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FOOTBALL SAGE REBOUNDS TO ACHIEVE PERFECT PREDICTIONS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Showing he hasn't lost his touch, Prophet Pat came roaring back in the second week of the high school football season to go 8-0.

Starting the season with a lackluster 7-7 card, the Prophet shrugged off his detractors with a perfect card. That first week of the season always has been a tough one for the Prophet, who, with a tendency to pickwith his heart when county teams go against outsiders, usually gets burned.

Reviewing last week's perfect slate, two of the Prophet's best picks were Annapolis in the "Game of the Week" and Southern over Severn.

The sage told you it would be Annapolis, 24-14, over Meade, and it was 15-8 Annapolis. While most of the local prognosticators liked Severn to win at home over Southern, the Prophet stuck his neck out and took Southern, 20-15, and Southern won, 27-23.

With the Prophet's pick in parentheses, here are the six other games: Old Mill 28, Chesapeake 0 (Old Mill, 35-13); Glen Burnie 20, Broadneck 16 (Glen Burnie, 14-10); North County 9, Arundel 8 (North County, 21-14); South River 6, St. Mary's 0 (South River 21, St. Mary's 7); Northeast 34, Spalding 8 (Northeast 20, Spalding 0); and Severna Park over Queen Anne's, 35-10 (Severna Park, 42-0).

This week your favorite sage has a shot at 10 games, so let's roll while the Prophet is hot.

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OldMill (2-0) at Severna Park(1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, "Game of the Week."

Severna Park won the county championship last year, dealing thePatriots their only regular-season loss, 21-13, but Old Mill won itsfirst Region IV title.

The Old Mill loss came at Severna Park, and the Prophet believes history will repeat itself.

The Prophet feels the seniors on this year's Falcon squad want to leave no doubt as to who has the best team in the county and region, and he knows they need this one to prove it.

Old Mill has yet to lose but has yet toplay an opponent the equal of Severna Park. The Pats have beaten LaPlata of Charles County (1-1) and Chesapeake (1-1), while the Falcons dropped a 22-14 decision to the fourth-ranked team in the state, HighPoint of Prince George's, and hammered Queen Anne's, 35-10, last week.

Severna Park will be concerned about stopping the Pats' Harold Peters and superb kicker Steve Oliver, but Old Mill has to contend with John Jennings and Gerald Cager carrying the pigskin. And the Falcons' junior QB, Tim Bowerman, can throw.

Look for the Falcons to get it done in a hard-hitting battle and bring the Pats back to the pack at the top of 4A Region IV. Severna Park 24, Old Mill 14.

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North County (2-0) at Annapolis (1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, on United Cable TV of Annapolis, Channel 19.

This is the most interesting gameson this week's 10-game slate. What happens here should tell us if the Chuck Markiewicz run-and-shoot Knights are ready for prime time or if Annapolis is truly back.

Winning a football game at Annapolis never has been easy no matter who visits Riva Road. North County, in its first year as a 4A school, knows this is its chance to gain the respect of the rest of the 4A League.

It's a tough game to call because the Knights' relentless passing can wreak havoc on opposing defenses, and last week, in its 15-8 win over Meade, Annapolis looked vulnerable in the secondary.

At the same time, the Knights' run-and-shoot has been less than spectacular the first two weeks, especially inlast week's 9-8 steal over Arundel. Markiewicz knows his Knights hadno right to win that one after being outplayed most of the game by the Wildcats.

Markiewicz has to be concerned about sophomore QB Reggie Moore, who still is learning how to execute the run-and-shoot andread the opposing defenses properly. This is only the third game, and it's not going to be easy in the Panther Den.

It's been said that the best pass defense is the pass rush, and after the way the Panther defensive front has played so far, the Knights should be worried. The way the Prophet sees it, North County will have to jump out earlyor it's going to be a long night.

The question is, will the Knights' get a chance to run and shoot if the Panthers play their game andkeep the pigskin? In other words, it comes down to who has the better defense, and the Prophet believes it's going to be the ones in maroon. Annapolis 27, North County 20.

