Predictions Bowling Green vs Hoptown!

Page 2 of Hoptowns defense has not been stellar this year, so, expect Hibbitt and Co to put some points up, the Tigers have always had skilled offensive players ... 33 comments | 1932 Views | Go to page 1 →

  1. #16
    PurpleHaze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 02
    Location
    Bowling Green
    Posts
    5,451

    I have to admit that I was one of the folks who decided before the season that Hoptown would not be this good this year. They proved me wrong on that count, and I'm glad...that means that the guys will not take them lightly. In fact, they will be superbly motivated come Friday at the Stadium of Champions. BGHS has not beaten the Tigers on the field since the Purples kicked off the 1997 season in the Greenview Heritage Bowl. In that game, the Purples fell behind early 14-0, only to roar back with 40 unanswered points to win 40-14. BGHS has officially lost three in a row to the Tigers, each loss ended BGHS's season. This is historically an intense rivalry...the first game between the two schools was played in 1927, a Tiger win. Hopkinsville leads the all time series 33-24-4.

    In addition to losing three in a row officially, their head coach, Dixie Jones, masterminded Madisonville's upset win at BGHS last season, so there'll be no shortage of motivation come Friday. Add to that the fact that BGHS hasn't won a 3A Region One championship since the great 1998 team, and it all adds up to the Purples being extremely talented AND hungry! There won't be a Curtis Pulley to engineer The Drive this time around, and this team has little left to prove over the course of the season!

    Right now, we have the same 11-1 record as the previous two seasons. The BIG difference is that the Purples are still alive and well in the playoffs this season!

    Hoptown can't stop the BGHS offense, and the Purples are a lot more on offense than merely Avery Hibbitt. Though no shutout this week, the defense will still be formidable...the Purples win!
    Advertisement

  2. #17

    Join Date
    Aug 01
    Location
    The last "big town" before you leave Kentucky ...
    Posts
    22,986

    Quote Originally Posted by PurpleHaze
    I have to admit that I was one of the folks who decided before the season that Hoptown would not be this good this year. They proved me wrong on that count, and I'm glad...that means that the guys will not take them lightly.
    Emmanuel Taylor's presence has made Hopkinsville quite a bit better, offensively. Because of him, I think, they are a little better than we anticipated.

  3. #18

    Join Date
    May 01
    Posts
    1,213

    Taylor and New Orleans transfer Lawrence are 2 impact starters that were not on the Hopkinsville team a year ago. They have made a significant difference in the Tigers.

  4. #19

    Join Date
    Aug 01
    Location
    The last "big town" before you leave Kentucky ...
    Posts
    22,986

    Lawrence is a serviceable player, but he's not a star-quality guy and he hasn't had the impact that Taylor has had. Taylor gives Hoptown a speed back that no one knew they had coming into this season.

  5. #20

    Join Date
    May 01
    Posts
    1,213

    I agree, but Lawrence is a starter non-the less.

  6. #21

    Join Date
    Aug 02
    Posts
    1,668

    Hoptowns defense has not been stellar this year, so, expect Hibbitt and Co to put some points up, the Tigers have always had skilled offensive players and this year is no exception, but, in the past, they've had some very good QBs who could keep a team honest with his arm, which is lacking this year..I do look for Taylor to make a big play or 2 and the Tigers to play up to the level of competition, but, BGreen just has too many hosses on both sides of the ball...BGreen 31 Hopkinsville 14...

  7. #22
    OldVeteran's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 05
    Location
    Ky.
    Posts
    195

    I have to pick BG

  8. #23

    Join Date
    Sep 05
    Location
    Tigertown
    Posts
    166

    Bowling Green - 21
    Hop Town - 0

  9. #24
    Rebel88's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 05
    Location
    5 STRAIGHT
    Posts
    705

    I think Bowling Green is giving up 3.3 points per game. I don't see Hopkinsville getting over 10.

    Bowling Green 34
    Hopkinsville 10

  10. #25

    Join Date
    Jul 02
    Location
    HOPKINSVILLE
    Posts
    2,436

    WOW Chris Thomas not a very good QB. As someone on the inside of the Tiger program looking out I beg to differ. 1st year starter, broke the school's all time passing comletion percentage, matured into a QB, and has played with a broken thumb on his passing hand. When film is BROKEN down by the COACHING STAFF Chris Thomas is always at the top. He won the Mayfield game with his checks at the line and called the "TE Dive" for the winning TD in that game. Let's not forget he is replaceing a guy named Pulley who was a alright QB for the Tigers. Thomas isn't asked to win games he's asked to manage games. Also to his credit and to the offensive coaches Hoptown is running more offense this year then they would be if the previous staff was here.

    No Doubt Emanuel Taylor (E.T.) is a difference maker. When he returned back home expectations grew for this Hoptown team. 6'0 200 runs hard and is probably the most punishing runner since the Miguel Merritt and Travis Hampton. Mario Brasher is a plus at RB as well for the Tigers rushing for over 600 yards this year. With E.T. here that meant Chuck Thomas would move out to WR instead of playing RB again this year.

