Har-rumph! Last week's lackluster 24-5 performance was slightly disappointing but did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the E-Z Snooze Hotel gang. That season percentage is still soaring at .855.
It's rather obvious a recent working vacation in the Catskills enabled your favorite forecaster to soak in the knowledge.
Boasting just a bit is integral to my general demeanor even if it means pointing out the shortcomings of those so-called rival prognosticators.
Maybe the Old Boy Himself does incite ire at times but it all comes down to accountability. If you can back it up, that doesn’t necessarily make one a braggart. Kaff-kaff!
Hoop-Baby was asked to analyze the performance of a stranger who has been posing as a high school football forecaster in the region. Well, here goes with my report card on that phony. He's immature, below average in creating writing and terribly ineffective with numbers. In a nutshell, the guy is consistently inconsistent. Heh-heh!
Conversely, readers have confidence in the Hoople way of doing things. They like the smooth delivery and clever analysis Famous Amos brings to the game. Professionalism does have its rewards. Boola-boola!
It's true that many coaches have a high opinion of themselves and their teams. Therefore, it's a flat-out slap in the kisser to insinuate that the Hoople System tends to show favoritism toward a chosen few. Granted, Yours Truly does favor somebody in every game. That's just part of the racket ... err ... uh ... contest. Ah, you know what I'm getting at.
The pigskin kickoff on Friday night allows spectators to vent their feelings with lots of hooting and hollering.
Now, it's time to play football. Without further ado, let's get on with the advance scoreboard.
DOBYNS-BENNETT 28, BEARDEN 21 — Don't expect a subpar showing by the Indians. Bearden should be reminded this is the gridiron city where such notables as Bobby Dodd, Bobby Peters, Bobby Cifers, Ed Cifers, Cecil Puckett and Hal Miller once roamed. The Bulldogs, favored to win, are going to walk right into a buzzsaw. This is Mr. Hoop’s four-star pick of the week.
SOUTH 40, UNICOI COUNTY 14 — Contrary to a few negative comments heard on the streets in Kingsport, the South lads are not scrappy overachievers. They are just downright good. When quarterback Curt Phillips suits up, it serves as the turning point of a game. Hak-kaff
GREENEVILLE 19, BOONE 13 — Greeneville's fans have been eagerly waiting for their Greene Devils to shift into high gear. That moment will arrive in the fourth quarter.
MORRISTOWN WEST 20, CHEROKEE 12 — What should the Chiefs do, throw the ball more? Um-yes, lots of times. Remember, an incomplete pass is essentially a free timeout. It's an ideal way for a team to rest. However, it will require much more than rest to beat the Trojans.
VOLUNTEER 28, COCKE COUNTY 14 — The Falcons' Shane Barlow is a load to handle, a remarkable running back.
TENN. HIGH 20, SULLIVAN EAST 15 — The Vikings will make sure their No. 1 runner gets the totes when it counts most — near the goal line. His name is Jeff Baker.
SULLIVAN NORTH 27, RYE COVE 12 — Look for a dismal ground game on both sides of the ball. Just stick to the easy stuff, boys, and execute. If the War Eagles were to somehow pull off an upset, they would be the toast of Clinchport.
CLINTWOOD 27, APPALACHIA 13 — Clintwood will do some serious damage with end runs, creating turbulence for out-of-place linebackers and befuddled cornerbacks.
J.I. BURTON 34, J.J. KELLY 12 — The Raiders make TDs happen when they shouldn't. Jaymil Sensabaugh is a scoring machine who reminds folks hereabouts of a certain former Yale tailback with his slithering moves and blazing speed. Hak-kaff!
POWELL VALLEY 21, RICHLANDS 17 — Powell Valley will leave the field at halftime with a slightly bruised ego, then return with tenacity and pummel the Blue Tornado. Pow! Pow! Pow!
THOMAS WALKER 26, HANCOCK COUNTY 6 — The Pioneers appear to be rejuvenated after starting out sluggishly.
CHILHOWIE 48, TWIN SPRINGS 6 — Why don't those Warriors pick on somebody their own size? Bet they wouldn't want to engage in 32 minutes of roundball action.
Gatlinburg-Pittman 55, Chuckey-Doak 0
Cosby 14, Cloudland 12
Morristown East 19, David Crockett 14
Johnson County 21, Elizabethton 20
Hampton 62, Jellico 6
Happy Valley 20, West Greene 7
Jefferson Co. 31, Campbell Co. 14
Sevier County 28, Karns 7
Rutledge 13, Pigeon Forge 7
Cumberland 8, South Greene 6
Knoxville Grace 21, Unaka 13
St. Paul 21, Ervinton 6
Holston 28, John Battle 7
Honaker 20, Twin Valley 0
Lebanon 42, Tazewell 13
Middlesboro, Ky. 35, Lee 14
Hurley 7, Montcalm, W.Va. 6
Patrick Henry 14, Marion 13
Pound 22, Coeburn 7