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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, September 16th, 2021
Last week Mrs. Protime and Protime saw Johnny Mathis in concert with the accompaniment of a 30-piece orchestra. It was wonderful, wonderful. Protime then figured chances are awfully good that Mrs. P would go to a high school football game with him. So, Protime asked her which game she wanted to go see and she answered, “it’s not for me to say.”
As it turned out Protime headed for Atglen to watch Octorara and Pottstown. The lovely Mrs. P graced the press box with her presence and even the guys got a little misty seeing her. When she was asked how long would she go with Protime to high school games, she stated with certainty, “until the twelfth of never and that’s a long, long time.”
Speaking of long times, it has been a while since Protime has been predicting games. It’s been 50 years actually as it all began in 1971 when, late in the year, Protime not only correctly predicted Nebraska to beat Oklahoma in the Game of the Century, but he also correctly predicted the score, 35-31. Last week Protime went 23-4 and stands at 67-17 (.798) for the year. Here are this week’s prognostications by the Savvy Soothsayer.
Bishop Shanahan 3-0 @ Downingtown East 3-0 – Eagles to watch are the big guy on the line, Dylan Jones (who is also a huge Protime fan), wideouts Weesah Jordan and Gus Ross, running back Brandon Choi, DE Kenny Daniels, and DB Nick Romano. For the Cougars of Downingtown East, Jamy Jenkins threw for over 300 yards last week and 3 TDs. WR Michael Giadano is a threat anytime he gets the ball. RBs Bo Horvath and Josh Asante can wreak havoc on defenses with the best of them. Protime was tempted to go for an upset, but the crystal ball said no, Downingtown 31 Shanahan 27.
Allentown Central Catholic 3-0 @ Easton 1-2 – D-11 offers up this gem this week. Don’t let Easton’s record fool you. The Red Rovers are good. They have a special tail back in Marcus Williams. The Vikings of ACC have a special combo, QB Tamlin Ferguson and WR Griffin Patridge who hooked up twice in their 21-0 defeat of Emmaus last Saturday. Protime thinks ACC’s defense will come up bigly and carry the Vikings to a 14-10 triumph.
Grove City 2-1 @ Slippery Rock 2-0 – QB Hunter Hohman has 665 yards and 6 TD passes for the Eagles of Grove City. WRs Jody Hathaway and Gavin Lutz are two of his favorite targets. RB Curtis Hovas has ground out 421 yards and 5 TDs to date. QB William Mokel has thrown for 347 yards and 5 touchdowns for the Rockets. WR John Sabo has caught 2 TD passes and RB Shane Thompson has 2 TDs running the agate and 2 TDs catching it. On a hunch, Protime is picking Grove City 28-21.
Avonworth 3-0 @ Sto-Rox 3-0 – Huge game in D-7 this week has the Antelopes galloping into Viking country which could mean disaster for the invaders. Ian Syam has scored 6 times for Avonworth while QB Nathan Harper has 391 yards and 3 TD tosses to his name. Sto-Rox is led by QB Austin Jones and his 523 yards passing with 7 TDs. RB Jamar Pearson has 328 yards rushing and 5 TDs. Sto-Rox wins 37-28.
Sayre 2-1 @ Montgomery 3-0 – This is Protime’s Game of the Week. He will make the trek to hopefully see a tremendous game between the invading Redskins of Sayre and the homestanding Red Raiders of Montgomery who haven’t started out 3-0 since the 1990s. Brayden Horton calls the signals for the Redskins and he has pitched the pigskin for 475 yards with 4 TDs to date. He also has 6 rushing touchdowns. Keep an eye on RB Dave Northrup for Sayre. Logan Almeida quarterbacks the Raiders and has 489 yards passing with 3 TDs this year. RB Colby Springfield has garnered 5 TDs to balance the offense. Protime flipped his coin and Sayre wins in OT, 26-20.
