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With one dominating performance against a top Florida team, Our Lady of Good Counsel High School's football team reclaimed its usual position, atop The Gazette's football rankings in Montgomery County. Quince Orchard, which still hasn't played a game, dropped from the top spot to No. 2.

Good Counsel defeated Immokalee (Fla.) 33-0, showing it is still a contender in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference despite losing top running back Leo Ekwoge for the season to injury.

Good Counsel lost its opener, 20-14 to Gilman. The Falcons did not score any points after Ekwoge went down with the knee injury in the first half.

The public high schools open their season this weekend.

Montgomery County football

How they rank

1. Good Counsel Falcons, 1-1, 58 Last: def. Immokalee (Fla.), 33-0; Next: vs. St. Frances

2. Quince Orchard Cougars, 0-0, 56 Next: Clarksburg

3. Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles, 0-0, 48 Next: Wheaton

4. Damascus Swarmin' Hornets, 0-0, 41 Next: at Einstein

5. Bullis Bulldogs, 0-1, 32 Last: lost to St. John's, 42-0; Next: bye

6. Sherwood Warriors, 0-0, 27 Next: vs. Gaithersburg

7. Winston Churchill Bulldogs, 0-0, 26 Next: at Bethesda-Chevy Chase

8. Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas, 1-0, 16 Last: def. Fork Union (Va.), 57-24; Next:

9. Northwest Jaguars, 0-0, 12 Last: ; Next: at Magruder

10. Gaithersburg Trojans, 0-0, 6 Last: ; Next: vs. Sherwood

Also receiving votes: Thomas S. Wootton Patriots 4; James H. Blake Bengals 2; Paint Branch Panthers 1; Walt Whitman Vikings 1.

Best bet

No. 6 Sherwood vs. No. 10 Gaithersburg, 7 p.m. Saturday at Richard Montgomery. Sherwood and Gaithersburg are the only ranked teams playing each other, and whichever playoff contender wins this matchup is poised to claim several bonus points. The game features two of the county's top running backs: Gaithersburg's Solomon Vault and Sherwood's Elijah Spottswood. Gaithersburg went 3-7 last season, and Sherwood is breaking in a new coach, Chris Grier, so both teams face big questions entering this early test.

Leaders

Top rushers

Carries, Yards, Avg., TDs

Dage Davis, Geo. Prep, 22, 242, 11.0, 6

Perry Stefanelli, G. Counsel, 33, 154, 4.6, 0

Chris Dawson, G. Counsel, 32, 144, 4.5, 3

Brian Dolan, Geo. Prep, 12, 128, 10.6, 0

Top passers

Cmp-Att., Yards, Int., TDs

B. Strittmatter, G. Counsel, 11-22, 158, 2, 3

Wyatt Karem, Avalon, 13-22, 127, 0, 2

Dwayne Haskins, Bullis, 3-12, 29, 2, 0

Corey Howard, Geo. Prep, 2-9, 22, 0, 1

Top receivers

Catches, Yards, Avg., TDs

Myles Robinson, G. Counsel, 3, 69, 23.0, 1

Mike Gladney, Avalon, 3, 60, 20.0, 0

C.J. Carroll, G. Counsel, 3, 38, 12.7, 1

Khamari Williams, Avalon, 3, 35, 11.7, 1



Prince George's County football

How they rank

1. DeMatha Catholic Stags, 1-0, 60 Last: vs. Godby (Fla.); Next: at St. Joseph (N.J.)

2. Henry A. Wise Pumas, 0-0, 54 Next: vs. Frederick Douglass

3. Frederick Douglass Eagles, 0-0, 48 Next: vs. Wise

4. Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders, 0-0, 40 Next: vs. Gwynn Park

5. Suitland Rams, 0-0, 38 Next: vs. Potomac

6. Charles H. Flowers Jaguars, 0-0, 26 Next: at McKinley Tech

7. Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets, 0-0, 26 Next: vs. Eleanor Roosevelt

8. DuVal Tigers, 0-0, 13 Next: at Woodrow Wilson

9. Bishop McNamara Mustangs, 1-0, 13 Last: def. Mount St. Joseph, 51-42; Next: at Georgetown Prep

10. Friendly Patriots, 0-0, 9 Next: at Parkdale

Also receiving votes: Bowie Bulldogs 2; Potomac Wolverines 1.

Best bet

No. 3 Douglass vs. No. 2 Wise, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at PG Sports & Learning. In past four years, Wise ranks No. 4 in the state in playoff wins and Douglass is tied for No. 7. Wise won its first title and Douglass reached its second consecutive championship game last year. Now, they'll start with a little matter of proving which is the best public-school team in Upper Marlboro.

Leaders

Top rushers

Carries, Yards, Avg., TDs

Taiwan Deal, DeMatha, 37, 219, 5.9, 2

Lorenzo Harrison, DeMatha, 23, 161, 7.0, 1

Justin Baynes, R. Bapt., 10, 137, 13.7, 2

Ramar Williams, McNanama, 20, 131, 6.6, 3

Top passers

Cmp-Att., Yards, Int., TDs

Ramar Williams, McNamara, 19-25, 316, 0, 2

John Lovett, DeMatha, 16-28, 245, 0, 2

Amir Hall, R.Bapt., 3-7, 69, 1, 2

Bree Hart, Pallotti, 5-9, 34, 1, 0

Top receivers

Rec., Yards, Avg., TDs

Jordan Crockett, McNamara, 10, 211, 21.1, 3

Cameron Phillips, DeMatha, 8, 196, 24.5, 2

Camari Murray, McNamara, 9, 76, 8.4, 1

John Hightower, Riv. Bapt., 3, 69, 23.0, 2