It wasn't a good week for the Prophet. He picked the winner in threeof six games, but two didn't cover his exclusive point spread, so I believe that comes out to a crummy 1-5.
Can you believe that?
The rage of a sage had been on a roll and was closing in on that coveted 70 percent accuracy rating at .691 until this 1-5 disaster that leaves the Prophet at .676 (144-69).
Chesapeake's girls lacrosse team, a club that has become a Prophet favorite, was the only one to come through. Coach Jim Buchan's Cougars hammered Annapolis, 13-6, Tuesday to more than cover the one-point spread.
St. Mary's boys stick team and the Northeast softball team weren't as considerate. St.Mary's dropped an 11-10 overtime cliffhanger to top-ranked Loyola ofTowson last Saturday. The Prophet said the Dons would beat the Saints by at least two goals so that one goes in the "L" column.
And the Prophet took the Northeast softball powerhouse by two runs over upset-minded North County. So what do you think happened?
Well, Northeast gave up its first run of the season and only won by 2-1. That's what happened.
Three dead misses were suffered by the sage, two inboys lacrosse and one in baseball. Severn's boys stick team upset Boys' Latin, 7-6, Saturday in the rain, which was an equalizer in the Prophet's opinion, and he has no control over the weather, and Annapolis ripped Broadneck, 6-1.
In baseball, the Prophet went with the consensus favorite in Old Mill over Severna Park by two runs, but instead it was the Falcons, 7-5. Severna Park is a much better club than the Prophet thought.
Despite the slump, the Prophet is not down, just disappointed, and he promises not to let last week's effort affect this week's picks. The Prophet always bounces back.
Northeast vs. Old Mill
7 p.m. Friday at Joe Cannon Stadium: The very first high school baseball game played at the new Joe Cannon Stadium tomorrow night should be a good one with these two excellent teams.
Northeast is having the better of it at 10-0, while Old Mill, at 6-3, has been inconsistent but certainly capable of dealing the Eagles their first loss.
The Eagles of Coach Harry Lentz made it 10 in a row Tuesday with a 16-3 rout of Meade, as senior right-hander CharlieBuckheit notched his fifth win. It's likely that Lentz will bring Buckheit back Friday night.
It's interesting to note that Buckheit was the starting pitcher for the Oriolelanders against the Arundel Suns in the 11th annual Anne Arundel County Sun All Star Baseball Game on Sept. 16 in what was the very first game played at the new stadium.
Tomorrow night he takes the hill for his high school team that isripe to get beat in the Prophet's opinion. It's been on a roll and meets a good club that has been struggling. Old Mill is due to get going.
Look for the Patriot bats to come alive in this one.
Old Mill plus 1 over Northeast.
ARUNDEL AT CALVERT HALL
3:45 p.m. Friday: This game matches one of Anne Arundel's best against one of the Maryland Scholastic Association's best and its defending A Conference champion. Also, it's a matchup of the fifth-ranked team in Arundel (8-1) against the No. 4 in Calvert Hall (10-2).
The game is at the Hall in Towson, where those Cardinals are extra tough and where they seem to hit that baseball very well.
While the game is important to Arundel, it's really not as important as yesterday's game with Chesapeake and Monday's showdown with Severna Park. Coach Bernie Walter has to be more concerned about his pitching for the two county games thanthis non-league affair.
The Cats will make a good showing but bowon the road in a close one.
Calvert Hall plus 1 over Arundel.
SEVERNA PARK AT ARUNDEL
3:45 p.m. Monday: Severna Park (6-1) already has beaten defending county and 4A Region IV champion Old Mill (7-5) and now gets a chance at the other main contender in Arundel (8-1).
This game could go a long way to determining who ends up with the top seed and home-field advantage in the region playoffs. Led by junior pitcher/shortstop Rob McCandless, the visiting Falcons have their best club in more than a decade, but unfortunately for them this firstone against the Wildcats is at Arundel.
The Prophet has a hunch that Arundel shortstop Scott Young will sparkle for the 'Cats in this one and catcher Dusty Oldfather will whack one out of the park and have a big day with the bat. Young has played in the shadow of McCandless and Old Mill's shortstop Eric Scott, and now it's his time to shine.
Arundel plus 1 over Severna Park.
Chesapeake at Severna Park
5:30 p.m. Friday: Here it is, the "Upset of the Week," as the upstart Chesapeake Cougars (7-0) of Coach Jim Buchan terminate the Falcons' incredible 57-game winning streak.
Severna Park(6-0) has not lost in four years, while Chesapeake has a streak of its own dating back to last year. The Cougars have won 12 in a row, including Tuesday's 13-6 victory over Annapolis, in which they held thePanthers scoreless in the second half.