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Landon’s Gallagher dominates Melee on Metro, gears up for private school states

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Wrestling clip artLandon’s Brendon Gallagher (145) won all five bouts, including a 16-0 technical fall in his semifinal and a pin for his title, to earn Outstanding Wrestler honors at the Melee On The Metro Tournament at Wilson High in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Gallagher decked Grady Hotz of St. Mary’s Ryken in 2:34 of his championship bout, being among the Bears’ (163 points) seven place-winners toward finishing third in the 20-team field behind champion St. Christopher’s of Virginia (326.5) and Germantown Academy of Pennsylvania (197).

Taking second was Lorenzo Lopez (126), with Axel Giron (120) being third, Luc Schermer (132), Matt Amitay (138) and Jonny Gherman (152) all fifth, and Terrance Bridgers (285), sixth.

“Getting OW was great, especially knowing how many good wrestlers were at the tournament,” said Gallagher, a senior returning private schools state runner-up and two-time Interstate Athletic Conference champion. “I wrestled well this weekend. I just wanted to try to score in every position and get to my offense. It was only my second time at 145, and I felt great.”

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Falcons seek redemption and take aim at Cadets

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First-year Good Counsel coach Kevin Phelps will be an adversary of former pupil Cam Watkins this season after once guiding Watkins during his time as an assistant to wrestling coach Max Sartoph at Magruder High.

Watkins, who won a Class 4A-3A state title as a senior before graduating from Magruder in 2005, begins his second season at the helm for the St. John's Cadets wrestling team, who last year dethroned the Falcons as Washington Catholic Athletic Conference dual and tournament champions.

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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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Gonzaga dominates Georgetown Prep, wins Jesuit Cup

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MPI GPvGonz 0342Gonzaga's Dean Engram (6) celebrates with teammate Aidan Rafferty (66) after their second touchdown in the second quarter. Gonzaga went on to defeat Georgetown Prep 40-0. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

WASHINGTON — In a battle of two D.C. area powers, the Gonzaga Eagles rolled over the Georgetown Prep Hoyas to the tune of a 40-0 victory, and won the Jesuit Gridiron Classic Saturday.

The Gonzaga offense was rolling throughout the game, and it didn’t take long for it to get going. On the opening drive of the game, Gonzaga junior John Marshall made it to the end zone with a 22-yard touchdown run.

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Baylor leads Falcons over Landon

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TAKOMA PARK – Last Thursday in a first round matchup, Good Counsel junior forward Tyler Baylor scored 22 points to lead the Falcons to a 69-63 victory over Landon in the Maryland Private School Tournament at Takoma Academy.

The game marked a meeting between Washington Catholic Athletic Conference member Good Counsel and Landon from the Interstate Athletic Conference.

“The words of one IAC coach is they are by far the most improved team in the IAC and they made a run in their tournament,” said Good Counsel head coach G.J. Kissal, “so they were playing really well so we feel good about the win.”

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Magruder grad leads St. John’s to WCAC title

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St. John’s coach and Magruder graduate Cam Watkins continued his superlative season on Saturday as his Cadets dethroned host and four-time champion Good Counsel for their first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament title since 1979.

The Cadets (202.5 points) placed 11 wrestlers within the top four of their weight classes – one more than the runner-up Falcons (175.5 points) – with three of their six title winners producing pins, a runner-up and two each in third and fourth place finishers.

The Cadets followed up their regular-season 34-32 dual meet triumph over the Falcons, which was capped by a final bout major decision by Tim Costello (106) to overcome a two-point deficit.

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St. John's dominates Good Counsel with a major decision

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A major decision by Tim Costello (106) in the final bout turned a two-point deficit into a 34-32 victory for St. John’s over Good Counsel during a tri-meet at Bishop O’Connell in Arlington on Wednesday, ending the Falcons’ four-year winning streak in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference dual meets at 55.

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DeMatha beats Good Counsel in ‘glorified scrimmage,’ 21-7

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GCDM-ED 0397 EDITED - 2016-11-04 at 21-46-21Good Counsel's Jalen Lea (11) runs interference for teammate Mohamed Ibrahim (1) against DeMatha defenders, which include linebacker Grant Donaldson (30). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

OLNEY – DeMatha Head Coach Elijah Brooks called the Stags’ 21-7 road victory over Good Counsel on national television Friday night at Kline Stadium a “glorified scrimmage.”

After all, the two teams will meet again next weekend in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoffs.

DeMatha senior quarterback Beau English ran for three touchdowns to lead DeMatha to the win Friday and helped the Stags finish the regular season unbeaten at 10-0.

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Good Counsel wins 4th straight boys’ WCAC cross country championship

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RESTON, Va. – The Good Counsel boys cross country team won its fourth straight WCAC championship Saturday morning and their girls’ varsity team placed second on a Lake Fairfax course head coach Tom Arnold described as “brutal.”

Not only did speed help the Falcon boys win but also their closeness through the race as the top five tallied 25 points.

Six Good Counsel runners placed between third and eighth place, which allowed the Falcons to edge second-place Gonzaga (35 points).

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Good Counsel and DeMatha to clash on ESPNU

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The Good Counsel vs. DeMatha rivalry is one of the biggest high school football games the area has to offer. And now the entire country will have the opportunity to watch these Washington Catholic Athletic Conference powerhouses go at it on Nov. 4 as the contest will be televised on ESPNU. 

“It’s an honor and a privilege,” Good Counsel head coach Bob Milloy said. “Playing DeMatha makes it more special.”  

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