Your favorite prognosticator, Prophet Pat, closed out the fall high school sports season with a bang. The Prophet put up a 4-1 record in calling the playoff action in three sports.
Included in the 4-1 mark was a 1-1 effort in high school football, to close the Prophet's pigskin campaign at 73-28, a percentage of .723.
Overall, with a week off before jumping into his notorious six-packs in basketball, the Prophet now stands at 76-28, a .731 percentage.
His only miss was the Old Mill 17-7 loss to Thomas S. Wootton of Montgomery County in the state 4A football playoffs last Friday night.
The Prophet took Old Mill, 17-13, but had he known that star running back William Beverly would play very little while hobbled with an ankle injury, the sage would have gone with the visitors from Montgomery.
Not that Old Mill was a one-man team, but you just don't take a guy with a county-leading 20 touchdowns out of a big game and expect to win.
Beverly was too important to the Pats' offense for them to be effective without him.
The Prophet called the other playoff game right on the money, but it didn't take a genius to pick defending state champion Springbrook of Montgomery County over Severna Park. Springbrook senior Leonard Green ran wild as the Blue Devils ran over the Falcons, 34-3.
Springbrook was the Prophet's pick, 21-10, and easily covered the spread as Green got the call 29 times for 243 yards and five touchdowns, giving him a state-leading 27 6-pointers on the season.
Soccer was a piece of cake for the Prophet, who went with the Severna Park girls and against the Broadneck boys.
The Falcons reeled off their third straight 4A/3A state championship by 2-1 over Oakland Mills of Howard County after the rage of a sage had picked the winners, 2-0.
The Prophet called that pick "a definite," and it was.
Broadneck's boys were picked to lose to Bowie of Prince George's County in the state 4A final by 2-0, and lost 2-1 in overtime. The Bruins turned in an admirable effort but came up short.
Finally, the Prophet said of the Glen Burnie volleyball team and its shot at a first state championship against previously unbeaten Oxon Hill of Prince George's County: "Mission fulfilled! That's what it's going to be as the Gophers of Coach Juanita Murdock-Milani win their first state championship."
Glen Burnie was the Prophet pick by 3-1 and the Gophers went one better at 3-0, taking the coveted title by scores of 16-14, 15-9 and 15-6.
That put the lid on a perfect season at 18-0 and gave the Gopher seniors, most of whom played three years of varsity volleyball, an unforgettable moment.
So, until the first hoops' six-pack on Thursday, Dec. 6, the Prophet says have a great Thanksgiving.
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