While most of you guys were off this weekend taking it easy, the Prophet was ringing up an overall record of 9-2.
The rage of a sage picked the winner in two baseball tournaments and was right on in all four games in the Al Laramore lacrosse tournament. The ninth annual Bruins Holiday Baseball Tournament at Broadneck was the only blemish on the Prophet's score card as he ran his overall record to 154-81 (.655).
Glen Burnie took both baseball games in the Mount St. Joseph Tournament, as predicted. The Gophers humbled the host Gaels, 15-2, on a Tony Saunders one-hitter and pounded Fallston of Harford County, 13-5, in the title game.
Severna Park's top-ranked baseball team came through for the Prophet, winning the very competitive Walkersville Tournament in Frederick County. Coach Jim Pitt's Falcons won a pair of one-runners, by 1-0 over Hedgesville of West Virginia and 2-1 over Walkersville.
With the two wins, the Falcons ran their overall record to 10-0, and for the first time in school history cracked the national rankings at No. 22 this week in USA Today's Super 25.
The Prophet liked Broadneck to win its own holiday tourney, but the Bruins let him down, dropping the first game to Archbishop Curley, 3-1, while Loyola upset Old Mill (another Prophet favorite), 5-3. Loyola went onto win the tournament for the first time.
Broadneck defeated Old Mill, 11-8, as the Prophet said the Bruins would, but it was in the consolation game, not the championship.
In boys lacrosse, the Prophet admits to taking the gravy train by picking the Al Laramore Memorial Tournament, in which the public schools square off against the private schools. The sage was 4-for-4, but has to tell you that was a lock because neither St. Mary's nor Severn has lost to a county public school since 1977.
St. Mary's ripped Annapolis for a 23rd consecutive game by 13-5 (Prophet favored the Saints by six goals) and then took an 8-7 overtime squeaker over Broadneck.
Severn easily coveredthe two-goal pick over Broadneck, winning, 8-2, and the Admirals were seven goals better (favored by six) than Annapolis at 12-5.
Withthe holiday tournaments finished, the Prophet is back to his normal six-pack this week and has at least a couple of surprises for you, starting in boys lacrosse.
Severn (8-4) vs. St. Mary's (5-5), noon Saturday at Weems Whelan: It's going to be a festive day in Annapolis, particularly on Duke of Gloucester Street, as the Saints will give their faithful something to celebrate at a bull roast following the game.
The Prophet believes the Saints are going to upset their archrival, the Admirals. This is the county's premier boys lacrosse rivalry, and this year's game won't disappoint despite the Saints' record.
Severn is ranked No. 4 this week by The Baltimore Sun and No. 2 behind Landon in the Washington Post, while St. Mary's is ranked No. 6 by The Baltimore Sun and No. 4 by the Washington Post.
This is not one of Coach Jim Moorhead's better teams at St. Mary's. This group is inexperienced and inconsistent, while Severn is senior-dominated, potent and fairly consistent with a much better overall record.
But you can forget all that because when Severn and St. Mary's play, the records go for naught. This is the Army-Navy of county high school lacrosse, and the emotions should be especially high this Saturday.
With bragging rights at stake and possible playoff extinction with a loss, you've got the ingredients of a classic.
Both teams are in danger of not making the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference playoffs (the top two teams of each division go) after losing Tuesday. Severn was upset by Mount St. Joseph, 10-7, while St. Mary's was defeated by Gilman, 8-5.
With four league games remaining after Saturday, Severn is tied with Gilman at 4-4 in Division I behind St. Paul's (8-0) and Loyola (6-2).
St. Mary's is tied with St. Joe at 3-5 in Division II. Boy's Latin leads the divisionat 7-1, with Calvert Hall second at 5-3.
The Prophet is giving the Saints the edge merely because of the home-field advantage. The Saints' Royal Blue Club Bull Roast might be a little late because this one may go overtime, but it will be worth the wait. St. Mary's plus one over Severn, possibly OT.
Severn (3-6-1) at Severna Park (5-1), 3:30 p.m. Monday: The better team will prevail, butSevern will give the Falcons a scare in the first half. The Admiralsgave Broadneck (5-3) all it could handle in the Betty Hallmark Tournament Saturday before bowing, 9-8, in double OT.
Look for the Falcons' depth to be the difference. Severna Park plus one over Severn.
Chesapeake (5-7) at Severna Park (10-0), 3:45 p.m. Friday: So, you say Severna Park is about to fall for the first time and is ripe to be upset?
That may be true, but not in this game. See the Falcons' next one on Monday. This one will be a breeze as the Falcon bats will take aim on that short fence at their home park, Pitt Field. Severna Park plus two over Chesapeake.