Gaels get a rare victory over the Falcons, 26-14

Playing a Good Counsel program with whom it has battled for years with little success, No. 4 Mount St. Joseph traveled to Olney, Friday night, and knocked off the WCAC power, 26-14, to improve to 2-1 on the season.

The Gaels started with a big play, as Marlow Wax ripped off a 61-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter to push the Gaels on top, 7-0. Wax would go on to rush for 251 yards on 32 carries, helping keep drives going and allowing the Gaels to control time of possession.

In the second quarter, freshman quarterback Billy Atkins tossed the first of his three touchdown passes, as receiver Keyshawn Hailey found the end zone, from 25-yards out, for a 13-0.

After Good Counsel got on the scoreboard, MSJ took a 19-6 lead to the half with an acrobatic one-handed touchdown grab by Maurice Nelson, again from 25-yards out..

Good Counsel countered to creep within 19-14 entering the final quarter, but Matt McDonald capped the scoring with a 24-yard touchdown reception, with 10:15 remaining in the fourth quarter and the St. Joe defense made it stand up for the victory.

Atkins finished 12-for-30 for 135 yards and the three scores. Hailey was the Gaels’ top force on defense, recording five tackles for loss, collecting a sack, picking off a pass and forcing a fumble, which he recovered.