Guru endures true time test
Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010 1:24 pm
Name-brand pork and beans were 18 cents a can, local school officials were considering Saturday classes in the event of inclement winter weather, and future country music legend George Strait was set to perform at the Obion County Fair for the price of a $5 ticket.
And a green gridiron guru debuted with a bold claim of being a foolproof Friday football finals forecaster and promised practically-perfect prep prognostications as proof.
Turns out, not everything has changed.
The Hitman — now truly entrenched as the premier pigskin prophet and approaching 5,500 correct calls during his illustrious tenure— may’ve lost his youthful look, but not his unparalleled penchant for picking winners at a staggering clip.
Time has indeed stood still for the all-knowing augur, whose 21-4 worksheet last week brought the early totals to 40-5 (.888) and has him immediately on the right track for an unprecedented 24th straight season of shattering the once-elusive .800 plateau.
Mindful always, however, of his pathetic 12-10 showing from Week 1, Year 1, the sensational sideline soothsayer pushes that even further into his memory bank to make room for more pleasant memoirs.
See you at the game.
UNION CITY AT TRENTON — Thought to be otherwise, the open date turned out to be a Godsend for the Tornadoes, who should have QB Chase Bowling back from a elbow staph infection that hospitalized him last week. Peabody, which could’ve easily won its opener if not turned away twice inside the 10 in the fourth quarter against Dresden, will surely be lying in wait for Keylon Hyde on the heels of the UC fullback’s 303-yard rushing effort in Week 0. The Tide will likely be in desperation mode already as they look to avoid a similar 1-5 start of last season — and with games against McKenzie, Milan and Humboldt over the next month — this becomes a must-win matchup for Trenton. And while the still-unproven Twisters could very well see their two-season league winning streak end at any time, the philosophy here is this: Until they’re beaten — and for no other reason but that they are the defending district champions — the pick is — UNION CITY.
CROCKETT CO. AT OBION CENTRAL — Don’t think for one second P.A. Pratt would’ve returned for one final season on the sideline if the Cavaliers weren’t projected to be pretty good. Those who correctly pointed out that CC didn’t complete a pass last week and didn’t attempt but two, probably should expect a rebuttal of ‘why would you?’ after two backs went over 100 yards and a third had 98 and three TDs. Defense is indeed a major concern at Central, where the Rebels offered little in the way of resistence vs. a good-but-not-great Sikeston club that essentially ran and passed at will. And while OC will be capable of winning a shootout with anyone with its own offense, some semblance of defense is a must to beat the upper-echelon teams. —CROCKETT CO.
GREENFIELD AT SOUTH FULTON — Though just two weeks into the season, the loser here likely will have no chance at making the postseason. The ’Jackets are already behind the eight-ball in the TSSAA’s funky playoff system as all games — district or not — hold extra meaning with the wildcard implications. Depth, not offensive firepower, is SF’s main issue. And with G’field having displayed some of the point-scoring struggles that plagued them last season when it didn’t score more than 14 in any game, the Red Devils could take a major step toward at least one November game by going 2-0. — SOUTH FULTON.
In other games, it’ll be — Westview over Milan, McKenzie over Dresden, Humboldt over Lake Co., Huntingdon over Bruceton, Gleason over West Carroll, Ripley over Gibson Co., Dyersburg over Covington, Liberty over JCM, USJ over Fayette Academy, JCS over Rossville Christian, Lexington over South Side, Riverside over Adamsville, Chester Co. over Fayette-Ware, Brighton over Cordova, Hardin Co. over Munford, Dyer Co. over North Side, Camden over Harpeth, Heath over Ballard Mem., Murray over Fulton City, Massac Co. over Fulton Co., and Mayfield over Tilghman.