Swami Zips To Top Of Prep Pick Leaderboard
By Space Coast Daily // September 28, 2012
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 • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – So we’re up to Week 5 of the prep football season and the All-Knowing Swami just keeps getting better with each and every game.
“The Swami’s only setback a week ago was an upset pick (Satellite over Rockledge) and his crystal ball may have suggested that was a murky sort of pick any way.
Nevertheless, the Swami can’t wait for Friday night to arrive to run the table and show the world his amazing powers of prognostication.
Without further ado, here are this week’s matchups and what Swami forsees as the probable outcomes:
** ASTRONAUT AT PALM BAY – Two strong squads with a sense of purpose. Both defensive-minded and feature quick backs designed to eat up yardage. In the end though, this will come down to the play of special teams and the kicking game. Two other factors will matter in this game, home-field advantage for Palm Bay, but the Pirates will be without playmaker Caleb Alves who has turned 19 and ineligible for the remainder of the season.
PALM BAY By 6
** MCC AT ORLANDO CHRISTIAN PREP – The last time MCC visited Orlando (last Friday night), it had to turn around and play there again Saturday morning following a rainout. But the weather should be a little more cooperative tonight, as will the opponent. The 1-2 Warrios are coming off a loss to Foundation Academy in Winter Garden and have yet to see a quarterback with the skills of MCC’s Brandon Ziarno. Swami prefers the experience factor for the young Hustlers and believes MCC will have a more enjoyable bus ride home than last weekend.
MCC By 13
** SPACE COAST AT MONTVERDE ACADEMY – Two winless squads meet up in a game that may set the stage for the rest of the season. Its Montverde’s first varsity football home game ever, but the 0-3 Eagles will find Space Coast hungry and determined. I really like Nick Rittenhouse at QB for the Vipers and believe their considerable size and strength will carry them past Montverde Academy.
SPACE COAST By 20
** CENTENNIAL AT MELBOURNE – Will the real Melbourne Bulldogs please stand up? Last week’s drubbing by Palm Bay was an anomaly, Swami thinks. If Melbourne can return to playing hard-nosed defense like they are capable of doing, Centennial, which lost earlier this year to Merritt Island 41-3 may awaken a sleeping giant.
MELBOURNE By 11
** NORTH FLORIDA CHRISTIAN AT FLORIDA AIR ACADEMY — North Florida has scored 78 points in its last two games while only giving up 7. And with a bye Friday, the Eagles have had two full weeks to prepare for FAA. The Falcons showed a potent offense by putting 62 points on the scoreboard last week in a road win over Father Lopez. The caliber of opponent is much tougher this week though and the Falcons will be pressed in all facets of the game.
NORTH FLORIDA CHRISTIAN By 16
** GATEWAY AT EAU GALLIE — The 3-1 Panthers are formidable. The only blemish on their record so far is a 20-13 defeat to University, which is one of the state’s top teams. The Commodores were mauled last Friday by Bayside and it won’t get any easier this time. Swami does recall, however, a game in the past where Eau Gallie rallied to top Gateway on the road 59-57 in overtime.
GATEWAY By 30
** TRINITY CHRISTIAN AT HOLY TRINITY – The Eagles are 2-1 overall, but lack size on the offensive line. And with only four starters back on offense from a year ago, they are not the squad they were in 2011. Swami likes Holy Trinity’s chances to win this one before an appreciative home crowd. It will be close though.
HOLY TRINITY By 2
** ROCKLEDGE AT VIERA – The Raiders are rolling and quarterback Alex Adler is a big reason for their success. He’s played tough and his arm has been accurate of late. Viera still seeking its first win and is looking to find consistency on both sides of the ball.
ROCKLEDGE by 21
** COCOA AT MERRITT ISLAND – This one puts Mustangs quarterback Nic Smith to the test. So far, he’s been up to the challenge and has played with poise and maturity beyond his experience level. Cocoa broke into the win column a week ago and finally gets to play a local opponent. This will be a fun game to watch and both coaches will have their team ready.
COCOA By 7
** MERRITT ISLAND CHRISTIAN AT VERO BEACH MASTER’S ACADEMY –– The winless Cougars are looking for their first victory as is Master’s Academy, which has given up 140 points in three games without scoring a single point themselves. This may be the week that the Cougars break through, that is, if the defense can stay solid and the offense can move the ball.
MERRITT ISLAND CHRISTIAN By 12
** COCOA BEACH AT CELEBRATION — The Minutemen haven’t lost yet and Celebration hasn’t won a game so far. The Storm did score 40 in a Week 2 loss to Kissimmee Poinciana. The Cocoa Beach combination of David Dessent to Boone Lewis and the ground game if Jamaal Eveillard may make this one a challenge for Celebration on defense. Likewise, Cocoa Beach defenders can expect a lot of deep passes from Storm quarterback William Santry to receiver Johnny Victor.
COCOA BEACH BY 10
** TITUSVILLE AT SEABREEZE – The 2-2 Sandcrabs came up strong last week against Deltona and emerged with a 52-0 win. Under Coach Andy Price, the Terriers looked tough against Pine Ridge then suffered consecutive losses against Heritage and Merritt Island. If Titusville can generate some offense, this will be a nice game to watch. If not, the game will be a blowout favoring Seabreeze.
SEABREEZE BY 18
** SATELLITE AT HERITAGE – Undefeated and flying high, Heritage has yet to encounter a team with defensive skills like the Scorpions. This will be a low scoring contest and the one with the ball last will win it.
(UPSET SPECIAL) SATELLITE BY 3
Last Week: 11-1
Season To Date: 41-6
Win Percentage: 87.2 Percent