The rain poured down mostly all afternoon. A beam of sunlight broke through just as the referees were flipping the coin, but the game was still slippery.
Our Lady of Good Counsel
#24 Wesley Brown: This class of 2012 running back showed great patience and explosiveness from of the back field. Good Counsel ran tosses and sweeps to get to the outside away from their big inside linemen, and Brown had great vision while setting up his runs.
Brown had 23 carries for 192 yard, but did not score a touchdown for the first game this year. He broke some runs that set up scores, but lacked the breakaway speed. In the first quarter, he failed to see touches at the goal line. He has the ability to keep running after contact because of his balance, and he also required multiple defenders to take him down. At the end of the game, he proved he could hold the ball even as St. Johns was going for strips.
Maryland has shown early interest in Brown.
#1 Louis Young: This class of 2010 cornerback is one of the top recruits in the nation. Utilizing his athleticism, Good Counsel coaches play Young almost every down of the game at wide receiver on offense. On defense, Young lined up most of the game against St. Johns star 2011 wide receiver Kristopher Drummond. St. Johns challenged him deep all game, often overthrowing the target. Young played the receivers physically and rarely gave up a step. He positions himself well on an overthrow allowing him a better chance to intercept the pass. Young was also used to rush the passer. His quickness got him around the defensive line untouched, and he hit the quarterback as he threw.
Young had two catches on offense for 43 yards, including a 36-yard pass from Dancel. Young was the fastest player on offense and was able to get separation from defenders with ease. He also used his size to block other defensive backs, including springing Brown for an 11-yard run on a toss to his side.
#3 Zach Dancel: Good Counsel's class of 2011 quarterback gains yards both with his arm and his feet. He completed 4-11 passes for 75 yards and gained 22 yards on seven carries. Good Counsel coaches relied on Dancel to use his feet during key third downs. Passing the ball, coaches liked to get Dancel to the left hash and boot leg him back to the right. He threw well across his body, but lost accuracy the farther he tried to throw the ball. He did connect deep to Young for 36-yards. Dancel has the ability to avoid the rush and make plays on the move.
#6 Blake Countess: With the depth at defensive backs for Good Counsel, this 2012 cornerback sees sparing time. He didn't play any of the 1st quarter, but saw his first action in the 2nd quarter. Countess is used on special teams. He is quick down the field, and almost blocked a punt, getting around the ends untouched.
#7 Stefon Diggs: Diggs did not dress for the second week in a row. He last saw action primarily as a decoy against Dematha.
St. Johns D.C.
#70 Kortlan Jackson: This large offensive guard of the 2010 class was key to the St. John's offense. On many short yardage gains, a run play would be called behind him where he would often get the push for the first down. His versatility allows his coaches to play him on both sides of the center to direct the run play. He also came in on defense at the end of the first half to help get pressure on the quarterback.
#11 Kristopher Drummond: The tall wide receiver has long arms and good speed to get down field. He was up against Louis Young most of the game, and the offense was looking for ways to get the ball in his hands. He dropped one wide receiver screen, but caught his first that he was able to work into a first down. Drummond was able to get separation deep but was overthrown multiple times.
#40 Kevin McReynolds: This class of 2011 defensive tackle has power and range. He was often the reason for the collapse of the pocket on the quarterback. He forces teams to run to the outside, away from him. He goes hard until the end of the play and hustles to be a part of the tackle.
McReynolds has multiple offers, but considers Maryland a hometown favorite.
#60 Andre Monroe: This 2010 defensive tackle is a Maryland commit. He has the capability of getting through the offensive line and causing trouble for the backfield. The offensive play call appeared to be directed away from the middle of the defense, with Monroe and McReynolds there. Monroe showed his strength in his few snaps on the offensive line.
Monroe has committed to play at Maryland.