After Friday Night Shootout, Only Falcons Will Be Left Standing

PROPHET PAT

Severna Park Will End North County Title Hopes

October 17, 1991

With a 9-2 record, including Broadneck's stunning upset of previously unbeaten Old Mill, Prophet Pat continued on his roll picking high school football games.

The rage of a sage ran his overall record to46-18 (.719).

While the Prophet was the only local prognosticator to call for victories by Archbishop Spalding and Meade, the sagester also was the only one to tell you "It's going to be an unforgettable homecoming inCape St. Claire for the Bruins as they upset the state's second-ranked team in a front of a revved-up crowd."

The Prophet picked the host Bruins to deal the Patriots their first loss, 10-7, and Broadneckwon, 6-3, to make it a joyous homecoming for the Bruins. They got socarried away that they even named the new field house after former athletic director Tim McMullen.

Spalding's 14-0 loss to Boys' Latinof Baltimore and Meade's 12-6 loss at Severna Park prevented the Prophet from going 11-0. In his other two "Upsets of the Week," the Prophet said Spalding would win its first game since 1988 by 19-14 and that Meade would spoil Severna Park's homecoming, 24-23.

Besides Broadneck, the Prophet also hit on eight other games. His pick is in parentheses: Annapolis 7, Glen Burnie 3 (Annapolis, 20-16); North County21, Chesapeake 14 (North County, 14-7); Arundel 23, Queen Anne's 3 (Arundel, 28-0); South River 54, Lansdowne 0 (South River, 35-0); Southern 32, Elkton of Cecil County 15 (Southern, 24-14); Northeast 12, Fallston 8 (Northeast, 21-13); St. Mary's 45, Archbishop Curley 0 (St.Mary's, 37-12); and Severn 28, Douglass 0 (Severn, 27-6).

Once again the Prophet has 11 games on his clipboard and is ready to roll.

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Severna Park (4-2) at North County (4-2), 7 p.m. Friday. "Gameof the Week."

The loser of this game can forget any postseason aspirations because three losses are at least one too many. For North County it also would mean the end of any hopes to win the county championship as well.

With a 2-2 record in county action, the Knights will be out of the county race while a Severna Park loss would leave the Falcons 3-2 in league play and still in the race.

This game could develop into a wild shootout and fans' delight, but in the end, the scoreboard will show a Falcons victory. North County's vaunted run-and-shoot offense is still a bit inconsistent, while Severna Park's passing game with junior quarterback Tim Bowerman is better.

Severna Park throws considerably less than North County (Bowerman was 6-for-7 in last week's win over Meade while North County's Eric Howard was12-for-30 in the win over Chesapeake) but more accurately. A definite difference in philosophy exists in that Falcons coach Andy Borland sets up the pass with the run.

Knights coach Chuck Markiewicz setsup the run with the pass. Eventually the Knights' way of doing things could be awesome, but they're not there yet.

As good as the North County defense is -- as shown by its 3-0 loss to Old Mill three weeks ago -- the Falcons' defense is just as good, and the Prophet believes that right now, Severna Park is the best team in the county.

Look for Bowerman to throw less than his counterpart, but put more points on the board as the Falcons handle the upstart Knights. Severna Park 27, North County 20.

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Arundel (3-3) at Old Mill (5-1), 1 p.m. Saturday. Homecoming.

"Upset of the Week" again? Nope.

If streaking Arundel were home, chances are the Wildcats could extend their winning streak to four in a row, but they're not.

"I wish they hadn't lost last week to Broadneck," said Arundel coach Buddy Hepfer."Coming off a loss and being home, they will be extra tough."

TheWildcats' coach is absolutely right. Getting an outstanding team after it suffered a setback, especially its first, can be bad news. And with it being Homecoming at Old Mill, the Patriots will be focused and very intense.

With converted quarterback George Epps throwing the ball better each week, the Wildcats will give the Patriots fits, but . . . Old Mill 13, Arundel 10.

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Glen Burnie (3-3) at Meade (3-3), 7 p.m. Friday.

Meade coach Hayse Henderson claims his team is the "best" in the county 4A League despite losses to Annapolis, OldMill and Severna Park, saying that "nobody has beaten us, we've beaten ourselves. We should be 6-0, but, sorry to say, I just don't thinkwe are disciplined enough to go all the way."

Henderson is at least half-right, but his Mustangs are definitely better than their foe tomorrow night. Glen Burnie has lost three in a row and reportedly ispretty banged up physically.

In Henderson's first year at the helm of the 'Stangs last season, the Gophers blanked Meade, 16-0, but you can look for Meade to return the favor. It simply has better athletes and better skilled players overall. Meade 21, Glen Burnie 0.

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Chesapeake (1-5) at Broadneck (3-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The hostBruins need to beware of the "post-upset win" letdown syndrome against a Chesapeake team capable of knocking off anybody in the league despite its record.

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