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  1. If this does indeed happen, the coaches and AD's should petition the County to dissolve the Developmental League ASAP. Don't wait until next fall, when reclassification occurs. Woodlawn and Towson make the playoffs, while Parkville and Dundalk do not. This kind of atrocity should not be allowed to happen more than once. The current Divisions 2 and 3 could be reconfigured as follows: 2A-3A: Eastern Tech, Hereford, New Town, Owings Mills, Lansdowne, Patapsco, Towson, Woodlawn. 1A: Chesapeake, Loch Raven, Overlea, Pikesville, Randallstown, Sparrows Point, Western.
  2. Chesapeake's aggregate record from 2012 to 2016 was 14-36. That pretty much defines an also-ran in my book. Additionally, they were a member of the earlier version of the infamous Developmental League, which speaks for itself. I know they had some success in whatever division they were in in the County from 2007-2011, but the program's all-time playoff record dating back to 1984 is an unflattering 2-9. Most of those losses were blowouts, and they've never made it out of their region. Chesapeake had mostly horrendous teams from the early 1990's to the early 2000's. I recall that in 1997, the year Hereford won its first state championship, Chesapeake went 0-10 and scored one TD all season...on a kickoff return. Not one offensive score in 10 games! Getting back to 2017, I think Chesapeake has a very good chance of beating Lewis if they happen to face them. Lewis doesn't play anybody, and like you pointed out, the Bayhawks beat New Town by two TD's, while Lewis only beat them by two points. If Chesapeake runs into Dunbar, look out! Dunbar will beat them with a running clock. Lewis too, for that matter.
  3. Others have given detailed descriptions of the Loyola-Gilman game, but all I can add is that Loyola players, coaches and fans can be proud of the effort the team put forth today. I predicted a Loyola upset on another thread and believed both at halftime, when the Dons led 7-0, and at the end of the third quarter, when they led 14-7, that Loyola would win this game. Unfortunately, the Dons weren't good enough to close the deal. But even after Gilman took their only lead of the game with 1:05 left in the game, Loyola quickly moved down to the Gilman 13 and were a pass off the outstretched fingertips of a receiver in the end zone of winning this game or at least sending it to overtime. If Loyola had played this well against Boys' Latin and John Carroll, they would have won those two games. I'd also like to point out something that a poster put on another thread....Loyola could beat 75% of the teams in the state of Maryland. They are not a bad football team when one looks at the big picture. They just don't have the talent to successfully compete in the MIAA A Conference, one of the two toughest leagues in the state. Finally, well done to Gilman for coming from behind twice and winning this game. DILLY GILLY!!!!
  4. Agree with your Top 5 in the County. As a long-time follower of Baltimore County football, this year is as bad as it's ever been. Milford or Franklin are the only teams capable of advancing out of their region in the playoffs. Perry Hall isn't going anywhere in 4A, they never do. I agree with BmoreBall's assessment that outside the top three, the rest of the County is pretty much of a train wreck. Hereford has its weakest team since the pre-Turnbaugh days. The offensive line play has been mostly poor, as well as the tackling of the defense. A number of County teams are hampered by lack of numbers and size. Quite a few of these teams have rosters of fewer than 25 players, and fewer than 20 suited up for games. Just the fact that a perennial also-ran like Chesapeake is in line to win the 1A-2A Division championship shows how far County football has dropped off. It's not like Chesapeake has suddenly become a powerhouse, but more an indication that the rest of the teams have sunk to their level, or below. Hopefully, things will start to turn around next year.
  5. I'm aware of what Gilman did against Calvert Hall and Mt. St. Joe, but do not agree that Gilman is not struggling. Any team with a 2-5 record that has been outscored 197-96 by its opponents is struggling. I make my prediction based on a gut feeling that Loyola is due for at least one good game this year, and this could be it. As you pointed out, Gilman has injury issues which could come into play. I'll probably be proven wrong, but you have to stick your neck out once in a while. By the way, does this Spanky character you keep posting about have a real first and last name? Spanky is a nickname, and not a very good one. The only Spanky I've ever heard of was in the Little Rascals.
