It matters little to Jonathan Holmes and the rest of his Oakland Mills teammates that the Scorpions are coming off their first losing season since 1976.
After all, this is a new season, and Oakland Mills is once again exhibiting championship form.
Yesterday, on the road against No. 3 Towson, Holmes scored his team's first goal and lead the No. 4 Scorpions to a 2-0 victory over the defending state Class 2A co-champions.
For Holmes, the win was proof that Oakland Mills (2-0) is a better team than last year's 4-6-2 record may indicate.
"With my being a senior, it's real important to me that we prove ourselves this year," said Holmes. "It's time to show we're men now."
Against a Generals team depleted by graduation, Oakland Mills, which returned all but three players, looked sharp.
The Scorpions outshot Towson, 11-7, and allowed the Generals only a handful of serious scoring opportunities.
"The fact that we only graduated three seniors gives us a big edge," said Oakland Mills coach Don Shea. "All of the people that came through today were three- and four-year lettermen."
Holmes, a senior, gave the Scorpions the lead at the 23:56 mark, on a ricochet of Rob Ricketts' shot.
"It was kind of a garbage goal," said Holmes. "I saw the ball deflect off one of our guy's head, and I was just there to put it in."
The Scorpions extended their lead 45 seconds before halftime, when Ted Lawler scored off Nate Matherly's throw-in.
Oakland Mills had the best scoring chance in the second half, as well, but Holmes' bullet from 20 yards in front was stopped by Towson goalie Rob Schwietzer, who dived to his left and deflected the ball with his fingers.
Towson coach Paul Becker, whose team fell to 1-1, took solace in the fact that his players and the season are young.
"I believe that you never improve if you play weak teams," said Becker, defending his decision to schedule a powerful early-season opponent. "I figure we have a long way to go. We play 12 games. This was only No. 2."