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Major Hoople likes D-B, South, Boone to win squeakers

Major Amos Hoople • Oct 11, 2007 at 12:00 AM

Another alarmingly erratic performance it was by rival prognosticators last weekend. Heh-heh!

Dwell, if they will, on the near-misses. Argue, if they will, that unevenness on the part of game officials impacted their predictions in a negative manner.

Let’s face it, those wannabes don’t have an ounce of consistency in their bones. This ought to be a huge frustration for all readers who were beginning to believe in the pretenders.

Granted, anybody can experience a bad day. Believe me, there have been some humdingers after those all-nighters at the E-Z Snooze Hotel lounge while celebrating big wins. Hak-kaff!

However, Yours Truly always manages to make amends when the Hoople System has shown even the slightest failure.

For instance, a couple of weeks ago, five losses came right out of the blue. Hoop-Baby simply put a pair of blundering statisticians on leave and brought in that trained monkey as an assistant. Everything started running as smoothly as ever.

Um-yes, there’s nothing quite like coming back with a flowing, rhythmical display following a glitch or two in the system. For the record, last week’s worksheet was 29-2. It just goes to show that if there’s a spark available, Mr. Hoop will find it. There’s genuine world class talent in the Old Boy Himself. Har-rumph!

It’s time once again to cast our sights on a prize-winning parlay card and make several of the region’s coaches squeamish.

Fasten those seat belts, faithful readers, because Hoop-the-Scoop is at the wheel prepared to drive around any obstacle that threatens an ignominious setback.

Ready, set, go!

DOBYNS-BENNETT 17, SEVIER COUNTY 14 — Coach Graham Clark traditionally has a high-octane offense. However, with the price of gasoline as it is nowadays, it may be practical that he’s chosen a lower-grade level. Boola-boola!

SOUTH 24, EAST 21 — The Patriots are rather strong but they’ll have to play like the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts put together to beat South.

DANIEL BOONE 15, MORRISTOWN WEST 14 — Sometimes, the smaller dog just wins the fight.

VOLUNTEER 27, DAVID CROCKETT 12 — It’s discomforting to think a team such as Crockett might have to stay home at playoff time.

NORTH 27, ELIZABETHTON 24 — To pull an upset, the Raiders must not deviate from their game plan. Pay close attention, boys, and this one will be yours.

CENTRAL 13, UNICOI COUNTY 7 — Life is going to be good again in Blountville.

GATE CITY 32, CLINTWOOD 15 — The game will be highly entertaining. What is coming next from Nick’s bag of tricks?

J.I. BURTON 31, HONAKER 14 — Burton is considered by some to be the crown jewel of the Lonesome Pine District. It remains to be seen.

POWELL VALLEY 26, J.J. KELLY 13 — The Vikings must find a way to handle prosperity and not squander it away. Pow! Pow! Pow!

RYE COVE 21, THOMAS WALKER 8 — Those War Eagles may suffer from wing strain if Tommy Walker’s defense gets a hand on their aerodynamics early enough.

APPALACHIA 21, SHELBY VALLEY, KY. 7 — It’s a dicey situation on whether to pass or run against the Bulldogs. Shelby Valley’s lads can take their chances and find out.

BIG CREEK, W. VA. 27, ST. PAUL 7 — Big Creek will accentuate the positive and show the Deacons the way back to school.

CASTLEWOOD 28, ERVINTON 13 — Have no fear, Blue Devils, it’s only the Rebels.

COEBURN 21, TWIN SPRINGS 14 — The Titans spent last week in repose. There’s nothing like a little rest to make any game more interesting.

DANTE 41, SLANT 6 — There are have-nots and there are luck-nots. Slant has been crying for a rematch, so here it is.


Northeast Tennessee

Bearden 14, Campbell County 0

West Greene 19, Chuckey-Doak 6

Cloudland 14, Jellico 6

Greeneville 24, Cherokee 13

Cumberland Gap 50, Hancock Co. 6

Happy Valley 42, North Greene 0

Jefferson Co. 14, Science Hill 13

Tennessee High 21, Johnson Co. 10

Unaka 13, Matewan, W. Va. 7

Morristown East 27, Cocke Co. 14

Cosby 13, Rutledge 12

Seymour 38, Pigeon Forge 12

Gatlinburg-Pittman 26, South Greene 14

Southwest Virginia

Carroll County 33, Marion 13

Patrick Henry 20, Chilhowie 12

George Wythe 21, Holston 7

Abingdon 38, Grundy 13

Tug Valley, W. Va. 7, Hurley 0

Lee 40, John Battle 6

Lebanon 27, Virginia High 20

Rural Retreat 14, Northwood 7

Pound 30, Twin Valley 15

Graham 21, Tazewell 6


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