  6. Here are some. You'll have to go elsewhere to find a complete listing of games. Poly at Edmondson Pallotti at Archbishop Curley Perry Hall at Franklin Parkville at Kenwood Overlea at Eastern Tech Linganore at Middletown McDonogh at Mount St. Joe John Carroll at Severn Fort Hill at Friendship Collegiate (DC) UPSET SPECIAL Gilman at Loyola - Two struggling teams battle it out in a low-scoring contest. Gilman is leading 14-7 when Loyola scores a TD in the closing minutes. Rather than take their chances in overtime, the Dons go for the win in regulation. The two-point conversion is GOOD!! Loyola-15, Gilman-14.
  7. Anyone care to make some? Here are a few: John Carroll at Palotti Good Counsel at DeMatha Dundalk at Perry Hall Chesapeake at Eastern Tech Hereford at Overlea Kent Island at Oakdale Walkersville at Tuscarora Archbishop Spalding at Calvert Hall Franklin at Milford Mill Kenwood at Dulaney
  8. Eastern Tech won 26-20. Don't be misled by the score; this was a physical beat down by ET. They had no passing attack, but simply ran the ball down Hereford's throats with a corp of tough, but not fast, RB's. On the flip side, Hereford's running attack did nothing, and they were forced to go to the air to achieve what success they had. Hereford's blocking and tackling were terrible. The Bulls will lose to Overlea next week and Chesapeake in Week 10. This is the worst Hereford team since the pre-Turnbaugh era. The most disappointing aspect of this team is the utter lack of physicality. So uncharacteristic.
  9. Eastern Tech at Hereford - The game between these two often decides their divisional championship, and that could be the case again this year. ET has won three straight, while Hereford has won four. Since both teams run ground-oriented offenses, we should see fewer points in the Zone than in the last two weeks. Look for the Bulls to outlast the Technicians in a game that should be close throughout. Hereford-27, Eastern Tech-20. Chesapeake (BC) at Towson - The Chesapeake Bayhawks are riding high after an 18-8 win over a solid Overlea team. Meanwhile, Towson is coming off a less than impressive win over one-win Sparrows Point. Chesapeake has definite 1A playoff aspirations, and could derail Towson's in 3A with a win here. The Bayhawks get the job done. Chesapeake-20, Towson-14. Calvert Hall at Gilman. The Cardinals should carry plenty of momentum forward from their very impressive win over Mt. St. Joe last week. Gilman is coming off a bye week, which may or may not be to their benefit. Don't look for a lot of points to be scored in this game, but most of those should come from Calvert Hall. CHC puts the game out of reach with a late field goal. Calvert Hall-17, Giman-7. Also: Boys' Latin at Palotti St. Paul's at Archbishop Curley Overlea at Randallstown Dunbar at Poly Havre de Grace at Elkton Howard at Long Reach Linganore at Oakdale
  10. Hereford-56, New Town-36 A very weird game, to say the least. New Town turned the ball over eight times, scored four offensive TD's, and didn't punt a single time. Hereford punted once. Again this week, Hereford's defense was atrocious.
  11. New Town at Hereford - 3-1 Hereford hosts a winless New Town team, hungry for victory. Hereford's defense was hideous last Friday against a mediocre Randallstown team that played the last 3/4 of the game without its starting QB, so there is a reasonable chance New Town wins this game. But the Hereford offense is averaging 34 points per game, and that should see the Bulls through, but only after a stiff challenge from the Titans. Hereford-31, New Town-22. Walkersville at Linganore - This is one of the best games in the state this weekend between two teams who will have a major impact in their respective playoff brackets. Little to choose between these two, but I'm going with Walkersville, based mainly on the result of last year's game. Hard to think Linganore has closed the gap completely, especially since this year's Walkersville team appears to be every bit as good as last year's. Walkersville-24, Linganore-21. Edmondson at City - Even matchup between two of the City's better teams, both with championship aspirations. City already has one league loss, so one would expect them to play with a slightly greater sense of urgency. The Knights prevail in a hard-fought, back and forth contest. City-20, Edmondson-16. Also: Overlea at Chesapeake North Harford at C Milton Wright Long Reach at River Hill Oakdale at Middletown John Carroll at Boys' Latin McDonogh at Spalding Mount St. Joe at Calvert Hall
  12. The last team anyone should be hyping is Towson, especially when the whole team appears to revolve around one player. We found out everything we needed to find out about Towson in the Perry Hall game. As others have said, yeah, Towson might win the Developmental League championship and take a playoff berth from a more deserving team who played tougher competition, but they will be humiliated in the first round of the playoffs. This is yet another of the unintended (or maybe intended) consequences of the County's foolish re-establishment of the D-League.
