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Hoople says upsets looming for Dobyns-Bennett, South

Major Amos Hoople • Oct 30, 2008 at 12:00 AM

It’s Halloweekend, friends! Watch out for scary situations. Beware of spirits from the past. Kaff-kaff!

The streets will be awash with ghouls, goblins and gremlins looking for some spooky fun.

There’ll also be some of these characters at the football games bringing creepy crawlies to high school fans.

Trick-or-treaters will be spreading their mischief throughout the Northeast Tennesse/Southwest Virginia region. They’re out to have hauntingly, beguiling good times.

They’re always making idle threats to play tricks on property owners if no treats are given. It’s been socially accepted to pacify these rascals with confectionery. In some circles, this is referred to as Beggars Night.

It’s an occasion for partygoers — which means masks, costumes, wigs, decorations, thrills, chills, pranks, hay rides and parades.

Hoop-the-Scoop will get in on the act with a few pranks before leaving Kingsport for the year.

The Hoople System, sitting on a record-breaking .816 percentage, is closing out the forecast today since newspaper policy prevents Hoop-Baby from influencing the course of history with predictions on postseason games.

Everybody’s favorite prognosticator has lots of goodies for the faithful readers. In fact, Yours Truly is going out on a limb with several predictions just to show rival forecasters how it’s done. Heh-heh!

Let’s get on with the show. Florentine and I have to catch an afternoon flight out of Tri-Cities Airport for a well-deserved vacation in Tahiti.

SCIENCE HILL 23, DOBYNS-BENNETT 21 — Whoa! Hold it right there, Indians. There’s a new sheriff in town. It’s Major upset time in Johnson City, where the Hilltoppers have plans to whip their community into a frenzy. Kaff-kaff!

TENNESSEE HIGH 15, SULLIVAN SOUTH 14 — Likewise for the Rebels. They’re going down as well. Those state rankings seem to be accompanied by a jinx. Heh-heh!

JOHNSON COUNTY 13, SULLIVAN NORTH 12 — Johnson County’s enthusiastic supporters will be doing the Halloween Howl. Boola-boola!

VOLUNTEER 20, CHEROKEE 15 — The mighty Falcons are a hardy lot, always pushing the envelope to the limit.

SULLIVAN CENTRAL 7, SULLIVAN EAST 6 — Orange pumpkins will be on display at Central, calling attention to the school colors.

GREENEVILLE 28, DAVID CROCKETT 12 — Pioneer forces are mustering to get Greeneville — to no avail.

J.I. BURTON 21, GATE CITY 17 — Actually, this victory yields nothing in the way of surprise. The Hoople staff has known all along that the so-called “Blue Blue Machine” is running on fumes. Hak-kaff!

TWIN SPRINGS 18, RYE COVE 13 — Toilet-papering houses around Clinchport has been a tradition since observing the Halloween holiday was begun.

POWELL VALLEY 20, APPALACHIA 6 — The outcome will be monstrously amusing.

J.J. KELLY 15, HAYSI 7 — Label this one a HalloWIN.

COEBURN 13, CASTLEWOOD 6 — The Blue Knights will be fighting fire with fire. When Castlewood runs, they’ll run. When the Blue Devils pass, they’ll pass.

THOMAS WALKER 32, ST. PAUL 13 — Inflated fears sometimes can be destructive.

DANTE 40, SLANT 6 — Rest in peace.



Bearden 14, Jefferson Co. 12

Clintwood 27, Pound 7

Chilhowie 14, George Wythe 7

Abingdon 22, Marion 8

Tazewell 13, Honaker 0

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