Guru fulfills family claim of perfect son
Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:20 am
Mother knows best.
Forty-something years ago, when Ms. Jean examined her little bundle of joy and declared him “just perfect,” little did the Hitman’s mom know how truthful that statement was.
At least for one night.
The game’s greatest gridiron guru was, in fact, a flawless Friday football finals forecaster a week ago for just the second time in his illustrious tenure of targeting winners and losers.
The supreme sure-shot sideline soothsayer’s impeccable 25-0 showing brought the seasonal totals to 148-22 (.870), all but assuring the truly all-knowing augur of a silver anniversary of eclipsing the once-coveted .800 benchmark.
With just one hiccup (20-1 — .952) where Obion County teams are concerned, the proof-positive peerless prep prognosticator is in the midst of a three-week roll that has seen him produce a 72-3 (.960) worksheet and make a truly difficult task seem like child’s play.
Hoping to avoid the “you’re adopted” outburst from either mom or pop that would likely accompany substandard results, the ‘good son’ takes a shot at this week’s schedule.
They can’t change the will, can they?
See you at the game.
LAKE CO. AT UNION CITY — More than halfway through their respective seasons, and the jury remains out on both of these two. Both have been labeled as underachievers by some closest to their programs, yet remain legitimate playoff contenders entering critical three-week stretches of their schedules. The Falcons have yet to play up to their talent level while facing a weak schedule that has included five of their six opponents with one win or less. UC, meanwhile, has faced a murderous list of non-district foes that has led to a sub-.500 overall record, but has fumbled a whopping 32 times in seven games and is minus-12 in turnover margin. The Tornadoes’ most glaring weakness, though, has been on the defensive side, where season-long poor tackling likely could get more exposed vs. an athletic Lake County bunch that returns many of the playmakers who hung 60 on UC last year. If that embarrassing showing last year in Tiptonville isn’t enough incentive to motivate the Purple and Gold, the Hitman will provide the home team even more motivation with this. — LAKE CO.
TRENTON AT SOUTH FULTON — The politically correct term for Peabody is “offensively-challenged.” The Tide defense is responsible for nearly one-third of the team’s 94 points to-date, with Trenton not eclipsing the 200-yard total offense mark in any game until last Friday vs. Union City. Before dismissing the Black and Gold, though, South Fulton would do well to recall the punishment handed out by that Peabody defense last season in a a 39-point Red Devil loss that saw quarterback JaQuay Garmon lost for the remainder of the year with a knee injury. Also to consider is the fact that Trenton’s only victory came when it somewhat throttled the prolific Lake County offense, limiting the Falcons — who have the second-best skill personnel in the league — to just 20 points. SF is in the midst of a four-game winning streak that has put them back into playoff contention, though those wins have admittedly come vs. mediocre-at-best opposition that currently sports a cumulative 5-20 record. A win here, however, and another against either LC or UC, and nobody will recall whom….just what. That ‘what’ would be a playoff berth for the Big Red. First things first. — SOUTH FULTON.
In other games, it’ll be — Milan over Huntingdon, Lexington over Chester Co., Westview over Dyersburg, Dresden over Riverside, Humboldt over Greenfield, Gleason over Fulton City, West Carroll over Scotts Hill, McKenzie over TCA, South Gibson over Gibson Co., Covington over Haywood, Bartlett over Ripley, Dyer Co. over Bolton, Liberty over Jackson South Side, USJ over FACS, JCM over McNairy Co., Adamsville over Hardin Co., Bolivar over Fayette-Ware, Brighton over Carver, Henry Co. over Clarksville, Camden over Montgomery Central, Ballard Memorial over Reidland and Murray over Crittenden Co. Published in The Messenger 10.6.11