Had it not been for a strange call by Annapolis coach Roy Brown and that contrary Archbishop Spalding football team, the Prophet would have had his second perfect card of the season last week.
Instead your rage of a sage had to settle for another more-than-respectable 80 percent week. The Prophet was 8-2 because Annapolis dropped the Old Mill game, 22-14, in overtime, and Spalding couldn't handle success and lost to lowly Douglass of Baltimore, 28-7.
The Prophet had tabbed Annapolis to upset Old Mill, 10-9, and thePanthers were on the way to doing just that until the waning moments. Eric Sheppard raced back an interception 75 yards for a touchdown, and Harold Peters banged in for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14 with 5 minutes, 23 seconds to go.
Annapolis had a chanceto win in regulation on the 2-yard line with 30 seconds to go and second down, but Brown sent the field goal unit on and Clint Wilson's 20-yard field goal attempt was partially blocked. Old Mill won easily in OT.
Spalding was coming off its first win in 28 games, but the Cavs got quacked out by the Ducks of Douglass. The Prophet had so much confidence in the Cavs that he made them a 26-0 favorite.
On thepositive side of the ledger, the Prophet hit eight games right on the nose, including his Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference special, St. Paul's over Severn, 13-7. The sagester said that by late Saturday afternoon there would be a three-way tie atop the MSA C Conference among Severn, St. Paul's and St. Mary's (5-1 each).
How right he was, as St. Paul's upset the Admirals, spoiling homecoming at Severn with Johnny Unitas watching his son, Joe, play for St. Paul's. St. Mary's held up its end with a 23-0 victory over Boys' Latin.
The Prophet picked St. Paul's, 20-14, and St. Mary's, 27-7. How's that for a couple of hot picks?
Here are the Prophet's other hot hits, his pick in parentheses: North County 14, Meade 7 (North County, 21-20); Severna Park 21, Broadneck 9 (Severna Park, 14-10); Glen Burnie 14, Queen Anne's 6 (Glen Burnie, 20-6); Arundel 25, Chesapeake 6 (Arundel, 24-12); South River 21, Lackey 15 (South River, 14-0); Southern 20, Northeast 2 (Southern, 20-16).
The Prophet has only nine gamesto fool with this week, and he's expecting a perfect card after getting a few tips from Elvira this Halloween week.
Severna Park (5-3) at Arundel(4-4), "Upset of the Week," 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Callthis the ambush at Death Valley. The Wildcats are waiting in Gambrills.
Severna Park has to win to keep its outside shot at the playoffs alive, but the Prophet believes Arundel's passing game will give the Falcons fits all night and result in an upset victory.
George Epps, with eight touchdown passes, is running the Wildcat Delaware wing-T offense just to the liking of Coach Buddy Hepfer. And like most county teams, the Falcons are vulnerable to the pass.
Last year on the way to the playoffs, the Falcons struggled to a 19-14 victory over the Wildcats, and this, too, will be a struggle. The Wildcat passing game will bring Arundel its fifth win of the season. Arundel 22, Severna Park 21.
Queen Anne's (0-8) at Old Mill (7-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday
That sputtering Old Mill offense will have some fun for achange by putting up some points, and the Patriots will seal their playoff ticket by routing the winless Lions.
This will be no contest. Old Mill 28, Queen Anne's 0.
Annapolis (5-3) at Chesapeake(1-7), 7:30 p.m. Friday
The visiting Panthers buried the Cougars,42-0, a year ago, but Chesapeake, while winning only once this season, is improved. It could be a decent game for a while, with Brandon Steinheim's running keeping the Cougars respectable.
But before youknow it in the second half, the Panthers will be well out in front and on the way to win No. 6. The Fighting Panthers still have a prayerfor postseason play and know that strange things can happen at Chesapeake, and that will get their attention. Annapolis 27, Chesapeake 6.
Meade (4-4) at Broadneck (4-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday
So you ordered defense. Well, you've got it here, as the Mustangs will be at least one touchdown better than the Bruins. One of those Mustangs, like Kenny Walker or Kevin Powell, will break the game-winner.
Broadneck is a strange team. The Bruins have a defense that rivals Old Mill as the county's best, but an offense that might be the worst in thecounty.
Meade's defense is not far behind and their modified-T offense gets just enough to win. Meade 14, Broadneck 0.
South River (7-1) at Northeast (4-4), 7 p.m. Friday.
After the way the Eagles played Saturday in a 20-2 loss at Southern, here's hoping they show up tomorrow night in Pasadena to play host to the 3A playoff-bound Seahawks.
South River is on a roll, blending offense and defenseabout as well as you can. Quarterback Jake Cameron is playing well, and running backs Kevin Ferguson and Chris Messineo are chugging along.