Another rout fitting of guru
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008 8:20 pm
By: By MIKE HUTCHENS, Messenger Sports Editor
No harm, no foul.
It seems the Hitman — the preeminent practically-perfect prep pigskin prognosticator — will not be penalized for piling on.
According to the unwritten rules of Friday football forecasting, the gloriously-gifted gridiron guru is well within the edict of a game he has mastered when he announces his intentions of running up the score on would-be challengers beforehand.
An all-but-certain 22nd consecutive season of shattering the once-coveted .800 mark makes the unparalleled all-knowing augur the opponent nobody wishes to schedule and renders the mercy rule non-applicable when things get out of hand.
The sensational sideline soothsayer’s current 181-36 (.834) record was aided by another .800-plus (21-4) showing last week and is a prime example of the accustomed lopsided mismatch when the scores of even his closest competition are tallied.
Some might point to an erred pick of a local contest last week — one that ‘lowered’ the superior seer’s season sums to 22-2 (.917) in that game within a game — hints of the sideline sibyl letting up as the clock winds down on the season.
As a response to the opposition scoring, however, the Hitman vows not to take a knee late when given the opportunity over the next few Fridays to widen his margin over any and all comers.
After all, you can’t ask a guy not to give his best when the best is all he can give.
See you at the game.
UNION CITY AT WEST CARROLL — In the food chain of Region 7-1A teams, UC is in the ribeye meat counter, while the War Eagles can be found somewhere on the Spam™ aisle. The Tornadoes’ physical ground game and front-seven defensively are tougher than a $2 steak and should chew up and spit out their outmanned opposition on their way to being first in the league’s check-out aisle. A money-back guarantee and double coupons are in order for — UNION CITY.
HAYWOOD AT OBION CENTRAL — The Tomcats’ drowned OC last year under a 68-point deluge, representing the low-water mark in the Rebel program. And though Central won’t go off the deep end by that wide a margin this year, that Haywood will clinch the Region 7-3A championship on a soggy Central turf while extending the county locals’ misery gives credence to the old adage that ‘when it rains, it pours.’ — HAYWOOD.
GLEASON AT SOUTH FULTON — The wheels have come off the Devils’ party wagon, though a victory against Gleason would keep SF out of the ditch and back on the road to the playoffs. Unfortunately, the clunker that was the Big Red’s performance last week coupled with a tuned-up Bulldog bandwagon likely means that the Weakley Countians will sideswipe South Fulton on their way to the postseason. — GLEASON.
McKENZIE AT LAKE CO. — The Falcons’ resurgence of the past three weeks when they’ve recorded successive shutouts might be more of a testament of those foes rather than LC reversal of the first five Fridays when it gave up more than 30 points in every game. And while the Rebels will still have to somehow corral Lake County’s slippery playmakers, a physical McKenzie approach will exploit the ‘Dirty Birds’ main shortcoming. — McKENZIE.
In other games, it’ll be — Greenfield over Bruceton, Covington over Ripley, Crockett Co. over South Side, Dyersburg over Dyer Co., Milan over Dresden, USJ over Gibson Co., Westview over Humboldt, Jackson Christian School over Trenton, McNairy Co. over Fayette Academy, Adamsville over Halls, Manassas over Frayser, Chester Co. over Middleton, Lexington over Trinity Christian Academy, Camden over Stewart Co., Huntingdon over Riverside, Melrose over Fayette-Ware, Kingsbury over Munford, Henry Co. over North Side, Hardin Co. over Jackson Central-Merry, Crittenden Co. over Fulton Co. and Mayfield over Fulton City.