    Defensively this Hoptown defense isn't as bad some want to think. Break down film and you'll see. They gave up 37 to Alcoa (TN) the best team they will face this year. 51 to Christian Co. Tandy has been the best QB they have played this year. Quick release and throws accurate on the run. DIXIE JONES took full responsibility for that loss. He didn't lay blame on the kids like has been done in the past. The Hoptown 1st team defense and key reserves are giving up 15 ppg through 12 games. LB Billy Lawrence has been a help since transferring from Louisiana because of the Hurricane. He is good in pass converage and solid against the run. He is not a starter but is one of the key reserves. Pass defense has improved since Caredell McGregor took over at FS (Madisonville game) and with Chris Thomas now starting at CB since the Paducah game. He is the CB on the team with Josh Ladson maybe haveing the best technique. The loss of Antwain Loving back there hurt but life has gone on.

    As for this game Bowling Green AT Hopkinsville. Well Hoptown is gonna show up even though some of the common fans have told us not to. Everybody involved with the Hopkinsville program knows how good Bowling Green is. Their big, fast, and well coached. As usual Coach Wallace and Rosoc Echols have a stud RB. Hibbitt runs behind a good O-Line. Defensively the number of shutouts tell you they play for the kill. Their hard to get outside on and stiff up the middle. Fortunately Hoptown has already faced the Alcoa defense which is the best defense they have seen this year. BG's defense is super and a juggernaut to gameplan for but the Hopkinsville offensive coaches are excited about the challenge. As our the BG coaches are as well.

    Hoptown has already overachieved to most of the common fans or sports reporters. In the offseason the talk was BG, Franklin Simpson, then maybe Hoptown but some picked Paducah ahead of them. When Dixie Jones was hired many criticized the hire. Those people who did were the ones who were on the outside looking in at the program. The kids were excited when Dixie Jones & Rusty Goble returned back to the program. Dixie treats the kids the same all the time. He doesn't pamper them when they do good or ignore them and blame then when they do bad. He realizes their TEENAGE KIDS just out there trying to do something special. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't but exleast with him the kids know what they will get in return. The future is bright for Hopkinsville football. Real good freshmen and the middle school programs are in the best shape they have been in.

  11. #26

    Join Date
    Aug 01
    Location
    The last "big town" before you leave Kentucky ...
    Posts
    22,986

    An actual Tigertalker sighting ... wow.

    Welcome back.

  12. #27
    The Scribe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 01
    Location
    Somewhere between Possum Trot and Black Gnat
    Posts
    30,581

    Bowling Green vs. Hopkinsville

    Regional Titles since 1959

    Hopkinsville 10 (2 in 2A; 2 in 4A; and six in 3A)
    Bowling Green 4 (Last in 1998)

    Playoff History between the two since 1980

    2003 (Second Round) Hopkinsville 20-13
    2002 (First Round) Hopkinsville 9-0
    2001 (Regional Finals) Hopkinsville 21-14
    1997 (Regional Finals) Hopkinsville 26-16
    1995 (Regional Finals) Bowling Green 28-14
    1994 (Second Round) Bowling Green 36-14
    1988 (First Round) Bowling Green 34-28

  13. #28
    Mrs PurpleHaze's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 04
    Location
    keep going
    Posts
    7,587

    Quote Originally Posted by The Scribe
    Bowling Green vs. Hopkinsville

    Regional Titles since 1959

    Hopkinsville 10 (2 in 2A; 2 in 4A; and six in 3A)
    Bowling Green 4 (Last in 1998)

    Playoff History between the two since 1980

    2003 (Second Round) Hopkinsville 20-13
    2002 (First Round) Hopkinsville 9-0
    2001 (Regional Finals) Hopkinsville 21-14
    1997 (Regional Finals) Hopkinsville 26-16
    1995 (Regional Finals) Bowling Green 28-14
    1994 (Second Round) Bowling Green 36-14
    1988 (First Round) Bowling Green 34-28

    In 1997 the game was a 1-0 forfeit win for the Purples, but the actual score of the game was 26-14, Tigers.

    I think that BG will win. I am predicting a 28-7 win.

  14. #29
    The Scribe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 01
    Location
    Somewhere between Possum Trot and Black Gnat
    Posts
    30,581

    Yes..the Pinner Bowl. My bracket didn't have an asterisk by that game yet

  15. #30
    HOPKINSVILLE TIGER's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 02
    Location
    Indidnapolis, Indiana but never losing my love for the Bluegrass or jumping on the Colts bandwagon!
    Posts
    1,701

    Quote Originally Posted by westsider
    An actual Tigertalker sighting ... wow.

    Welcome back.
    Exactly! You were missed!

Top