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PREVIEW: Good Counsel vs. DeMatha (MD)

October 1, 2012

The Good Counsel Falcons are set to take on the Dematha Stags this Friday. The Falcons come into the game ranked as the #26 team in the country (Rivals.com). This matchup features the last 9 WCAC champions. Dematha won the WCAC championship 6 years in a row from 2003-2008, while Our Lady of Good Counsel has won it the past 3 years (2009-2011). The Falcons and the Stags have met in every championship game except for the 2011 season. Good Counsel defeated the Stags 35-21 in last season’s battle.

The Good Counsel Falcons are fresh off of their perfect 12-0 season in 2011. The Falcons won the WCAC championship and look poised to do so again for the 4th straight season. The 2012 Falcon team features a load of Division I talent highlighted by the #6 player in the country (Rivals.com), Kendall Fuller. Fuller is ranked as the #1 defensive back prospect in the nation and has committed to play at Virginia Tech University. Kirk Garner will join Fuller in the secondary. Garner committed to the University of Virginia and is ranked as the #30 best cornerback prospect. The linebackers will be led by the #5 outside linebacker in the land in Dorian O’Daniel (Clemson commit). O’Daniel will also be the feature running back in the Falcon offense. He rushed for over 900 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2011. University of Virginia commit Brendan Marshall will be under center at quarterback. He threw for 13 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions last season. Fellow Virginia commit Andre Levrone will be on the other end of Marshall’s passes along with junior CJ Carroll. Good Counsel enters the game against Dematha with a 4-1 record, their lone loss coming at the hands of #25 Bishop Gorman.

The Dematha Stags are not stranger to the WCAC championship, having appeared in almost every championship game and have won it a staggering 19 times. The Stags 2011 campaign was not one of their best. Head Coach Elijah Brooks’ team went 6-4 in 2011 and 4-2 in conference play before losing to Gonzaga in the WCAC playoffs. The Stags lost their starting quarterback Roman Williams in the offseason when he transferred out of Dematha. Instead junior John Lovett will be under center for the Stags. Junior Mark Allen will lead the Stags running attack with sophomore Taiwan Deal acting as his backup. Lovett will throw to junior Cam Phillips at wide receiver. Phillips is a 6’2” and extremely athletic. Coach Brooks is not the only one to notice Phillips’ athletic skills as he is being recruited by some of the top programs in the country. The defense will be highlighted by junior linebacker Spencer Kleinrichert. Kleinrichert is currently fielding offers from Maryland and Massachusetts amongst other schools. The Stags will put their perfect 5-0 season on the line against the Falcons this Friday night.

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