OLNEY –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.”
St. John’s senior starting quarterback Kevin Doyle said he was pleased the Cadets defense prevented Good Counsel from scoring a touchdown in the first quarter, especially after the Falcons “pushed” for several minutes.
“They (the Falcons) drove down the field a long time that first possession of the (first) quarter, and for them to only come out with a field goal, our defense was phenomenal,” Doyle said.
In the same quarter, Cadets would respond with points of their own.
Cadet senior wide receiver and defensive back Charles Briscoe III scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter after receiving a pass from Doyle, with 71 yards on the passing play and touchdown. St. John’s senior kicker Rafi Checa then scored the extra point, putting the Cadets in the lead with the score 7-3.
The second quarter remained scoreless until the final three seconds before halftime when Checa scored a 45-yard field goal, adding to the Cadets’ lead over the Falcons, 10-3.
In the third quarter, St. John’s junior running back Keilan Robinson scored a rushing touchdown, with Checa’s extra point taking the score to 17-3.
During the fourth quarter with 11 minutes and 28 seconds to go, Good Counsel senior quarterback Kam Snell scored the Falcons’ first and only touchdown, lessening the deficit to 17-9 with the Cadets still in the lead.
Within five minutes of the Falcons’ touchdown, Cadet wide receiver and defensive back Briscoe scored another rushing touchdown after a pass from Doyle, followed by another extra point by Checa. That brought the score to 24-9, which would be the final score. Doyle said he was content to have prevented additional points by the Falcons.
“Honestly, like, we were just trying to run out the clock,” said Doyle. “And so, scoring’s nice, but we were just trying to run out the clock, and with no clock they can’t score.”
Falcons senior wide receiver and corner Jonathan Donnelly said his team started the game playing strong but made mistakes in the second half.
Doyle said he was happy winning against a formidable football team like the Falcons and pleased with the Cadets’ performance.
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