I was 3-3 last week, 34-14 overall. (about 70% average). It’s the final week of the regular season and we have an absolute log jam in the second and third tier teams. 7 of the 12 county teams have either 4 or 5 wins. That’s almost 60% of the teams within 1 win of each other. Unheard of.
RESERVOIR (6-2) @ MOUNT HEBRON (7-1). The HOCO county championship game! If Resi wins they claim a share of the ship, if Hebrons wins, they win it outright. Resi has been extremely lucky in at least 2 of their wins (MR/LR). Hebron was upset last week by the Lions, but I see them getting back on track here and winning the county outright. They have dominant in all but 1 game. Either way-historic seasons for both of these programs. Hebron by 2 scores.
ATHOLTON (5-3) @ RIVER HILL.( 5-3) Huge rivalry game here. Atholton has not looked like the team that went undefeated in the regular season the past 2 years. They have lost 3 games this year (Glen, LR and OM). River Hill comes in with 3 losses as well (How, WL and MtH). The ties between these 2 schools are undeniable. River Hill’s first principal, athletic director and head football coach came from Atholton when the school opened in 1996. Current Hawks head coach Brian Van Deusen is an Atholton alum and HOCO POY for the ‘91 season. I trust the Hawks will be well prepared for this game and, as I’ve been saying, they are getting healthy at the right time. Hawks in a close one in front of a packed house on senior night.
GLENELG (5-3) @ MARRIOTTS RIDGE (4-4) I look for Glenelg to bounce back after a physical loss to the hawks. Glenelg by 2 scores.
OAKLAND MILLS (2-6) @ HAMMOND( 0-8). OM is poised to win their 3rd straight here after losing 6 to start the season. They could be a dangerous playoff matchup for somebody. OM by 3 scores.
CENTENNIAL (0-8) @ HOWARD (5-3). Howard is still riding high after that upset of the Vikings. They get a nice week to get everyone in the game before the playoffs start next week. Howard in a blowout.
LONG REACH (5-3) @ WILDE LAKE( 4-4) Long Reach got hosed on the bogus backwards pass call last week and lost to Resi by 1 point. I’m sure Coach Willis is still angry at that one. Lake lost to a resurgent OM squad. I like LR in this one as they’ve been slightly more consistent this season than WL. That being said, recent history teaches us that anybody can beat anybody in this crazy ‘23 season. Reach by 2 scores.