After a 30-minute delay because of a tornado warning in Annapolis, the Good Counsel Falcons took the field to play against St. Joseph Regional. The torrential rain briefly tapered off before coming back with vengeance. Good Counsel’s football team was just like the rain. They started slow, but in the second half took control of the game and won 14-10 Saturday night at Navy as part of the Patriot Classic.
On the Falcons’ first two drives the rain and soaked field may have been a 12th man for the Green Knights. Good Counsel’s first two drives resulted in fumbles inside its own 15-yard line. St. Joseph capitalized on the mistakes by racking up 10 quick points and the lead.
When the Falcons got into the locker room at halftime, head coach Bob Milloy was disgusted with his team.
“At halftime I told my team that this was the worst half of Good Counsel football I had seen since I’ve been here,” Milloy said.
The Falcons took the message to heart as forced the Green Knights into a fumble deep in their own territory. It set up a short touchdown scamper for senior running back Dorian O’Daniel to bring the Falcons within three points.
Good Counsel and the Green Knights traded field position during the rainstorm and the Falcons found themselves backed up at their own six-yard line with just seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The Falcons quickly dug themselves out the that hole when senior quarterback Brendan Marshall hit Kendall Fuller along the sideline for a 94-yard touchdown to give Good Counsel the lead for good.
“They responded and in the second half – as bad as they played in the first half they played as great in the second,” Milloy said. “It was a hard game … they’re a great team.
The Falcons are now 2-1 and have one more non-conference game before WCAC play begins. The brutal schedule is used to help “You get better if you can survive it,” according to Milloy. On Saturday night, the Falcons survived again.