Every Tuesday night, three members of the Galt family gather in front of the television for some quality time. But it's not to watch the latest DVD, and there's no pizza on the table.
Twin brothers Tommy and Deege Galt -- both standout defensive linemen for No. 2 Good Counsel -- and their father, Dwight Galt, the director of strength and conditioning of Maryland's athletic programs, pop in the video tape of the Falcons' previous game. Sometimes they watch it twice, and afterward Dwight Galt grades their performances.
"We watch the film and take notes, so we can see how they are progressing," the elder Galt said. "We used to get into arguments when they were in ninth and tenth grade. But now that they are seniors, it's hard to find anything they are doing wrong."
The family film sessions -- and a rigorous training regime designed by their father -- obviously has paid off for the Galts, who have unofficially committed to Maryland and are two of the biggest reasons the Falcons are 6-0, 3-0 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference headed into tonight's game against top-ranked DeMatha (5-0, 3-0).
The magnitude of tonight's game is not lost on the Galts, who were in elementary school the last time the Falcons defeated the Stags in the fall of 1996. To end the Stags' dominant run, Tommy, a 6-foot-5 defensive end who has recorded 30 tackles and three sacks, and Deege, a 6-4 defensive tackle who has 26 tackles and five sacks, must contain the Stags' vaunted ground attack.
"We feed off each other," Tommy Galt said of playing alongside his brother. "It pushes us to be better, because there's a little rivalry between us."
The past year has seen each of the Galts grow several inches and, perhaps more importantly, add about 30 pounds of muscle, thanks to high-calorie food and a steady diet of lifting weights, running and flexibility exercises.
"It's a huge to have my dad around," Deege Galt said. "He's just so supportive, whether it's during training or watching tape. People think that it puts pressure on us. But we look at it as having a big advantage over other players."
Note: DeMatha tailback Anthony Wiseman, the Stags' leading rusher a year ago, had season-ending surgery to repair a partially torn knee ligament and cartilage damage on Wednesday, DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor said yesterday. McGregor said the Maryland recruit could be ready for outdoor track season.
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