Hutch’s Hit List — Guru journey veers off path
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 10:39 am
Well down the road to a record-breaking season — even by his own lofty standards — the Hitman hit a significant bump on that previously well-paved path.
The sensational sideline soothsayer was sidetracked on the trip to the land of .885 by six misses among last week’s 22 targets in Round 2 of the postseason. Half of those erred picks were by a touchdown or less, two of those by a single point.
The practically-perfect prep pigskin prognosticator’s passage through the neighborhood of .800 for the 25th straight season remains on cruise control, however, the current 277-40 (.873) on course to be the second-best joyride of the last quarter-century.
Maintaining no use for a GPS (like most men), the fabulous Friday football finals foreteller is intent on rediscovering that never-before-negotiated thoroughfare into the sunset while hinting this could indeed be the last ride of his many joyful journeys.
Hoping one wrong turn doesn’t lead to another and to take the scenic route into the sunset of another season, the all-knowing augur carefully charts this week’s winners.
See you at the game.
UNION CITY AT WEST CARROLL — A show of hands from those who ever thought the Tornadoes would still be playing in Week 13? Likely aside from the most die-hard of Purple and Gold faithful and maybe some — but not all — team members and coaching staff, there are very few who believed Union City would persevere through injuries, inexperience and some ugly performances to get to this level. A favorable postseason draw in the state’s quirky playoff system certainly has helped the Twisters’ prospects, though just as much of a part of the story is UC cleaning up some of the issues — mainly turnovers — that made bad matters worse during the first two months of the season. The War Eagles mirror the locals in their old-school approach, making head coach Josh Fronabarger one of Darren Bowling’s new best friends. And though there’s no truth to the rumor that the two will wear throw-back uniforms to commemorate the occasion, fathers and grandfathers in attendance will proudly point to “the way the game was meant to be played” to anyone within earshot. Here’s the bottom line, though: The passing game will nonetheless decide what is expected to be a close outcome. And just as crazy as the Tornadoes being alive at this juncture is the reason for the pick. — UNION CITY.
DRESDEN @ WESTWOOD — The Lions stunned everyone — the Hitman included — by beating a superiorly-talented Humboldt team that had won eight straight on its own home turf in Round 2. While outgoing head coach Scott Hewett keeps everyone entertained with his homespun humor, the coaching Hodge brothers, Chad and Keith, along with a gritty bunch of players, quietly have posted a record season with wins over six playoff teams during the regular season and two more in Weeks 11 and 12. And while believing it certainly is possible, asking the Black and Gold road warriors to win away from home for a third straight week against an athletic Longhorn team might be too much to ask. — WESTWOOD.
WAYNE CO. @ HUNTINGDON — No arguing here that this matchup of unbeatens and No. 1 and 2 ranked teams is worthy of at least the semifinals — and perhaps all the hype of the BlueCross Bowl championship game itself. And after all, doesn’t everybody expect the winner to be making reservations for Cookeville afterward? With a past state title and two runnerup finishes, albeit at a different venue, Mustang fans won’t need a map. — HUNTINGDON.
In other games, it’ll be — Milan over Fairview, Covington over Chester Co., Ridgeway over Henry Co., Knox. Webb over USJ, Maplewood over White House, Mayfield over Holy Cross, Owensboro Catholic over Murray and Paducah Tilghman over Fort Campbell. Published in The Messenger 11.17.11