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Protime Predictions Week 5, 2021

Written by: on Thursday, September 30th, 2021

 

Protime checked one item off of his bucket list this summer when he played baseball with his son in the local Federation League.  Always wanting to play second base for the last third of an inning with Protime Junior on the mound, Protime got his wish on Fathers’ Day no less.  After walking 2 miles and hoisting some iron, Protime got the unexpected call.  It was like being called up to the majors!  In reality, the local team just needed a body.

As the game progressed Protime booted an easy grounder, couldn’t quite catch-up to a pop fly, and pulled a hammie.  Protime Junior was embarrassed when Protime pulled out an ace bandage and wrapped his hamstring on the outside of his baseball pants.  On the positive side, there was no sadness in Mudville when Protime batted as he walked, flew out, and grounded out.  Protime was elated because he hadn’t faced live pitching for over 40 years and he did not strike out!  But after the game there were more issues.  His ankles hurt, his knees hurt, his arm hurt, and he got sunburned.

Protime decided to hang up his cleats again after one game.  America’s past time has passed him by.  Besides, he wanted to make sure he was 100% for high school football season.  The Great Guru of Guessing looks to hit a grand slam this week with his provocative prognostications.  Last week Protime was 20-6 and that translates into 109-29 (.790) for the year.

Wyomissing 5-0 @ Southern Columbia 5-0 – What a classic feature game on paper! Jim Roth Field at Tiger Stadium will be rocking this Friday night as the Spartans led by legendary coach Bob Wolfrum invade Catawissa to tackle the Tigers led by legendary coach Jim Roth.  These two coaches have collected an astounding 788 career wins between them.  Roth is #1 in PA with 461 victories and is #5 in the USA among active coaches.  Wolfrum is #8 all-time in PA with 327 Ws and climbing.  Both offenses run the wing-T and both coaches love the x and o aspect in trying to outsmart opponents.  Thomas Grabowski leads Wyomissing with 10 touchdowns.  In front of him is a pretty good line that includes 6’5” 310-pound Division 1 prospect Jven Williams.  For Southern, Gavin Garcia is the guy.  He has scored 17 TDs, 12 rushing, 2 receiving, 2 punt returns, and 1 kickoff return.  Protime is waffling back and forth on this one.  There is probably no one better at the x and o game than Wolfrum and Southern is banged up.  But the Tigers are at home and riding a 65-game winning streak and a 93-game regular season winning streak.  Southern Columbia 35 Wyomissing 31.

Erie Cathedral Prep 5-0 @ Erie McDowell 4-0 – Bragging rights are on the line when these two rivals meet this week.  The Prep Ramblers have multiple weapons on offense including QB Carter Barnes (576 yards-10 TDs), WR Wakeem Page (5 TDs), and RB Michael Parks (622 yards-6 TDs).  Defensively, Prep is led by Kelvin Blossey (most tackles) and DeMario Crawford’s 4 INTs.  The Trojans counter with QB Ben Moore’s 513 yards passing and RB Artis Simmons 467 yards and 7 TDs.  Bryce Wood is just one of many quality defenders.  Ramblers are triumphant by a score of 17-14.

LaSalle 5-0 @ St. Joseph’s Prep 2-1 – Huge contest in Philadelphia pits the #3 (LaSalle) and #1 (St. Joes) teams in 6A.  The LaSalle Explorers have some big-time players on offense and defense.  RB Sam Brown is a stud, QB Alan Paturzo is having a great year, and WR Ryan Moore is very tough to cover.  On defense Penn State bound Abdul Carter is a one-man wrecking crew.  The three-time defending 6A champs St. Joes Prep Hawks have some players too.  Offensively, quarterback Samaj Jones is very elusive when running and accurate when passing.  RB Josh Barlow is a threat to go all the way anytime he touches the ball.  On defense Josiah Trotter and Keenan Nelson are always in the thick of things.  St. Joes 20 LaSalle 14.

Central 5-0 @ Richland 4-1 – Protime’s Game of the Week features two offenses that average over 40 points a game and combined in 5 games have amassed four yards short of 4,300 yards.  That’s an average of 430 yards a game by each team.  Even more amazing is that the combined passing yardage and TD passes by the 2 quarterbacks which are 2,220 and 37 respectively!  Central is ranked 6th by PFN in AAA and Richland is ranked 5th in AA.  Protime is certain it is all going to come down to the line play though.  Whoever gains the advantage in the trenches as the game wears on will win.  Central’s Jeff Hoenstine still leads the state in touchdown passes with 23.  He has thrown for 1,249 yards and only thrown one pick.  Richland’s Kellen Stahl has 971 yards passing with 14 TD tosses and only 2 picks.  Ethan Eicher leads Central in tackles and TFLs, while Evan McCracken leads Richland in tackles.  Each team has recorded 16 team sacks to date.  The crystal ball fogged up on this one, so Protime flipped a coin that slipped through the cracks.  Intuition leans toward Richland in overtime 49-48.

