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Gilman trips Good Counsel in season opener

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Published on: Thursday, August 29, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

TOWSON – In a battle between two of Maryland’s top high school football programs, Gilman erased a two-touchdown deficit Friday night en route to a 20-14 victory over Good Counsel in a nationally televised season opener at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Gilman rallied from a 14-0 deficit and scored 20 unanswered points to capture their first victory over Good Counsel in three years.

“It’s a big win for us,” said Gilman senior tight end and defensive end Melvin Keihn. “We started really slow but at the end of the day we picked it up.”

Good Counsel senior CJ Carroll returned the opening kickoff 85 yards to the Gilman 5-yard line to set up the Falcons first score.

Three plays later, Good Counsel quarterback Bryan Strittmatter connected with Eric Grimm from twenty yards out to help put the Falcons ahead, 7-0.

On Good Counsel’s next possession, Leo Ekwoge scored on a 54-yard run to give the Falcons a 14-0 advantage with 8:41 left in the first quarter. Ekwoge, a Western Michigan recruit, was later sidelined with a knee injury. An MRI exam revealed that Ekwoge suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

Gilman scored on Kai Locksley’s four-yard run in the first quarter and cut the deficit to 14-12 on a 60-yard punt return by Jelani Roberts in the second period.

The Greyhounds surged ahead with 4:46 remaining in the fourth quarter when freshman backup quarterback Kasim Hill connected with John Fitzgerald and Locksley ran in the two-point conversion.

However, Good Counsel had a chance to win the game in the waning moments but Gilman safety Alonzo Mayo stopped Good Counsel running back Perry Stefanelli short of the end zone in the final seconds to secure the win for the Greyhounds.

“It was a big game for both of us,” said Keihn, “and it was just nice to come out on top.”

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