Good Counsel football team opens season with loss -- Gazette.Net


The Our Lady of Good Counsel football team, despite a late comeback, finally saw its win streak end.

Good Counsel, ranked No. 7 in the nation by ESPN, lost at unranked, but nationally heralded Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 27-22, in a game televised by ESPN2 on Friday. The loss snaps an 18-game win streak that included a 12-0 record last season.

Dorian O’Daniel, a Clemson linebacker recruit, ran for three touchdowns — the final two in the last 13 minutes as Good Counsel rallied from a 27-8 deficit.

Gorman, which has won the last three Nevada 4A state championships, began the game with an 82-yard touchdown drive, but Good Counsel answered with an 85-yard drive capped by O’Daniel’s 8-yard touchdown run. Good Counsel quarterback Brendan Marshall (Virginia) completed 6 of 6 passes for 72 yards on the drive by mixing passes to Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech) and Kirk Garner (Virginia).

Holder C.J. Carroll took high snap on extra point and beat Gorman’s defenders to the pylon for the two-point conversion, giving Good Counsel its only lead of the game.

Later in the game, Carroll took a big hit while catching a screen pass. He initially attempted to stand, but full to the turf, where he received medical attention. Carroll walked to the sideline on his own and gave a thumbs up to the camera.

Good Counsel will be back on its home field next Friday, but will remain squarely in the spotlight as it takes on Baltimore powerhouse Gilman School. Good Counsel and Gilman were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in Maryland, respectively, in a preseason poll of high school sports reporters across the state.