Guru rising to certainty
Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2008 4:59 pm
By: By MIKE HUTCHENS, Messenger Sports Editor
The first inevitable and the second likewise unavoidable, the game’s greatest gridiron guru is rising on that short list of certainties as another prep season nears a close
The practically perfect prep pigskin prognosticator has essentially locked up his 22nd season of shattering the once-coveted but now mundane .800 mark.
Another such performance (20-5) in Week 1 of the postseason marked the ninth similar occasion of that .800 occurrence or better in 11 tries this year and brought the seasonal totals to 242-50 and .829.
And though there remains the remote possibility that the fabulous Friday football forecaster could fall below his usual lofty standard of finish, that unliklihood would detail the all-knowing augur to miss each of his 12 second-round picks.
That’d be the equivalent of the Grim Reaper and Uncle Sam not ultimately paying everybody a visit.
Defying the notion that there’s no such thing as a sure thing, the sensational sideline psychic makes these calls.
See you at the game.
McKENZIE AT UNION CITY — After bullying around their last four opponents, the Tornadoes will pick on somebody who’ll certainly hit back in what is expected to be a knock-down, drag-out fight to the finish. The much hoped for rematch of a Week 4 game that had McKenzie fans and players howling about the officiating on their way out of town promises to be old-school football at its finest and will surely be emotionally-charged on both sides. While the escalating rivalry has become heated like never before because of the controversy of that earlier meeting and the stakes of the return game, poise — or the lack thereof — will be paramount in determining the outcome. Almost immediately after edging Manassas in Round 1, Rebel players reportedly spoke confidently of revenge for that earlier loss to UC, openly claiming that they’d longed for a second chance at righting their perceived wrong. Given that the Tornadoes are seemingly peaking at the right time, somebody might should’ve cautioned the overzealous claim of those McKenzie players with these words of caution: Be careful what you wish for. — UNION CITY.
FULTON CITY AT HOLY CROSS — Late news from head coach Wayne Lohaus was that lead ’Dog Aaron Wilson would try to play after sitting out Fulton’s game vs. Reidland last week with a high ankle sprain. Wilson would certainly enhance the Big Blue’s chances at pulling an upset and would lighten the load of Jacquise Lockett, who nearly single-handedily ended the Bulldogs’ five-game losing skid last week with 380 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Unfortunately, the long bus ride to Louisville, coupled with a HC bunch that likely won’t do a lot to beat themselves, will mean that Wilson and the rest of his mates have to limp home — both literally and figuratively. — HOLY CROSS.
WESTVIEW AT MILAN — The Chargers essentially gave Milan three TDs in the first 14 minutes of their first meeting two weeks ago when they returned a trio of interceptions for pick-sixes. And while it likely won’t be over as quickly the second time around, only the names and possibly the particulars will change. The result will remain the same. — MILAN.
In other games, it’ll be — JCS over Huntingdon, Mitchell over Haywood, Dyersburg over Sheffield, David Lipscomb over Lexington, Henry Co. over Fairley, Lewis Co. over Goodpasture, Crittenden Co. over Kentucky Day School, Mayfield over Bethlehem and Ballard Memorial over Cavern.