Now, you know the Prophet rarely has a good opening week picking high school football games, and that explains his .500 start this year.
Last week the rage of a sage went a lackluster 7-7, but who expected Meade to win at Springbrook or Southern to lose to Calvert? No one, that's who.
Meade made the Prophet look like a horse's posterior by winning at Springbrook, 20-14, Saturday. The Prophet had six-time state champion (most in state history) Springbrook, 49-0, over the Mustangs, who were 1-9 a year ago.
"You blew what you called the mismatch of theyear," Norm Walker, president of the Meade Boosters Club, told the 24-Hour Sportsline on Saturday.
All the local prognosticators picked Southern to win at Calvert, with Coach Buck Gardner dodging career loss No. 100. Southern instead dropped a 20-12 decision.
And who would have expected all four of the county Class 4A schools that played at home to lose? Arundel, yes -- the Prophet was the only local sage to hit on that one, picking McDonough (Charles County) by 34-14, and it was 34-13 -- but not Annapolis, Severna Park and Broadneck.
Annapolis and Broadneck both lost to Class 3A schools, while Severna Park failed at home to give Coach Andy Borland his 100th win. Randallstown edged Annapolis, 18-17, on a controversial touchdown in the lastfive seconds on a fourth-and goal-situation (Prophet had Annapolis, 20-13).
Broadneck (Prophet's pick by 14-0) dropped a 6-3 game to South River in overtime, while High Point beat Severna Park, 22-14. The Prophet said Borland would get No. 100 by a score of 27-21.
Three more 4A teams, including Meade, won on the road when the Prophet predicted they would lose. Chesapeake won at Queen Anne's, 25-0 (Prophet had said Queen Anne's, 21-17) and Glen Burnie won at DuVal in Prince George's County, 13-8 (Prophet had DuVal, 24-20).
North County and Old Mill came through for the Prophet by winning on the road, withthe Knights roaring back in the final period to edge Oakland Mills, 22-21, in Howard County (Prophet had North County, 30-28) and the Patriots defeating LaPlata in Charles County, 24-13, (Prophet had Old Mill, 28-0).
"You said your big screen kept showing Damon Martin or Troy Ross diving for a game-winning touchdown, and I just want to letyou know that it was Ross diving for the game-winner from Reggie (Moore)," said Coach Chuck Markiewicz on the 24-hour Sportsline.
The other Prophet-picked winners were St. Mary's, Severn School, Catoctinof Frederick County and Chesapeake of Baltimore County. With the Prophet's picks in parentheses: St. Mary's ran its record to 2-0 with a 21-14 victory over John Carroll of Harford County (St. Mary's by 30-12) while Severn presented new head coach Jim Doyle his first win by 28-6 over Model School of Washington (Severn by 14-13).
With formerSevern coach Doug Williams at the helm, Catoctin kept Spalding's winless game streak going at 22 with a 32-6 rout of the Cavs (Catoctin by 21-13) and Baltimore County's Chesapeake humbled Northeast, 33-12 (Chesapeake by 21-6).
After having to pick 14 games last week, the Prophet feels like he's got the week off with just eight games to pick this weekend.
Meade (1-0) at Annapolis (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, "Game of the Week," on United Cable TV of Annapolis, Channel 36
It's only the second game of the season, but Annapolis faces a must-win situation if the Panthers have any playoff aspirations. An 0-2 start usually means being a spectator rather than a participant in mid-November.
Hayse Henderson's Mustangs should come in sky-high after their stunning upset at Springbrook, while the host Panthers are searching for their confidence.
Last week's Annapolis loss to Randallstown was a strange game. The Panthers' young corps of running backs allowed the hosts to dominate the Rams but lost because of a coupleof crucial fumbles and an interception.
If the Panthers can eliminate the mistakes and the low-percentage gambles they don't need to take, they will handle the 'Stangs. Kenny Walker will get his 100 yards and score for Meade, but Annapolis should win this game and restoreits image. Annapolis 24, Meade 14.
Chesapeake (1-0) at Old Mill (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday
I hate to break it to the visiting Cougars, but this is the last week they will get to look at a winning record in 1991.
Despite the fact that Coach Tom Kraning said on the 24-Hour Sportsline after his team's 25-0 romp over Queen Anne's, "We could have done a lot better and with Old Mill next week obviously wethink we can do a lot better."
Sounds good, Coach, but there is no way your guys win at Old Mill, where the Patriots are bigger and better. Last year Old Mill rolled, 42-14. Encore? Yep! Old Mill 35, Chesapeake 13.
Arundel (0-1) at North County (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday
After getting nailed by McDonough last week, 34-13, Coach Buddy Hepfer has to bring his Wildcats into North County for a meeting with a former player and assistant of his in Chuck Markiewicz.