  13. Edmondson at John Carroll - The Red Storm continues to prove that they are the real deal. Broadneck at Arundel - Arundel's offense may keep them in the game for a while, but Broadneck eventually pulls away. Poly at Tuscarora - Comfortable win for the home team. Mervo at Dunbar - Should be a real edge-of-your-seat crowd pleaser. Milford Mill at Perry Hall - Another barn-burner. Urbana at Oakdale - Urbana's struggles continue. Fallston at North Harford - The Cougars win a close, high-scoring battle. Mount St. Joe at Gilman - The Gaels by a TD in a defensive game. City at Woodlawn - Closer than some expect. Eastern Tech at New Town - The Mavericks outlast the Titans to keep the home team winless.
  14. Loyola-20, Curley-12 This was a strange game. Curley scored in the first quarter to go up, 6-0, and was moving the ball again in Loyola territory the second. Then, a long Friar pass was intercepted at the goal line by Loyola and returned 100 yards for a TD. The extra point gave the Dons a 7-6 lead. In the closing minutes of the half, Curley drove deep into Loyola territory yet again, and lined up for a chip shot field goal with five seconds left in an attempt to go back up at halftime. Loyola blocked the kick, then returned the ball for a TD to go up 13-6 at the half. Curley scored a TD on a long run in the third quarter and decided to go for two in order to regain the lead. The Friar QB was stopped inches short of the goal line, and Loyola's 13-12 lead was preserved. The Dons finally scored an offensive TD on a sustained drive in the fourth quarter to go up by the final margin of 20-12. Although the result of the game was a much-needed Loyola win and a missed opportunity for Curley, it appears that points, and wins, will be hard to come by for these two teams over the remainder of the season.
  15. Hereford-29, Kenwood-21 This was an exciting game that was closer than it should have been. Hereford scored on a long drive in the first quarter, but Kenwood answered with a 60+ yard TD run to tie the game, 7-7. In the second quarter, Hereford had first and goal at the Kenwood three yard line following another long drive, but fumbled into the end zone and Kenwood recovered for a touchback. The game remained tied, 7-7, at halftime. Kenwood received the second half kickoff and moved briskly downfield, capping the drive with a TD pass of about 30 yards to take the lead. Following the Bluebirds kickoff, Hereford moved to midfield, but once again fumbled. A Kenwood player scooped up the loose ball and took it in for a TD, and suddenly Hereford found itself trailing 21-7. The Bulls sucked it up on their next drive, and aided by a personal foul call against Kenwood, drove down for a score to draw within 21-14. Into the fourth quarter, Kenwood was forced to punt, and Hereford put together another sustained drive and scored with about 5:30 left in the game to pull within one point. The Bulls lined up to kick the extra point, but faked it instead and completed a pass barely inside the end zone to take a 22-21 lead. Following the kickoff, Hereford stopped Kenwood cold on three downs, and with about three minutes left and several time outs left, the Bluebirds inexplicably went for it on fourth and 10 from their own 25 instead of punting. Hereford held, took over on downs, then quickly scored again to make the score 29-21. Kenwood did nothing after receiving the ensuing kickoff, turning the ball over on downs again. Hereford then ran out the clock to end the game. This was an important win for Hereford, especially coming back from a two TD deficit in the second half to win by eight points. This is something the Bulls can build on for the remainder of the season and, hopefully, the playoffs. Well done to both teams for the effort they put forth tonight. These kids left it all out on the field.