Good Counsel 26,

Georgetown Prep 7

When Good Counsel's comfortable lead was challenged late yesterday at Georgetown Prep, the Falcons Bob Milloy did what any veteran coach would do in that situation: He handed the ball to the player who had put them ahead in the first place.

Jerron Pearson rushed eight times on No. 4 Good Counsel's critical 13-play drive to open the fourth quarter. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior capped it off with his fourth touchdown, squelching any hopes of a Little Hoyas' comeback and propelling the Falcons to a 26-7 victory.

Pearson finished with 163 yards on 26 carries. Junior linebacker Akeem Hebron recorded an interception and a game-high 13 tackles for a defense that limited No. 12 Georgetown Prep to 103 yards of total offense. Junior Tyrell Jones was stellar on special teams, returning one kickoff for 55 yards and another for 65 to set up a pair of scores.

The victory was the second in a row for Good Counsel (2-0) over four-time IAC champion Georgetown Prep (0-1). Last year, the Falcons' 22-0 victory broke the Little Hoyas' then area-long 30 game winning streak.

"They've only lost twice in the past five years, and it's been to us," Pearson said. "That says a lot about our program. We want to win every game this year, get to the playoffs and then take it from there."

But there was a stretch in the second half yesterday Milloy called "a little scary."

It began when Georgetown Prep sophomore Ryan Shuler turned the corner and burst 38 yards down the sideline for a touchdown that cut the Falcons' lead to 20-7 with 4 minutes 41 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Pearson then fumbled at midfield on the ensuing Good Counsel possession, and Prep began marching down the field, advancing to the Falcons 19-yard line. All of a sudden, Good Counsel was reeling.

But Prep's rally was cut short by Hebron, who made a diving interception deep in Falcons territory.

Milloy then turned to Pearson -- and he didn't disappoint. Pearson gained 64 of his team's 92 yards on the decisive drive. He punched it in from two yards out with 6:42 left to play, equaling his career best for touchdowns in a game.

"This was an impressive win for us," said Hebron, who suffered a bruised right elbow on the interception, but said it's not serious. "We were happy with how we played, but what happened in the second half showed that we still have a lot of work to do."

Georgetown Prep Coach Dan Paro said, "We had them on the run for a while in the second half. But in the end, the better team won."

A big part of Prep's problems were on special teams. Jones returned the opening kickoff to the Little Hoyas 23, and Pearson scored moments later from 14 yards. Jones's 65-yard return in the third quarter put the Falcons on the Little Hoyas 10. And once again, Pearson took advantage, scoring from 10 yards out to put the Falcons ahead 20-0.

Falcons quarterback Reggie Gooch scampers for first down. Teammate Jerron Pearson ran for 163 yards and four touchdowns to key victory.