Good Counsel grabs first No. 1 final football ranking

Dominick Mitchell (30), Chris Pitsenberger join students in celebrating Good Counsel's WCAC title win over DeMatha.
Dominick Mitchell (30), Chris Pitsenberger join students in celebrating Good Counsel's WCAC title win over DeMatha. (Jonathan Newton/the Washington Post)
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By Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

There will be another memento in the basement room affectionately called the bunker in a certain Olney household.

That's where Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy keeps a collection of memorabilia from his career, including game balls from previous seasons and schools when his teams finished atop The Post's high school football rankings. Now, there is a fifth ball for that set.

After finishing the season with six consecutive victories, concluding with a 14-7 triumph over previously undefeated DeMatha in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship, Good Counsel finished No. 1 for the first time ever.

Led by a host of college-bound seniors, including All-Met defensive back Louis Young, the Falcons were 11-1, winning their first league title.

While it is a year of firsts for Good Counsel, finishing No. 1 in The Post's rankings is not new for Milloy. His 1979 and 1981 Springbrook teams finished 12-0 and were ranked No. 1. At Sherwood, in 1995 and 1996, the Warriors were 12-1 and shared the top ranking in consecutive seasons, with DeMatha in 1995 and Chantilly the following season.

Milloy is believed to be the first coach to lead three schools to The Post's No. 1 ranking at the end of a season.

"I was thinking about that recently," said Milloy, who holds staff meetings and stows plenty of other items in the bunker. "I went down there and looked at the footballs. I was wondering how many people have done that. That's not an easy thing to do."

Getting over the hump against DeMatha certainly was not easy for Good Counsel, which had lost five consecutive WCAC title games to the Stags, including a few heartbreakers in which the Falcons seemed headed for victory. Over the past 2 1/2 seasons, Good Counsel is 29-3, its only losses coming to DeMatha.

The Washington area's only undefeated team this season was No. 2 Broad Run (14-0), which won its second consecutive Virginia AA Division 4 title. Remarkably, after All-Met running back T.J. Peeler was injured in the first half, quarterback Connor Jessop threw three touchdown passes as the Spartans earned a 21-16 victory over Amherst County.

DeMatha (11-1) finished No. 3 after its six-year reign atop the WCAC ended. It was the Stags' sixth consecutive top four finish.

Virginia AAA Division 5 finalist Stone Bridge (13-2) was fourth and Old Mill finished fifth after winning its first Maryland 4A championship.

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