The Prophet is back in the groove, pigskin fans.
After a dismal 4-5 week, Prophet Pat bounced back to go 8-2 in his high school football picks last week, running his overall record to 57-18, a percentage of .760.
Faced with only an eight-game card this week, the rage of a sage expects to breeze once again.
His only misses last week came in his botch of his "Upset of the Week" with the Glen Burnie Gophers, and the Southern Bulldogs burned the sage as well.
For the second week in a row, Glen Burnie made the Prophet look bad but barely. The rage of a sage took Broadneck in the "Upset of the Week" by 10-7 over the Gophers, but Glen Burnie got a touchdown in the final 1 minute, 20 seconds to edge the Bruins, 17-14.
The Prophet didn't think Southern could win at Chopticon in St. Mary's County on the latter's homecoming, so he went with the home team by 20-13 all the while hoping for the Dawgs to win. They did! Southern upset Chopticon, 16-15, for its fourth win against three losses.
As for the Prophet hits, he had eight -- his pick is in parentheses: Old Mill, 20-14, over Meade (Old Mill, 21-0); Severna Park, 19-14, over Arundel (Severna Park, 21-17); Damascus of Montgomery County 31, North County 12 (Damascus, 14-0 ); South River 21, Northeast 0 (South River, 35-0); Annapolis, 42-0, over Chesapeake (Annapolis, 21-7); St. Mary's 35, Archbishop Curley 15 (St. Mary's, 31-6); Southwestern, 59-2, over Archbishop Spalding (Southwestern, 28-0); and Severn, 48-16, over Douglass (Severn, 27-6).
St. Mary's at South River, Friday 7:30 p.m.
The visiting Saints will put their 8-0 record on the line in Edgewater tomorrow night against a tough South River team.
There is no question that this is the Saints' chance at gaining some long overdue respect, but they will have to do it against some tall odds.
It's South River's homecoming and the Seahawks are one of the area's better Class 3A schools at 4-3, including a victory over 4A Annapolis.
Neither coach, Brad Best at St. Mary's nor Dave Summey at South River, will have to worry about his team being up for this one. Anybody not up for a game like this may as well turn in the helmet and pads.
While the Prophet knows this one will go right down to the wire and that South River should have the edge because of home field, he's playing a hunch that it's going to be the Saints.
It has not been officially confirmed, but the Prophet is believed to have had a vision on Monday night in which a saintly woman appeared with two bodyguards. Those bodyguards resembled Shawn Harper (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) and Adam Funk (6-6, 280), St. Mary's hulking interior linemen who have enabled their running backs to average about 300 yards rushing each of the last two weeks.
The woman was singing "When the Saints Come Marching In" and had a bird (seahawk) in hand. Now, how can the Prophet go against the Saints?
St. Mary's ground attack will get the job done while its defense will prevent the big play.
St. Mary's 20, South River 15.
Glen Burnie at Annapolis, Friday 7:30 p.m. "Upset of the Week" on United Cable TV of Annapolis, Channel 19 at 9:30 p.m. (shown on tape-delay right after the game).
Can you believe the Prophet, who has been burned the last two weeks in his upset specials by the Gophers, is picking them to be upset once again?
Since picking Glen Burnie (6-1) to win the first three weeks of the season (and it did except for its opener at Queen Anne's, losing by 14-0), the sage has picked against the Gophers the last four weeks and been wrong all four times.
He won't be wrong this time because the host Panthers (3-4) want this one badly after being stunned 11-0 by the Gophers a year ago. The Annapolis seniors have lived with that one for a year and a win here and in the final week over Severna Park would make an otherwise disappointing season memorable.
"We're confident and our players are pumped up," said Panther coach Roy Brown. "We feel this is a better Glen Burnie team than the one that beat us a year ago, but we want them bad."
While the Prophet knows this is a fine Glen Burnie team, it has pulled off two squeakers in the last three weeks (19-14 over Arundel, then last week's 17-14 thriller at Broadneck), a third one might be a little much.
And this will be a squeaker.
Something to consider is that Annapolis has dropped two out of three (to Friendly and South River) at home this season, and it's hard to believe that the Panthers would lose three of four in the Cap City. This is the final home game for the seniors and that means something.
The Annapolis offense got its confidence back in last week's 42-0 drubbing of Chesapeake. It should be a night for the Panthers to remember.
Annapolis 20, Glen Burnie 16.
Severna Park at Broadneck, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
For sheer old-fashioned head butting, you can't beat this one. It will be a rough one, but the visiting Falcons (4-2) have too many guns for Jeff Herrick's hard-nosed Bruins (2-5).
Several county coaches have expressed their admiration for the Bruin defensive line, but the Falcons' offense can wear down the best of them and they also have an excellent passing game.
It won't be as bad as last year's 32-14 romp by the Falcons, but Andy Borland's crew will get the job done. Severna Park has to win to keep its playoff hopes in a nine-game schedule alive and will.
Severna Park 21, Broadneck 7.
Old Mill at Arundel, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
This is one of those "be careful" games for the visiting Class 4A Region IV-leading Patriots of Old Mill (6-1) at a very capable Arundel (3-4). Arundel had Severna Park on the ropes last Friday night before the Falcons struck in the final 27 seconds to win, 19-14.
Old Mill ripped the Wildcats, 29-0, a year ago, and that could work against the Patriots. But whatever it takes, they will get it done.
Arundel is vulnerable to the play-action pass and Patriots' quarterback Eric Scott does it well. And don't forget about William Beverly, who has 16 touchdown going in.
Old Mill 21, Arundel 17.
Meade at Chesapeake, Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Look for the Mustangs (1-6) to put together their best offensive effort of the season against the winless Cougars. After all, isn't that what everybody does against Chesapeake?
Meade played very well in its 20-14 loss to Old Mill while Chesapeake was humbled by Annapolis. Sorry Cougars, but the only hope is that last one with Northeast.
Meade 21, Chesapeake 0.
Northeast at North County, Friday at 7 p.m.
Knights' coach Chuck Markiewicz is hoping his big gun, senior quarterback Johnny Ray, will light up the scoreboard against the Eagles (1-6) and become the county's all-time leading passer in yardage.
Markiewicz said Tuesday that Ray has 1,545 yards in the air, although it's been reported he has 1,565, but one thing is for sure, the record is 1,633 and Ray has a legitimate shot to break it on homecoming night.
Ray, who played at Brooklyn Park before it merged with Andover to become North County (5-2), will break the record of Dave Fajerski, who set it at Brooklyn Park in 1988.
The Knight's run and shoot will have the Eagles dizzy by night's end.
North County 34, Northeast 13.
Severn at Archbishop Spalding, Saturday at 2 p.m.
The high-powered offense of Severn (5-2), led by quarterback Kyong So, will have the winless Cavs reeling.
All Spalding (0-5-1) can do is keep going out there, giving its best and hoping to see that light at the end of the tunnel. One day it will, but not Saturday.
Severn 35, Spalding 0.
Southern at Queen Anne's, Saturday 1:30 p.m.
Queen Anne's (4-3) took last year's encounter at Harwood, 20-6, but this one is on the Eastern Shore. It's hard to pick against Southern (4-3) after its impressive one-point victory at Chopticon last week, but the Lions are on an interesting pattern.
Since the second week of the season, Queen Anne's has won, lost, won, lost, won and, yes, last week lost to J.M. Bennett.
You know the Prophet. He believes in trends, so . . .
Queen Anne's 14, Southern 12.
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