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Glen Burnie (2-0) at Chesapeake (1-1), 7:30 p.m Friday, "Lock of the Week."

After the final gun has sounded Friday night, the Gophers should be the last unbeaten4A team at 3-0 if the Prophet is right on his first two picks.

Another typical Glen Burnie football season is shaping up on the Gophers' "cupcake to meat and potatoes" schedule. It's not their fault, butthe way the schedule works out, the Gophers usually get off to a fast start, revving up false hopes.

Then comes the "meat and potatoes" part of their schedule -- Severna Park, Annapolis, Meade and Old Mill -- and reality sets in. Will it be the same old story? Who knows at this stage of the game, but one thing's for sure, the Gophers will be 3-0 Saturday.

Alphonse Generette will run the Cougars ragged asthe Gophers' offense comes to life. Glen Burnie 24, Chesapeake 7.

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Broadneck (0-2) at Arundel (0-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The visiting Bruins' offense came alive in the final period (16 points in 20-16 loss) against Glen Burnie last week, and that should give them a lot of confidence going into this one.

At the same time, despite their 0-2 start, the Wildcats also gained some confidence in shutting down the North County run-and-shoot before bowing by a point in the last minute and a half.

These two teams are even in what is the battle for the eventual spot above Chesapeake in the final standings in the county 4A League. Give the edge to the home team. Arundel 14, Broadneck 13.

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Wilde Lake (2-0) at Southern (1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday.

After winning their first game over Severn, 27-23, it's a shamethat the host Dawgs have to strap on the helmets against this prolific Howard County power. Ranked No. 2 by The Sun, the Wildecats buriedDundalk, 27-0, last week, and the defending Class 2A state champs defeated South Carroll, 20-12, in their opener.

Last year, on the way to the state 2A title and a 13-0 mark, the Wildecats humbled Southern, 34-0. Oh well. Wilde Lake 28, Southern 0.

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Queen Anne's (0-2) at Meade (1-1), 7 p.m. Friday.

It took Queen Anne's overtime to nip Meade, 12-6, last year, but OT won't be needed this time. The Lions' defense will feel as if it worked overtime, though, but that's because Kenny Walker will run it ragged all night. Meade 24, Queen Anne's 0.

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Linganore (1-1) at South River (2-0), 7 p.m. Friday.

The Seahawks' luck runs out this week as their defense will give up its first touchdown to its northern visitors. Just another peacefulnight of no one being offensive in Edgewater, but this time, a different ending. Linganore 10, South River 3.

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Mount Hebron (1-1) at Northeast (1-1), 7 p.m. Friday.

Both these teams are coming offtheir first wins, but despite losing the first week, 33-12, to unbeaten Chesapeake of Baltimore County, Bart Rader's host Eagles played pretty well.

The Prophet knows that Rader took it easy on Spalding last week in a 34-8 romp, and the Eagles are more experienced than the Vikings of Howard County, who only returned six starters. Derek Dolch will score the game-winner. Northeast 14, Mount Hebron 7.

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St. Mary's (2-1) at St. Paul's (2-0), 3:45 p.m. Friday.

The host Crusaders have yet to give up a point in two wins -- 28-0 over Hereford and 16-0 over St. James. Meanwhile, the Saints didn't score last week in a 6-0 loss at South River.

This game is a toss-up, so give the advantage to the home team, with junior QB Joe Unitas tossing a game-winning TD to avenge last year's 14-0 loss to the Saints. St. Paul's 13, St. Mary's 12.

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Archbishop Spalding (0-2) at Severn (1-2), 2 p.m. Saturday.

You have to admire the Cavaliers for showing up every week, and the Prophet really hopes he's wrong one of these weeks for their sakes, but it won't be this week. Severn 28, Spalding 7.

THE PROPHET TO DATE

Right . . . . Wrong . . . . Pct.

15 . . . . . . . 7. . . . .682

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