Don’t touch; Guru on fire

Don’t touch; Guru on fire

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 12:19 pm
By: By MIKE HUTCHENS, Messenger Sports Editor

Don’t touch; Guru on fire

The Hitman is on fire.
In the immortal words sung by the late country music legend Jerry Reed, ‘When you’re hot, you’re hot.’
And the Hitman is smoking.
The fabulous Friday football forecaster is indeed fanning flames of a phenomenal fire that has left any detractors he might’ve had in a pile of ashes.
Even by his own lofty standards, the sensational sideline soothsayer has sounded the alarm with a sizzling three-week searing of 70-of-75 winners (.933) — reducing even his closest competitors to nothing more than smoldering embers.
With the seasonal mark blazing out of control (139-16—.896), the game’s greatest gridiron guru is all but a lock for a 24th consecutive year of eclipsing the once-coveted .800 mark.
The inferno that is the awsome all-knowing augur has even ignited talk of his burning his all-time mark of .872 in 1997.
Hoping to continue the five-alarm sizzle, the Hitman warms up for this week’s task, but not until after being forewarned of the second line of Reed’s biggest hit.
‘When you’re not, you’re not.’
See you at the game.
GREENFIELD AT UNION CITY — The Tornadoes’ mental state and playoff aspirations could certainly use a boost and a struggling G’field bunch could indeed be the cure for what ills UC. While it remains to be seen if three losses by a TD or less have toughened a now-reeling Union City club for another deep postseason run or simply exposed the team’s shortcomings, the Purple and Gold still controls its own fate for beyond Week 10. And while the Twisters are undoubtedly capable of running the table the next five weeks and winning a third straight league title, the old “one-at-a-time” sermon has been preached long and loud within the team’s ranks all week. After five games that have gone down to the final seconds, thanks truly will given for a not-so-close result. — UNION CITY.
OBION CENTRAL AT COVINGTON — While the Rebels have beaten Covington just six times in 21 previous meetings, two of those — in 2003 when the Chargers had a six-year district winning streak and in 2005 when they were No. 1 in the state — rank among the more significant victories in OCCHS history. Truth be known, though, chronological facts have little impact in this one as many of the current Rebels were barely born the only time Central has won at Covington (1994). With much more emphasis on the here and now than the past, the accounts of this meeting will be noted as part of a noteworthy second-half run if the Rebs make the playoffs again. It’ll be good reading for — OBION CENTRAL.
HALLS AT SOUTH FULTON — When Big Red fans are counting wins for a needed wild card entry into the playoffs, they certainly have to put a the Tigers on the left-hand side of that ledger. It’s not a gimme, though, as Halls has been gritty at times and has a handful of veteran players sprinkled in among a roster made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores. And before SF can truly survey their remaining schedule of quality foes for at least one more — if not two — victories that would ensure admission to the postseason party, taking care of first things first should be priority for the Devils. Consider it done. — SOUTH FULTON.
In other games, it’ll be — Dresden over Huntingdon, Lake Co. over Hayti, Mo., Humboldt over Trenton, Bruceton over Gleason, McKenzie over West Carroll, Haywood over Gibson Co., Milan over Ripley, Crockett Co. over Dyersburg, TCA over Adamsville, USJ over JCS, Liberty over South Side, Lexington over Chester Co., St. George’s over Fayette Academy, Brighton over Munford, Riverside over Scotts Hill, Henry Co. over Clarksville Northeast, McNairy Co. over Fayette-Ware, Camden over Montgomery Central, Mayfield over Fulton City, Murray over Reidland and Crittendon Co. over Ballard Memorial.

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