They all found out in the season opener.
“My first game, I shed a tear,” Bentley said. “As soon as I stepped on the field and strapped up my helmet, I knew everything was back. I just felt as if I was more ready, because when you’re on the sideline, you just prepare your mind.”
No opponent gave No. 1 Good Counsel a tougher defensive game this season than No. 7 DeMatha, and no DeMatha player has recorded more tackles this season than Bentley, a key figure in the teams’ rematch in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
Good Counsel (10-1) is aiming for a fourth consecutive title, the first such streak in school history. DeMatha (9-2) is in the final for the 15th time in 16 years after not reaching the championship last year. Good Counsel beat the Stags, 13-10 on Oct. 5 with an equally unyielding defense.
DeMatha Coach Elijah Brooks earlier this season referred to Bentley as the best-kept secret on the team, but word is getting out, even though the 6-foot-3, 256-pound junior captain with a team-high 106 tackles has no scholarship offers yet.
Sunday, 2 p.m. (at Navy)