Guru’s debut this close to unblemished
Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 5:12 pm
The Hitman, the fabulous Friday football forecaster of few flaws, lived up to both his moniker and advanced billing with an opening week performance that was thisclose to perfection.
The game’s greatest gridiron guru gutted what is often a first Friday House of Horrors by correctly calling an amazing 19-of-20 (.950) contests in his first venture of 2010.
The sensational sideline soothsayer left himself little wiggle room, however, if he intends on improving each week while seeking a 24th straight season of shattering the once-coveted .800 mark.
With already-lofty standards, the peerless prep pigskin prognosticator looks to clear the high-set bar that was elevated even more last week as he leaps head-first into a second slate of matchups.
See you there.
SIKESTON AT OBION CENTRAL — There’s no danger of lightning striking twice in terms of a Rebel foe looking to throw in the towel by halftime for a second straight week. Instead, the Bulldogs will certainly give OC all it bargained for when the county locals replaced Byhalia (Miss.) on their schedule with a club that had a school-record 13-game winning streak and a spot in the Missouri 4A state semifinals a year ago. And before it can truly be considered a legitimate threat itself and live up to the considerable hype surrounding the program entering the season, OC must record a signature win in the wake of all six victories a year ago coming against teams with losing records. Here’s a hunch that the name on the dotted line will have the ‘i’ dotted, the ‘t’ crossed and be spelled in bold letters by its faithful afterward. In an upset, — OBION CENTRAL.
WEST CARROLL AT SOUTH FULTON — Red Devil coach Kelly Spivey could be kiddingly accused of helping Bracey Myles pack after the West Carroll wingback — who ran for 149 yards and two TDs on just six carries in last year’s War Eagle victory — made it known that he’d be moving to Giles County in the offseason instead of returning to WC for his senior campaign. Truthfully, though, the SF skipper is more concerned with his own troops and their health after a rash of injuries reduced his squad size to less than 20 for last week’s final audition at the Lexington Jamboree. Thankfully for the Big Red, among those in uniform for the opener will be a handful of capable big-play artists who’ll make sure that the only numbers that matter will be on the home side of the scoreboard. — SOUTH FULTON.
McKENZIE AT WESTVIEW — Don’t be deceived by Martin’s opening-week margin of victory over Huntingdon that actually should’ve been greater. And don’t be fooled into thinking either, that the Rebels aren’t fully capable of surprising the Chargers, considering they went toe-to-toe with highly-touted Camden despite a big early deficit and three costly turnovers in Week 0. Just barely, — WESTVIEW.
HUNTINGDON AT MILAN — It’s a good bet that the Mustangs will have the center/quarterback exchange issues that led to six lost fumbles against Westview last week corrected. Unfortunately — as the Chargers did in Week 0 — Milan will expose the Ponies’ shortcomings in some other areas. — MILAN.
In other games, it’ll be — Trenton over Dresden, Gleason over Fulton City, Lake Co. over Fulton Co., Henry Co. over Humboldt, Dyer Co. over Jackson South Side, Camden over Bruceton, Crockett Co. over Bolivar, Liberty Tech over Haywood, Ripley over McNairy Co. Central, Jackson Christian School over SBEC, USJ over Trinity Christian Academy, Brighton over Bartlett, Jackson North Side over Jackson Central-Merry, Lexington over Riverside, Hillcrest over Fayette-Ware, Hardin Co. over Chester Co., Perry Co. over Scotts Hill, Mayfield over Trigg Co., Lone Oak over Reidland and Union Co. over Ballard Memorial.