Coming off still another 70 percent or better week at 8-3 (.727), the Prophet has a shocker or two for you this week. But let's recap last week first.
The rage of a sage missed on Annapolis, St. Mary's and South River, but was darned accurate on the other eight games, running his overall mark to 37-16 (.698).
Annapolis was the Prophet's pick by 17-14 over Arundel but instead got upset by the Wildcats in the final minute, 15-13.
St. Mary'swas the Prophet's choice over Southwestern of Baltimore, 28-7, but the host Sabres won, 23-14.
The Prophet didn't mind the South Rivermiss at all. He never minds missing when one of the county teams knocks off an outsider as the Hawks did in handing Randallstown a 27-14 defeat at Catonsville Community College.
As for the eight games hit dead center by the "sagester," here they are with his picks in parentheses: Old Mill 3, North County 0 (Old Mill, 21-13); Severna Park 26, Glen Burnie 8 (Severna Park, 26-10); Meade 33, Chesapeake 7 (Meade, 28-6); Cambridge-South Dorchester 14, Northeast 6 (Cambridge, 34-14); St. Paul's 41, Archbishop Spalding 0 (St. Paul's, 28-0); McDonoughof Charles County 43, Southern 13 (McDonough, 35-10); Severn 47, Archbishop Curley 11 (Severn, 27-6); and Broadneck 19, Queen Anne's 7 (Broadneck, 14-13).
Meade (3-2) at Severna Park (3-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday. "Upset No. 1 of the Week"
Yes, the Prophet believes thatthe Mustangs will stun the Falcons on their home turf and ruin homecoming in a game that will go right down to the wire.
Just as they did a year ago in a tough 29-13 win, the host Falcons will have a lotof trouble containing the 'Stangs' sophomore sensation, Kenny Walker. Walker will be a marked man as will the Falcons' John Jennings, butWalker's exceptionally shifty moves and speed will free him for longgains a couple of times.
In their 17-14 loss to Old Mill on Sept.20, the Falcons were driven nuts by the Patriots' shifty Harold Peters. Peters is similar to Walker in size and style with Peters at 5-11and 175 pounds, and Walker at 5-10 and 175.
Both these teams havebeen gaining momentum, but this is going to be the Mustangs' night. Meade 24, Severna Park 23.
Annapolis (3-2) at Glen Burnie (3-2), 7 p.m. Friday.
It was two years ago on this same Pop Whalen Field that the Gophers stunned Annapolis, 11-0. The Panthers avenged that shocking loss by defeating the Gophers, 26-6, last fall.
You can bet that Annapolis coach Roy Brown will have that 11-0 game in the back of his mind.
The two teams have identical 3-2 records and aretrying to stay alive in the 4A Region IV playoff picture, and each needs to re
bound from a loss last week.
After watching Severna Park take Glen Burnie apart last week with an excellent blend of passing and running, the Prophet looks for the very similar Panthers to do likewise. The Annapolis secondary is porous, but Glen Burnie's passing game is not that good. Annapolis 20, Glen Burnie 16.
North County (3-2) at Chesapeake (1-4), 7 p.m. Friday
After his Knights nearly upset unbeaten Old Mill last week before bowing, 3-0, Coach Chuck Markiewicz said, "We've got five games left and we plan to win them. You can print that."
No question North County, in its first year in the 4A league, has proved it belongs with the big guys.
Those "almost" games usually don't mean much, but last week's does because the Knights' ballyhooed run-and-shoot was overshadowed by a defense much better than people realize.
Give the Knights' defense credit for showing a lot of pride. After giving up 33 points to Annapolisthey bounced back to hold Queen Anne's to just six points and Old Mill to only three.
That defense will sparkle again tomorrow night at Chesapeake, and the run-and-shoot will score just enough to win. North County 14, Chesapeake 7.
Queen Anne's (0-5) at Arundel (2-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday.
This Arundel team is a squad to keep your eye on in the weeks to come. The Wildcats are pawing their way back torespectability and will make it three in a row tomorrow to climb to .500. Monte Lomax will dominate on defense and make at least one great run on a kick return, and quarterback George Epps will deliver the points. Arundel 28, Queen Anne's 0.
South River (4-1) at Lansdowne (0-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Coach Dave Summey's streaking Hawkswill have no sweat here. This Vikings squad is a bad team, and Summey will get a chance to play a lot of guys who haven't been getting much playing time.
The idea is for Summey and staff not to show too much to Perry Hall scouts because the Hawks host the Baltimore CountyGators next week in a key game. South River 35, Lansdowne 0.
Southern (2-3) at Elkton (1-4) of Cecil County, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
This Bulldog bunch can score and is one of the better 2-3 teams in the area. Southern has only been outscored, 125-102, which shows its offensive potency. Coach Buck Gardner's Dawgs will outscore this foe. Southern 24, Elkton 14.
Northeast (3-2) at Fallston (1-4) of Harford County, 7 p.m. Friday.