The 2012 season is off to a rocky start for Maryland high school football. Well, at least for two of the top dogs. Earlier this month, I had made a list breaking down the top 5 high school football teams from Maryland and Washington, D.C. The two big guys who were numbers one and two on the original list struggled against elite competition, which slightly alters the rankings. Here’s a breakdown of how the top 5 teams fared, but in an updated order.
1. Our Lady Of Good Counsel-(0-1)-Olney, Md.- The Falcons were faced with going to Sin City and playing one of the best teams in the country on national television. Also, there were reports that Bishop Gorman, who Good Counsel was playing, had tape of Falcon scrimmages from camp. So it was a tough situation to be in, but with the talent Good Counsel has, you still expect more.
Bishop Gorman (1-0) ended up winning by a score of 27-22, with all of the Falcon touchdowns coming on the ground courtesy of running back Dorian O’Daniel (Clemson). The phenom cornerback duo the Falcons boast, Kendall Fuller (Virginia Tech) and Kirk Garner (Virginia), was torched by the passing combo of Anu Solomon (Arizona) and Ryan Smith. Solomon was 13 of 17 passing for 248 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Smith caught 3 of those passes for 106 yards.
Good Counsel plays home versus Gilman (0-1) on Aug. 31.
2. Eastern Christian Academy-(2-0)-Elkton, Md.- ECA is now 2-0 on the year, having beat Strom Thurmond (0-1) (Johnston, S.C.) 39-35, then crushing Niagara Academy 62-3. Neither one of these wins is entirely impressive, but with the talent ECA has, and being 2-0, they belong at number two. Their next game is Sept. 1 on the road at West Catholic (0-1) in Philadelphia, Pa. Expect 3-0 by Sept. 2.
3. Gilman-(0-1)- Baltimore, Md.- Much like Good Counsel, Gilman had a tough task for week one. They had to travel on the road to Cincinnati to play one of the top teams in the country, Archbishop Moeller (1-0), on national television. The Greyhounds were down 28-0 at halftime before eventually losing 35-14. It’s only going to get much harder for Gilman because they play on the road at Good Counsel this week, then host national super power Don Bosco Prep (0-0) from Ramsey, N.J. the following week. Gilman needs to turn it around quickly or the entire season could (essentially) be over before their first win.
4. Friendship Collegiate Academy-(1-0)- Washington, D.C.-Not much to report here as the Knights rolled 21-6 over St. Johns High School. This wasn’t the most impressive win, but not bad for the first game of the season. Next up is Mount St. Joseph (0-1) Sept. 1.
5. Quince Orchard-(0-0)- Gaithersburg, Md.- Quince Orchard hasn’t played yet, so there’s not much to touch on. Their first game is on the road at Sherwood High School (0-0) in Silver Spring, Md. on Aug. 31.