Two stunning upsets and a not-so-surprising result kept the rage of a sage from having a perfect slate last week. The Prophet went 8-3, with Spalding and North County pulling off the upsets and Northeast losing on the road.
It seems the Prophet was a week early on Spalding, as the Cavaliers of Coach Greg Fuhrman shook the hex and ended their 27-game winless streak dating back to 1988 with a 13-12 thriller over Southwestern of Baltimore.
It was the week before that Prophet Pat predicted that Spalding was ready to end the streak and would beat Boys' Latin. The Cavs lost,14-0, but this past weekend, that long-awaited victory came.
Yes,Prophet Pat did not mind at all that he missed that pick (he had Southwestern, 35-13).
Just as almost no one picked Spalding to win that game, nearly everyone took Severna Park over North County, including the Prophet. But the Knights prevailed, 28-20. It was the biggest win in the school's brief history.
Prophet Pat had tabbed Severna Park, 27-20, so his score was about right. He just had the teams in reverse order.
Northeast traveled to Easton and lost, 15-8. That was not a shocker, because it was one of those games that could go either way, with the two teams at 4-2 going in.
Here are the Prophet'shot hits from last week, which lifted his overall record to 54-21, apercentage of .720. The sagester's picks are in parentheses: Meade 34, Glen Burnie 0 (Meade 21-0); Broadneck 33, Chesapeake 8 (Broadneck,14-7); South River 14, Perry Hall 13 (South River, 20-0); Southern 26, Liberty 12 ( Southern, 30-16); St. Mary's 36, Douglass 6 (St. Mary's, 30-7); Annapolis 40, Queen Anne's 6 (Annapolis, 21-0); Severn 28,Boys' Latin 6 (Severn, 41-0); and Old Mill 24, Arundel 7 (Old Mill, 13-10).
The Prophet has an even 10 games for this week. The first one is a hot one.
Old Mill (6-1) at Annapolis (5-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday. "Game of the Week," on United Cable TV of Annapolis, Channel 19.
No question that this is THE Game of the Week, because what happens here will say a lot about who's going to the Class 4A playoffs. If the visiting Patriots win, they will just about lock up the Region IV title, barring a major upset in one of the last two games.
After this game, Old Mill has only Queen Anne's (0-7) and Glen Burnie(3-4) left.
If Annapolis wins, the Panthers would take over firstin the county 4A League as the only team with one loss in league play, and they would be tied with Old Mill in the loss column for the Region IV playoff berth.
Things could get really crazy then, becauseRoy Brown's Panthers face Severna Park the final week, and you can throw out the records in that one. Also, tied in with this game is what North County does at Meade and Broadneck at Severna Park. North County, Broadneck and Severna Park each have two losses in league play, but only North County has two losses overall; the others have three.
It's to this young Panthers team's advantage to be at home in sucha big game, with the memory of last year's 28-0 shellacking byOld Mill on the minds of the upperclassmen.
Offensively, neither team has been consistent over the first seven games, but both have played playoff-caliber defense for the most part.
It comes down to home-field advantage and could be decided by the passing of Panthers sophomore Juan Johnson. Old Mill has been too sporadic offensively, and this will be a defensive battle. Annapolis 10, Old Mill 9.
North County (5-2) at Meade (4-3), 7 p.m. Friday.
Tough game to call? I'll say!
In its first varsity football game, North County edged Meade, 6-3, a year ago. That was also the first game for Meade coach Hayse Henderson, as he went against the Meade coach of the year before inNorth County's Chuck Markiewicz.
Both teams are coming off impressive wins, North County by 28-20 over Severna Park and Meade routing Glen Burnie, 34-0.
The North County win was the more impressive. The Knights defense really distinguished itself against the Falcons. Most of the talk about the Knights is about their run-and-shoot offense, but that's a pretty good unit run by defensive coordinator Brad Wilson, another ex-Meade coach.
Severna Park beat Meade with the pass and the Knights will do likewise in what should be a wild one. It'sgoing to be Kenny Walker by land for Meade and Damon Martin by air for the Knights, but North County will land safely. North County 21, Meade 20.
Broadneck (4-3) at Severna Park (4-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Some are saying that this could be the year the Bruins finally beat the Falcons in football, but the Prophet doesn't think so.
There is no way the host Falcons are going to let their neighbors beat them on their home turf, especially since the Falcons still have a shot at least at the county title, if nothing else.
The Prophet saw Falcons running back John Jennings this week, and he says is fine and will be ready to go. Look for Jennings to be the difference as theFalcons take a knockdown, drag-out brawl at Severna Park. Severna Park 14, Broadneck 10.