Hitman comfy in usual setting
It’s good to be home.
After a two-week ‘vacation’ into the land of rarely-visited sub-.800 neighborhood, the Hitman — the game’s greatest gridiron guru — is back in his familiar abode.
Eloquently decorated in always-stylish motif, the practically-perfect prep pigskin prognosticator’s pad is accentuated by the chic 20 previous seasons of shattering the never-out-of-style .800 fashion.
The sensational sideline soothsayer moved back into his customary high-rent district with a sparkling 22-3 (.880) showing in last week’s games and currently sports a 12-1 (.923) decoration in contests involving local interest that is the envy of every gated community.
With likely the toughest week to date staring him in the face, however, the awesome all-knowing augur is well-aware that the ‘For Sale’ sign or at least a delinquent bill heed is never out of the question if he drops below his usual standard.
Hoping to avoid an eviction notice, the Hitman makes these calls.
UNION CITY AT McKENZIE — The Rebels are planning on making UC a part of a celebration that will dedicate a refurbished stadium that has had nearly $1M worth of sprucing up. While not quite like being chosen for homecoming, it would’ve been unheard of to be such a ‘guest of honor’ in the Twisters’ glorious past. And while it might be something the locals can use as added motivation, the prospects of facing a ranked opponent with an all-state QB and an overlooked defense should already have their undivided attention. Unfortunately, the different view from the previously home-turned-visitor side of the newly-configured stadium won’t be as favorable to Union City, which has never previously lost before on the Rebels’ turf. — McKENZIE.
DYERSBURG AT OBION CENTRAL — While a lot is being made of Darren Bowling’s return to Troy, where he was essentially the only stability in a sports program that has seen more than its share of turmoil, truth is, he’s not the first coach — nor will he be the last — to leave for a more lucrative paying job with a better chance for success via more athletically-gifted players. And surely to be emotionally-charged due to their first encounter with their former mentor, the Rebels would do well to remember the passion they come with in this one when they face the rest of their schedule, which could include a couple of winnable games. Not sure if this is one of them, though. — DYERSBURG.
BRUCETON AT SOUTH FULTON — SF skipper Gwin Wood has been preaching his own version of ‘remember when’ the last two weeks while preparing his troops for a Bruceton bunch that the Redmen upset in similar circumstances the last time the Tigers came to Devil country. A couple of ‘little’ things in South Fulton’s favor is that they’ve had an open date for extra preparation time and Bruceton is coming off a narrow loss to Carroll County rival Huntingdon. The one ‘big’ thing going against the Hitman’s homeboys is Mr. Football finalist Chad Jordan, who ran wild in last year’s meeting to the tune of 427 yards and six touchdowns. That’s a simple case of one being greater than two. — BRUCETON.
FULTON CITY AT BALLARD MEM. — The Bulldogs’ draw-it-up-in-the-dirt scheme has been both entertaining and successful, and the plan has withstood some adversity as evidenced by an improvised last-second heroics last week that lifted Fulton from its only deficit so far. While the unorthodox strategy might blow up in the Big Blue’s faces down the road, it should provide another thrill-a-minute highlight reel while securing the ’Dawgs one of the top two spots in the First District. — FULTON CITY.
In other games, it’ll be — Westview over Trenton, Milan over Humboldt, Lake Co. over Gleason, Greenfield over West Carroll, Covington over Dyer Co., Haywood over Crockett Co., USJ over Dresden, JCS over Gibson Co., Camden over Adamsville, Huntingdon over Houston Co., Stewart Co. over Riverside, Fayette Academy over Manassas, Halls over Middleton, TCA over St. Benedict, Bolivar over Lexington, Fayette-Ware over Chester Co., South Side over McNairy Central, Brighton over Hardin Co., Munford over North Side and Mayfield over Crittenden Co.