Hutch’s Hit List — Guru relishes current status as unbeatable
Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 9:38 pm
Who dat say gonna beat the Hitman?
Right now, nobody.
The peerless prep pigskin prognosticator proudly points to his peerless portfolio and a best-ever 261-34 — .885 percentage through 11 weeks as proof positive he is truly as practically-perfect as they come.
The sensational sideline soothsayer’s 23-2 (.920) slate in Round 1 of the postseason only cemented his spot as the game’s greatest gridiron guru, making a silver anniversary of shattering the once-elusive .800 mark little more than an afterthought.
Hoping to still be “all dat” after the second round of the postseason Friday, the unquestioned awesome augur takes a shot at this week’s games.
See you there.
OBION CENTRAL @ COVINGTON — The Rebels get a chance at payback and — though they shouldn’t require any — have all the motivational ploys they need to avenge an earlier loss. Whether it’s the revenge factor, the opportunity to advance to the state quarterfinals and win 10 games in a season for the first time ever or simply an us-against-the-world mentality, Shawn Jackson will undoubtedly do or say anything to whip his troops into a frenzy. OC left at least a couple of touchdowns and maybe more on the field in the first meeting and is certainly the more diversified of the two offenses that produced a ton of points and yards the first go-round. The most obvious question mark for Central is its defense, and stopping a trio of gifted Charger running backs will surely be a difficult challenge. Beefing up the front and committing more defenders to the line of scrimmage than Covington can block is sure to be one philosophy, but open-field tackling and being physical at the point of attack will be just as important as any Xs and Os scheme. And while a subscriber to the old adage that “offense sells tickets and defense wins championships,” here’s a hunch that with a peak performance from its stable of playmakers, the Rebels can compensate for any and all shortcomings and order another admission to next week’s third round. In an upset, — OBION CENTRAL.
UNION CITY @ LAKE CO. — Speaking of payback, the Tornadoes believe LC has one coming after they lit up the Purple and Gold for 60 and 52 points, respectively, in their last two meetings. Union City shot itself in the foot with turnovers — a repeated occurrence this year — in the earlier game this season and blew a 16-point lead when it looked as if the Falcons were ready to fold their tent. UC’s regularly-exploited pass defense could be under siege again in the rematch, though certainly Lake County’s Rafael Tyler will draw even more attention than the double- and triple-teams he faced in Game 1. While the Green and Gold certainly has the more lightning-like playmakers, the Twisters will bring the thunder with fullback Keylon Hyde in their methodical option attack. And don’t be surprised if — like the fable of the tortoise and the hare — that the turtle doesn’t somehow end up crossing the finish line first. Upset Special No. 2 — UNION CITY.
In other games, it’ll be — West Carroll over Gleason, Huntingdon over Perry Co., Humboldt over Dresden, Milan over Westview, Ridgeway over Dyer Co., Adamsville over Cascade, Henry Co. over Clarksville Northeast, Mitchell over Chester Co., Liberty over Maplewood, Wayne Co. over Clarksville Academy, Gordonsville over Nashville Christian, Forrest over Riverside, Trousdale Co. over Friendship Christian, Fairview over Lewis Co., White House over Page, Whitehaven over Arlington, Mayfield over Country Day, Murray over Hancock Co., and Paducah Tilghman over Monroe Co.
Published in The Messenger 11.10.11