The Prophet is back in the groove, pigskin fans.
After a dismal 4-5 week, Prophet Pat bounced back to go 8-2 in his high school football picks last week, running his overall record to 57-18, a percentage of .760.
Faced with only an eight-game card this week, the rage of a sage expects to breeze once again.
His only misses last week came in his botch of his "Upset of the Week" with the Glen Burnie Gophers, and the Southern Bulldogs burned the sage as well.
For the second week in a row, Glen Burnie made the Prophet look bad but barely. The rage of a sage took Broadneck in the "Upset of the Week" by 10-7 over the Gophers, but Glen Burnie got a touchdown in the final 1 minute, 20 seconds to edge the Bruins, 17-14.
The Prophet didn't think Southern could win at Chopticon in St. Mary's County on the latter's homecoming, so he went with the home team by 20-13 all the while hoping for the Dawgs to win. They did! Southern upset Chopticon, 16-15, for its fourth win against three losses.
As for the Prophet hits, he had eight -- his pick is in parentheses: Old Mill, 20-14, over Meade (Old Mill, 21-0); Severna Park, 19-14, over Arundel (Severna Park, 21-17); Damascus of Montgomery County 31, North County 12 (Damascus, 14-0 ); South River 21, Northeast 0 (South River, 35-0); Annapolis, 42-0, over Chesapeake (Annapolis, 21-7); St. Mary's 35, Archbishop Curley 15 (St. Mary's, 31-6); Southwestern, 59-2, over Archbishop Spalding (Southwestern, 28-0); and Severn, 48-16, over Douglass (Severn, 27-6).
St. Mary's at South River, Friday 7:30 p.m.
The visiting Saints will put their 8-0 record on the line in Edgewater tomorrow night against a tough South River team.
There is no question that this is the Saints' chance at gaining some long overdue respect, but they will have to do it against some tall odds.
It's South River's homecoming and the Seahawks are one of the area's better Class 3A schools at 4-3, including a victory over 4A Annapolis.
Neither coach, Brad Best at St. Mary's nor Dave Summey at South River, will have to worry about his team being up for this one. Anybody not up for a game like this may as well turn in the helmet and pads.
While the Prophet knows this one will go right down to the wire and that South River should have the edge because of home field, he's playing a hunch that it's going to be the Saints.
It has not been officially confirmed, but the Prophet is believed to have had a vision on Monday night in which a saintly woman appeared with two bodyguards. Those bodyguards resembled Shawn Harper (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) and Adam Funk (6-6, 280), St. Mary's hulking interior linemen who have enabled their running backs to average about 300 yards rushing each of the last two weeks.
The woman was singing "When the Saints Come Marching In" and had a bird (seahawk) in hand. Now, how can the Prophet go against the Saints?
St. Mary's ground attack will get the job done while its defense will prevent the big play.
St. Mary's 20, South River 15.
Glen Burnie at Annapolis, Friday 7:30 p.m. "Upset of the Week" on United Cable TV of Annapolis, Channel 19 at 9:30 p.m. (shown on tape-delay right after the game).
Can you believe the Prophet, who has been burned the last two weeks in his upset specials by the Gophers, is picking them to be upset once again?
Since picking Glen Burnie (6-1) to win the first three weeks of the season (and it did except for its opener at Queen Anne's, losing by 14-0), the sage has picked against the Gophers the last four weeks and been wrong all four times.
He won't be wrong this time because the host Panthers (3-4) want this one badly after being stunned 11-0 by the Gophers a year ago. The Annapolis seniors have lived with that one for a year and a win here and in the final week over Severna Park would make an otherwise disappointing season memorable.
"We're confident and our players are pumped up," said Panther coach Roy Brown. "We feel this is a better Glen Burnie team than the one that beat us a year ago, but we want them bad."
While the Prophet knows this is a fine Glen Burnie team, it has pulled off two squeakers in the last three weeks (19-14 over Arundel, then last week's 17-14 thriller at Broadneck), a third one might be a little much.
And this will be a squeaker.
Something to consider is that Annapolis has dropped two out of three (to Friendly and South River) at home this season, and it's hard to believe that the Panthers would lose three of four in the Cap City. This is the final home game for the seniors and that means something.
The Annapolis offense got its confidence back in last week's 42-0 drubbing of Chesapeake. It should be a night for the Panthers to remember.
Annapolis 20, Glen Burnie 16.
Severna Park at Broadneck, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
For sheer old-fashioned head butting, you can't beat this one. It will be a rough one, but the visiting Falcons (4-2) have too many guns for Jeff Herrick's hard-nosed Bruins (2-5).