Guru’s grade ranks among surest of things
By: By MIKE HUTCHENS, Messenger Sports Editor
Taking his place among life’s sure things, the game’s greatest gridiron guru has achieved that absolute rank by all but sewing up his 21st consecutive season of shattering the once-coveted .800 mark.
The sensational sideline soothsayer’s certain status stems from not only last week’s correct calls of 23-of-25 (.920) games, but a clockwork span of more than two decades that has produced nearly 4,900 rights and less than 1,000 wrongs.
This year’s mark of .837 (159-31), is proof-positive of the practically-perfect prep pigskin prophet’s infallible reliability, though he admittedly has work to do in order to match the percentage of both the grim reaper and Uncle Sam.
As trusty as a east sunrise, the fabulous Friday football foreteller continues his flawless quest with this week’s forecasts.
See you at the game.
UNION CITY AT GREENFIELD — In the “it is what it is” department, the Tornadoes have been reduced to battling for third place in a single-A league for the second straight year. They can make the best of that situation though, and avoid the Region 8 champ in Round 1 of the playoffs by winning out. Like UC, the Yellowjackets have a handful of capable playmakers on offense. That and two suspect defenses make the likelihood of a high-scoring game not only a distinct possibility, but a probability. And with Greenfield having had some of the wind taken out of its sails with last week’s blowout loss to league-leading McKenzie that broke a four-game winning streak, bringing the ’Jackets further down to earth should be a little less difficult for the Purple and Gold. — UNION CITY.
COVINGTON AT OBION CENTRAL — Who would’ve ever thought that the tradition-rich Chargers would represent OC’s best chance of breaking into the victory column with three weeks left in the season? Both teams have visible scars on their respective records from rugged schedules, and each desperately needs something — anything — good to happen to use as a band-aid heading into a critical offseason program. Unfortunately, Covington is capable of healing many of its wounds with its usual athleticism edge against Central, while the Rebels likely won’t be able to stop the bleeding from that shortcoming. — COVINGTON.
SOUTH FULTON AT LAKE CO. — In order for the best thing about the trip to Tiptonville for SF fans not to be the fish, the Redmen will need to play with a hunger rarely displayed during their current six-game losing skid. Until they do, the pain in the gut that all associated with the Big Red program have experienced the last few seasons will rival that of those who overeat at one of Reelfoot Lake’s fine diners. — LAKE CO.
FULTON CITY AT MAYFIELD — To be the best, you’ve gotta’ beat the best. That’s the challenge for the Bulldogs, who must defeat one of Kentucky’s most-storied football programs in order to legitimize their No. 5 state ranking. Mayfield’s decorated history includes seven state championships and a perfect First District record since it moved down in classification to 1A in 1995. And though Daeron Williams, Aaron Wilson and Co. are surely capable of etching their names in stone in a similar legendary status of past Cardinal teams, history here says the only thing in concrete is — MAYFIELD.
In other games, it’ll be — ln other games, it’ll be Bruceton over Gleason, McKenzie over West Carroll, Dyersburg over Crockett Co., Ripley over Dyer Co., Humboldt over Dresden, Westview over Gibson Co., JCS over USJ, Milan over Trenton, Adamsville over Riverside, Camden over North Side, Stewart Co. over Houston Co., Huntingdon over Waverly, Fayette Academy over TCA, Manassas over Middleton, McNairy Co. over Chester Co., Fayette-Ware over Lexington, Brighton over JCM, Hardin Co. over Liberty, Henry Co. over Munford, Heath over Ballard Mem., and Crittenden Co. over Fulton Co.