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No. 1 Gilman tops Good Counsel in OT on Kasim Hill's third TD run of game

OLNEY — Everything worked so well for No. 1 Gilman early against Good Counsel. The Greyhounds ran and passed with ease, and their defense shut down the host Falcons.

In fact, that's why Gilman held a 22-0 lead late in the third quarter. Everything suddenly changed when Good Counsel put Travis Nannen in at quarterback. Nannen threw a scoring pass on the last play of the third quarter and three more in the fourth period to force overtime.

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But Gilman kept its poise. Quarterback Kasim Hill, who also threw for two touchdowns, ran for his third score of night on the first series of overtime, from 3 yards out to snap the tie. The top-ranked Greyhounds then stopped Good Counsel on its series and escaped with a wild 36-29 victory on Friday night.

"We just had to tell everyone to relax and do their job in [overtime]," Hill said. "We just picked up our tempo and we came back and we finished out the job. We kept fighting."

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In overtime, each team starts a series from the opponents' 25-yard line. Gilman needed just three plays to get a first-and-goal at the 3-yard line. Hill then had no trouble running it. Alex Cohill added the extra point for a 36-29 lead.

The Gilman defensive line got good pressure on Nannen when the Falcons got the ball back. John Fitzgerald sacked Nannen to set up a fourth-and-18, but a pass interference call on Gilman gave Good Counsel fourth-and-3 from the 18.

Nannen then threw a 6-yard pass to Owen Peters for a first down before Gilman (1-1) stiffened. Ellison Jordan sacked Nannen on second down, and the quarterback nearly threw a touchdown to Peters on fourth-and-17 from the 19 — but the catch was out of bounds.

"I'm really proud of our kids for how hard they played," Gilman coach Biff Poggi said. "There was another team over there, and those kids played great. Our kids didn't yield."

Nannen completed 14 of 24 passes for 257 yards and the four touchdowns in just over one quarter of action, almost single-handedly bringing Good Counsel (1-1) back after a very flat first three quarters.

Hill's work throughout the game proved too much for the Falcons to handle as the junior completed seven of 12 for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 30 yards and three 3-yard touchdowns and managed the Gilman offense effectively.

The Greyhounds took the lead on their first drive, mixing the run and pass to easily move 64 yards in five plays. Hill capped it off by rolling right and throwing a short pass to Thomas Booker, who bulled through some traffic for a 17-yard touchdown.

Cohill's extra point made it 7-0 with 8:32 left in the quarter. Gilman stretched that lead to 15-0 early in the second period when Hill again threw right, this time to Fitzgerald, who lowered his shoulder and got into the front part of the end zone for a 24-yard score.

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Cohill came on to kick again but the Falcons were called for offsides, so Gilman rolled the dice and went for two. The move worked as Dorian Maddox ran it in for the 15-point lead.

The Greyhounds scored another touchdown on their next possession on Hill's 3-yard run. His 51-yard pass to Korey Stevens set everything up two plays before as Gilman took a 22-0 lead into the break.

Nannen then gave the Falcons a lift in their 22-point fourth quarter. His final touchdown might have been the best, when he floated a 33-yard pass to Jonathan Wanat with 30 seconds left in the game. Sam Kwon kicked the extra point to tie the game at 29 and force overtime.

Gilman 36, Good Counsel 29 (OT)

G 7 15 0 7 7- 36

GC 0 0 7 22 0- 29

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GIL- Booker 17 pass from K. Hill (Cohill kick)

GIL- Fitzgerald 24 pass from K. Hill (Maddox run)

GIL- K. Hill 3 run (Cohill kick)

GC- Peters 15 pass from Nannen (Kwon kick)

GC- Pratt 38 pass from Nannen (Kwon kick)

GIL- K. Hill 3 run (Cohill kick)

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GC- Peters 23 pass from Nannen (Ibrahim run)

GC- Wanat 33 pass from Nannen (Kwon kick)

GIL- K. Hill 3 run (Cohill kick)


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