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That’s one big Mackerel worth snappin’ as Marty goes with Good Counsel


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Published on: Thursday, October 04, 2012

By Montgomery Marty

The Big Mackerel Snapper was so pumped about the upcoming game between the Falcons of Good Counsel and the Johns of DeMatha, that he jumped the gun and wrote about it in this space last week, forgetting that the schools were on a bye.

Well, the real week has finally arrived and Marty is ready. He’s cleared his calendar on Friday to do it up right. In the mornin,’ the Big Behemoth will hit Nick’s Diner for a fabulous feta omelet. Then he’s on his way to his favorite course in the Greater Olney Area, Blue Mash. Marty is gonna ice up a 12-pack of PBR tall boys and hit the links for 36 glorious holes. The Big Swingin’ Stick will tee it high and let it fly, with a 10-gallon on his head, a King Edward between his lips, and his favorite forecaddie, the lovely and talented HongLing, keepin’ track of his balls. 

By the time it gets dark, it will be time to skedaddle to Old Vic Boulevard and watch the best private school rivalry in the Washington area. Good Counsel is loaded, but DeMatha is on the rebound. The Johns are way better than last year and are set to give the Falcons all they can handle.   

After the game, the Big Bibulous One, will head to the Stained Glass Pub, the first true “sports bar” Marty can remember patronizin’ in Montgomery County. It’s gonna be a fabulous day in the neighborhood as Marty does Olney up right.

Speakin’ of doin’ it up right, the Big Prognosticator went 10-5 last week. Actually that ain’t nothin’ to brag about. The Big Seer, Sage, and Soothsayer vows to bring it this week, and improve his season record of 64-23.

Good Counsel 38 

DeMatha 30  

Marty reckons the difference will be the Irishman, Dorian O’Daniel. How about his performance last time out against Gonzaga when he rushed for 334 yards and four touchdowns! If you thought Wes Brown was good last year and Jelani Jenkins before that, wait until you see Ol’ Dorian, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound freight train barrelin’ downhill with power to go between the tackles, a stiff-arm that should be outlawed, and speed to take it the distance every time he breaks into the open field. On Friday night, the Big Sound and Fury sees Dorian leavin’ the defense of the DeMatha Johns in a cloud of dust enough times for a shootout victory in the first of two meetings this year between these bitter rivals.  

Sherwood 34 

Magruder 7

Good Counsel-DeMatha ain’t the only big rivalry game in the neighborhood on Friday night. Sherwood-Magruder is one of the best rumbles annually in Montgomery County. In truth, these teams probably do it at a higher level in basketball and soccer. Sherwood has been a football power forever, but Magruder has been wanderin’ in the wilderness since the departure of the great one, Ol’ Roy Lester, two decades ago. Sherwood has won the last five meetin’s by a combined 149-14 and Marty sees more of the same on Friday night, though there guarantees to be a huge crowd with plenty of hooliganism. 

Northwest 27 

Churchill 26

After the Ryder Cup performance of Jim Furyk, Churchill has returned its year’s supply of Five-Hour Energy to PGA Tour headquarters, demanding a refund.

Springbrook 28 

Blair 8

With its win last week over Northwood, Blair ended its 14-game losing streak. In what is believed to be related news, several pigs were seen flying toward a full moon Sunday night in Poolesville.  

Einstein 23 

Watkins Mill 20

“Squatting on the route” now illegal in ultra-conservative Montgomery Village.

Northwood 12 

Kennedy 7 

After its 0-5 start, Kennedy angered by comparison to Ryder Cup goat Steve Stricker. 

Quince Orchard 22 

Whitman 6

The Cougars growing injury list now includes assistant coaches Josh Klotz (hyperextended pectoral), John Kelley (Copenhagen cheek), T.J. Changuris (saddle sores), Mike Sami (bruised armpit), Paul Foringer (swollen ears), Mike Wheeler (psoriasis), David Heiney-Gonzalez (pinched coccyx), and Bob Glass (pusy discharge).   

Paint Branch 20 

B-CC 14

B-CC coach Rich Noland is a complicated, diverse creature, a fine mix of debonair and adrenaline, battle scars and good jokes. He lives the Ultra Life.

Seneca Valley 43 

Rockville 8

Game has been rated NC-17 for violence, strong language, and graphic depictions that may be disturbing for children.  

Blake 26 

Wootton 19

After his 85-yard touchdown catch in a win last week over Walter Johnson, Wootton freshman Trevon Diggs made a verbal commitment to the Green Bay Packers.

Gaithersburg 23 

Clarksburg 14

Clarksburg coach Larry Hurd “Sexiest Man Alive” by the Maryland Football Coaches Association.

Damascus 34 

Walter Johnson 7

Surgeon General warnings now come with every Walter Johnson home game. 

Richard Montgomery 28

Wheaton 8

Struggling Wheaton (1-4) has dedicated the second half of the season to Seve Ballesteros.

Pikesville 20 

Poolesville 14

This is the opening game of an annual doubleheader in Pittsville. In the nightcap, it’s Perryville versus Parkville.

Landon 37 

Episcopal 7

The Man, the Myth, the Legend says that with Myles Allen back, there’s no way, no how, High School High can deal with the powerhouse rushing attack of Da Bears. 

Bullis 24 

McNamara 21

Interestin’ test here as Pat Cilento’s Bulldogs go up against a tough WCAC team that has lost three games by a combined 12 points. Undefeated Bullis will have to contain McNamara home run hitter Jordan Crockett, a long-distance threat at wideout and in the return game.  

St. Albans 26

Georgetown Prep 20 

Not even Jose Maria Olazabal and Ian Poulter could rescue this season for the winless Little Hoyas (0-5). 

Avalon 26 

Perry Street Prep 14

Capital Area Football Conference officials announced an interesting arrangement with Georgetown Prep this week. The Little Hoyas will join the league, but will not be required to play any games against teams from the conference.

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