Most of the disappointment left the Good Counsel football team the moment Robinson left town on Friday night.
Following a 21-6 home loss that unseated the Falcons from The Post's No. 1 ranking, Coach Bob Milloy said he was confident his team could regroup against visiting Georgetown Prep tomorrow at 7 p.m. And that's because the most important objective of Good Counsel's season is still within reach: a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title.
"We talked about it," Milloy said. "[The Robinson game] was kind of like a Southeastern Conference team playing a Big Ten team. It was an out-of-conference game. We were a little embarrassed but they are a very good football team and we knew that going in."
Milloy said the No. 8 Falcons, who flirted with an undefeated season last year, are still working on developing an inexperienced offense -- particularly on the line, from which all but one starter graduated.
Meanwhile, Georgetown Prep is shaping up as a vastly different team than the one that lost to Good Counsel last season, 26-7. Winners of their first two games this year, the Little Hoyas have won six straight games dating to last season; they overcame a 14-point deficit in their opener against Fork Union Military Academy on Sept. 3.
Senior-laden Georgetown Prep is thriving behind a productive ground game. With All-Met tackle Andrew Phillips leading the way, tailbacks Chase Williams and Marcus Dowtin both are averaging better than 100 rushing yards a game.
"It's not like we're going to hand the ball off to one tailback every play," Coach Dan Paro said. "If you take that away from us we'll run through other guys. I don't think we're a one-dimensional team."
The move from the Interstate Athletic Conference to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association presents Georgetown Prep with an especially challenging schedule. After Good Counsel, the Little Hoyas will host Gilman, the top-ranked team in the Baltimore area that last week knocked off then-No. 2 DeMatha.
Kings for a Year
The annual battle for Germantown supremacy and possession of the Kings Trophy takes place tomorrow when No. 13 Seneca Valley hosts Northwest at 6:30 p.m. But because of Northwest's move up to the 4A classification, this year's installment lacks the traditional league title implications.
That doesn't, however, diminish the importance of a victory, especially considering the elite stature of both programs.
"It changes zero," Seneca Valley Coach Fred Kim said. "When we play them, the only thing we're concerned about is beating those guys."
The two teams have split the previous six games, and the last two meetings have been classics.
Last season, the teams exploded for a combined 1,025 yards of total offense, as Seneca Valley won, 36-35, and handed eventual 3A state champion Northwest its only defeat. In 2003, All-Met quarterback Ike Whitaker threw two second-half touchdowns to rally Northwest from a late 12-point deficit.
Both teams are coming off convincing wins in their respective openers last week. Seneca Valley defeated Wheaton, 35-7, and Northwest beat Churchill, 37-7.
Keep an Eye On . . .
Richard Montgomery hosts No. 11 Sherwood (2 p.m. Saturday) in a key Montgomery 4A East game. Sherwood handed Richard Montgomery a 36-24 loss last season, before the Rockets turned their season around with a six-game winning streak to earn a spot in the playoffs. Both teams are 1-0 this season.