So what did you expect, a great week from the Prophet in his initial attempt of the high school football season?
The Rage of a Sage just doesn't do well on his picks the first week, and last week he was 6-7 overall. The slate was the Prophet's first losing football week since 1988.
Not to make excuses, but the Prophet's state-of-the-art computerized crystal ball was overloaded.
You sports fans may not know it, but the Prophet put in some OT last week handicapping the elections.
Two of the three misses on Saturday were near hits as Severn's rally fell short in a 13-6 loss to Model School of D.C., and St. Mary's came through in a second OT to nip John Carroll of Harford County, 23-22. The Prophet had taken Severn by 14-0, and John Carroll by 20-14 over St. Mary's.
Glen Burnie, a 14-12 Prophet pick over Queen Anne's, was a letdown, losing to the Lions, 14-0.
Everybody missed on Annapolis, Broadneck and Severna Park, and nearly everyone did on Southern. Annapolis was a Prophet pick by 21-20 over Friendly, but it was the opposite at 21-0.
Broadneck was the unanimous choice of local prognosticators to down South River, but the Bruins faltered, 7-6. The Prophet had the Bruins by 14-13, and the Rage of a Sage also had Severna Park by a touchdown over High Point, but the visiting Eagles won, 19-13.
Southern was its usual unpredictable self in upsetting Calvert County, 12-3. The Prophet had taken Calvert, 14-6.
On the positive side of the ledger, the six hits by the sage featured the calling of four routs and two close ones. With the Prophet's pick in parentheses, here are his six bullets: North County 6-3 over Meade (North County 22-19); Arundel 14, Bowie 13 (Arundel 20-14); Chesapeake, Baltimore County 30, Northeast 6 (Chesapeake 14-0); St. Paul's 34-0 over Spalding (St. Paul's 28-7); Old Mill 33, LaPlata 0 (Old Mill 28-12) and Thomas Stone 35, Chesapeake of AA 6 (Stone by 20-7).
So, with none of that political bull to worry about this week, the Prophet has put together a hot card for high school football.
Annapolis (0-1) vs. Randallstown at Catonsville C.C.
1 p.m. Saturday: This is the only Saturday game involving a county team this weekend, and what a game it should be.
Randallstown opened under new coach John Buchheister, who moved from Milford Mill, by routing Lackey of Charles County 35-19, while Annapolis was beaten by Friendly, 21-0. The Prophet said "beaten" and not routed.
That game was a lot closer than the score, as Roy Brown's Panthers appear snake-bitten against the Prince George's County foe. Annapolis had one ball fumbled out of the end zone at the goal line and a 50-yard touchdown scamper was called back for a penalty.
Certainly this week, the Panthers will need at least three touchdowns to win because of the Rams' Larry Washington. This superb 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back was unstoppable in the Rams' opener, gaining 236 yards and two touchdowns on 12 attempts.
He was the difference a year ago as the Rams edged the Panthers at Annapolis, 14-13. The Prophet believes he will be the difference again because Washington is the best back in the metro area.
Unless Annapolis can score at least three touchdowns, it is going down a second straight week for a second year in a row. Randallstown 20, Annapolis 13.
Severna Park (0-1) at Frederick (0-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday: If the Prophet is right about Annapolis, then, the visiting Falcons still should be alive for a 4A Region IV playoff race despite only a nine-game schedule (everyone else plays 10) and a second straight loss here.
Severna Park dropped its opener at home to High Point, 19-13, while Frederick lost to Baltimore County's Perry Hall, 22-20, in OT.
Coach Andy Borland's Falcons nipped Frederick, 7-6, last year but that was at home, and with the two teams evenly matched the home-field advantage could be the difference again.
It may well be that the Falcons will drop their second in a row and be faced with winning the rest of their games before meeting Annapolis in the grand finale. History just may repeat itself. Frederick 21, Severna Park 20.
Queen Anne's (1-0) at Meade (0-1)
7 p.m. Friday: New Mustang coach Hayse Henderson may bear the brunt of last year's Meade victory over Queen Anne's this week. Meade destroyed Queen Anne's, 34-0, a year ago, and the Lions have waited a year for this one.
Queen Anne's defense shut out Glen Burnie, 14-0, last week while Meade's wishbone was broken by North County, 6-3. The "bone" should get a couple this week, but it won't be enough. Revenge is definitely a factor here for the Eastern Shore visitors. Queen Anne's 20, Meade 13.
Northern of Calvert County (1-0) at North County (1-0)
7 p.m. Friday: Sure hate to tell the new kids on the block, but the party is over. The Knights made their varsity debut last week with a 6-3 win over Meade and have been celebrating since.
It's a shame that their home opener is going to be spoiled by this hard-hitting bunch from Calvert County.