When DeMatha Has the Ball: The Stags have one of the Washington area's top rushers, senior Pat Mealy. He scored two touchdowns in the teams' first meeting and has proven tough to tackle, whether it is running between the tackles or to the outside.
DeMatha also has a budding star in sophomore wide receiver Kenny Tate. He had seven catches for 134 yards in the teams' first meeting, making several catches in the fourth quarter as the Stags rallied. Even when Good Counsel knew DeMatha had to throw, Tate was able to either get open or use his height to catch balls in traffic.
As good as DeMatha is offensively, Good Counsel is equally talented on defense. All-Met linebacker Akeem Hebron almost always is around the ball. If the Falcons can contain the running game, it is essential they are able to get pressure on quarterback Marc Poblador.
When Good Counsel Has the Ball: The Falcons were effective in the teams' first meeting largely because junior quarterback Zachary Ingle had perhaps his best game of the season. Ingle's confidence grew throughout the game as he ran the ball well when needed and picked out the correct receivers to throw to. He completed 14 of 19 passes for 176 yards and one touchdown and also rushed for two touchdowns.
Good Counsel rotates several running backs and it would help if any of them get hot. Otherwise, it could be up to the passing game to get the job done. Look for the Falcons to try to get talented wide receiver Drew Gloster the ball early and often, whether it is throwing the ball downfield or on screen passes or running the jet sweep.
-- Josh Barr
DeMathaAtt.Yds.Avg.TDMealy1571,5049.624Clements4345410.68 Good CounselParrott1216365.38Davis784816.29Com.-Att.-Int.Yds.TDPoblador (DeMatha)78-131-31,44711Ingle (Good Counsel)67-101-31,01512DeMathaRec.Yds.Avg.TDTate2249322.44Mealy1537424.93 Good CounselGloster2438416.05Jones1826614.83