It was a cold Friday night when No. 9 Gonzaga took on No. 6 Good Counsel with wind chills in the low 20’s in Olney, Md. with a spot in the WCAC Championship game on the line.
Gonzaga was the winner, by a score of 24-17. However, this game was one for the books.
Gonzaga controlled the game, putting the ball in Freshman Quarterback Caleb Williams, who finished 6-for-12 for 135 yards. Williams controlled the game and stayed calm and poised showing maturity that is rare for a freshman.
Gonzaga took a 10-7 lead into halftime with the touchdown’s coming from Good Counsel’s Latrele Palmer and Gonzaga’s Williams who scored on a six-yard run.
Good Counsel tied it up at the start of the second half, but Gonzaga began to break away soon after. Williams hit Maquire DiLenge for a 65-yard touchdown pass and then Lucas Warfield scored on an 18-yard touchdown run to ice the game for the Eagles.
They were able to win after holding off Good Counsel’s late attempt at a comeback to advance to Saturday’s championship game at Maryland Stadium in College Park.
In the other WCAC semifinal, No. 2 St. John’s was able to defeat No. 13 DeMatha in a rematch of last year’s championship to advance to their second straight WCAC title game.
The Cadet’s defense held strong for most of the game, only giving up 14 points to DeMatha’s high-powered offense. Some St. John’s players were disappointed the team only scored 17 points, but they credited their defense for stepping up and leading them to a second straight championship berth.
Both Gonzaga and St. John’s will be heavily motivated for this weekend’s title game, as both schools are huge rivals and have already faced each other once this year.
St. John’s dominated the first meeting on Nov. 4, winning 32-14 and if that doesn’t motivate Gonzaga this time around then it’s hard to see what can.
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