Rolling! That's what the Prophet is doing, football fans.
Prophet Pat is on another of his patented rolls that has made him not only the dean of local prognosticators, but the best as well. With last week's 10-1 card, the Rage of a Sage has ripped off a 22-1 record the last two weeks.
The Prophet has an overall record of 28-8. That's a lofty percentage of .778 in picking high school grid games.
The only miss by the Prophet came in the Archbishop Spalding at Maret of D.C. fiasco. After the Cavs played well at Douglass the week before, the Prophet thought they were ready to win their first game in two years.
It was another weak moment for the Prophet who sometimes picks with his heart, hoping one of the county teams that is down on its luck will come through.
Spalding, a Prophet pick by 13-6, came through with 12 points, but Maret scored 48.
The rest of the Prophet's picks were right on, including the St. Mary's shutout of Boys' Latin of Baltimore, 21-0 (Prophet pick was 21-0 and the Saints had a touchdown called back). Five teams covered his exclusive point spread.
With the Prophet's pick in parentheses, here are the clubs that covered for him last week: Wilde Lake, 34-0, over Southern (Wilde Lake, 28-0); Severna Park, 21-13, over Old Mill (Severna Park, 24-20); Glen Burnie 21, Chesapeake 7 (Glen Burnie, 14-0); North County 34, Queen Anne's 21 (North County, 20-7); and Severn, 35-7, over Virginia's Chincoteague (Severn, 21-7).
The Prophet expects to keep his hot streak going this week with what he sees as a gravy 10-game slate full of mismatches, with the exception of one game.
Annapolis at Old Mill, 7:30 p.m. Friday on United Cable TV of Annapolis. Game of the Week.
There is no question that this is the Game of the Week with Annapolis (1-2) visiting Old Mill (2-1). The two teams are legitimate contenders for the county Class 4A League title, and more importantly the Region IV title and the right to go on to postseason play.
With two evenly matched teams, there are a lot of ways to analyze this game. Let's start with the law of averages. Old Mill last beat Annapolis, 7-0, at Old Mill in 1983, Patriot coach Pete Regala's first year. The Pats were 8-2 that season with several All-County performers, including running back Brian Bucci, tackle Dave Allison and linebacker Rusty Gardner. Despite the record and the only county win over Arundel, the Pats didn't make the playoffs. Arundel did at 9-1 in the regular season.
Old Mill never gave Annapolis a game until last year. After the Regala debut, the Panthers rolled by 46-14 (1984), 52-0 (1985), 24-0 (1986), 28-7 (1987), and 21-7 (1988). Last fall, the Pats dropped an 8-7 heart-breaker as Panther coach Roy Brown went for the two points and win, and got it.
So, with six losses in a row to the Panthers and an excellent club, maybe the best team Regala has had since 1983, the Pats are long overdue.
The Prophet gives the edge to Annapolis in the trenches with the top running backs Ahmed Middleton of Annapolis and William Beverly of Old Mill even. And the defenses are even.
Usually big games are won in the trenches, unless one team has an edge at the skill positions. The Prophet believes Old Mill does with quarterback Eric Scott, pass receivers Tim Newby, Shawn Craig and Ernie Longazel plus kicker Steve Oliver.
That's not meant to take anything away from Annapolis quarterback Darryl Foote, who is having an excellent year with 22 completions in 44 attempts for 281 yards and two touchdowns. Foote is a good one and his prime target, Carlos Evans, who has nine receptions for 143 yards, is outstanding as well.
But the Prophet thinks Scott, 20-for-46 for 296 yards and two touchdowns, is the best quarterback in the league. He has a strong, accurate arm, can run and is an excellent leader.
Scott's passes to the 6-foot-4 Craig, who looks more like 6-foot-9. Stopping Scott to Craig will be of major concern to the Panthers, not to mention Beverly's running. On the other side, Annapolis with only 13 points in its first three games, including last week's 7-3 win over Arundel, has been shooting itself in the foot offensively this year.
Old Mill has outscored its opponents, 60-21. The Sage believes the Patriots will take a giant step toward making the playoffs.
Old Mill 14, Annapolis 10.
Glen Burnie at South River, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
This should be a pretty good football game for fans to watch. It should be a hitter with the better offense of the two winning.
South River (1-2) took last year's meeting at Glen Burnie (2-1) by 28-12, and with Chris Mesineo running and Jake Cameron at quarterback should win this time in Edgewater.
South River 27, Glen Burnie 7.
Broadneck at Arundel, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Arundel coach Buddy Hepfer owes his protege, Jeff Herrick, one. In his first season as Bruins' head coach last year, Herrick won only two games, one of them by 16-0 over his alma mater and the man he formerly assisted in Hepfer.