As the 2010 football regular season came to a close yesterday in the WCAC, Archbishop Carroll High School celebrated Senior Day and hoped to end the festivities with a win over Good Counsel Saturday afternoon. A slew of critical mistakes, however, would prevent the Lions from completing an upset of Good Counsel, who cruised to a 42-0 victory.
A pooch kick by the Lions to start the game put Good Counsel in great field position. The Falcons started their first drive from mid-field, and easily got the offense going with a heavy dose of the run. The Falcons capped off that 50-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown run by junior running back Wes Brown.
On the following drive Carroll quarterback Jarid Brown converted a crucial fourth and nine situation to junior TE E.J. Norris, which landed them deep in Falcon territory. That drive, however, was put to an abrupt halt when Carroll fumbled on the 5-yard line giving the ball right back to Good Counsel.
The Falcons barely got back into attack mode when they committed a turnover of their own—a fumble on their own 25-yard line. The Lions offense was in prime position to capitalize on the turnover, but the Falcons defense tightened up and forced them into a four and out, which ended their scoring hopes on that drive.
Midway into the second quarter Carroll committed their second of five turnovers on the day. On the second play of the ensuing drive, Falcons linked up with sophomore wide-out Kendall Fuller for a 46-yard throw and catch. That was the first big play the Lions gave up on the day. Moments later, Brown cruised into the end zone with his second three-yard TD run of the day to put the Falcons up by 14.
After the Lions’ second straight three and out, the Falcons special teams stepped up it up a notch, and Stefon Diggs blocked a punt on Carroll’s 10-yard line. The Falcons recovered on the 1, and on the very next play quarterback Zach Dancel walked into the end zone untouched on a QB bootleg to make it a 21-0 advantage for the Good Counsel Falcons.
A nightmare ensued for the Carroll Lions when Diggs blocked his second punt of the day on Carroll’s very next drive. This led to Good Counsel’s fourth score of the game with 30 seconds left to go in the first half.
Good Counsel kept rolling after halftime with Wes Brown adding a 35-yard TD run to his stat sheet for his third of the day.Brown finished the game with 15 carries for 101 yards.
With a dark cloud looming over the Lions punter, the Good Counsel special teams came up big once more in the final quarter with another blocked punt—this time by Cole Atkinson, which led to their last TD of the day via a 5-yard run by sophomore running back Dorian O’Daniel.
The Good Counsel Falcons (8-2, 6-1) will face the Gonzaga Eagles (7-3, 5-2) in the first round of the WCAC Playoffs next week. The loss ends Carroll's season.