Notes from Good Counsel/Loyola Scrimmage

TSR was on hand to watch several Maryland prospects at the Good Counsel/Loyola scrimmage.

As the sun was setting during Tuesday’s scrimmage between Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) and Loyola Blakefield (Towson, Md.) high schools, stars on both teams flickered, giving fans and scouts a preview of the apparent excitement to come this season. The first-string offenses/defenses on either team alternated 12-play series, which were followed by one set of downs each from the second- and third-string offenses/defenses.

The left side of Good Counsel’s defensive front eight – which featured Division 1 DE prospect Joe Rosenblatt, as well as the sporadically blitzing Carson Ingle (LB) – pressured Loyola QB Mike Fafoul early on, forcing him to throw a pick to Good Counsel CB/WR Stephon Diggs during Loyola’s first trip inside the red zone. That was the only interception Fafoul threw all night.

Fafoul picked apart the Good Counsel secondary in other instances, though, as he methodically led Loyola’s offense deep into Good Counsel territory on two different series, showing off his strong arm in the process. He connected for about a 60-yard pass with one of his talented receivers.

On Good Counsel’s first offensive series, junior RB Wes Brown peeled off a 70-yard touchdown run, and on Good Counsel’s first pass, QB Zach Dancel missed Diggs on a flare, throwing behind him.

Good Counsel back-up running back, sophomore Dorian O’Daniel, broke another 70-yard rushing touchdown within his team’s first few offensive plays.

On its second drive, the Loyola offense struggled, save for a few impressive Fafoul completions and another pass which was tipped by two Good Counsel defenders before a Loyola player reeled it in.

While Dancel started slow, he began to hit receivers consistently on Good Counsel’s second drive, steadily leading his offense down the field with his arm and his feet, although Diggs bumbled a pass in the back of the end zone during the same series.

Shortly before Good Counsel’s first-team offense took the sideline, Dancel fumbled the ball, but quickly recovered before getting sacked the only time in the game. The next few plays featured a one-yard Dancel touchdown scamper and a 70-yard pass to Diggs which reached the end zone.

“I thought [Dancel] started a little shaky on his passes, but he calmed down later,” said Good Counsel Head Coach Bob Milloy. “He’s a great leader. Having him out there is like having another coach on the field.”

In addition to Dancel, Fafoul showed poise throughout the scrimmage, hanging tough in the pocket—albeit tackling quarterbacks was off-limits—and delivering hard-thrown, precise passes to his receivers. “We had good pass protection,” Fafoul said. “We just got to work on our running game and make the right reads, and we’ll be fine.”

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