The Good Counsel vs. DeMatha rivalry game is a showdown the entire community gets behind, as an estimated 6,000 fans packed the stands for this year’s contest. Good Counsel seemed to have the upper hand entering the game with a 4-1 record, while DeMatha was coming into the game off a loss the previous week. With Good Counsel ranked #2, everyone knew it was going to be an intense battle for the win.
Both defenses played strong through the first quarter, and it wasn’t until the second quarter that the DeMatha Stags got on the scoreboard with two touchdowns from Jacob Siwicki. Good Counsel answered those touchdowns with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown of their own. The Falcons made the score 14-13 with a 55-yard punt return, pulling within inches of the Stags. Both teams would score again, plus an additional touchdown from DeMatha, leaving the score at the end of the third quarter 28-21 Stags.
Good Counsel rallied with six minutes remaining in the game, running the ball into the end zone to tie things up at 28-28. DeMatha, however, would not be conquered. The Stags drove the ball toward the end zone, getting close enough for Michael Branthover to kick the fourth quarter game-winning field goal. DeMatha walked away with the win and the Great American Rivalry Series Championship trophy.
DeMatha’s team gathered in the end zone and took as knee as #21 Jacob Siwicki was announced the game MVP with 124 yards on 24 carries. Darien Harris then accepted the Great American Rivalry Series Championship trophy on behalf of his team, raising it above his head as his team cheered on.
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