What a horrible week was had by the Prophet, who had a worse time with the stars than President Bush has had with Congress lately.
After a recent streak in which he went 39-4 over four weeks, the Prophet slipped badly to a 4-5 slate as Glen Burnie, South River, Broadneck, Queen Anne's and Northeast all burned him. But heck, sports fans, nothing is guaranteed, not even the A's sweeping the Reds in the World Series.
Despite the crummy card, the Rage of a Sage boasts a more than respectable overall record of 49-16, a percentage of .754.
Glen Burnie spoiled the Prophet's bid for a predicted major upset by blanking Meade, 16-0. The sage tabbed Meade in his "upset of the week" by 14-13, but the Stangs dropped several key passes, which prevented them from scoring.
Class 4A Annapolis was expected to defeat 3A South River at home (Prophet took Annapolis, 20-17), but the Seahawks posted the biggest win in Dave Summey's two years at the school, 21-13.
Southern was the Prophet's pick at home by 13-12 over Broadneck, but the Bruins prevailed, 22-16, and Queen Anne's was expected to lose at Arundel, 21-13. The Eastern Shore Lions instead shocked the Wildcats, 13-7.
The Prophet doesn't mind his fifth and final boo-boo by Northeast, because the sage was glad to see the Eagles win their first and against a non-county foe. The sage had the right score, 14-7, but the wrong team winning as he tabbed Fallston of Harford County.
On the bright side, the Prophet called Severna Park over Chesapeake (pick was 38-0) right as the Falcons rolled 35-13, and also hit on Old Mill, North County and St. Mary's.
Old Mill downed Thomas Stone, 13-7 (pick was Old Mill 28-7). North County ran and shot past Milford Mill, 21-7 (pick was 28-0), and St. Mary's routed Archbishop Spalding, 50-6 (pick was 35-0).
You can count on the Prophet getting his act back together with this week's 10-game slate.
Glen Burnie at Broadneck, 7:30 p.m. Friday. Upset of the Week.
This has been a great week for Broadneck's second-year head coach Jeff Herrick. Last Friday, Herrick's Bruins outlasted Southern, 22-16, on the Dawgs' home turf.
The following Sunday afternoon in Arnold, Herrick was inducted into the Anne Arundel Community College Sports Hall of Fame for his All-American prowess in football and baseball. That capped an emotionally high weekend for the coach who could be in store for some good things with his football team.
Despite its 2-4 record, the Bruins, who have been in every game this season, are capable of an upset of the 5-1 Gophers. Glen Burnie is a good team, but Broadneck is coming on at a time when the Gophers are due for a letdown.
Consider this. Since its tough 22-7 loss at Arundel on Sept. 28, the Bruins started to turn the corner the next week in a 14-6 homecoming loss to Annapolis, a game Broadneck could have won. The same old story of not being able to make the big play beset the Bruins once again, and they bowed to the Panthers.
Finally, after five frustrating losses, Broadneck did what it had to do to win at Southern, where the Dawgs went into the game at 3-2. Running back David Taylor led the way and will with the Bruins' defense tomorrow night in Cape St. Claire.
Yes, the Prophet is boldly picking against the Gophers and making them the underdogs in his upset special.
Broadneck 10, Glen Burnie 7.
Arundel at Severna Park, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The heat is on both these squads as they square off at George Roberts Stadium. The loser can kiss the playoffs goodbye.
Arundel comes in at 3-3 and certainly a fourth loss ends its slim hopes while 3-2 Severna Park can't afford another loss because of a nine-game schedule.
John Jennings, the Falcons' bulldozer-like running back who runs behind a relentless hard-driving line, will wear down the Wildcats by the end of the third period.
It's tempting to say that this is a match-up of the Wildcat speed and finesse against the Falcon power, but the truth is, the latter also has speed. Give the edge to the home-team Falcons.
Severna Park 21, Arundel 17.
Old Mill at Meade, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Meade (1-5) is much too erratic, although improved, to beat Old Mill's finely tuned machine.
The visiting Patriots (5-1) lead Class 4A Region IV, have the best back in the county in William Beverly, the best quarterback in Eric Scott and the best defense, plus a better than average kicking game.
No question the Prophet would have to be totally out of his mind to pick the Stangs in this one.
Old Mill 21, Meade 0.
North County at Damascus (Montgomery County), 7 p.m. Friday.
Here's where the first-year Knights of Chuck Markiewicz have their dream of winning Class 4A Region IV without playing all the big guys ended.
North County (5-1) is right up there with Old Mill and Glen Burnie for the region title and playoff berth as we jump into week No. 7, but it will be unlucky seven for the Knights.