Northwestern Lehigh 5-0 @ Wilson 5-0 – Northwestern’s Bulldogs invade Easton’s Smith Field to take on the Wilson Warriors in a big D-11 showdown.  Northwestern’s quarterback, Justin Holmes, has piled up 642 yards passing with 8 TDs and 553 yards with 11 rushing scores in just 5 games.  RB Cade Christopher has scored 5 touchdowns rushing and 5 touchdowns receiving for the Bulldogs.  Blaine Snyder has 49 take downs on defense.  For the Warriors, Cayden Stem has tossed the agate for over 1,050 yards and 16 TDs.  The Simpsons, Damon and Damian, have accounted for 15 touchdowns between them.  That includes rushing, receiving, and special teams.  Protime’s crystal ball defogged itself enough to envision Northwestern Lehigh coming out on top 28-24.

Laurel Highlands 5-0 @ Belle Vernon 5-0 – The Mustangs of Laurel Highlands will gallop onto Belle Vernon’s field affectionately known as ‘The Beach’ Friday night with the intention of dethroning the new 4A numero uno.  Quarterback Rodney Gallagher makes things happen for the Mustangs.  He has thrown for 570 yards and 9 scores.  In addition, he has scampered for another 471 yards and 10 scores.  WR Keondre Deshields has grabbed 6 TD passes and Daniel Carney heads up a tough Laurel Highland defense.  The Leopards’ Devin Whitlock scored the winning TD against Thomas Jefferson last week by scurrying 40 yards with 4 seconds left.  To date Mr. Whitlock has 444 yards passing and 532 yards running.  He has crossed the goal line with the ball on 9 occasions.  RB Quinton Martin adds 5 touchdowns of his own and Logan Hoffman anchors a very formidable Leopard defense.  Belle Vernon wins 27-17.

Garnet Valley 5-0 @ Ridley 5-0 – Something’s got to give in this delightful District 1 match-up.  The Jaguars of Garnet Valley may actually be the favorites to win D-1 this year.  Quarterback Max Busenkell is having a great season with 771 passing yards and 10 TDs.  His top wide out, Sean Gallagher has chalked up 401 yards receiving and 5 TD grabs.  RB Jason Bernard has rushed for 7 TDs.  On defense CJ Wood is always around the ball and leads the team in tackles.  For the Ridley Green Raiders, star running back Tahir ‘Tubby’ Mills has over 600 yards on the ground and has scored 9 TDs including one on a punt return.  QB John Heller has thrown for over 600 yards and 6 TDs.  This should be a good one with Mike Ricci’s Garnet Valley eleven getting the victory 35-28.

Redbank Valley 4-1 @ Smethport 5-0 – This is a rematch of last year’s playoff game won by Redbank.  This contest features Redbank’s defense against Smethport’s quarterback, Noah Lent.  Protime is kidding of course but look at the stats.  Led by sophomore Brandon Ross, RBV has given up just 12 points in their last four games and 34 for the year.  Noah Lent has accounted for 1,596 yards and 29 touchdowns in five games!  That is unheard of.  He has 678 yards passing and 13 TD tosses plus 918 yards rushing and 16 more scores.  WR Alex Ognen has 8 of those 13 TD snags.  Led by Travis Cooney, Smehtport’s defense is pretty good too.  Protime is going with a bit of an upset here.  It’ll be the Bulldogs of Redbank 36 and the Hubbers of Smethport 34.

The Others:

Central York 42 South Western 28 – The Panthers take down the Mustangs.

Moon 28 South Fayette 24 – The Tigers remain unbeaten as they out distance the Lions.

Pennridge 17 Central Bucks West 9 – The Bucks fall prey to the Rams.

General McLane 31 Warren 21 – The Lancers slay the Dragons.

North Schuylkill 27 Northern Lehigh 20 – The #1 team in AAA, the North Schuylkill Spartans get a scare from the Bulldogs.

Karns City 26 St. Marys 14 – The Gremlins continue their winning ways defeating the Flying Dutchmen.

York Catholic 20 Bermudian Springs 14 – Strike up the Fighting Irish fight song as they slip past the Eagles.

Steel Valley 21 Ligonier Valley 14 – The Ironmen reverse the tables and butt the Rams.

Wyoming 21 Lakeland 20 – The Wyo Warriors show the Chiefs who’s the boss, barely.

Bishop Guilfoyle 23 Westmont 14 – Good game in Johnstown finds the Marauders pulling it out late against a determined Hilltopper squad.

Downingtown East 41 Unionville 33 – Unionville beat WC Rustin who beat Downingtown East.  The circle will be complete when the Cougars beat the Longhorns.

Ft. LeBoeuf 16 Fairview 8 – The Bisons use a late stampede to defeat the Tigers.

Octorara 26 Columbia 22 – The Braves roll the Crimson Tide.

Mt. Lebanon 14 North Allegheny 7 – Blue Devils prepare for their showdown with Central Catholic by whipping the Tigers.

Parkland 14 Whitehall 13 – The trusty coin flip has the Trojans a point better than the Zephyrs.

River Valley 30 Purchase Line 28 – The Panthers remain unbeaten by beating the Dragons.

Loyalsock 28 Troy 21 – The Lancers pierce the Trojans.

Berlin Brothersvalley 38 North Star 28 – The Mountaineers tame the Cougars.

Danville 20 Montoursville 10 – The Ironmen stop the Warriors with a steel curtain-like defense.

Old Forge 27 Hanover 12 – The Blue Devils ground the Nighthawks.

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