Hitman hears early sounds of discontent
Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2009 4:11 pm
By: By MIKE HUTCHENS, Messenger Sports Editor
The whispering has already started.
After a second week of unacceptable results by his own lofty standards, the Hitman — prep pigskin’s perennial practically-perfect prognosticator — has heard the growing murmurs.
“He’s lost it,” mumbled one unnamed office worker in particular. Another, outside the workplace, was overheard quietly proclaiming, “It happens to the best of them, ultimately.”
While last week’s 18-5 (.772) worksheet brought the young season’s overall totals to 31-9 (.775), the usually-awesome all-knowing augur hardly seems bothered by the subpar start while essentially guaranteeing a 23rd consecutive season of eclipsing the coveted .800 mark.
Intent on proving that his demise has indeed been greatly exaggerated, the Friday football foreteller’s fabulous form figures to return this week with an offering sure to silence his detractors.
If it doesn’t, those won’t be whispers next week.
See you at the game.
TRENTON AT UNION CITY — The Tornadoes’ desired role of ‘playground bully’ won’t intimidate Peabody, who will surely not shy away from UC’s bloody-your-nose desired brand of play. Trenton essentially beat itself up last week with a six-turnover performance against Dresden that resembled last year’s offensive woes. The hunch here is that the Twisters will have their way in the push and shove battle before ultimately ganging up on a Black and Gold bunch that’ll nonetheless not back down until the very end. — UNION CITY.
OBION CENTRAL AT CROCKETT CO. — The original grand plan was for the Rebels to come into this one with tons of momentum and a 2-0 record for just the sixth time in the program’s history. That went out the window on the lengthy three-hour-plus bus ride home from Mississippi last week when Byhalia experienced the same euphoria that OC did the week before while breaking a long losing skid. In some ways, the trip back to Troy after encountering likely the best team on Central’s ’09 slate will sadly be just as long. — CROCKETT CO.
SOUTH FULTON AT GREENFIELD — A young and inexperienced Red Devil team showed true grit in not tanking it when down by two touchdowns at the half to West Carroll in its opener last week. Unfortunately, those learning lessons that apply only in losses may be repeated on a regular basis during SF’s natural maturation process throughout the season. — GREENFIELD.
WESTVIEW AT MILAN — The Chargers’ most glaring loss has been retired defensive coordinator Lawrence Hurst. And if 0-3 is unthinkable after this one, what could 0-5 be with Camden and Dyersburg next for Martin? — MILAN.
LAKE CO. AT HUMBOLDT — Though it’s been hard to get a true gauge on the Falcons given the underwhelming caliber of their foes the first two weeks, 125 points vs. two Kentucky schools to date is pretty impressive no matter who the opposition and from what state. The Vikings should provide a truer barometer of LC’s prowess, though, and will have the big-play cards to not only match Reelfoot Lake boys, but trump them in the end. — HUMBOLDT.
In other games, it’ll be — McKenzie over Dresden, Huntingdon over Bruceton, Gleason over West Carroll, Dyersburg over Covington, Ripley over Gibson Co., JCS over Rossville Christian, Dyer Co. over Northside, South Side over Lexington, USJ over Fayette Academy, Henry Co. over Kenwood, Liberty over JCM, Adamsville over Riverside, Scotts Hill over Middleton, Chester Co. over Fayette-Ware, Camden over Harpeth, Crittenden Co. over Hopkins Co., Murray over Fulton City, Massac Co. over Fulton Co., and Mayfield over Tilghman.