Guru needs Wk. 2 eraser
Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:04 pm
The Hitman, the usually all-knowing awesome augur, was requesting a pass after his peerless prep pigskin prognosticating powers were rendered ordinary after a six-miss Week 2 performance.
The game’s greatest gridiron guru and his time-tested talents uncharacterstically dipped below the targeted .800 mark after a pair of local one-point decisions that went awry.
The sensational sideline soothsayer’s subpar showing (19-6, .760) nonethless did not severely damage the Hitman’s spectacular seasonal standard (59-11, .842), nor the prospects of his 24th straight season of eclipsing the coveted 8-out-of-10 ratio.
Hoping to again make the difficult task of calling winners and losers resemble child’s play, the fabulous Friday football forecaster closes his eyes and starts counting while guarding his own home base.
See you at the game.
UNION CITY AT HUNTINGDON — Though there’s history and tradition galore on both sides, neither of these two can be confused with past great teams in their respective programs. Simply put, both are still struggling for their identities this early in the season and neither appears good enough at the moment to overcome a multitude of mistakes that could continue to haunt them down the road. UC had breakdowns in all three facets of the game in last week’s one-point loss to Peabody, while the Mustangs have already junked their proposed single-wing offense in favor of their old standby wing-T set. Their seperate shortcomings well-documented, that’s not to say, though, that the winner here can’t use what is sure to be a hard-fought physical triumph as a springboard toward still being a key variable in the playoff equation down the road. With no clear-cut reasoning that makes either team the prohibitive favorite, a obscure fact prompts the following pick: Darren Bowling has never had back-to-back losses in his 28-game Purple and Gold tenure. — UNION CITY.
OBION CENTRAL VS. CAPE CENTRAL — In fishing terms, the Rebels’ late-game loss to third-ranked Crockett County last week could be best described as ‘the big one that got away.’ Costly Central penalties and failure to capitalize on the Cavs’ uncharacteristic four turnovers were the biggest reasons that CC wiggled off the hook. And while maybe not considered the same ‘prize catch’ as a perennial Tennessee power like Crockett, the Rebels can hook and reel in something for mounting by beating a much-improved and formidable Cape Central bunch. The Tigers won’t take the bait easily, however, and will surely put up quite a fight after they believed OC went over the limit with a touchdown as time expired last year in what was an 18-point Obion triumph. A senior-laden Cape club has found more calm waters this year, having broken a 13-game losing streak with consecutive wins after going 1-19 over the last two years. And while maybe not the ‘whopper’ the county locals were looking to land, this will be one they certainly won’t throw back. — OBION CENTRAL.
SOUTH FULTON AT FULTON CITY — The Red Devils must quickly turn the page from last week’s potentially-damaging one-point loss to Greenfield to this year’s chapter of the twin-cities series. The SF-Fulton City novel has read the same eight of the past nine years with the Hitman’s homeboys claiming bragging rights in the story with similar endings — if not margins. On paper, the Redmen look as if they’re capable of penning another good reading for their faithful as the young Bulldogs have experienced mostly horror stories in their first three games. As with most such rivalries, though, SF should be guarded against unforseen twists to the ending plot as Fulton is sure to have a trick or two up its sleave that could make for some suspense. In the end, however, the reading will be the same. — SOUTH FULTON.
In other games, it’ll be — Camden over Westview, Milan over Humboldt, McKenzie over Trenton, Greenfield over West Carroll, Gleason over Halls, Bruceton over Scotts Hill, Dresden over Gibson Co., Brighton over Covington, Crockett Co. over Dyer Co., Ripley over Dyersburg, Haywood over B.T. Washington, USJ over JCM, Adamsville over McNairy Co., Wayne Co. over Chester Co., North Side over South Side, Hardin Co. over Lexington, Riverside over Perry Co., Henry Co. over Clarksville Northwest, Murray over Fulton Co., Mayfield over Calloway Co., and Crittenden Co. over McLean Co.