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  1. 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!!!!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Hereford at Kenwood - Hereford followed up their horrible outing against North Harford with a running clock win over Sparrows Point. Kenwood is off to a 2-0 start, but against two of the County's usual also-rans. We'll know a lot more about these two teams after this game. Look for Hereford to come out on top in what should be a tough, hard-hitting game. Hereford 23, Kenwood-14. Loyola at Archbishop Curley - Here we have two 0-2 teams with new coaching staffs installing brand new offenses. While Loyola lost two squeakers by a combined 10 points, Curley was destroyed by Linganore and Tuscarora by a combined score of 106-12. Curley won't lose like that this weekend, but neither will they win. Loyola should slowly and methodically wear the Friars down with their spread-option offense and win comfortably. This game will be a homecoming of sorts for three Loyola coaches who served on the staff of recently departed long-time Curley Head Coach Sean Murphy. Loyola-28, Curley-7. Dunbar at City - Two evenly matched teams go at it with City trying for two in a row against Dunbar following a long string of Poet wins in the series. Standout Dunbar QB Jared Lewis will prove to be the best player on the field and lead his team to victory by the narrowest of margins. Dunbar-22, City-20. Also: Good Counsel at Archbishop Spalding St. Frances at Don Bosco Prep (NJ) John Carroll at Bel Air Poly at Mervo North Harford at Eastern Tech Tuscarora at Middletown Gilman at Episcopal (VA)
  15. Some Predictions: Dematha at Franklin - Kudos to Franklin for being willing to take on the best. While Franklin's chances of winning this game look remote, let's hope they can give Dematha a good game. Look for Dematha to open up an early working margin, then put the game on ice with a 4th quarter TD. Franklin won't be embarrassed. Dematha - 31, Franklin - 13. Calvert Hall at Wise - We've seen predictions on this game ranging from a narrow CHC upset to a lopsided Wise victory. I'm somewhere in the middle. While CHC plays tougher competition top to bottom than Wise, the Wise Guys have shown the talent to able to beat any team in the state. Wise should win comfortably, but the game won't be a blowout. Wise - 28, Calvert Hall - 14. Loyola at John Carroll - Loyola is continuing to implement their new spread option offense, and following a disappointing loss to Boys Latin last week, are not quite there yet. On the other hand, John Carroll features a strong passing attack led by 6'7" QB Qadir Ismail. Loyola comes away with a hard-earned win in this battle of contrasting styles. Loyola - 21, John Carroll - 14. Hereford at Sparrows Point - Hereford has no place to go but up following last week's abysmal performance against North Harford. Meanwhile, Sparrows Point is riding high after last week's impressive win against 4A Catonsville. While some believe this may be the worst Catonsville team in school history, last Friday's result is a clear indicator that Sparrows Point is an improved football team. The Hereford Bulls outlast the Pointers in a close one. Hereford - 20, Sparrows Point -16. Also: Middletown at Poly Thomas Johnson at City North Harford at Patterson Mill Arundel at Meade Eastern Tech at Parkville Perry Hall at Towson
  16. The 2A North Region takes on a much different look this year, as three of the four playoff teams from 2016 have been reclassified down to 1A. Regional runner-up Hereford is the only playoff team back from last year, and the Bulls should be a force in the region again in 2017. The P.G. County 2A teams have been moved to the 2A North for 2017-2018,and Gwynn Park, 9-2 last year, appears to be the team to beat in the region this fall. Other playoff contenders include Edmondson, New Town, and two teams looking to bounce back from disappointing seasons in 2016, Eastern Tech and Patterson. Class 2A looks especially strong this year, with outstanding teams everywhere. 2A West may be the strongest region in the state, regardless of classification. Damascus, Walkersville, Middletown, Oakdale and Seneca Valley will be competing for four playoff spots. This is yet another example of why the state needs to scrap the four-teams-per-region quota system and simply go with the top 16 teams according to their playoff points system, but that is a topic for another thread. 2A South is nearly as imposing as the West. Here, Patuxent and Calvert will be joined by three reclassified Howard County teams that made the 3A playoffs last year, Glenelg, River Hill, and Wilde Lake. In the 2A East, 2016 state runner-up Elkton, perennial contenders Kent Island and Queen Anne's, and several other strong teams will fight it out for the regional championship. 2A may be the toughest of all four classifications, in that its championship will be the most competitive and most difficult to win. Whoever does win it will have to run a gauntlet in order to do so. Like the 2A North, the 1A North changes drastically in 2017. Rivals Dunbar and Douglass have been reclassified from 2A and 3A respectively, and will likely fight it out for the regional championship. But they can't sleep on a tough Overlea team, also moving down from 2A. With Fort Hill apparently in more of a rebuilding mode than usual this year, Dunbar, led by standout QB Jared Lewis, looks like the early favorite to end FH's four year run of state championships. Watch for Fort Hill to be challenged in the West by arch rival Allegany and Boonsboro. I would be very surprised if the 1A state champion came from any region other than the North or West this year.
