Due to the rampage your local rage of a sage has been on, the time has come to upgrade the title of this all-seeing legend. From hence forth, it shall be Prop-HOT Pat and not Prophet Pat.
In the last three weeks, Prop-Hot Pat has gone an incredible 31-2, including last week's 9-1 slate in which the main man was the only local prognosticator to accurately call the Annapolis at Old Mill Class 4A high school football game.
Yes, there was only one man who tabbed Old Mill to win that "big game," and it was Prop-Hot Pat. And the winners easily covered the sage's four-point (14-10) spread, rolling to a 28-0 victory.
With that gutsy call, and the overall 9-1 card, the sage has now gone 37-9 in four weeks, and that figures out to a staggering percentage of .804.
Besides picking the "Game of the Week" in Annapolis at Old Mill, the Prop-Hot also hit on: Arundel 22, Broadneck 7 (Arundel 14-0); Fort Hill 52, Meade 0 (Fort Hill 35-0); Queen Anne's 25, Chesapeake 20 (Queen Anne's 28-14); Southern 28, Riverdale Baptist 0 (Southern 20-6); Severn School 21, Boys' Latin 8 (Severn 34-7); St. Mary's 28, Douglass of Baltimore 0 (St.
Mary's 50-0); Georgetown Prep 36, Northeast 0 (Georgetown Prep 30-0); and North County 33-0 over Calvert (North County 37-14).
Glen Burnie's Gophers gave the sage his only miss last week, as they won 17-8 at South River. The Prop-Hot had picked South River by 27-7. Most other prognosticators went with South River as well, but the Gophers surprised everybody.
But that's all right because the rage of a sage has made Glen Burnie part of this week's Game of the Week and the bright one with the funny looking turban has some bad news for the Gophers.
It's a 10-game slate this week and with the way the sage has been going, how could anyone doubt what you are about to read?
Arundel at Glen Burnie, 7 p.m. Friday. Game of the Week.
It's only the 5th week of the season, but this is a really "big game" for both these clubs, which stand at 3-1 each. The winners will put themselves in position to make a serious run for the Class 4A Region IV title that, for now, is in the front seat with 3-1 Old Mill.
Glen Burnie took a 27-26 thriller over the Wildcats at Arundel to snap a two-game losing streak to the Gambrills school. Arundel had won in 1988 (35-15) and 1987 (21-7) after dropping a 7-6 decision in 1986.
The Gophers no doubt have the home-field advantage, but that's about all, the way the Prophet sees it. While comparative schedules don't tell the sage a lot, each team's loss does.
You see, Glen Burnie has beaten three teams (Chesapeake, Northeast and South River) that have a combined 1-11 record. Arundel's three wins (Bowie, Thomas Johnson and Broadneck) have come over teams with a combined 3-9 mark. So, you can throw that angle out.
Looking at the games they've lost, Arundel dropped a 7-3 heart-breaker to Annapolis, while Glen Burnie was dominated by Queen Anne's, 14-0. The Prophet is convinced that Annapolis is a much better team than Queen Anne's and Arundel had chances to win that game.
Glen Burnie will have a lot of trouble containing Rodney Stevens, and the word is out that this Arundel team is for real while the Gophers are still very much suspect.
Arundel 17, Glen Burnie 14.
Southern at North County, 7 p.m. Friday.
Here are two more 3-1 teams, but until last week Southern had trouble scoring, while the Northern Knights have more ammunition in their run-and-gun offense than the U.S. Army. Knights' QB Johnny Ray has emerged as the county's No. 1 gunslinger and that could make for a long night for "them Dawgs" from Harwood.
Last week, Southern ripped Riverdale Baptist 28-0, but has been shut out once, and won by scores of 19-0 over John Carroll and 12-3 over Calvert. In four games, the Dawgs have outscored their opponents, 59-37.
North County has outscored its four opponents by 81-62, but eliminating their 38-8 loss to powerful and unbeaten Northern of Calvert County, the margin is 73-24.
There is one comparative score that tells it all. Southern defeated Calvert, 12-3, at home, but North County humbled the same Calvert squad on its home turf, 33-0.
North County 22, Southern 0.
Old Mill at Chesapeake, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The fact that winless Chesapeake (0-4) came back on Queen Anne's last week before bowing, 25-20, might carry over for a while and make it a game for the first period, but there is no way the Cougars can play four periods with the Patriots.
There is no question in the Prophet's mind that Old Mill (3-1) is the best team in the 4A League and this squad is determined to become the first football team in school history to make the playoffs. In addition, defensive coordinator Mike Marcus has instilled a lot of pride in his unit, which has three shutouts in the first four games, and just might get number four in this one.
Old Mill 34, Chesapeake 0.
Meade at Severna Park, 7:30 p.m. Friday.