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tonybologna

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  1. It's strange that Tennessee High stayed with Mountain Brook for one half but most every other team they faced in the tourney didn't have a chance from the opening tip it seemed like to me. I thought for sure Mentor, North Mecklenburg, or Concord would be the teams competing with them for the title. Heck, none of them came within single digits. Just shows how strong this Mountain Brook team really is in 2019. I expect them to take the Alabama state title in Class 7A this season unless they were to have a bad game at the wrong time. I don't see that happening though. This team is really really good. I would bet they could give Oak Hill a game or possibly even beat them.
  2. Nobody really even threatened Mountain Brook to be honest. They were that much better than every other team in the tourney.
  3. From the teams I've watched thus far in District 1-A, I think University High is the team to beat. Now, their current record of 6-5 is deceiving. They've lost to upper echelon teams (except for North Greene) which were much bigger schools for the most part. They have 3 legit scorers lead by Caleb Meredith who is also a star on the baseball diamond. Hampton should also compete for the District title in the regular season. North wasn't supposed to be this good either (9-5 overall) & just lost to a really really good Sullivan South team by 15 points but the score was closer than the final outcome. Also can't rule out Happy Valley but they've already had some bad losses. I see the regular season title going to either University High or Hampton. When the postseason tournament arrives I can see 3-4 teams possibly taking home the trophy including North or Happy Valley to go along with Hampton or University High.
  4. Well, Mountain Brook turned out to be the best team this season in the Arby's Classic. They were clearly the best team this season. Mentor failed in the semis. I thought they would at least make the Championship Game. Mountain Brook was just solid in ALL phases of the game. I now see why they're such a dominate team in Class 7A in the state of Alabama.
  5. The semifinals should be great. These are without a doubt the 4 best teams. I think Mentor is the best of these 4 teams but anyone of these 4 can win it. Concord put together a really nice game in the quarterfinals. So did Mountain Brook as well though. Should be one heck off a semifinals. I'm sticking with my Mentor prediction to win it all though. I think Mentor plays Mountain Brook in the finals on Tuesday.
  6. I personally think Mentor is the team to beat. I saw Mountain Brook play. They are strong on both defense & offense but to me Mentor looks like the team to beat this season. Mentor has a legit 5 starters that can score plus a good (not great but good) bench. Bearden was awesome last season in this tourney. They don't have the same team in 2019 so I don't think the would have been a factor. However, when I first seen the brackets for the 2019 Arby's Classic I noticed that Bearden wasn't in it. I still can't understand for the life of me why we wouldn't have them back. This local area without a team like Bearden just doesn't stand a chance at winning it. DB shocked some people including me when they won their opening game in a shocker.
  7. I watched all Arby's Classic games on opening day. Mentor looks they are the best complete & all around team this year. Today, I went to North to watch the Action Athletics Christmas Tournament. Much much more talent & smart play in the Arby's over this tournament. Sullivan South is clearly the best team in the Christmas tournament being played @ North. The only team I could see beating Mentor would be Webb school from Bell Buckle. They have enough talent to match or beat Mentor.
  8. As always the field is loaded for the 2019 Arby's Classic. Looking forward to watching quite a few good basketball teams & players in this years tourney. There's at least 5-6 teams that could win this 2019 tourney. There really is no clear favorite. Just about 5 or maybe 1-2 more that could take home the Championship.
  9. That's not correct. Look @ the TSSAA bracket. For ALL classifications in the Quarterfinals & Semifinals the team at the top of the bracket for each matchup is the host team. Oneida is at the top of the Class 1A bracket game with Meigs County. Therefore, even though Meigs is the higher seed Oneida will host. It's a stupid rule but that's the way it works. The higher seeded team should always host until the state title games in my opinion but the TSSAA has taken a back & forth acceptance of the bracket being like this & swapped around every season. For instance, next season in the State Quarterfinals & Semifinals the bottom team from the bracket in each matchup will get to host regardless of seed.
  10. Well, Greeneville blew a 21-7 halftime lead @ Betsy the 1st time this season & lost 24-21. I think it's revenge for the Greene Devils this time around even though it's again being played @ Elizabethton. Betsy won by 3 last time so I take Greeneville by 3 this time. Greene Devils 20 Betsy 17.
  11. DB played a heck of a game tonight. They really hadn't played well in their last few games. This was their best game probably since their 38-13 victor over Farragut back on October 11th. Maryville comes to Kingsport next. By far their toughest game on the season probably to go along with Alcoa. I think Maryville is just a bit better than Alcoa. I hope DB keeps this game close but unless their defense plays near perfect in which they are capable I fear the Rebels might win this one by 2-3 TD's or possibly more. Maryville has a tough defense as well. The difference here to me is that Maryville has a better offense & probably the best offense DB has faced on the season. I just don't see the Indians being able to score enough points to win.
  12. Sounds like my North Raiders football team this season. North had a personal foul penalty in EVERY single game this season & in at least 2-3 games had multiple personal fouls. Can't do that stuff but especially in the playoffs if you expect to win.
  13. SG might have their QB back but they certainly don't have much of a Kicker. If they score a TD 80% of the time they will go for 2. I know to start their season their Kicker missed like 4 straight extra points so this is why the coaching staff has reverted to going for 2-points after TD's most of the time. I watched SG in person against my alma mater Sullivan North in which they beat 22-0. SG is a good football team but they just aren't in the same area code/league as Meigs County. I'm predicting Meigs Co. 38-13.
  14. This certainly is a stupid rule. The top seeds with the best records from each classification should be playing @ home until the state title games. This is one of the many dumb rules/actions from the TSSAA.
  15. Powell has the personnel to run that kind of defense against South-Doyle. Not too many other teams do. Boone doesn't have nowhere near the personnel to have a single deep safety type defense. They also can't get away with playing man coverage all the time. They mix up man & zone coverage but just don't have the type of players to match South-Doyle in man coverage. I do think Coach Jenkins for Boone will certainly set his defense to stop Young though. He's going to go all out to try & stop the Cherokees best player from beating them. I still don't know if Boone can stop Young no matter what defense Boone runs. They don't have a bad defense but they're also not great either. Boone I think can score some points but no way they will be able to match or keep up with South-Doyle putting points up on the board. I've predicted South-Doyle 42-21.
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