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Friends School of Baltimore's Student News * Founded 1938

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At the end of their final Collection, the class of 2024 streamed onstage for a final dance, and shouts of SEN-IORS!
Class of 2024's Last Collection [Brief & Video]
With heartfelt speeches and whole-class choreography, seniors said farewell to their teachers and underclassmen.
Members of Friends Schools class of 2025 pose for a photo before their first prom.
Photos, Dancing, Memories - and Don't Forget the Food [Brief]
Missed prom? A Quill correspondent and first-time attendee recaps everything you need to know.
Friends juniors prepare for the 2023 Homecoming dance.
'Back to the Future' at Friends School [Brief]
Homecoming 2023 threw students from the '80s to the future, as DJ Ok got everyone on their feet, and even faculty busted a move.
Fans line up for snowballs from a Kona Ice truck during a break in the rain on Scarlet and Grey day.
Scarlet & Grey Day Hits the Quarter Century Mark [Brief]
On a recent rainy Saturday, Park and Friends School sports teams faced off in a series of contests, cheered on by hundreds of soggy fans.
On the final day of Spirit Week, seniors dressed in Friends School colors - scarlet and grey - for the annual Pep Rally.
A Silly, Spirited Week [Brief]
Leading up to Rivalry Day, students dressed up to show their school spirit - and sense of humor.
A senior accesses the Common App landing page for the University of Delaware. As college deadlines approach, the class of 24 is sleepy and stresses.
Seniors Feel College Pressure as Early Deadlines Approach [Brief]
The mood in senior hall is tense, as sleep-starved teens scramble to finish their essays - along with a heavy load of mid-semester schoolwork.
The Morgan State University Marching Band processes down the Friends School driveway, lined with cheering crowds of students, from preschoolers to 12th graders.
In a Year of Tragedy, Morgan Band Concert a Particular Gift [Brief]
Friends students expressed gratitude for the marching band's energetic performance - especially so soon after a shooting on the Morgan State University campus injured five students.
In Orioles fan and 12th grade dean Josh Carlins office, Friends memorabilia and a recent Baltimore Sun front page celebrating the teams winning season have pride of place.
Fans Dress for MLB Success on Friends' 'Orange Thursday' [Brief]
Led this season by an exciting core of young, up-and-coming stars, the Orioles have won back the hearts of many Friends School fans.
Award-winning novelist Jenny Offill visits the 10th grade English class of Rob Traviesso - her own former student.
Upper School Author Visit Brings Reunion [Brief]
Novelist Jenny Offill spent a day on campus meeting with students at the invitation of her own former student - English teacher Rob Travieso.
Senior Maeve Reichert, head of the literary magazine Mock Turtle, talks to potential 9th grade recruits during the 2023 clubs fair.
Highlights From Upper School Clubs Fair [Brief]
Dozens of clubs showed their stuff and courted new members at the high-energy, candy-fueled gathering on the quad.

NFL Week 4 Predictions

A team of Quill reporters and football fans gives their two cents about this week’s matchups.
Solomon Tompkins
Fans stand to watch the action during last week’s Baltimore Ravens game.

NFL football is in full swing – and that means it’s time for weekly score predictions by Quaker Quill reporters Solomon and Sam.

If we disagree on a result, we’ll give two explanations. If we give two different scores but agree on the winner, we’ll only include a second explanation if the disagreeing voice feels it’s necessary.

At the end, you’ll find two top-5 power rankings. These list the best teams the league has to offer, in our opinion.

We’ll be experimenting with more ideas as the season goes on, so please leave us your comments!

Lions vs. Packers:

Lions 27, Packers 21

Amon Ra St-Brown is pretty good at the game of football. So is Aidan Hutchinson. The Lions played both sides of the ball well last week, holding first-round running back Bijan Robinson to just 33 yards on 10 carries. The Pack should keep it close considering how well Jordan Love has been playing. Lions should get the edge though.

Falcons vs. Jaguars

Falcons 20, Jaguars 31

SURELY Trevor Lawrence will return to form with this one. The star QB hasn’t been playing to his usual standard, only going 27 of 40 in the Jags’ last game when passing. That, alongside week two’s unfortunate outing, has left a poor taste in Jags fans’ mouths. This game should right the ship.   

Side Note: Make sure you tune into this game on Disney+. It will be completely animated to the Toy Story animation style and set in real time. It will be a fun watch for sure!

Rams vs. Colts

SAM: Rams 18, Colts 19
I want to throw in at least one scorigami prediction (the first of a given final score). As a Rams hater, I want them to lose in the most hilarious way possible. Three missed extra points after a touchdown, two TDs without extra points and two field goals, or maybe the nuclear option. I’ve got a feeling if there’s any team to score the league-first 1-point safety, it would somehow be the Rams. I have no real insights to offer about this game; I just think it would be funny if this happened.

SOLOMON: Rams 21, Colts 18
After last year, the Rams have become an underdog in most matchups. That being said, Puka Nacua has revived this team and could lead them to a win against the Colts

Ravens vs. Browns

SAM: Ravens 24, Browns 17
Deep down I fear they’ll find a way to choke this one.

SOLOMON: Ravens 30, Browns 17
I have a lot of bias here, but I feel like this will not be a close game.

Vikings vs. Panthers

SAM: Vikings 24, Panthers 28
Deja vu. As good as the Vikings’ offense should be, they just cannot win games. I’m not claiming the Panthers are good. If the Vikings’ defense is a stick of butter, then the Panthers are a sponge: enough to cut through it, but butter is still butter, doesn’t matter what’s cutting it.

SOLOMON: Vikings 30, Panthers 21
The Panthers are a pretty terrible team. The Vikings have not faced a team this bad so far, and I believe this will be their first win.

