Gridiron guru only ‘in’ thing among pickers
Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 9:38 pm
Amidst all the questions of playoffs, wildcards and seedings, — who’s a lock and who’s not — there is no debating the Hitman’s status.
Be it “in-the-know,” “in-the-money,” or “in-your-face,” the fabulous Friday football finals forecaster no doubt remains “in-the-zone” as the game’s greatest gridiron guru.
Following last week’s spectacular 24-1 (.960) slate, the sensational sideline soothsayer cemented a 25th consecutive season of shattering the once-elusive .800 mark and with his “in-good-graces” status among a large and faithful following.
The practically-perfect pigskin prognosticator has even been accused of being “in-cohoots” with the right people, something his current 214-31 (.873) worksheet would support given his constant “in-the-line-of-fire” standing.
Unlike the state’s current postseason set-up though, the simply superb seer remains the “in-thing” among would-be prep prophets and plans on being “in-the-news” for all the right reaons.
Hoping to remain ‘in-the-mood,’ the awesome all-knowing augur intends on being “in-the-clear”once again next week with another offering of “in-the-bag” picks.
See you at the games.
DYERSBURG @ OBION CENTRAL — Though it appears neither will likely posture itself for a home playoff game despite better records than some of its possible competition, each of these two have plenty to play for. It’s revenge for the Trojans after being embarrassed last season when they trailed OC 42-0 at halftime on the way to a rare lopsided loss in a series they’d otherwise dominated over 15 previous meetings. For the Rebels, it’s the chance to set another school record — this one for most wins ever during the regular season — while also sending a large senior class out in style in their final scheduled home game. Though winners of six straight, D’burg’s wing-T offense isn’t as polished as that of Covington, and the Trojans reportedly have had major struggles defending the pass. Both of those factors tip the scales in Central’s favor, but less-than-ideal playing conditions could hamper both the OC’s undersized defense that relies on aggressiveness and the pitching and catching of the offense. Although weather pushed the game back a day, neither Mother Nature nor Dyersburg will likely rain on what has been a season-long Rebel parade. — OBION CENTRAL.
HUMBOLDT @ UNION CITY — Despite three lopsided losses — albeit to highly-touted state-ranked teams — the Tornadoes are right where they want to be, playing for the district championship and with a secured spot in the playoffs heading into Week 10. That UC is even in either conversation is noteworthy, given its largely inexperienced roster, season-long injury issues and second straight small senior class that numbers just four. The Vikings, meanwhile, are every bit as good as their 8-1 record and No. 4 (Class 2A) state ranking suggest with only a close loss to rival Milan keeping them from a perfect record. With it’s usual plethora of speedy backs and receivers, H’boldt is big-play capable on both sides of the ball, a major concern for the Twisters who have been kept from putting four quarters together in any game due to such plays by their opposition. And unfortunately, instead of adding a 14A championship plaque to its trophy case for the third time in the past four years, the Purple and Gold will have to settle for unofficial title of ‘state’s toughest schedule’ this time around. — HUMBOLDT.
In other games, it’ll be — Huntingdon over Dresden, McKenzie over West Carroll, Trenton over Greenfield, Lake Co. over Halls, Gleason over Bruceton, Crockett Co. over Gibson Co., Milan over Haywood, Westview over South Gibson, Covington over Ripley, Brighton over Dyer Co., Lexington over McNairy Co., Liberty over Bolivar, Hardin Co. over Northside, USJ over Tipton-Rosemark, South Side over JCM, Chester Co. over Fayette-Ware, Trinity Christian over Scotts Hill, Riverside over Middleton, Henry Co. over Rossview, JCS over Fayette Academy, Reidland over Fulton City, Murray over Fulton Co. and Mayfield over Caldwell Co.
Published in The Messenger 10.27.11