Weekend walk-through: D.C., privates

Top-ranked Good Counsel travels to Delaware to play Red Lion and highly touted quarterback David Sills, who committed to play at Southern Cal. as a 13-year-old seventh grader. (GINGER WALL/The Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal)

Top-ranked Good Counsel takes it high-powered offense on the road this week, but the most closely-watched player on the field Saturday night at the University of Delaware might not be one of the Falcons’ heavily-recruited prospects.

While All-Met wide receiver-defensive back Stefon Diggs and running back Wes Brown often attract the spotlight, so too does Red Lion Christian quarterback David Sills.

Just a freshman, Sills first made headlines as a 13-year-old seventh-grader when he verbally committed to play for Southern California. Sills is now in his second year as a starter for Red Lion, which is located in Bear, Del., just south of Wilmington.

“He’s pretty good,” Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy said, referencing Red Lion’s 41-6 victory over Annapolis Area Christian on Sept. 10. “They’re big and fast and nasty and the quarterback is really a good player. If he’s really a ninth-grader, I find that hard to believe. He gets it in the shotgun and gets it out and throws it anywhere on the field.”

Red Lion (2-2) has lost its past two games, while Good Counsel (4-0) enters with a 10-game winning streak. Diggs has been a threat every time he touches the ball and Milloy said he hopes Brown will play after he left early from last week’s 49-7 victory over Gonzaga because of a twisted ankle. Brown finished with just 25 yards on seven carries against Gonzaga.. . .

Among other private school games this weekend, St. John’s (2-2, 1-0 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference) plays at Carroll (3-1, 1-0) in a game that should help sort out the WCAC race. While Good Counsel has established itself as the top team in the league, the Cadets and Lions are among a group of contenders hoping to position themselves for a playoff run.. . .

In the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association, H.D. Woodson (1-3), three-time league champions, begins a stretch of games against local teams after three tough out-of-state games. The Warriors have struggled offensively and have been outscored 126-42 in four games this season.

In a nonleague game against Wilson (3-2), H.D. Woodson will have a chance to see where it stands compared to city competition. The Warriors have used both senior Darone Okolie and freshman Rashad Cooper at quarterback this season.


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