What is a sleep-deprived, uninspired sportswriter to do when he's got a column to write and not much time to write it?
He goes to that old fall back, a "this week by-the-numbers" piece, and throws some interesting stats around. To be honest, I wish I wrote these more often because they're much more engaging than rants about professional sports. In any case, here's a few stats, figures, facts, etc. to chew on. Keep in mind, some of these take into account the entire season thus far.
42-0: That is the combined score by which the Harford Christian boys soccer squad has outscored its opponents over the last five games. Now, I'm not going to get into a debate about the level of competition among this area's Christian schools versus public schools, as there will be plenty of time to do that when the All-County teams need to be picked, but I don't care which team you are or who you're playing, a soccer team throwing up those sort of numbers is mighty impressive. And, keep in mind, the Eagles kicked off their season with three games against UCBAC teams, beating Bo Manor, 6-1, losing to Aberdeen, 3-1, and then pounding Joppatowne, 11-0. The Eagles went 15-0 last year, and though a second straight perfect season has already been spoiled, I'd say they're the front runners for another MACSAC title.
42-0: That was the final score in North Harford's Week Four football victory over Friendly. The main reason I brought it up is because it matches the previous entry, and I like symmetry. Also, that score represents a 72-point swing from North Harford's Week Three result, which saw the Hawks get beat, 44-14, by the St. Paul's team. That's a bounce back if I've ever seen one. The Hawks host Aberdeen tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m., and that is the game of the week, in my opinion.
Four: That would be the number of UCBAC football teams that have yet to be defeated heading into Week Five. You have C. Milton Wright, having a heck of a turnaround season, Fallston, which is in familiar territory, having not lost until the final game of the regular season last year, Perryville, which didn't lose until the 1A state final in 2011, and Elkton, which would be 3-1 if not for an upset win over Aberdeen. The two Harford County teams on that list meet next Friday, Oct. 5, on Fallston's home field, and I'm very curious to see how that one shakes out, though I'm not making any predictions.
Two: That would be the number of UCBAC football teams that have yet to win a game headed into Week Five. You have Havre de Grace, which has been outscored, 134-26, in its four losses, and Rising Sun. If the Warriors want to grab that first win, they're going to have to beat the undefeated Fallston team tonight, and that won't be a simple task.
Two: That is the number of tie games the Patterson Mill boys soccer team has had to settle for since last Thursday, when Chesapeake Division play kicked off. Last week, the Huskies fought to a 1-1 draw with undefeated North Harford, then on Tuesday, Patterson Mill held Fallston scoreless, but also could not manage to score on the Cougars in a 0-0 tie. That is 200 minutes worth of soccer with only two goals scored, and, though I'm still feeling my way through the boys soccer scene, having been away covering the girls game for the last three seasons, that tells me that there's some rock solid defenses in the Chesapeake Division.