The autumn leaves are changing colors and it’s time once again to turn things around.
Mr. Hoop enjoys giving you faithful readers a change-of-pace to prevent boredom with the routine structure of just dialing up winners.
With a .769 season percentage, it seems senseless to be making any kind of change but this Old Boy enjoys going out on a limb.
The mailbox has been overflowing and the switchboard lighting up since last week’s predictions landed squarely on the money. Har-rumph!
By listing the losers first, Hoop-the-Scoop is bound to come up with a few extra winners.
Yours Truly believes in putting every ounce of knowledge and effort into these scores. It’s how the Hoople System has remained so credible through the years.
As everybody knows, the Major’s magic pen and the Friday night lights are a powerful combination. This former Yale tailback knows how to ramp up the numbers. Hak-kaff!
Detractors have been firing salvos of criticism at the E-Z Snooze Hotel’s No. 1 guest for many years — unsuccessfully, of course. Those boys don’t quite understand how sausage is made.
Enough dilly-dallying, let’s get the show on the road. Look for another record-breaking performance.
(Editor’s Note: Obviously, Mrs. Hoople helped out with these predictions).
DAVID CROCKETT 7, DOBYNS-BENNETT 21 — The Pioneers will stumble out to a 0-21 deficit and hold on for a 14-point loss.
SULLIVAN SOUTH 21, SCIENCE HILL 28 — Even though the Hilltoppers are from Johnson City, those lads are country-smart. Fasten your seat belts, Rebels, because it’s shell-shock time in Rocky Springs.
VOLUNTEER 6, DANIEL BOONE 28 — The Trailblazers will struggle to reach the end zone — in the first three minutes, that is.
SULLIVAN CENTRAL 13, TENNESSEE HIGH 31 — The Vikings are feeling good about their No. 1 state ranking. But there’ll be some bruises underneath those maroon-and-white jerseys when this one’s over.
CHEROKEE 14, SEVIER COUNTY 28 — The Smoky Bear running backs ought to be ticketed for ignoring those 55-mph speed limit signs.
VIRGINIA HIGH 13, GATE CITY 27 — By all accounts, the Blue Devils have the most spirited attitude of any team north of Moccasin Gap.
POWELL VALLEY 7, J.J. KELLY 14 — Early turnovers will create tension in the Vikings’ huddle. Don’t get too nervous, boys.
APPALACHIA 21, CLINTWOOD 42 — The defense rests.
TWIN SPRINGS 7, COEBURN 13 — The Blue Knights have an appropriate weapon ready for use at the right time.
JOHN BATTLE 13, LEE HIGH 28 — The Generals’ quick-strike offense will have John Battle’s players scratching their heads in the opening quarter.
RYE COVE 7, THOMAS WALKER 19 — Rye Cove has been a tireless champion of smash-mouth football. It’s catching on in Ewing.
SLANT 6, DANTE 20 — Reliable word has it that Slant’s got an ineligble player (age violation). He’s the right guard. His son plays the other guard position.
Greeneville 59, Chuckey-Doak 12
Morristown East 41, Cocke County 13
Cosby 14, North Greene 0
Elizabethton 34, Johnson County 14
Cloudland 42, Hancock County 13
Hampton 41, Unaka 7
Sullivan East 14, Unicoi County 13
Castlewood 14, Ervinton 6
J.I. Burton 45, Honaker 13
Lebanon 15, Richlands 14
Hurley 20, Pound 14
Rural Retreat 19, Holston 13
St. Paul 28, Twin Valley 6
Tazewell 21, Graham 14