And so another football season is under the Prophet's belt. Prophet Pat hit on two of three playoff picks last week to finish the high school football season at 74-30, a more-than-adequate percentage of .711.
How's that for a lucky number? 7-11.
The rage of a sage's only postseason miss was on his bold pick ofNorth County to pull off a 17-13 upset at Oxon Hill in Prince George's County in the Class 4A playoffs. Instead, North County was dominated, 39-0. The county's other two teams also were manhandled.
On the Prophet's hits, the sagester told you it would be Largo of Prince George's in 4A by 20-14 over Old Mill, and it was Largo, 14-3.
Also, Seneca Valley was the Prophet's pick to do a number on South River in Class 3A by at least 24-7. The final score was 41-7.
The North County loss didn't surprise the Prophet, but the score did. He actually believed North County would lose, but was hoping his pick would help in some small way to fire up the Knights.
Of course, it didn't work, as the Clippers took the Knights apart.
The Prophet admits he believed the Knights would hang in there, and certainly didn't expect them to self-destruct the way they did with a pair of first-periodinterceptions returned for touchdowns.
So, the thinking was that North County certainly could hang in there with Oxon Hill, but when you shoot yourself in the foot early at the other guy's place as the Knights did, you risk the chance of being buried.
North County was,but that doesn't diminish the accomplishments of its great first season in the county 4A league as a tri-champion with Old Mill and Severna Park.
The Prophet is going to take some time off and get his crystal ball tuned up. Until we meet again, here are his final numbers for the high school football season, and once again, this tongue-in-cheek stab at handicapping was a ball.
Thanks for your response throughout the pigskin season.
The Prophet to date
Right ... ... Wrong ... ... Pct.
74 ... .. ... 30 ... ... .. .711