Judging by the calls on the 24-Hour Sportsline, 647-2499 Friday night, you would have thought that Chesapeake had just won the Anne Arundel County high-school football championship after the second game of the season.
The Cougars (1-1) pulled off one of two stunning upsets over the weekend by defeating Old Mill (0-2) by a score of 23-10,while Queen Anne's (2-0) of the Eastern Shore came into Severna Park (0-2) and left for the Bay Bridge with a 19-16 upset victory.
In the Chesapeake victory, the Cougars showed they intend to be competitive this season after going 1-9 a year ago. Coach Tom Kraning's squad dropped its season opener to Queen Anne's 21-14, but came back to put one in the win column.
Old Mill, a Class 4A Region IV playoff team the last two seasons and county tri-champion last fall, lost its opener 14-13 to LaPlata of Charles County.
The Patriots have been one of the top teams in the county over the last three seasons, which accounts for the obvious excitement on the part of Cougar fans this weekend.
"Old Mill got skunked by Chesapeake," said one woman on the Sportsline. Another added, "I know you will manage to bury it in your column or give it one line, but put that in your peace pipe."
In our high school football preview, in assessing Chesapeake and Glen Burnie, I wrote in SIDELINES that "a 5-5 season by either team would be cause for school closing and a parade."
Still another parent calling on the Sportsline Friday night said, "yeah Prophet Pat (who's he? what ever happened to him) it seems you need to get your permits for the parade."
Well, 1-1 is .500 just as 5-5 is. It's too early to tell if Chesapeake is headed toward only its second winning season in school football history, but the joy over the big win is understandable.
It seems it was an all-around great day at the Lake Shore area school, one that could be an indication of better things to come.
"It was a good night for Chesapeake because our JV won yesterday (Thursday, Sept. 10) and our varsity won today (Friday) and that hasn't happened in awhile," said Cougar fifth year coach Tom Kraning on the SPORTSLINE.
"It came against a quality program in Old Mill and we're real proud of that."
Should be, especially considering that the Cougars "played horrible against Queen Anne's," according to Kraning.
"It was a good turn around for us because we knew we were better, but of course nothing counts until you do it," added coach Kraning.
The bright spot in the season-opening loss to Queen Anne's was the same bright spot in the upset of Old Mill. Senior running back, Brandon Steinheim, who had nearly 1,000 (623 rushing and 342 receiving) total offensive yards last season, is off to a great start.
Steinheim scored all 14 points in the opener on TD bursts of 57 and six yards and ran for a two-point conversion. Against Old Mill, Steinheim tallied three touchdowns to give him 32 points in the first two games.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound back scored his first six-pointer against ZTC Old Mill from 57 yards out, and the last two came in the final period to break open a 10- 10 deadlock. The teams went to halftime tied and neither put any points on the board in the third period.
Steinheim's 18-yard -- just moments into the final period gave the Cougars the lead for good. The three-year star iced it with an 8-yard bolt in the waning moments.
"Old Mill seemed to be running out of gas in the last period and things kind a' went our way," said Kraning, who also got a 42-yard field goal and two conversion kicks from Pat Barnes not to mention a superb defensive effort.
Things also went the way of Queen Anne's in the Lions' visit to Severna Park Friday night. After trailing 9-7 at the half, the Lions -- launched senior back Kurtis Thomas on a 70-yard scamper to start the second half.
Queen Anne's lifted its 13-9 lead to 19-9 on a three-yard TD run by Matt Reeder in the third period, and then held off the Falcons to preserve the upset.
Sophomore Mark Frye raced 20 yards to pay dirt in the third period for the Falcons only score in the second half. It was a frustrating loss for the Falcons who had opened Labor Day weekend on the road at High Point in Prince George's County with a 14-0 defeat.
Chesapeake and Queen Anne's weren't the only stunning developments over the high school football weekend. The SUN's 15th-ranked Annapolis (1-1) manhandled ( 0-2) Meade 28-0, sixth-ranked North County's Eric Howard had an incredible night in the (2-0) Knight's 39-6 destruction of Arundel (0-2) and Broadneck (1-1 ) mixed it up to pummel Glen Burnie (0-2) in a 22-0 victory.
Quarterback Juan Johnson only completed two passes in eight attempts but both went for scores as the Panthers won their first game at Meade. The Annapolis junior QB hit Matt Criscimagna with 27- and 4-yard scoring strikes.