Guru ‘Jack’ed up over in-the-know picking status
Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 9:38 pm
You’ve become a good friend.
Told 27 years ago “you don’t know Jack” in reference to his failed first venture into the pursuit of practically-perfect prep pigskin prognostications, it turns out the Hitman is on a first-name basis with whomever “Jack” actually is.
Be it “Jack-Squat,” “Jack Frost” or “Jack-in-the-Box,” the fabulous Friday football finals’ forecaster has proven to be truly in-the-know with a 25th consecutive season of eclipsing an .800 percentage that is widely-considered the benchmark of the elite in the foretelling fraternity.
This year’s current 238-32 (.881) worksheet matches the sensational sideline soothsayer’s best-ever showing, prompting many to believe “Jack” and the awesome all-knowing augur are practically like family.
The game’s greatest gridiron guru admittedly, too, is sporting a “Jack”-O-Lantern grin while proudly noting he needs fewer than 85 more correct calls to reach 6,000 all-time.
Hoping his peerless percentage isn’t high-“Jack”ed by a list of tough first-round playoff games, the Hitman takes aim on this week’s matchups.
See you there.
OBION CENTRAL @ FAIRLEY — Even in the aftermath of Halloween, the Rebels can exorcise several demons by finally winning a playoff game in Memphis. Such a victory would mark just the second playoff triumph in school history after nine losses in their other 10 games, would represent a dish of revenge for a loss to the Bulldogs two years ago at the same juncture and would match the OCCHS school record for most wins in a season after failing in that bid in the regular season finale last week. The Rebels’ struggles against the run in two of the last three weeks don’t bode well for a deep playoff run, and Fairley’s Marcus Holliday will no doubt be the most gifted rusher the county locals have encountered this season. Shoring up a couple of other areas, like dropped passes and penalties, should be high on the agenda, too, if Central has its sights on getting another shot at either Covington or Dyersburg next week. While proven both vulnerable and imperfect in some areas of late, OC still has many of the pieces in place to advance deep into the postseason. And though a perfect basket would’ve been nice, here’s a hunch that a couple of bad apples late won’t spoil the whole bushel and the fruits of its early labor will pay off for — OBION CENTRAL.
MAHS @ UNION CITY — There was a time not so long ago when a visit from a Memphis team for a first-round playoff game was considered a sure-thing for the Tornadoes. Not so anymore. A baby in the postseason or not, the Lions’ speed and passing ability — coupled with the UC’s ball security and tackling issues — have red-flag warning signs on a matchup that many quickly dismissed when the pairings were finalized. Whether or not it has shown up on the scoreboard in many instances, though, the Twisters have progressed since a terrible first month against a murderous schedule. Freshmen forced into action due to injuries are essentially sophomores after gaining extensive playing time, and sophomores now juniors with that experience. Most importantly, the Purple and Gold has not come close to playing a complete game on both sides of the ball, despite teasing its faithful with glimpses of what the future might hold. A little longer preview this week, focus on the task at hand, and Round 2 will be another topic of discussion. — UNION CITY.
SOUTH FULTON @ GLEASON — Another late-season swoon and the question of whether or not the Red Devils can flip the switch and revert to their mid-season form make this one a toss-up. It doesn’t help SF’s case that Gleason has finally put together back-to-back solid performances after a good-bad-good-bad first two months. While missing just four games all season involving Obion County’s three entries, two of those came while the Hitman called the outcome of his alma mater. Sure to accused as a “homer” either way and refusing to divulge his true intentions, the pick here is — GLEASON.
In other games, it’ll be — Milan over South Gibson, Camden over Westview, Dresden over McKenzie, Perry Co. over Jo Byrns, Clarksville Academy over Bruceton, Chester Co. over Kingsburgy, Covington over Dyersburg, Henry Co. over Munford, Dyer Co. over Hamilton, Brighton over Southwind, BTW over Trenton, Fairview over Hickman Co., Lexington over Page, Liberty over Macon Co., Maplewood over Creekwood, Mitchell over Bolivar, Holy Cross over Fulton City, Country Day over Fulton Co., Mayfield over Caverna, Murray over Union Co. and Paducah Tilghman over Hart Co.
Published in The Messenger 11.3.11