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Hoople predicts woe for D-B, Volunteer, joy for Crockett, Gate City

Major Amos Hoople • Oct 8, 2009 at 12:00 AM


Predictability, a characteristic of law-governed phenomena, is something all successful football prognosticators must fully understand.

It’s a means of overcoming the basic limitation of not knowing what the future actually holds.

When it comes to foresight, some of us have it and some don’t. Fortunately, Yours Truly has an abundance of you- know-what.

The Hoople System was created by combining common sense with physics, statistics, scouting reports, crystal ball readings and advanced computer technology.

Planning is an important process in enhancing one’s ability to forecast the outcome of sporting events. Noticing tendencies and patterns can help a forecaster’s accuracy significantly.

Hoop-the-Scoop’s unique method of picking high school games has resulted in a .717 lifetime win-loss percentage.

While rival forecasters continue their consistently inconsistent ways, Famous Amos sees these failures as a powerful motivator.

Admittedly, Mr. Hoop is the ultimate know-it-all when rules and statistics are the subject.

This former Yale tailback has no difficulty recognizing the difference between heavyweights and lightweights.

There’s a long list of huge, consequential games around the region this week and this self-styled soothsayer is on top of every one.

The secret to getting right to the point with these particular scores was finding six variables that correlate with the system’s multiple regressive predictors. Kaff-kaff!

Let’s hit the gridiron with some more bull’s-eye target shooting.

TENN. HIGH 28, DOBYNS-BENNETT 14 — This grudge match in the Stone Castle will reveal true character. The Vikings are still irritated over last year’s wide margin.

SCIENCE HILL 20, DANIEL BOONE 14 — Those Trailblazers will be feeling a bit punchy after the “Battle of Washington County” ceases fire.

SULLIVAN SOUTH 27, VOLUNTEER 13 — The Rebels are under the microscope after losing to D-B.

DAVID CROCKETT 14, SULLIVAN CENTRAL 12 — Experience can’t be taught. It has to be earned.

CHEROKEE 20, JEFFERSON COUNTY 17 — The fast-improving Chiefs are picking up steam.

HAMPTON 14, SULLIVAN EAST 7 — Defense wins championships. Mistakes lose games.

GATE CITY 28, JOHN BATTLE 6 — Knowing and understanding what to expect — physically as well as emotionally — is something Blue Devil fans never have to worry about with their team.

LEE 19, J.J. KELLY 13 — The chalk talk is over. It’s time to perform. Pay no attention to menacing looks, Generals. The bigger they are, the louder they bawl. Hak-kaff!

ST. PAUL 21, APPALACHIA 13 — The Deacons will turn in an inspiring performance with some last-quarter drama.

CLINTWOOD 28, SHELBY VALLEY, KY. 21 — Clintwood has mastered the basics.

COEBURN 12, RYE COVE 7 — The Blue Knights have a way of releasing their anger on the gridiron.

J.I. BURTON 33, POUND 14 — Yellow flags sometimes are necessary to keep a game interesting. After all, the men wearing striped shirts enjoy attention, too. Boola-boola!


Northeast Tennessee

Chuckey-Doak 27, North Greene 6

Greeneville 35, Cumberland Gap 14

Johnson County 17, Cloudland 7

Unaka 30, King’s Academy 20

Morristown East 28, Seymour 20

Morristown West 21, Sevier County 14

South Doyle 28, Cocke County 20

Grainger 7, South Greene 6

Claiborne 14, West Greene 6

Keplar 34, Eidson 12

Southwest Virginia

Carroll County 20, Abingdon 13

George Wythe 14, Chilhowie 8

Graham 19, Grundy 12

Haysi 13, Castlewood 7

Tazewell 28, Honaker 13

Virginia High 21, Lebanon 15

Northwood 8, Holston 6

Rural Retreat 20, Patrick Henry 14

Twin Valley 16, Ervinton 7

Richlands 27, Marion 13

Slant 22, Blackwater 21

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