Har-rumph! Very seldom does this record-breaking prognosticator focus on a particular game but the deluge of requests convinced Famous Amos that Sullivan South at Gate City merits the spotlight.
Um-yes, the big game has finally entered the range of Hoop-Baby’s telescopic scouting lens.
First of all, it’s going to take quite a bit of doing for officials to jam such a mob of rabid fans into the city limits of Gate City. The traffic gridlock will resemble a goal-line stand in the streets.
Secondly, what will the field conditions be like? With all the rain that’s fallen this week, the ground at Legion Stadium is already soaked. This definitely will slow down South’s passing game.
The additional water ordered by the Big Blue Boosters Club from the fire department should make the playing surface too slippery for any type of air game to develop. Hak-kaff!
In spite of all those X’s and O’s the Blue Devils’ coaching staff has been putting on the chalkboard, trouble lurks. Not even Gate City’s jumbo backs will make a difference. Let’s just forget the mumbo jumbo.
When all has been said and done, the Big Blue faithful won’t be having much fun. (Editor’s Note: Hoople’s poetry coach was out of town yesterday, leaving the Old Boy on his own — as you may have detected.)
Unless the Devils bring in Rambo to patrol the end zone, Mr. Hoop sees no way Gate City can spring an upset on these tough Tennesseans.
Let’s put it this way: Yours Truly would have about the same chance of winning the Virginia Lottery without purchasing a ticket as Gate City would have at being victorious in this border battle.
You asked for it and here’s the score before they open the gates: South 28, Gate City 10. Boola-boola!
CHEROKEE 14, VOLUNTEER 7 — The Hawkins County Soup Bowl has become an annual event quites simply because Cherokee plays Volunteer every year, as they say in Rogersville. Hundreds of hungry fans will have their choice of soups at the concession stand — vegetable, chicken noodle, beef, potato, clam chowder and so forth. Heh-heh!
SEVIER COUNTY 21, DOBYNS-BENNETT 14 — The rebuilding season has been a headache for coach Graham Clark, who reportedly is pulling his hair out.
NORTH 27, RYE COVE 13 — Off to a 3-0 start, the Raiders have been dotting their I’s and crossing their T’s.
GATLINBURG-PITTMAN 21, SULLIVAN EAST 6 — The Highlanders visualize more than one way to get positive results.
DAVID CROCKETT 13, COCKE COUNTY 7 — Better read your horoscope, lads. The Pioneers intend to be rather assertive.
RICHLANDS 19, POWELL VALLEY 14 — It’s all about tactics and discipline. Oh, yeah, try throwing in a little foot speed as well.
CLINTWOOD 28, HAPPY VALLEY 12 — The Valley will be very Unhappy after being taken under by the Wave.
J.I. BURTON 31, ABINGDON 21 — Miles, Miles and more Miles. Martinez Miles, that is.
MIDDLESBORO 21, LEE HIGH 14 — Losing is kind of distressing.
CHILHOWIE 18, TWIN SPRINGS 6 — The Titans must think this is the weekend for time change. Their backs will spring forward and fall back.
Claiborne County 32, Hancock County 12
Cloudland 16, Avery County, N.C. 6
Greeneville 28, Elizabethton 20
Cleveland 19, Morristown East 14
South Greene 27, North Greene 13
Morristown West 14, Science Hill 12
Tennessee High 35, Virginia High 14
West Greene 31, Unaka 6
Pound 8, Castlewood 7
St. Paul 20, Ervinton 6
Giles 33, Haysi 13
John Battle 19, Holston 14
Honaker 21, Coeburn 7
Lebanon 28, Tazewell 14
Patrick Henry 27, J.J. Kelly 21
Slant 45, Dante 42 (6 overtimes)