For the second straight week, Prophet Pat hit on his "Upset Special" and roared to a 6-2 record last week in predicting high school football games.
A major upset and a game that could have gone either way cost the rage of a sage a perfect card, leaving his overall mark at 69-22 (.758).
On every one of his hits last week, your favorite prognosticator covered his exclusive point spread.
The Prophet's "Upset Special" was a one-point victory for Severn over St. Mary's in a crucial Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference game, and the Admirals came through, 7-6. And yes, the Prophet was the only local prophet to call for a Severn win, and as assistant Admirals' coach Jim Doyle said on the 24-Hour Sportsline (647-2499), "That was a great pick, Prophet."
Where the Prophet missed badly, along with everybody else, was on Northeast at Southern. The Dawgs were having a good season at 4-4 and were home against the then 1-7 Eagles, but the Prophet should have known that Southern would not win by 20-0 with the bizarre history this series has had.
"Pow! I got your crystal ball!" yelled Northeast coach Bart Rader into the Prophet's private line last Friday night after his Eagles stunned Southern, 8-6. "We got you, Prophet."
In the Prophet's other mishap, he took South River over North County, 27-25, only because the Seahawks were home in what figured to be an evenly matched contest. It was no surprise to anyone when the Knights outlasted the Seahawks, 25-20.
Moving to those other Prophet hot picks, here they are with his uncanny predictions in parentheses: Severna Park 31, Glen Burnie 26 (Severna Park 28-7); Old Mill 35-0 over Broadneck (Old Mill 21-0); Annapolis 14-6 over Meade ( Annapolis 13-7); Arundel over Chesapeake 30-13 (Arundel 14-0); and Archbishop Curley of Baltimore over winless Archbishop Spalding 25-7 (Curley 20-6).
This week is always wild because it's the final week of the regular season, which means the archrivals lock horns and anything can happen. But you can count on the Prophet to give you an accurate account of what to expect.
Last year, Prophet Pat fans will recall that the rage of a sage went 7-0 the final week. So, let's strap on the helmet and kick it off, pigskin fans.
Annapolis at Severna Park, Friday at 7:30 p.m. United Cable TV of Annapolis, Channel 19. "Co-Game of the Week" -- the other is Old Mill at Glen Burnie.
The county's oldest rivalry adds another page to its storied history tomorrow night, and it means something as it has most of the time over the years.
Several weeks ago when Annapolis fell to 2-4 after losing to South River, 21-13, this game appeared to have lost its luster. Even the most ardent Panther and Falcon fans felt this game would be a bore with Severna Park probably rolling over Annapolis.
But that changed as Roy Brown's Panthers have in his words "improved dramatically . . . and it shows a lot for our character" by winning three in a row over Chesapeake (42-0), Glen Burnie (20-6) and Meade (14-6).
Meanwhile, Severna Park continued to do its part and kept winning. Just as Annapolis had done, the Falcons lost their first two games of the season, but have won six in a row since.
All six Falcon wins have come in county 4A League play and coach Andy Borland's crew can win the county title outright and a 4A Region IV playoff berth as well. Severna Park absolutely has to win to make the playoffs.
Annapolis could gain at least co-county championship by upsetting its buddies, or tri-championship if it wins and Old Mill wins at Glen Burnie.
Both coaches agree that this game will be won on the line of scrimmage.
Severna Park assistant Russ Roberts says it will be vital for their guys "to put four quarters together. That's been our biggest complaint because we haven't been real consistent there."
However, head coach Borland guarantees, "We will play four quarters this Friday night."
Both head coaches agree that it will be a high-scoring contest, which usually means a low-scoring game. The reason for optimism is understandable with the way Annapolis has improved under offensive coordinator Billy Phoebus and the Falcons' consistent ability to score all season.
"I think Severna Park is the best team we have played this season," said Brown. "Their offensive line, execution wise, is the best we've played. They come off the football and don't back off, a tough football team."
Junior back John Jennings, the county's leading public school runner with 1,131 yards in eight games, runs behind the Falcons' precision-like front. The Prophet feels that line with Jennings and his mammoth shoulder pads, plus the home-field advantage, will bring victory to the Falcons.
It will be a can't-miss clash, but in the final period, the most consistent team over the course of the season will win this one.
Severna Park 21, Annapolis 15.
Old Mill at Glen Burnie, Friday at 7 p.m. "Upset Special" Gopher fans may not believe this, but guess who's going to take the Prophet's "Upset of the Week?"
That's right, those Gophers (6-3).