During Friday night’s nationally televised game in Las Vegas, Good Counsel looked like the dominant team D.C. area residents remembered from 2011 in three of the game’s four quarters. But sloppy and uncharacteristic play by the Falcons in the second quarter proved to be the difference. Bishop Gorman scored two touchdowns in the second quarter and held on to win, 27-22.
"We just played a better team tonight," Good Counsel coach Bob Milloy told reporters after the game. "They're a terrific team. We could have tackled better and that's something we'll work on."
Good Counsel struggled to stop Bishop Gorman quarterback Jarrett Solomon, who completed 13 of 22 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns. The TD passes were from 70, 27 and 19 yards. Solomon has committed to play for Arizona next fall.
Bishop Gorman’s Ryan Smith also had a big night, catching three passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Good Counsel was led by their big three of Brendan Marshall, Dorian O’Daniel and Kendall Fuller. Marshall completed 16 of 27 yards for 182 yards. O’Daniel carried the ball 20 times for 113 yards and three touchdowns while Fuller caught 7 passes for 78 yards.
Good Counsel (0-1) will look to get back into the win column next Friday at home against Gilman, who opens their season Sunday in Ohio against Archbishop Moeller.