Halloween is approaching, but Parkville coach Phil Donlin has watched his team masquerade all season as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Donlin never knows which one of his teams will show up. Will it be the team that upset Perry Hall and Woodlawn -- which were both ranked in The Baltimore Sun's top 20 at the time -- or perhaps the team that lost to Howard and Dundalk by a combined score of 52-6?
"I can't figure this team out," Donlin said. "They're so up and down. The talent's there."
With a little luck, Parkville -- which has only 19 players -- could have pulled its third upset of the season on Friday, but co-No. 7 Aberdeen escaped with a 7-0 win.
The Knights' defense held Aberdeen's offense scoreless. The Eagles' lone touchdown came on Demont Blackmon's 34-yard punt return.
Parkville drove inside Aberdeen's 10-yard line twice, but had two touchdowns called back on penalties. If that wasn't enough, Parkville's Terrance Edmond broke loose for an apparent touchdown run, but Edmond's leg cramped up and he went down inside Aberdeen's 30 after 38 yards.
L "We were just lucky he held onto the football," Donlin said.
Records, streaks, milestones
* Third-ranked Wilde Lake's 34-13 victory over Atholton on Saturday extended the area's longest winning streak to 21.
* Sparrows Point's 50-7 loss to Loch Raven on Friday extended the area's longest losing streak to 20.
* Steve Oliver of co-No. 7 Old Mill kicked two field goals against No. 13 Annapolis on Friday to extend his Anne Arundel County record for field goals in a season to eight. He also holds county marks for field-goal accuracy (eight of 11, .727) and consecutive games with at least one field goal (four).
* Wilde Lake's defense was scored upon on Saturday after recording four consecutive shutouts and 17 scoreless quarters.
A Norwegian kicker in Ellicott City
In the summary, it appeared as a meaningless PAT in a lopsided game, but it was a moment to be savored by Mount Hebron senior Didrik Leroy.
Leroy, an exchange student from Norway, appeared in his first game on Saturday and kicked the PAT after the Vikings' second touchdown in a 35-13 loss to Oakland Mills.
Before this fall, Leroy never had even seen a football game.
"He came here a week or two after the season and said, 'I want to play American football,' " Mount Hebron coach Steve Benninghove said. "He said that he had played soccer, so I asked him to try kicking. He kicked the first nine out of 10 in practice through the uprights."
Benninghove said he kept Leroy on the sidelines until Saturday because Leroy "was almost defenseless" when he started.
"He got a lot of experience in practice, tackling and blocking," Benninghove said. "I felt I could use him in a game now, and he could make a tackle or be tackled if something happened."
Unhappy with his team's recent performances, Southwestern coach Fred Kaiss knew it was time for a change. So Kaiss decided to start backup quarterback Marcus Nickens, a freshman, against Archbishop Curley on Saturday.
What a debut.
Nickens completed eight of 14 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown, leading Southwestern and its run-and-shoot offense to a 28-0 victory.
"If he wouldn't have been nervous on the first couple of series, he would have had over 300 yards," Kaiss said. "He's been champing at the bit to be the quarterback. He just needed to get his feet wet and learn the system. He still has things he doesn't do well, but he has all the tools."