Bouncing back always has been part of the Prophet's repertoire, and it never was more evident than last week. He promised he would come roaring back after a dismal 6-7 start, and he came through with a 12-0 slate.
The Prophet was the only local prognosticator to predict a horror show for North County's home football opener, and unlike most other predictors he took Queen Anne's over Meade and Frederick to leave Severna Park at 2-0.
In the Prophet's bad news for North County, he said "it won't be pretty" and "it's a shame that their home opener is going to be spoiled." The sage took Northern of Calvert County by 21-13, and Northern rolled 38-8.
Queen Anne's was a Prophet pick over Meade at 20-13 to avenge a 34-0 drubbing from the year before and the Eastern Shore Lions survived 12-6 in OT.
The Prophet also predicted that perennial 4A powers Severna Park and Annapolis would be 0-2 and they are. Severna Park was picked to lose to Frederick, 21-20 (Frederick won 40-19) while Annapolis was expected to drop a close one to Randallstown, 20-13, because of the Rams' premier running back Larry Washington. Washington scored both TDs, and the Rams outlasted the Panthers, 14-6.
ARUNDEL AT ANNAPOLIS
7:30 p.m. Friday on United Cable TV of Annapolis. Co-Game of the Week.
While the law of averages is on the side of the visiting Wildcats (2-0), a much improved squad, the Prophet can't imagine the Panthers (0-2) losing a third straight game. Annapolis simply has too much talent, and its two losses have been to two playoff-caliber teams in Friendly of Prince George's County (2-0, ranked No. 8 in the state high school football poll) and Randallstown (2-0, ranked No. 5 in the state poll).
In contrast, Arundel has beaten two 0-2 teams in Bowie and Thomas Johnson of Frederick County. That's not to take anything away from Buddy Hepfer's Wildcats, but had Arundel played Friendly and Randallstown, it, too, would be 0-2.
Arundel hasn't beaten Annapolis since 1985 (17-7), the final year of the Troy Turner era, and was humbled 26-6 last fall in Gambrills. Rodney Stevens is a game-breaker, but he's no Turner, and Annapolis is long overdue.
Annapolis 21, Arundel 14.
OLD MILL AT SEVERNA PARK
7:30 p.m. Friday, Co-Game of the Week. Isn't it a shame we can't be in two places at one time? This game matches the Arundel at Annapolis battle in potential thrills.
Since 1980 the home-team Falcons (0-2) have gone 4-6 against their nemesis from mid-county, including last year's 13-0 loss to the Patriots (2-0). The Falcons last won in 1988, 22-15, the second in a row by Severna Park (13-7 in 1987).
You can count on this game being more than worth the price of admission. There are a few factors in favor of the Falcons.
First, Coach Andy Borland's guys have to win more than Old Mill does, and they are home. In addition, Old Mill has two straight shutouts and a third is highly unlikely, especially when it hasn't seen an offensive line like the one it will see tomorrow night.
At the same time, the Old Mill offense has sputtered and could have serious problems if it gets behind the Falcons, who are masters at running the clock.
No way the Falcons will go to 0-3 because they will come out with fire in their eyes, and they, too, will come back from the dead this night.
Severna Park 24, Old Mill 17.
BROADNECK AT MEADE
7 p.m. Friday. Visiting Broadneck (1-1) is sky-high after posting its first win by 21-0 over winless Chesapeake, while the host Mustangs (0-2) are frustrated after losing to North County, 6-3, and Queen Anne's, 12-6, in OT.
If this game was at Broadneck, the Prophet would take the Bruins, but it's at Meade. It's so close to call that the home turf and the Mustang defense will be the difference.
Broadneck was edged, 7-6, the first week by South River, and the Prophet believes the Meade defense is better than South River's. That Meade wishbone needs to be scrapped, but the defense is tough enough to win this one.
Meade 13, Broadneck 7.
CHESAPEAKE AT GLEN BURNIE
7 p.m. Friday. The Gophers (1-1) are coming off a 18-0 shutout of Northeast and after blanking the Cougars, 12-0, at Chesapeake (0-2) last fall, the goose eggs seem to be in order. Neither team has an offense to brag about.
Glen Burnie 14, Chesapeake 0.
QUEEN ANNE'S AT NORTH COUNTY
7 p.m. Friday. Got some good news for the Knights (1-1) this week. The visiting Lions may be 2-0, but they have trouble scoring -- 14-0 over Glen Burnie and 12-6 over Meade in OT.
So, you ask, what about North County scoring only 14 points, a 6-3 win over Meade and a 38-8 loss to Northern of Calvert County? That's true, but Meade has a good defense, and Northern, which plays like a 4A team, may be on course to win the state 3A title. And Knights coach Chuck Markiewicz carved out a 34-0 romp over Queen Anne's last year while he ran his run-and-shoot offense at Meade.
Look for Markiewicz to carry out the game plan to cage the Lions again.
North County,20,Queen Anne's 7.
BOYS' LATIN (0-1) AT ST. MARY'S