For a team that has completely altered its offense since the season's beginning, making a few changes to adapt to a rainy night and muddy field was hardly a problem. And after last night's 19-0 victory over visiting Gonzaga, Good Counsel is poised to challenge third-ranked DeMatha for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference regular season title.
Tyrell Jones, who began the season at quarterback before moving to wide receiver after two games, caught a 35-yard touchdown pass to break a scoreless tie in the third quarter. Then Anthony Davis took over, rushing for 89 of his season-high 100 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as the Falcons (6-2, 5-0) won their fifth consecutive game after consecutive losses in September.
Good Counsel and DeMatha are the only teams undefeated in league play; they meet Nov. 5.
"We just had to come together and regroup," said All-Met linebacker Akeem Hebron, who had one of Good Counsel's four sacks. "We started playing like we were supposed to. We're playing together as a team on defense."
And they're playing as a team on offense. After the consecutive losses, Good Counsel put four new starters on the offensive line. Coach Bob Milloy said he also started to rotate three tailbacks and two fullbacks. Jones moved to wide receiver, and junior Zachary Ingle became the starting quarterback. After struggling early last night, the Falcons got going after halftime.
Good Counsel missed a field goal on its first possession of the third quarter but got the ball in good field position after sacks by Matt Burch and Cory Boatman forced a punt. On third and 10 from the 35, Ingle passed to Jones in the right flat, and he broke two tackles before running down the sideline for the score.
With a 6-0 lead, the Falcons turned to Davis, who usually plays fullback but moved to tailback because of the poor field conditions, with Teddy Hall going in at fullback to help block.
On the Falcons' following possession, Davis, a 5-foot-11, 235-pound senior who this week committed to play for Connecticut, rushed on four consecutive plays for 43 yards. He scored on an eight-yard run to the left to make it 12-0.
After another punt by Gonzaga (5-3, 3-2), Davis again did most of the work. He carried on six of nine plays, scoring on a 12-yard run up the middle. It was his biggest output of the season; previously he had not carried more than 11 times or for more than 50 yards.
"He's a mudder," Milloy said. "He runs hard. He's 230 pounds, compared to the other three [tailbacks], who are 160. We've got little tailbacks, and they're too little in the mud. We went with the jumbo backfield, and they did pretty well."