But Pikesville's toughest tests are ahead, beginning Thursday when it will visit Milford Mill. The Panthers will play host to Chesapeake of Baltimore County on Oct. 6 and will face Towson and Owings Mills later. Those four teams defeated Pikesville by an average margin of 32.25 points last year.
All of Pikesville's victories this season have come against teams that had losing records last season.
There is life after Brian Fordyce at C. Milton Wright.
Fordyce, the area's leading rusher last season with 1,705 yards, graduated last spring, and C. Milton Wright's offense figured to be in trouble.
But the 15th-ranked Mustangs (3-0) routed North Harford, 55-0, on Friday. C. Milton Wright, which scored 34 points in the second quarter against North Harford, has outscored its opponents, 101-19, this season.
Among C. Milton Wright's three wins is a 14-13 upset of No. 13 Aberdeen, the preseason favorite in Harford County.
Records, streaks and milestones: Top-ranked Poly's 14-0 victory over No. 5 Forest Park on Friday extended the area's longest winning streak to 12 games.
* Archbishop Spalding's 48-12 loss to Maret of Washington on Friday extended the area's longest losing streak to 14 games.
* Southwestern ended an 11-game winless streak and a 10-game losing streak with its 27-6 win over Archbishop Curley on Friday. Southwestern had not won since defeating Curley, 3-0, on the next-to-last weekend of 1988 season. The Sabers tied Northwestern, 6-6, the following week, before losing their next 10.
* Randallstown coach John Buchheister recorded his 100th career victory on Saturday, 22-14 over No. 7 Westminster, the school Buchheister graduated from in 1965. All but the last three of Buchheister's victories came at Milford Mill, where he coached for 12 years.
"It [the 100th win] really didn't matter that much to me," Buchheister said. "We would have won sooner or later. I'm just glad to get this game out of the way."
At North County, school records and firsts are accomplished regularly because the school just opened. But North County quarterback John Ray's accomplishment in Friday's 35-21 win over Queen Anne's was extraordinary.
Ray had the area's first 300-yard passing game this season, completing 27 of 50 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns in the run-and-shoot offense.
Top prep performances
* Most TDs: Sam Jones, Lake Clifton; Mike Branch, Patterson; Korey Singleton, Oakland Mills, 4.
* Longest TD rushing: Vernon Dawson, North County, 97 yards.
* Longest TD passing: Joe Speed, Dundalk, 77 yards to Mike Sowers.
* Longest kickoff return for a TD: Will Hercum, Calvert Hall, 92 yards.
* Longest punt return for a TD: Dana Smith, Southwestern, 60 yards.
* Longest interception return for a TD: Lawrence Worthington, Edgewood, 57 yards.
* Longest fumble recovery and run for a TD: Todd Hyer, Fallston, 53 yards.
* Longest field goal: Tom Welsch, Calvert Hall, 37 yards.
* Korey Singleton, Oakland Mills, 40 carries, 270 yards, 4 TDs.
* Mike Branch, Patterson, 25 carries, 230 yards, 4 TDs.
* Monte Bowens, Southwestern, 18 carries, 204 yards, 2 TDs.
* John Ray, North County, 27-for-50, 307 yards, 3 TDs.
* Dewayne Washington, Lake Clifton, 7-for-13, 201 yards, 4 TDs.
* Mike D'Andrea, Glenelg, 15-for-36, 183 yards.
* Sam Jones, Lake Clifton, 7 catches, 201 yards, 4 TDs.
* Damane Kimbrough, Southwestern, 3 catches, 90 yards, 1 TD.
* David Martin, North County, 7 catches, 85 yards, 1 TD.
* Rick Roe, Wilde Lake, 14 tackles, one sack, one interception.
* Jamal Cox, Gilman, 15 tackles.
* Michael Weinfeld, Gilman, 13 tackles.