Bob Milloy enters his fifth season as head coach of Good Counsel and his 36th year as a football coach in the state of Maryland and expectations are higher than ever. Just one year after losing to DeMatha in the WCAC Championship, the Falcons are the favorite to climb to the top of the WCAC and return to the same field where a potential game-winning drive turned into a one-point loss. However, the 2005 Good Counsel football team is back and they look better than ever.
DCSportsFan.com was on location Thursday morning as the Falcons were taking part in the first of two practices under a scorching summer sun. It took about five whole minutes to see that this 2005 team is going to be something special.
Good Counsel finished 11-1 last year and 7-0 in the WCAC Conference. However, the depth of the Falcons is going to separate them from the pack. The Freshman and JV teams combined for a 17-2 record last year and a number of players have moved up to the Varsity. However, most will not see significant playing time, especially with the returning players that Bob Milloy has. We’ll start with the offense.
Junior quarterbacks Collin Stevens and Zack Ingle are competing for the starting nod two weeks into camp. And while the quarterback position is one of uncertainty, the running back and wide receiver position is looking more concrete than ever.
Tyrell Jones will be playing the slot for the Falcons and could be best offensive player this team has. Jones isn’t the biggest (6’3”, 210 lbs) or fastest player on the team, but as one man pointed out at practice today, “that kid is a football player.” Jones returned four punts for touchdowns last year with one coming as a game winner against DeMatha during the regular season. Jones, who will be wearing #4, can do just about anything and do it well.
Drew Gloster will line up as the outside receiver and has unlimited potential, especially with his size (6’4”, 225 lbs, 4.6 40-yard dash). An extremely sought after player, Gloster has received numerous offers and is in the process of deciding between Maryland, Virginia Tech, and Florida. Sean Parrot and Anthony Davis will be in the backfield. However, their success will have a lot to do with the play of the offensive line, which is only returning one starter in the 6’3”, 295-pound Nick Jenkins.
“We need a little work and people need to get off the ball a little faster, but last year at this time we looked twice as bad as we do now. We definitely look a lot better.”
The defense plays with an attacking style which is built around the terrorizing play of senior Akeem Hebron, who is heading to Georgia next year and is currently ranked the #47 high school player in the country by ESPN. Hebron, who will also be playing some fullback, will head up the defensive unit that will feature a number of offensive stars. Drew Gloster and Nick Jenkins will anchor the defensive line while Anthony Davis, who played safety last year, (5’11”, 225 lbs) joins Hebron at linebacker. Mike Austin will head up the defensive backfield.
The Falcons will begin their season against Mt. St. Joseph’s before taking on Robinson High School, whose team is ranked nationwide. Good Counsel’s first conference game will take place September 23rd against St. Johns.