O’Daniel’s one-yard touchdown plunge had just tied the game in overtime, and while many of his teammates hustled off the field, the Clemson recruit barely had time to clasp hands with junior Kirk Garner before the tie-breaking extra point left sophomore Bryan Strittmatter’s foot.
O’Daniel finished with 142 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and Strittmatter’s game-ending kick provided the difference in No. 1 Good Counsel’s 20-19 overtime victory. A week after their 18-game winning streak ended with a nationally televised loss in Los Vegas, the Falcons rebounded to beat the Baltimore Sun’s top-ranked team in dramatic fashion.
“I was just sore the whole game,” said O’Daniel, who also played most of the defensive snaps at linebacker. “I knew the team needed me, so I had to step up through all the soreness, the tweaks, bumps and bruises that I have. You’ve just got to leave it all on the field.”