Story by Allison Frick & Amory Brandon
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) -- On Sunday afternoon, Good Counsel's 10-1 season came to an end with a 26-14 victory over DeMatha. The win marked the Falcons' fourth consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) football title at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
"Our team played so great today," said head coach Bob Milloy after the game.
Standout performances from Virginia Tech commit Kendall Fuller and running back Dorian O'Daniel (Clemson) helped the Falcons rally and stand up to a relentless DeMatha defense. Milloy said Fuller's first touchdown refocused his squad.
"We got that touchdown ... and I think that kind of picked our kids back up. It was a hard fought game and our team played well."
Senior quarterback Brendan Marshall led the Falcons with 198 passing yards and 3 touchdowns, all connecting to Fuller. Fuller caught nine of Marshall's 15 completions for 129 yards in a dominant performance that concludes an exceptional high school career.
Good Counsel passing offense was bolstered with the familiar run support of senior Dorian O'Daniel. The Falcons offensive line overpowered DeMatha to allow O'Daniel to compile 117 yards on the ground, averaging over 5 yards per carry and one touchdown.
"The whole first half [DeMatha] really shut down our run game ... but I give credit to Kendall Fuller. He really led the team in passing and receiving yards ... During half time we made some adjustments ... and our run game was successful," said O'Daniel.
Conversely, DeMatha didn't have as much luck despite opening the game with a dominant first quarter performance, including an 85-yard drive. Winners of 14 of the last 22 WCAC finals, the Stags were overpowered by the Falcons' offense.
Looking back over his last high school season, Fuller said he has learned: "You just got to fight and play hard every week ... You may think that you have better talent, but each team's going to come out hard and play, so you've got to work hard every game."
Next up for Fuller and O'Daniel, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio.