Well, well, well. I think I’m onto The Chief’s shenanigans.
Earlier this year I laid down the challenge if I had a perfect prediction week, The Chief would send me on vacation to some faraway island. So far I’ve only missed two games in each of the first two weeks; pretty impressive this early in the season while getting a good take on predicting the ‘ Big-11 ‘ is still in the works. So, I got suspicious when snickers started coming out of the corporate travel section. An anonymous tipster let it out that The Chief HAS booked me for an island trip. Unfortunately, it’s Gilligan’s Island.
That led me to wonder how many of those seven original castaways are still kicking today. Of the original crew three cast members are still around to potentially join me for one of those tropical umbrella-adorned cocktails. The Professor is now 83, but I have no desire to sit on a beach and discuss molecular physics with anyone. Likewise, Ginger, aka Tina Louise, is alive and well. But, can you imagine what that evening dress must look like after all that time? Talk about sand in your sequins. That only leaves the adorable Mary Ann. Dawn Wells was my favorite 49 years ago, and the former Miss Nevada will be 74 next month, and still looks great. See, you always learn something when you read this column.
So before I start daydreaming about Wells, let’s get right to this week’s seven ‘ Big-11 ‘ games. For the record, William Fleming is idle in week three.
NORTHSIDE at HIDDEN VALLEY:
The Vikings look very strong after blowout wins in the first two weeks. Hidden Valley at 0-2 continues to look for ways to get a young team in sync. The Viking lines may be too much for the Titans as Northside invades Bogle Stadium for the second straight week. Northside- 37 Hidden Valley- 13
WILLIAM BYRD at SALEM:
Terrier coach Jeff Highfield returns to Salem where he starred for Andrew Lewis in the late 60s. His Byrd teams have made things close in the past and with Zac Hill at QB these two 2-0 teams should be entertaining. But, never bet against Salem in Salem Stadium. Salem- 28 William Byrd- 17
PATRICK HENRY at PULASKI COUNTY:
The Patriots look to regroup after a close call last Friday at Salem. Pulaski comes off a big win at Radford. The Cougar den is never a bargain, but PH should cage the Cougars. Patrick Henry- 24 Pulaski County- 17
LORD BOTETOURT at GLENVAR:
The Cavalier defense hasn’t given up a point in two games. Glenvar was explosive in week one and fell flat at James River last Friday night. The Jamie Harless defense is on a mission. Lord Botetourt- 31 Glenvar- 7
CAVE SPRING at MARTINSVILLE:
A pair of 0-2 teams square off. Martinsville came up just short in a comeback effort against Fleming. Cave Spring is looking for a turnaround after their shutout loss to Northside. Home team gets the nod. Martinsville- 20 Cave Spring-19
NORTH CROSS at CHRISTCHURCH (Sat. at St. Anne’s Belfield)
The North Cross offense continues to be explosive while the Raider defense stopped Blessed Sacrament last Friday night. Christchurch has given up 86 points in two losses. North Cross completes its three road games to start the season with another win.
North Cross- 36 Christchurch- 13
ROANOKE CATHOLIC at FISHBURNE MILITARY:
The Celtics at 2-0 make the trip to Waynesboro where Fishburne is 1-0 after a shootout win over Fuqua. Fishburne prevailed by 21 last year. Should be closer this time around. Fishburne Military- 20 Roanoke Catholic- 18
The Roanoke Valley Sports Club welcomes UVA assistant basketball coach Ritchie McKay as its guest speaker Monday, September 16th at the Salem Civic Center. A social begins the evening at 5:45 followed by the dinner meeting at 6:15. Guests and potential new members are welcome. For more information or to make reservations, contact Maggie Drewry at 540-725-7387.
Until next time, I’ll be gearing up for my three hour tour. In the meantime, send your input to: [email protected]