Falcons Run Past St. Peter's
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The play was intended to leave Good Counsel stunned and on its heels. No way were the Falcons anticipating St. Peter's (N.J.) to fake a punt while trailing by eight late in the second quarter.
So when the play unfolded, and St. Peter's dropped a pass that would have put them far ahead of the first-down marker, several Marauders collapsed to the ground.
Good Counsel, meantime, breathed a huge sigh of relief, then took another deep breath and prepared to put the game away. Two minutes later, Jelani Jenkins rushed for the first of his two touchdowns to put No. 2 Good Counsel well on its way to a 27-14 home victory.
"We got plain lucky there," Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy said. "No question, that was the play of the game."
Good Counsel's inexperienced offensive line once again proved skilled beyond its years, pushing aside a huge St. Peter's front and opening holes for Jenkins and Caleb Porzel, who rushed for the Falcons' first two touchdowns en route to 147 yards on 19 carries.
Two plays after he returned a punt 35 yards, Porzel put Good Counsel (3-0) up, 7-0, just over three minutes into the game on a 27-yard run on a play called "double down," in which quarterback Tyler Campbell fakes a handoff to Jenkins, the fullback, and then hands off to Porzel -- running directly behind Jenkins out of an I-formation.
Porzel scored again on the same play seven minutes later from 29 yards out to make it 14-0.
St. Peter's (0-2) pulled to 14-6 on a 10-yard pass from Justin Perez to Kevin Innis, and the teams exchanged punts on their next possessions. Then, with Good Counsel driving, the Falcons fumbled at the St. Peter's 34, and the Marauders recovered.
Facing a fourth and eight from his 36, Perez, who was also St. Peter's punter, spotted a hole in the Good Counsel defense and called an audible for the fake. His receiver was open over the middle about 15 yards downfield, but the ball glanced off his chest with 4 minutes 13 seconds to go before halftime.
"It's an automatic call for him," St. Peter's Coach Rich Hansen said. "In games like these, you've got to make plays. That was a game-changer."
Porzel took the next three handoffs and gained nine yards, setting up a fourth and one at the St. Peter's 27. Jenkins barged off left end, and gained the first down, but wanted more. He hit the left sideline and bulled into the end zone.
No. 2 Good Counsel 27, St. Peter's (N.J.) 14 Where Were You: St. Peter's was without senior running back Nyshier Oliver, the team's best player and a top national recruit, because he suffered a sprained shoulder in last weekend's season opener, according to Marauders Coach Rich Hansen. There You Are: Illinois Coach Ron Zook and top assistant Mike Locksley as well as Michigan defensive coordinator Scott Shafer were on the Good Counsel sideline to watch Falcons All-Met Jelani Jenkins. Both teams did not play this weekend.