Richland 3-0 @ Bedford 3-0 – Talk about teams butting heads. The Rams and the Bisons will be doing just that. Two dominating quarterbacks will be the center of attention and whichever defense can stymie to some degree the opposing QB, that team will win. Kellen Stahl for the #3 ranked AA Richland Rams has 544 yards passing and 7 TDs in three games. Mercury Swaim of the #5 AAA ranked Bedford Bisons has 344 yards passing with 7 scores also, but he also has rambled for 228 more and a couple of scores. Trent Fichtner leads the charge for the Bisons on defense with 20 tackles. Jordan Nichols is the top tackler for the Rams. Protime’s crystal ball has the Bisons by a nose 28-27.
Southern Columbia 3-0 @ Wyoming Area 3-0 – Southern Columbia has won 63 games in a row which is now the longest streak in America. Gavin Garcia leads the Tigers with 313 yards rushing and 5 TDs plus 2 more on kick returns. His backfield mates are Wes Barnes and Braeden Wisloski. QB Blaise Sokach-Minnick leads the Warriors as he has 398 yards passing and 7 touchdowns. Wyoming loves to ground and pound you as evidenced by the team total of 684 yards rushing and four players with 2 TDs. Protime can’t go against Coach Roth and his Southern Tigers. Make it 64 in a row. Tigers 35 Warriors 21.
Solanco 3-0 @ Lampeter-Strasburg 2-1 – The Golden Mules are primarily a running team but are hard to corral. Brody Mellinger and Elijah Reimold have each scored 4 TDs on the ground. Colton Stoltzfus and Josiah Porren lead the defense in tackles for Solanco. The Pioneers have a good one in QB Berkeley Wagner (359 yards and 3 scores passing). Nick Del Grande heads up a pretty tough defense for the home team. Lampeter-Strasburg 21 Solanco 14.
Bethlehem Freedom 31 Parkland 28 – Protime sees a possible overtime game where the Patriots trip up the Trojans.
Wyomissing 42 Hamburg 21 – The Spartans show who’s the boss and handle the Hawks.
Clearfield 28 Tyrone 13 – Things are aligning nicely for the Bison, but they can’t overlook the Golden Eagles of Tyrone.
Governor Mifflin 31 Harrisburg 28 – The Mustangs outrun the Cougars thanks to a guy named Nick Singleton in this last-minute pairing of two fabulous teams.
Haverford 35 Ridley 28 – This may be a humdinger of a game if you are in the Folsom area this Friday. The Fords ride into town and take one from the Green Raiders.
Fort LeBoeuf 24 North East 7 – The Grape Pickers can’t slow down the Bisons in a District 10 contest.
Pope John Paul II 38 Berks Catholic 34 – The Golden Panthers come away with a thrilling victory over the Saints.
Moon 31 North Hills 21 – In a battle of red and white uniforms, the Tigers scratch out a win over the Indians.
Lakeland 21 Wallenpaupack 14 – The Chiefs rally past the Buckhorns.
Penn Cambria 20 Somerset 12 – The Panthers prevail over the Eagles.
Notre Dame Green Pond 32 Northern Lehigh 28 – The Crusaders tame the Bulldogs in a close one.
Steelton-Highspire 42 Juniata 34 – A high-scoring affair finds the Steamrollers toppling the Indians by eight.
Manheim Central 26 Perkioman Valley 20 – This interesting matchup is won by the Barons when their defense stops the Vikings late.
Brookville 25 Central Clarion 23 – In District 9, the Blue Raiders go to 4-0 by defeating the Wildcats.
Muncy 41 Cowanesque Valley 24 – They’ll be a lot of whooping going on in Westfield, but in the end the Indians will defeat the Indians.
OLSH 29 Burgettstown 21 – The Chargers charge by the Blue Devils in a D-7 tangle.
Whitehall 17 Emmaus 14 – The Zephyrs chug out of town with the ‘W’ and leaving some angry Hornets behind. (A Zephyr is a train that used to travel through Whitehall Township.)
Central Dauphin East 22 Altoona 13 – In a real cat fight, the Panthers knock the Mountain Lions from the ranks of unbeaten.
Erie McDowell 35 Butler 17 – Butler’s Golden Tornado is trying to turn things around, but the Trojans are poised to make some noise in the playoffs this year.
Conrad Weiser 14 Fleetwood 10 – The Scouts escape with a triumph over the Tigers.
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