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Game Day
Once is an accident.
Twice, it has been said, is a trend.
Anybody know the official term for 25 times in a row?
The Hitman, Friday football’s fashionable foolproof finals forecaster, is essentially a lock for a quarter-century of successive seasons of eclipsing the .800 gold standard of similar sideline soothsayers.
And the practically-perfect prep pigskin prognosticator seemingly is creating another fad, having posted consecutive weeks of shattering the unthinkable .900 mark that brought his soaring current standing to 123-22 (.848).
Hoping his brand indeed never goes out of style, the impeccable all-knowing augur offers up the only craze to withstand the test of time.
See you at the game.
SOUTH GIBSON AT OBION CENTRAL — The Rebels continue to live the good life. They rallied from their first deficit of the season in unfamiliar territory a week ago vs. Montgomery Central, but should get accustomed to wearing a bull’s-eye the rest of the year due to their continued rise in the state rankings and added publicity from their rags-to-riches standing. SG’s status as a first-year varsity program and the Hornets’ designation as this year’s homecoming foe might mislead some uninformed souls that OC will have to do little more than show up to record another in what has become a long list of blowouts. Not only will South Gibson come in with a 4-1 mark and a moral victory in a respectable loss to No. 1 Milan, though, but the Walden brothers are the scatback types who can make plays in the open field. The health of the Central tailback LaDevin Fair is a concern, too, an issue the team has dealt quietly dealt with the past few weeks. But with not only the annual dance night ritual planned, but a big alumni gathering and the possibility of making even more history with the best start ever in program history, nothing will spoil this party. — OBION CENTRAL.
UNION CITY AT TRENTON — Amazingly, despite both teams being well under .500 overall, the winner here will hold at least a share of the district lead and have a legitimate 50/50 shot at making the playoffs. The return of starting quarterback Travis Rutland last week for his first action of the season didn’t translate into a victory for the Tornadoes, but it did improve Union City’s quality of play and effort on both sides of the ball. The Twisters’ most glaring shortcoming has been on defense — ironically the strength of Peabody, which already has four touchdown returns this season. The Tide’s biggest struggle has been offensively as they’ve yet to post as many as 200 yards in any other of their five outings so far. Both teams have played brutal schedules, a combined seven ranked opponents having contributed greatly to their respective first-half woes. And for no other reason but that karma could be on UC’s side after last year’s last-second heartbreaking loss, here’s a hunch that the locals’ first memory of Trenton’s new on-campus digs will be better than the last at historic Freed Field. — UNION CITY.
SOUTH FULTON AT GREENFIELD — In an answer to the question of ‘Will the real South Fulton stand up,’ it appears the version of the Red Devils on display the last three weeks is the most accurate response. SF was near-flawless last week in all facets while reducing a Gleason team that had pushed state-ranked McKenzie to the limit to a seemingly-uninterested opponent. And while this might appear to be a matchup of teams headed in opposite directions, for whatever reason, the Yellowjackets have saved some of their better efforts for the Redmen in recent years — including last season when they stunned SF in Week 2. The thought here, though, is that the Devils’ version of ‘Thunder and Lightning’ (fullback Cody Tatum and tailback J.P. Fowler) could cloud up and rain all over G’field despite there being nary a cloud in the forecast. — SOUTH FULTON.
In other games, it’ll be — Humboldt over Halls, McKenzie over Bruceton, Huntingdon over Gleason, Dresden over West Carroll, Covington over Gibson Co., Milan over Westview, Dyersburg over Crockett Co., Ripley over Haywood, Dyer Co. over Hardin Co., Lexington over South Side, Liberty over Fayette-Ware, Adamsville over TCA, USJ over Fayette Academy, Chester Co. over McNairy Co., Brighton over Munford, Riverside over Scotts Hill, Henry Co. over Clarksville Northeast, Camden over Waverly, Jackson Christian over Rossville Christian, Mayfield over Fulton City and Russellville over Fulton Co.
Published in The Messenger 9.29.11

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