.

This time, however, it wasn’t a quarterback sneak that won the game for Good Counsel and spoiled DeMatha’s Senior Day. It was junior running back Latrele Palmer and his gritty, hard-nosed running style. Palmer shoved his way through the DeMatha defense in overtime for the game-winning touchdown as the Falcons gleefully poured onto the field. Palmer was so fired up that he tore his helmet off as he and his teammates celebrated their hard-fought victory.

“We came in knowing it was going to be a dogfight and then we just came out and executed and won,” said Palmer. “We just needed the big play and I was the one who made it. It’s unbelievable. We haven’t beat these guys in a couple of years.”

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Good Counsel falls to rival St. John’s in WCAC football match-up

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SJCLogo Twitter 400x400OLNEY –The home team Our Lady of Good Counsel Falcons lost Friday against rival and fellow conference competitor football team the St. John’s College High Cadets, 24-9.

“I think overall our kids played hard,” Good Counsel head coach Andy Stefanelli said “We just made too many mistakes to win the game.”

In the first quarter, Good Counsel senior kicker Leo Fangmeyer scored a 37-yard field goal to open the scoreboard for the Falcons against St. John’s on Dancel Field at Kline Stadium.

“We came out pretty well, we had a nice drive, put some points on the board...Really all the way coming out of halftime we felt pretty good about where we were, but in the second half, they made a couple big plays,” said Stefanelli of the Cadets. “We countered, but not enough.”

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