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Good Counsel’s Running Game Proves Too Much for Jags



Thursday night's matchup between Northwest and Good Counsel was touted — if not by the coaches — by fans as the game to determine if the so-called “elite” private schools’ brand of football was indeed better than the best of Montgomery County’s public school teams. The public v private school matchup between Northwest and Our Lady of Good Counsel was a big game on everyone’s schedule. In the end, the Good Counsel’s running game proved too much for the Jags, as the Falcons beat Northwest 58-21 on Thursday night in Olney.

Whether one game can be considered conclusive as to answering the question; are the private school teams better, is up for debate. On Thursday night Good Counsel had six different players score. The Falcons are one of just three teams to score more than 50 points against Northwest.

The Jaguars came into Good Counsel unbeaten, riding a four-game winning streak, while the Falcons were 3-1, with a loss to Mount St. Joesph High School in Baltimore back on Sept. 8.

“That was a bit of humble pie,” said Northwest Head Coach Mike Neubeiser. “Our kids tried hard, but they were just too big and powerful. We couldn’t stop the run. They ran over us, and we couldn’t stop them.”

The Jags had first shot a scoring after Good Counsel won the coin toss and elected to kickoff. The Good Counsel defense forced a three and out, and the Jags punted. The Falcon’s Micha McNeil would return the punt 45 yards to set up Good Counsel in good field position at the Northwest 30-yard line for their opening drive.

In the opening drive, Falcon’s Latrele Palmer would run for 15 yards on two plays. Palmer, the junior at Good Counsel, would be a big part of the Falcon’s victory. On fourth Good Counsel’s senior quarterback Kamron Snell would find fellow senior Kamren Taylor in the flat for seven-yard pick which would get the ball to the Northwest eight-yard line.


Falcons’ senior running back Tremayn Stott would take the ball the final eight yards to draw first blood and put Good Counsel in front 7-0. The Falcons would never trail in the game.

However, Northwest would answer right back on their second play from scrimmage after a 17-yard kick return by Norval Black. The Jags senior quarterback Chris Craddock would find a wide-open A.J. Woods along the Good Counsel sideline, and he would outrun everyone for a 66-yard touchdown. However, the Jags wo