No beef here, Hitman choice of best dishes
By: Mike Hutchens
Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
The poster boy for that age-old quip, the Hitman — he of the practically-perfect prep pigskin prognostications — has been regularly overheard mouthing that popular declaration reserved for those who conquer the competition.
The game’s greatest gridiron guru, with his proof-positive packed portfolio of 20 consecutive .800 or better seasons, celebrated the opening of the 2007 campaign last week much like he ended the previous two decades — as a victor.
A 12-out-of-15 worksheet translated into .800 right on the nose for the sensational sideline soothsayer. Particularly noteworthy was the peerless pundit’s perfect percentage (3-0) while correctly calling the fates of the three local teams — including South Fulton’s first win since the final game of the 2005 season.
While admittedly unaware of the origin of the aforementioned crack that called attention to his incomparable Week 0 performance, the fabulous Friday football forecaster is sure of one thing as he looks to chew up and devour all other supposedly straight-shooting seers.
You can never eat enough chicken.
See you at the game.
UNION CITY AT WESTVIEW — Jimmy Fishel has had both memorable and unpleasant experiences against the Chargers in his four-year tenure as UC’s head coach. On one hand, he recorded his first career win as the Tornado skipper vs. Westview in 2003. The flip side, though, is that the Chargers have outscored UC 114-26 in their three meetings since then. With Milan no longer a part of the Twisters’ schedule, Martin will almost certainly represent Union City’s toughest opposition of the season. And that could be another case of the good/bad for the coach and the Purple and Gold who know that things will get easier starting next week, but not before likely getting overwhelmed by a staunch Charger front seven in this one. — WESTVIEW.
FULTON CITY AT SOUTH FULTON — The Red Devils finally got the proverbial monkey off their backs last week with a much-needed on-field victory at Ballard Memorial. Repeating that feat against the crosstown-rival Bulldogs, though, could be a totally different animal. The speed and big-play improvisation skills of Daeron Williams and Aaron Wilson will leave many a Fulton City foe with the deer-in-the-headlights look this season, and SF will likely find itself in the middle of a ‘dog’-and-pony show if the Big Blue thoroughbreds repeatedly get in the open field. The hunch here is these ’Dawgs will be neither leashed nor chained. — FULTON CITY.
FULTON CO. AT LAKE CO. — In the “things you thought you’d never see in this lifetime” department, the Falcons threw the ball 31 times and for over 330 yards in a three-hour marathon loss to Trenton last week. Facing a Pilot crew that gave up 62 points in a blowout Week 0 loss, the Reelfoot Lake mosquitoes won’t be the only things buzzing after LC puts on a similar air show this week. — LAKE CO.
MILAN AT HUNTINGDON — These two longtime rural West Tennessee heavyweights have become quite the rivals in recent times with each taking a turn as a kingpin status. And by most accounts, the Bulldogs — who overcame five forfeits last season to make the state semifinals — will be the stick by which others in the area are measured by this year after the Mustangs attempt to rebound from their first playoff absence in 14 years. — MILAN.
In other games, it’ll be — Camden over Trenton, Crockett County over Humboldt, Bruceton over Chester Co., Gleason over Halls, Greenfield over Stewart Co., McKenzie over Dresden, Jackson Christian over Fayette Academy, Trinity Christian over USJ, Liberty over Dyer Co., Dyersburg over Frayser, Haywood over Kirby, North Side over Ripley, Adamsville over McNairy Co., Lexington over Riverside, Harpeth over Waverly, Bolivar over Carver, South Side over JCM, Millington over Munford, Todd Co. over Ballard Mem. and Glasgow over Crittenden Co.