Hitting on his "Upset of the Week," Prophet Pat put up a 6-2 card calling high school football games last week, dispelling attempts to "throw the rascal out" for one lousy card three weeks ago.
There is no question that the Prophet is back and all those who said he was losing it just because he had one bad week are nuts.
The local majority of prognosticators took a then 6-1 Glen Burnie team over 3-4 Annapolis, but the rage of a sage tabbed the host Panthers to pull off the "Upset of the Week," and they did by 26-6 over the Gophers.
Annapolis was a Prophet pick by 20-16.
In sharp contrast, the Prophet went with the crowd and took 8-0 St.
Mary's over South River, 20-15, but the Seahawks turned the tables totally upside down, 40-7.
No licensed sage took previously winless Chesapeake over Meade, including the Prophet, who predicted a 21-0 Mustang victory. Meade jumped out 12-0 in the first period, then took the rest of the night off as the Cougars rallied to win, 19-18, in OT.
Severna Park, Old Mill, North County, Severn and Queen Anne's all came through for the Prophet. With the Prophet's pick in parentheses, the sage hit on Severna Park by 10-6 over Broadneck (Severna Park, 24-7); Old Mill 20, Arundel 2 (Old Mill, 21-17); North County 27-6 over Northeast (North County, 34-13); Severn School 47-6 over Archbishop Spalding (Severn, 35-0) and Queen Anne's 15-11 over Southern.
The Prophet took Queen Anne's by 14-12 after noticing that the Eastern Shore Lions had fallen prey to a trend. Since the second week of the season, the Lions had won, lost, won, lost, won, lost and, yes, they followed the script and won over Southern.
Once again the Prophet has an eight-game card to slave over, and he feels good about a possible perfect slate: St. Mary's at Severn, Saturday at 2 p.m. "Upset of the Week."
Still smarting from last week's 40-7 humiliation at South River, the Saints (8-1) of Brad Best will invade Severn (6-2) in hopes of wrapping up the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference title, but the Prophet doesn't think they can do it.
Severn has a shot at being a tri-champion in the MSA C Conference with a win here and then next week in another home game against Southwestern of Baltimore. That scenario would in all likelihood leave Severn, St. Mary's and St. Paul's at 6-1 each and tri-champions.
It's not that the Prophet has a lot of faith in the Saints, because he hasn't, but it's a case of St. Mary's facing a team similar to the one that just beat them. Severn and South River each have a quick quarterback who can make things happen.
Severn's Kyong So is a lot like South River's Jake Cameron. They are both about 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, can run, throw and handle the ball well. Severn also has an outstanding running back tandem with Daniel Wu and Jason Wade.
St. Mary's has the edge in size, but Severn will out-quick and out-finesse them. The Saints have had trouble with three teams this season -- John Carroll (St. Mary's won 23-22 in OT), Southwestern (St. Mary's won 36-28 after falling behind 14-0) and South River (lost 40-7). Each of those clubs had a quarterback who could run and throw. So does Severn.
Severn 21, St. Mary's 20.
Severna Park at Glen Burnie, Friday at 7 p.m. "Game of the Day" For the first time in four weeks, the Prophet is not picking Glen Burnie (6-2) to come out on the short end of the "Upset of the Week" because there will be no upset here.
Severna Park (5-2) is playing as well as anyone in the county 4A League.
In fact, the Falcons of Andy Borland are the county league's only unbeaten team at 5-0 with Glen Burnie, Annapolis and Old Mill tied for second at 4-1 each.
The Falcons need two more wins to take the county title and Class 4A Region IV playoff berth, which they could take by a narrow margin if Old Mill was to lose in the last two weeks.
Glen Burnie was trounced by Severna Park, 33-6, last year and is reeling from last week's 26-6 loss at Annapolis in which the Gophers were intercepted six times. The Gophers can't match the Falcons' size and skill in the trenches and that's where they will get decisively beaten.
Severna Park 28, Glen Burnie 7.
Broadneck at Old Mill, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Despite the Bruins' 2-6 record, the host Pats (7-1) won't take them lightly because they are well aware that Broadneck is in every game, but comes up a bullet short. In contrast, Old Mill has too much ammunition and is never short on firepower with its passing and running game.
William Beverly of Old Mill goes into the game with 17 touchdowns, three short of the county record 20 set by Troy Turner of Arundel in 1985.
Beverly and his mates know that the count is down to just two more wins to become the school's first football playoff team, and they are not about to blow it now.
Old Mill 21, Broadneck 0.
Annapolis at Meade, Friday at 7 p.m.
Suddenly the Annapolis offense is smoking with 68 points in the last two weeks while Meade (1-7) is sputtering after showing signs of coming together in a 20-14 loss to Old Mill three weeks ago.