Prep picker keeps only rarest finds
Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:21 am
The Hitman — the prized practically-perfect prep pigskin picker — cited his embarrassment of riches as reasoning for tossing out last week’s otherwise valuable showing.
The game’s greatest gridiron guru would never categorize a 20-5 (.800) performance as garbage though. And while others likely covet such discarded trinkets, the fabulous Friday football forecaster’s fantastic fortunes have risen to a wealthier state of late.
Three successive showings of .920 or better have raised the riches of the sensational sideline soothsayer’s sifted-through stash considerably as the seasonal .861 totals suggest.
The peerless prophet’s priceless possessions that will soon number 25 consecutive seasons of shattering the inestimable .800 mark make him truly a collector of rare properties.
Hoping to stay out of the junk pile and off the scrap heap, the awesome all-knowing augur takes a look at this week’s games.
See you there.
COVINGTON @ OBION CENTRAL — The “will he, or won’t he” status of Shawn Jackson is just a sub-plot in what will be the biggest regular season game in the annals of the OCCHS program. While his health will determine the overall involvement of the Rebel coach, the pieces on the field and game plan are in place for Central to continue its magical march toward a perfect regular season. Beating a fellow Top 5 entry would legitimize OC’s standing as an elite team too, likely enhancing the possibility of a No. 1 seed in one of four quadrants come state playoff time as well. It’ll be easier said than done though, as Covington has achieved its own lofty standing by putting a solid product on the field. A wing-T running attack based on speed, deception and misdirection could take advantage of Central’s aggressiveness on defense, and the Rebel offense must quickly shake off any rust accumulated from last week’s open date. While history and the pursuit of such remains the hot topic in Troy, it should be noted that arguably one of Obion Central’s two biggest regular season wins ever came — ironically — vs. Covington in 2005 when it was ranked No. 1 in the state. And be it a ‘Win one for the Gipper’ notion in Jackson’s case, or the old adage of history repeating itself, the storyline here will simply read the same. — OBION CENTRAL.
SOUTH FULTON @ LAKE CO. — The Hitman’s homeboys took their lumps other than on the scoreboard last week, limping from a loss to Trenton with a plethora of bumps and bruises. While the setback wasn’t a killer as far as the Red Devils making the playoffs, it did leave a mark as the Big Red coaching staff will have to perform its best magician act to both shuffle the roster’s deck and hide the many players who are less than 100 percent. The Green Machine meanwhile, is dealing with its own injury issue — namely head coach David Barger who partially tore his Achilles last week after his team’s huge come-from-behind win at Union City. Doctors reportedly want to operate now, but the LC skipper is adamant on being on the sideline for this one and next week vs. Humboldt. Unfortunately for SF, Barger doesn’t play. — LAKE CO.
McKENZIE @ HUNTINGDON — To answer Obion County Schools Director David Huss’ question if the Hitman would pick against his son Brandon’s team again in the aftermath of the Mustangs’ unforeseen resounding victory over then-Class 3A No. 1 Milan: Maybe. But not this week. — HUNTINGDON.
In other games, it’ll be — Liberty over Chester Co., Humboldt over Trenton, Halls over Greenfield, Dresden over Gleason, West Carroll over Bruceton, Dyersburg over Gibson Co., Westview over Crockett Co., South Gibson over Haywood, Milan over Ripley, St. George over USJ, Northside over Munford, South Side over Fayette-Ware, Lexington over JCM, Adamsville over Middleton, Bolivar over McNairy Co., Brighton over Hardin Co., JCS over Tipton-Rosemark, Russellville over Fulton City, Mayfield over Fulton Co., Murray over Caldwell Co., and Lone Oak over Hopkins County Central.
Published in The Messenger 10.13.11