  17. North Harford - 32, Hereford -25. Don't let the score fool you; this was a dominant win by North Harford. Hereford's defense looked helpless, as the NH offense ran and passed virtually at will. Two of Hereford's TD's came on a kickoff return late in the second quarter after NH had taken a 17-6 lead, and on a return for a score by a Bulls' DL following a fumble by NH's QB on a sack. This gave Hereford a short-lived 18-17 lead. What success Hereford had came through the air, as NH stifled Hereford's running attack like few others have. The Hawks controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage all game. All I can say is that North Harford is better than most people think, or Hereford will struggle mightily to win many games this year. This team has issues.
  18. A lot of interesting games this weekend. Here are some: North Harford at Hereford - This could be the toughest game on Hereford's less than demanding 2017 schedule, as these two neighborhood rivals from bordering counties will meet in Week 1 for the seventh time since 2009.The contests have typically been physical and competitive, and this year's appears to be no different. In a low scoring battle, Hereford scores a late TD, then hits on a two-point conversion to come away with a hard-earned victory. Hereford-15, North Harford-14. Arundel at Perry Hall - This game should be a shootout. Arundel has consistently been one of the highest scoring teams in the Baltimore metropolitan area, while Perry Hall's hopes for a win will be riding on the skills of talented QB Tyler Holley. In a battle that keeps the fans on the edge of their seats for the entire game, Arundel will have just enough to overcome the PH Gators. Arundel-35, Perry Hall-28. Dunbar at Allegany - Dunbar journeys up to Cumberland for a first-time ever regular season clash against the Campers. Allegany will have a large home crowd supporting them, but that shouldn't bother Dunbar. Look for Allegany to utilize their ball-control offense to try to shorten the game and keep the Dunbar offense, led by stellar QB Jared Lewis, off the field as much as possible. But Allegany hasn't encountered a team with the speed and skill of Dunbar, and that will be the deciding factor in what should be an outstanding game. Dunbar-28, Allegany-23. Lewis at New Town - I'm still not sold on Reggie Lewis. Last year, they feasted on weak regular season competition, then got rolled in the playoffs by an Edmondson team that went .500 during the regular season, but who played a much tougher schedule. New Town has been pretty solid in recent years, and should be significantly better than most of the teams Lewis will see for the remainder of the season. The New Town Titans hold off Lewis in a thriller. New Town-30, Lewis-26. Also: Loyola at Boys Latin Gilman at Good Counsel Dundalk at Calvert Hall Overlea at Bel Air Archbishop Curley at Linganore And Last but not least....Walkersville at New Era
  19. Dammit, you've convinced me! They should just cancel the season.
  20. Maybe they should just cancel the season then. I mean, like why even bother.
  21. In an entertaining game-type scrimmage before a good sized crowd, Loyola beat Perry Hall, 20-14. PH scored two early TD's to go up 14-0, but Loyola got it together and came back to win. The PH QB is rangy, athletic, elusive and a good passer, but did throw two interceptions which hurt the Gators' cause. The first INT was returned to the PH six yard line to set up an easy score for Loyola, cutting the PH lead to 14-6 at the half. Loyola pretty much controlled the second half and appeared to wear Perry Hall down, even though the Dons had more players going both ways than the Gators did. Loyola's new triple option spread offense is a work-in-progress, but their execution improved as the scrimmage wore on, which had to be encouraging for the Dons' coaches. I don't think MIAA teams should be sleeping on Loyola this year. And Perry Hall has some impressive football players on their roster, and should strongly challenge Franklin and Milford Mill in the Baltimore County 3A-4A. All in all, it was a useful evening's work for both teams.
  22. Ranking the Baltimore County teams, top to bottom: 1) Franklin, 2) Milford Mill, 3) Perry Hall, 4) Hereford, 5) Parkville, 6) Dundalk, 7) Overlea, 8) Dulaney, 9) Catonsville, 10) New Town, 11) Eastern Tech, 12) Woodlawn, 13) Kenwood, 14) Patapsco, 15) Towson, 16) Owings Mills, 17) Chesapeake, 18) Randallstown, 19) Western Tech, 20) Sparrows Point, 21) Lansdowne, 22) Pikesville, 23) Loch Raven Franklin or Milford Mill look like the only County teams capable of making a deep playoff run.
  23. I am aware of Douglass and Lackey, but perhaps you are NOT all that well versed in the fact that either Dunbar or Fort Hill has won the state 1A championship 11 of the last 13 years. I prefer to go with the proven, consistent programs that have withstood the test of time, even more so in 2017 now that Dunbar and Fort Hill are both in 1A once again. But Douglass, Lackey, or some team nobody is even thinking about could surprise. That is why we play the season.
  24. Great first start, Jeremy! I've always thought that in close-ups standing on the mound in his baseball cap, Jeremy Hellickson looked like the male Scarlett Johansson!