Hitman mess blurs vision of long drive
Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2008 5:17 pm
Sometimes, you’re the windshield.
And others, you’re the bug.
The Hitman — though still the superior sideline soothsayer — went splat as he sped down the highway toward his inevitable destination of a 22nd consecutive season of shattering the once-coveted .800 mark.
Though the 19-6 (.760) Week 10 entry was admittedly a temporary buzz-kill, the game’s greatest gridiron guru has spilled his guts the other nine Friday’s to compile a 222-45 (.831) worksheet for the season.
That includes a 28-2 (.933) record in games involving Obion County’s three teams, and leaves a far-bigger mark than that of last week’s mess.
Looking to wash away the residue from last week’s hard-to-remove stain, the awesome all-knowing augur hopes to avoid another head-on unsightly enounter with a look at Round 1 of the playoffs.
See you at the game.
HALLS AT UNION CITY — If for some reason the Tornadoes get caught looking ahead to Round 2 and a possible rematch with McKenzie, they might find themselves buying a ticket to that game rather than playing in it. But if UC brings its A-game and similar emotion that was on display last week when it destroyed Gleason, the Tigers’ Tony Franklin offense could resemble the scheme that got the supposed offensive mastermind his pink slip after less than a full season at Auburn. — UNION CITY.
McKENZIE AT MANASSAS — Seemingly a lock for at least the quarterfinals a couple of weeks ago, McKenzie will now have its hands full right off the bat with a Memphis bunch that was just two points away from a perfect regular season. Here’s a hunch though, that be it the allure of a second shot at Union City next week or simply a combination of more-physical play and better coaching, the Rebels get out of a shady part of town with their lives and a win. — McKENZIE.
FAYETTE ACADEMY AT LAKE CO. — There was bad blood between these two after similar matchups in 2005 and ’06, and traditionally, the Tiptonville natives don’t take too kindly to private school entries. And while there’s truly strength in numbers, a FA roster likely to triple in size that of the 18 or so who’ll suit up for the Falcons won’t mean much to Carlos Young, Dominic Kimble and a bunch that suddenly no one wants to play after a 1-4 start. — LAKE CO.
GLEASON AT TRINITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY — Having scrimmaged in the preseason there should be no secrets here. And with a close final expected, that TCA has four wins by a combined total of five points gives the nod to — TRINITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY.
In other games, it’ll be — Milan over Booker T. Washington, Westview over Oakhaven, USJ over Huntingdon, Jackson Christian School over George Washington Carver, Lewis Co. over Waverly, Camden over Fairview, Haywood over Hillcrest, Mitchell over Crockett Co., Dyersburg over Trezevant, Sheffield over Dyer Co., Marshall Co. over Lexington, Giles Co. over McNairy Co., Jackson South Side over Page, Henry Co. over Kingsbury, Fairley over Liberty, Melrose over Brighton, Memphis East over Hardin Co., Fulton City over Reidland, Ballard Mem. over Muhlenberg North, Trigg Co. over Fulton Co., and Mayfield over Caldwell Co.