Four games into his fourth season at Good Counsel, legendary coach Bob Milloy's rebuilding plan appears to be in its final stage.
The third-ranked Falcons are 4-0 with an average margin of victory of nearly 33 points and boast one of the area's most talent-laden rosters. It's got opposing coaches talking, even if Milloy isn't ready to discuss the possibility of winning a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship -- yet, anyway.
"We're no DeMatha yet," said Milloy, whose Falcons are 1-0 in the conference. "But we've gotten better every year. Everyone tells me we're this good or that good, but until we go out and prove it against the best teams in our conference, it's just talk."
The early returns suggest these Falcons may be the best of Milloy's tenure, with several highly touted players. They include linebackers Akeem Hebron (team-best 39 tackles), 6-foot-4, 210-pound twins Tommy and Deege Galt (both Maryland recruits), tailback Jerron Pearson (472 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns) and wide receivers Tyrell Jones (11 receptions for 163 yards) and Drew Gloster (nine for 157 yards).
The Falcons do have a weakness: Six players start on both sides of the ball, including quarterback-defensive back Reggie Gooch. But Milloy hopes to have that fixed soon.
"I'm hoping some of the second-string guys come along," Milloy said. "They got some playing time the past two weeks, so I hope they are ready in a couple of weeks."
That wouldn't be a moment too soon. The Falcons play No. 1 DeMatha on Oct. 15 and Gonzaga on Oct. 23. Those are the teams that have ended Good Counsel's season the past two years in the WCAC semifinals. St. John's, which has started 3-1, plays Good Counsel the week after the Gonzaga game.
-- Tarik El-Bashir