Good Counsel falls to Gilman; Delonte Morton excels as DeMatha beats Loyola Blakefield

By Josh Barr
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 5, 2010; 12:26 AM

TOWSON, MD. - One week after traveling to Ohio and posting one of the biggest victories in recent years by a Washington area team, top-ranked Good Counsel lost to the top-ranked team in Baltimore on Saturday night.

The Falcons struggled to find an answer for Gilman quarterback Darius Jennings and did not muster much offensively, leading to a 28-7 loss in the I-95 Kickoff Classic at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.

"We worked hard on stopping that kid," said Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy, whose team beat St. Xavier of Cincinnati, 21-6, last weekend. "He's just a special player."

Second-ranked DeMatha, though, made sure it would not be a clean sweep in what was billed as a series of games between top private schools from Washington and Baltimore. Earlier Saturday, Spalding lost to Calvert Hall, 26-20, in triple overtime, while McNamara lost to Mount St. Joseph, 29-6.

DeMatha will play Gilman on Sept. 20.

Returning to the lineup after missing last season because of a serious knee injury, running back Delonte Morton rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead 36-yard score midway through the fourth quarter as the Stags escaped with a 45-31 victory over Loyola Blakefield.

Just getting back on the field has been therapeutic for Morton, a 6-foot-1, 249-pound bowling ball of a running back who already has accepted a scholarship offer to play for Maryland.

As his teammates practiced and played games last season, Morton was depressed. He ate. He slept. He ate a bit more. Unable to work out or run after tearing all of his right knee ligaments in a preseason practice, his weight ballooned to 280 pounds.

Since recovering from reconstructive surgery, Morton has lost 30 pounds, regained his speed and added some strength. The Stags needed Morton and all of their other rushers to pull out the victory after trailing 24-23 early in the final period.

Morton broke off a 25-yard run and Josh McPhearson had a 25-yarder, Two plays later, on second and 14 from the 36, Morton raced away from one defender who tried to pull him down by his white jersey and then burst from between two players who tried to grab him around the chest.

On his first touchdown, an eight-yard run up the middle in the first quarter, Morton appeared to line up a defender near the goal line, lowered his shoulder and simply ran over his opponent.

"A big guy like that, a big line, you don't want to let him get started," Loyola Coach Brian Abbott said. "He made some plays. He's a big hombre."

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