Parity was supposed to have arrived in the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference this season, but top-ranked Poly apparently hasn't heard about it.
With Friday's 22-14 overtime victory over No. 4 Gilman, the Engineers are 2-0 in the league and have defeated the two teams considered to be their main challengers for the A Conference title. The previous week, Poly downed No. 6 Forest Park, 14-0.
Poly coach Augie Waibel said it is too early for the Engineers to relax, however.
"Everybody points toward us, so we have to be ready to play every week," he said. "That's what makes the A Conference a little tougher, especially this year, when it looks like anybody can knock anyone else off."
There is a four-way tie for second place in the conference at 2-1 among Gilman, Forest Park, No. 16 Cardinal Gibbons and Loyola. They are followed by Calvert Hall (1-1), McDonogh (1-2), No. 15 City (0-2) and Mount St. Joseph (0-3).
Records, streaks and milestones: Poly's victory over Gilman extended the area's longest winning streak to 13 games. No. 7 Patterson, which defeated Mervo on Friday, 29-6, has won 10 straight.
* Pikesville's 8-0 win over Milford Mill on Thursday was its first over the Millers since 1979.
* No. 18 Old Mill's 28-0 victory over No. 14 Annapolis on Friday was its first over the Panthers since 1983.
* Fort Hill of Cumberland rolled up 424 yards total offense in dealing Meade its worst loss in school history, 52-0.
* St. Mary's registered its third straight shutout on Friday, 28-0 over Douglass. The Saints, who are 4-0 after a 3-7 finish last season, have outscored their opponents, 63-0, in the past three games.
Obie knows rushing, but so does Antoine.
Obie Barnes Jr. of Forest Park, among the area's leading rushers, rushed for 223 yards and a touchdown in a 34-0 rout of Mount St. Joseph on Saturday. Barnes' teammate in the backfield, Antoine Burrell -- who had rushed for 200 yards and no touchdowns in his first three games -- ran for a career-high 210 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries.
Forest Park gained 470 yards on the ground and accumulated 553 yards total offense.
"He's also a middle linebacker, and I think that took a little away from his offense," Forest Park coach Obie Barnes Sr. said of Burrell. "[Saturday] he split his duties on defense, and we got the production from him that we wanted."
Patterson's Buddy Edmond would have become the area's second quarterback to pass for 300 yards in a game, but an apparent 92-yard touchdown pass was called back because of a clipping penalty in a 29-6 win over Mervo on Friday.
Edmond, who entered the game with a total of 273 yards passing in Patterson's first three games, completed 12 of 20 for 287 yards and four touchdowns. Charles Anderson caught eight passes for 224 yards -- including all four touchdown passes.
North County's John Ray has the area's only 300-yard passing game this season, 307 against Queen Anne's last week.
Korey Singleton of Oakland Mills had another big game on Friday. Singleton rushed for 272 yards and four touchdowns in the fifth-ranked Scorpions' 55-6 rout of Atholton. Singleton has gained 542 yards and has scored eight touchdowns in his past two games.
No. 2 Randallstown, under new coach John Buchheister, raised its record to 4-0 with a 40-6 rout of Lansdowne on Thursday.
But how is Ken Johnson, the man Buchheister replaced at Randallstown, doing?
Johnson, at Chesapeake of Baltimore County, also has guided his team to a 4-0 record after a 28-0 win over Loch Raven on Thursday.
Chesapeake began last season 0-3 -- losing to the same three teams it defeated the first three weeks of this season -- before winning six straight and finishing 6-4.
Chesapeake will visit Pikesville on Saturday in a meeting of the top two teams in the Baltimore County 1A-2A League.
Another Baltimore County team off to a quick start is Dundalk (4-0), which has had one winning season in the past seven years.
The Owls, who routed Kenwood, 42-6, on Thursday, have averaged 36 points in their first four games and have allowed an average of 8.25.