Swami Almost Perfect As Prep Football Reaches Week 7
By Space Coast Daily // October 11, 2012
Goes 12-1 Predicting Week 6 Outcomes
Editor’s note: The All-Knowing Swami was born into a vagabond family of gypsy fortune-tellers and his first job was passing out towels at practices for the Memphis Showboats of the USFL. Marveling at his psychic talent, he was frequently asked by players to predict the outcome of everything from Pop Warner Pee Wees matchups to the total number of times that Bret Favre would unretire. The All-Knowing Swami has correctly identified the last 29 Super Bowl champions in advance and has been hailed as a master prognosticator by everyone from Jimmy the Greek to Pete Rose. Relocating to Florida in 1987, the Swami practiced the psychic arts in Cassadaga before arriving in Brevard in 1990. He has been following high school football here ever since and will take on all challengers as the undisputed king of making prep predictions.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As the All-Knowing Swami continues his question for perfection in choosing high school football winners, he offers an explanation for last week’s lone incorrect prediction.
“It’s hard to overlook making a mistake, but I did it out of loyalty to an old friend,” Swami said.
Seems the All-Knowing Swami and a certain assistant coach at Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School knew each other back in the old country.
“My gut feeling and my crystal ball both clearly thought Cocoa would defeat Cocoa Beach,” Swami said. “But I wanted to give my friend a measure of confidence going up against Cocoa, so I ignored my inner instinct out of friendship and loyalty to my friend and chose the Minutemen to win in an upset.”
With Cocoa winning handily, it turned out to be was the only blemish last week on the All-Knowing Swami’s record in 13 overall predictions.
“Sometimes I’ve been known to overrule the crystal ball and I’ll know better going forward,” Swami said. “When it comes to accurately predicting these games, the crystal ball is seldom if ever wrong. It’s tapped into a direct hotline from the Great Beyond.”
That said, here’s how Swami sees things breaking down for Week 7:
** NEW SMYRNA BEACH AT TITUSVILLE — The Terriers are fresh from a huge victory last week over Space Coast. The New Smyrna Beach Barracudas are 5-0 under former Merritt Island coach Lance Jenkins. Easy selection would be to pick New Smyrna and that’s exactly what ol’ Swami is doing.
SWAMI SEZ: NEW SYMRNA BEACH by 16
** ST. CLOUD AT ROCKLEDGE – The Raiders are in mid-season form discounting last week’s mid-season defeat to Merritt Island. The Bulldogs are just 1-4 and looking for answers. St. Cloud won’t find many at McLarty Stadium. Since St. Cloud is weak defending against the run, it looks like a field day for Raiders running back Richard Carter while the experience of quarterback Alex Adler can’t hurt Rockledge either.
SWAMI SEZ: ROCKLEDGE by 26
** EAU GALLIE AT SPACE COAST – Two young programs headed in the right direction. The Vipers’ Nick Rittenhouse is a genuine playmaker and a threat to score every time he touches the football. The Commodores will have too many weapons though –starting with quarterback Torrance Brown and Eau Gallie’s defense has been getting better every week.
SWAMI SEZ: EAU GALLIE by 13
** SEABREEZE AT BAYSIDE – The Bears are reaching their potential and starting to show steady improvement with each passing game. And talk about passing, Bayside’s Lucious Jackson continues to lead long drives against the opposition. Seabreeze is 4-2, but has scored 50 or more in each of its last three games. The true test for the Bears will be the defense’s ability to prevent a wide-open, up and down the field affair.
SWAMI SEZ: BAYSIDE by 7
** MAINLAND AT PALM BAY – On paper this looks like a great game. Palm Bay is a traditional powerhouse, as is Mainland. The Pirates are 3-2 and playing better lately, while Mainland is 2-3 and showing a lot of desire of late. So Swami sees it as coming down to defensive prowess and home field advantage for Palm Bay. The game will be decided in the fourth quarter, but Swami believes these Pirates will find a way to win.
SWAMI SEZ: PALM BAY by 10
** ST. JOHN LUTHERAN AT FLORIDA AIR – The St. John Lutheran Saints are hot and cold, winning one week and falling the next. They are 3-2 and feature strong backs and solid line play. The Falcons are clicking along as its offense is putting plenty of points on the scoreboard and the defense has been stingy. It won’t be an easy matchup for Florida Air, but Swami likes their chances playing at home.
SWAMI SEZ: FLORIDA AIR by 14
** MCC AT HARMONY – With two straight wins, the young Hustlers are gaining ground and playing as Coach Mike Riazzi envisioned them doing before the season started. Harmony is just 1-6 and playing out the string in a dismal year. Look for plenty of firepower from MCC’s Brandon Ziarno and Matt Erdman, why maybe even Wil Erdman will reach the end zone for MCC too, but Harmony has been getting healthy and likes to throw long, so watch out Hustlers.
SWAMI SEZ: Harnony by 3
** MELBOURNE AT VIERA – Time for the Bulldogs offense to explode and there’s not a better place to do that than at Viera High School. Melbourne’s defense will produce a lot of turnovers that will lead to offensive scores. Swami thinks this game will be decided before halftime.
SWAMI SEZ: MELBOURNE By 24
** ARNOLD AT SATELLITE –It’s a long bus ride from Panama City to Satellite Beach, so expect Arnold to start sluggish. After some blowout losses to playoff-bound squads, Arnold will be more evenly matched against the Scorpions. However, Coach Andrew Disney has the Scorps playing inspired defense. This will be a close, down-to-the-wire game and Swami likes Satellite’s ability to defend. Arnold can play some defense too, but not like the Scorps can.
SWAMI SEZ: SATELLITE by 7
** MI CHRISTIAN AT LEGACY CHARTER —To be honest, Swami has never heard of Legacy Charter, but knows they are from Seffner. As a result, the crystal tells Swami to stick with the Cougars of Merritt Island Christian.
SWAMI SEZ: MI CHRISTIAN by 10
** ASTRONAUT AT JENSEN BEACH – The Falcons of Jensen Beach have been inconsistent all season and that’s not a good omen going up against a more experienced Astronaut team. After shutting out Satellite 17-0 last week on the road, Coach Randy Hallock has the War Eagles back over .500 at 3-2 and moving in the right direction. Expect at least one long TD run from Astronaut’s Brandon Wright and maybe more.
SWAMI SEZ: ASTRONAUT by 5
** COCOA AT BERGEN CATHOLIC (N.J.) – Coach John Wilkinson’s Tigers enjoyed a great week of practice and are showing signs of brilliance lately. The Bergen Catholic Crusaders are mighty, coming in at 4-1 and regarded by many as one of the top teams in all the northeastern United States. Swami does like Cocoa’s “Three-Headed Monster” attack of Antwan Lee, Tarean Folston and Lorenzo Pratt. This is going to be a Saturday barn-burner and the last team with the ball is going to win.
SWAMI SEZ: COCOA by 12
Last Week: 12-1
Season To Date: 65-9
Win Percentage: 87.8 Percent