In this artist’s rendition of a game projection graph, LAC controls for a majority of the game, before JAX comes back. (Solomon Tompkins)

Bengals vs. Titans

SAM: Titans 6, Bengals 27
Six is generous for the Titans. The only win they’ve managed to nab this year was an OT win over the Chargers. For those who don’t know anything about the Chargers, all you need to know is they are both a team and a verb. “Charger-ing it” is another way of saying “choking in an unfathomably awful way.”

You know what? Here’s a graph from January of 2023. The y-axis represents the likelihood of the respective team winning. Home team on the bottom, away on the top. Closer to the top is better for the away team. Closer to the bottom is better for the home team. Middle is break even.

The Chargers controlled the projections for just about the entire game. The Chargers held a 27-7 lead going into halftime. They lost 30-31. You shouldn’t be proud if you beat the Chargers in OT. The Bengals will take this game handily.

SOLOMON: I have nothing important to say; this is possibly the greatest explanation ever.

Buccaneers vs. Saints

SAM: Buccaneers 17, Saints 21

Chris Olave is pretty good at football. 

SOLOMON: Buccaneers 21, Saints 17

Mike Evans is even better at football

Dolphins vs. Bills

SAM: Dolphins 42, Bills 38

I’m convinced that Mike McDaniel, Head Coach for the Dolphins, is a mad genius who spends all of his free time in the Dolphins’ film room watching every frame of the opponent’s defensive film and only goes outside to coach practices and games. This is not a dig at him; he just led his team to score 70 points for the first time since 1966. I’m just a little worried for the guy whenever he’s not casually putting up over 700 yards of offense. The Bills are gonna have their work cut out for them. I wish Leslie Frazier, Defensive Coordinator of the Bills, only the best.

Bears vs. Broncos

SAM: Bears 6, Broncos 7

This game does not deserve to be televised anywhere. Do not let the Broncos’ score fool you. The Bears’ defense will not put on a masterclass in holding their opponents to a single TD. The Broncos will somehow find a way to only score once by their own incompetence.

SOLOMON: Bears 28, Broncos 0

Just trust me, this will all be Justin Fields running, but it will not be close.

Commanders vs. Eagles

SAM: Eagles 31, Commanders 20

The Commanders might need an actual miracle to win this. I don’t know how well Sam Howell is gonna do after a 4-interception game. Maybe Brian Robinson will do something? Probably not.

SOLOMON: Eagles 31, Commanders 14

The Eagles’ defensive line will be able to stop Brian Robinson pretty easily. But Robinson may be the Commanders’ only option, so it should be an easy win for the Birds.

Steelers vs. Texans

SAM: Texans 24, Steelers 20

The Texans shocked the league last week by beating the Jaguars by 20 points. I think it’d be really funny if they got another win.

SOLOMON: As a Ravens fan, this would be hilarious. I can’t wait.

Raiders vs. Chargers

Raiders 14, Chargers 28

The Raiders might manage to win a few games if their quarterback stops throwing the ball to the other team and their head coach learns addition. Even at age 30, Davante Adams continues to make his case for the league’s best wide receiver. The Chargers seem to be getting it together after a rocky start to the year. Expect a decisive win from the Bolts.

Cardinals vs. 49ers

SAM: Cardinals 10, 49ers 35

One of these teams is making a run for the Super Bowl – and it’s not the Cardinals. As impressed as I was with their win against the Cowboys last week ,they’re just not a threat. Compare any given member of each teams’ depth chart, and the 9ers come out on top every time. Last week was a road bump in Arizona’s race for another first overall pick.

SOLOMON: Cardinals 20, 49ers 18

I am feeling another upset for the Cardinals. This is incredibly wishful thinking, but I feel as if they are once again going to be taken for granted. 

Patriots vs. Cowboys

SAM: Patriots 20, Cowboys 17

Speaking of the Cowboys! I can only imagine how Dak will do against an actual defense.

SOLOMON: Cowboys 28, Patriots 14

The Patriots’ defense held the Dolphins to only 24 points, which is an incredible accomplishment. But the Cowboys are also an incredible team, and due to the difference in play-styles from the Jets and Dolphins, I believe their defense will have a much harder time.

Chiefs vs. Jets

Chiefs 35, Jets 7

Zach Wilson should be seeing his Seattle Seadragons contract pretty soon, if he’s lucky. If not, he’d better start learning Mandarin.

Seahawks vs. Giants

SAM: Seahawks 24, Giants 17

Much to my dismay, the Seattle Seahawks are pretty good at football. Geno took a minute to get it together on Sunday, but he certainly got there. Kenneth Walker is also pretty good at the game of football, so that helps.

SOLOMON: Seahawks 22, Giants 25

I am unfortunately a Giants believer, and I think they could pull through with this win. It all depends on the availability of Saquon Barkley. But I can see the Giants pulling this off.

Sam’s Power Rankings:

  1. Miami Dolphins (3-0)
  2. San Francisco 49ers (3-0)
  3. Philadelphia Eagles (3-0)
  4. Kansas City Chiefs (2-1)
  5. Buffalo Bills (2-1)

Solomon’s Power Rankings:

  1. Miami Dolphins (3-0)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-1)
  3. Philadelphia Eagles (3-0)
  4. San Francisco 49ers (3-0)
  5. Buffalo Bills (2-1)
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Solomon Tompkins
Solomon Tompkins, Contributor
Solomon, class of '25, plays Tennis at Friends and loves short films.
Sam Principe
Sam Principe, Contributor
Sam, class of '25, love to perform music in and outside of school. He plays bass guitar and trombone, and loves to play Ultimate Frisbee, and watch pro sports here and there.
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