Hutch’s Hit List — Hitman tune a timeless hit for all ears
Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 7:03 pm
If in fact “the opera ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings” — an often-repeated sports maxim — Barr and the orchestra had better be tuning up.
The Hitman’s silver-oldie quest for a 25th consecutive season of eclipsing the once-considered-elusive .800 mark is all but a worn-out hit with just two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Following last week’s 22-3 (.880) showing, the game’s greatest gridiron guru currently stands at .863 (190-30) — sweet harmony that would translate to a Top 5 standing all-time and not far from last season’s best-ever .881 mark.
Hoping himself to hit a few more high notes, the smooth-sounding sensational sideline soothsayer offers up another recording of an all-time favorite that critics swear sounds like a broken record,
Hopefully, it will never be off-key.
See you at the game.
UNION CITY AT SOUTH FULTON — Be it the recently-born rivalry, the possible postseason implications for either and/or both teams, or the Devils’ ill will over the fact that two of their better players have transferred to UCHS the past couple of years, this one should be emotionally-charged. Both have fallen short of preseason goals and expectations, yet each could still get into the playoffs and would enhance that possibility with a win here. The Twisters are actually the more desperate of the two and must somehow wave a magic wand to make their tackling and ball-security woes vanish to have a chance. SF, meanwhile, has been forced to play musical chairs with a roster decimated by injuries and must Band-Aid those hurts to stand up to what is expected to be a physical onslaught by the Purple and Gold. While the Hitman is proud of his South Fulton heritage and even more so that his grandfather Leon was a QB on the only team to beat the Twisters in 1922, seeing things with Big Red goggles on has never figured into this task. So, be it a “can’t-win” situation or a “can’t-lose,” the call is — UNION CITY.
OBION CENTRAL AT HAYWOOD — The Rebels will look to get the bad taste out of their mouths from last week’s loss to Covington that ruined a perfect season and likely any chance OC had at the District 13AA championship. Head coach Shawn Jackson probably won’t make it to the planned palate-cleansing as he continues to address his health issues, and his absence really shouldn’t be a factor if Central shows up hungry to get back on track. The once-proud Haywood program has been more feast than famine over a century’s worth of good football, but has been reduced to nothing more than scraps for opposition this year who’ve regularly chewed up and spit out the Tomcats on a weekly basis. Sounds like a made-to-order helping of the age-old recipe that is sure to satisfy any lingering Rebel pang. — OBION CENTRAL.
LAKE CO. AT HUMBOLDT — Falcon skipper David Barger — himself playing with pain and with Achilles tendon surgery pending — might want to get a little help from his wife, Dawn, the LC boys’ basketball coach who beat a more talented H’boldt squad a couple of times in tournament play to lead the Falcons to the state title. Unfortunately for the Hitman’s good buddy, Mrs. Barger isn’t sharing her secret. — HUMBOLDT.
In other games, it’ll be — Milan over Covington, Adamsville over McKenzie, Riverside over Greenfield, Trenton over Halls, Gleason over Scotts Hill, Westview over Gibson Co., South Gibson over Crockett Co., Dyersburg over Ripley, Dyer Co. over Trezevant, Millington over Jackson Northside, Chester Co. over Jackson South Side, Liberty over Jackson Central-Merry, Lexington over Bolivar, McNairy Co. over Fayette-Ware, Brighton over Cordova, ECS over Fayette Academy, Henry Co. over Dickson Co., Camden over Stewart Co., Fulton Co. over Fulton City, Mayfield over Russellville and Murray over Reidland. Published in The Messenger 10.20.11