Before Friday’s game against No. 1 Good Counsel, Gonzaga Coach Aaron Brady had a message for his Eagles:
“Don’t be surprised if you’re up 14-0. Expect it.”
Strange advice, given the 16th-ranked Eagles hadn’t beaten Good Counsel since 2002. In fact, no one in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference had been able to defeat the four-time reigning conference champs in a regular season game since 2010, when DeMatha turned the trick.
But not four minutes into Friday night’s game in Olney, Brady’s Eagles were up by that score. They never relinquished the lead or let the momentum swing in the favor of the Falcons (3-2, 0-1 WCAC) for long, and they kept Good Counsel at a consistent arm’s length through a 30-20 win.
“It wasn’t a surprise for us,” said Eagles wide receiver Marcus Lewis. “We may never stop smiling about this one. I’m telling my kids about this.”
Thanks to Lewis, it was Gonzaga doing the surprising early on. The junior returned the opening kickoff 94 yards to put his team up seven just seconds in. Good Counsel fumbled four downs later, leading to a touchdown from Eagles running back Robbie Walker.