Of all the words in the voluminous English language that Bob Milloy opted to use in describing his Our Lady of Good Counsel High School’s dominant, 21-3 win over Calvert Hall on Friday night, he went with “awful” without a moment’s hesitation.
“Well we’re happy we won but, you know, we played awful,” the ever-candid Milloy said.
Here are a few things that were not awful: the running backs, Perry Stefanelli and Chris Dawson, who combined for 291 yards on 38 carries, two touchdowns, and untold amounts of clock; the offensive line, which opened up holes wide enough for the duo to skip through, and keyed the game-sealing, 98-yard final scoring drive in the fourth quarter; the defense, which sacked Calvert Hall quarterbacks Kenji Bahar and Colar Kuhns eight times for a loss of 50 yards, picked off a pass that led to a short field and Good Counsel’s first touchdown, and allowed -40 yards of rushing. For those aspects of the game, Milloy allowed some praise.
“Our defense is strong and has been carrying us all year and we got a good line, offensively. We got good kids who run hard, good running backs who run hard, but if we don’t get our passing together we’re not going to do so well,” Milloy said. “We just got to do it.”
As Milloy pointed out, the one glaring inconsistency in the Falcons’ otherwise flawless game is the aerial attack, or lack thereof. First-year starter Bryan Strittmatter went just 3-7 for 37 yards, throwing one pass in the entire second half. But, with Stefanelli and Dawson chewing up 7.7 yards per carry, there wasn’t much need for anything through the air. And that’s without true starter Leo Ekwoge, who tore his ACL in the season-opener against Gilman and will miss the rest of the year. With him in the backfield, “that’s a problem,” Milloy said.
“I noticed that we couldn’t really pass the ball, so I had to make plays with the running game,” said Dawson, who scored on runs of 16 and 8 yards and piled up 117 of his yards in the second half. “I knew I had to run the ball hard. I got it so I took advantage of it.”
With conference play set to start next weekend, and the passing game struggling to produce, Dawson said he expects this kind of workload every weekend and Milloy did very little to dispel that notion.
“I’ll definitely be working hard this week and the rest of the season,” Dawson said. “I have tremendous blockers. I couldn’t ask for a better line. They do such a great job.”
“Our offensive line is very good,” Milloy said. “They’re big and they’re smart and they’re very good football players. And Perry and Chris, they’re not very big guys, but they’re good players.”
Good enough for more than 300 yards better than the entire Calvert Hall rushing attack.
As for the defense, which has allowed just 17 points from the starting unit in four games, “we’re just going to ride that horse for as long as we can,” Milloy said.
Good Counsel (3-1) 0 7 0 14 — 21
Calvert Hall (1-3) 0 3 0 0 — 3
CH — Jake Soriano 38 field goal
GC — Bryan Strittmatter 1 run (Bryan Strittmatter kick)
GC — Chris Dawson 16 run (Bryan Strittmatter kick)
GC — Chris Dawson 8 run (James Evans III kick)
Good Counsel — Perry Stefanelli 21-156; Chris Dawson 17-135; Bryan Strittmatter 11-24; CJ Carroll 1-13. Calvert Hall — Ben Oliver 2-4; Kevin Nickel 1-1; Damien Farmer 6-(-) 1; Kenji Bahar 5- (-) 17; Colar Kuhns 5- (-) 27.
Good Counsel — Bryan Strittmatter 3-7-37-0; Andres Castillo 1-1-15-0. Calvert Hall — Kenji Bahar 8-19-89-1; Colar Kuhns 5-8-78-0.
Good Counsel — Keon Paye 2-31; CJ Carroll 2-24. Calvert Hall — Erik Evans 3-56; Damien Farmer 3-45; Russell Neverdon 3-26; Morgan Scroggins 2-21; BJ Watson 1-12; Lawrence Cager 1-7.