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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, November 7th, 2019
Hearkening back to yesteryear is a favorite Protime activity. He remembers the motley crew of characters he used to attend football games with when he was in high school. There was ‘Smoke Bomb’ Smith, who threw smoke bombs onto the field when we scored a touchdown. He got caught during the last game of the year. ‘Smoke Bomb’ later became the local fire chief. There was ‘Sneaky Snidely’ who used to try to sneak into all the games. He even snuck into games if we went on the road and they were free. ‘Sneaky’ went on to be a local police officer.
Andy ‘The Brain’ Burnett used to sit in the stands and evaluate every play and every situation, saying things like, “interesting” or “that’s highly illogical.” ‘The Brain’ was a devout Star Trek fan and eventually received his doctorate in psychology. Finally, there was ‘Rocky’ Tepperson. ‘Rocky’ always flirted with the cheerleaders (from the other team) and usually did not shy from a fight if her boyfriend was in the crowd. ‘Rocky’ is now a prison warden.
Protime still has game and never shies away from a challenging contest. There are plenty of them this week. In fact, there may be more toss-ups than Van Kamp has beans. Last week, your Pugnacious Prognosticator rose to the occasion and predicted 20 of 25 correctly. His mark for the year is 234-53 for a cool .815 batting average. And now the slate for the second week of playoffs, which includes every 6A game!
State College 9-1 vs. Erie McDowell 9-1 @ Veterans Stadium in Erie – This should be one of the most competitive contests of them all. The Little Lions will need a complete performance as this is a very good McDowell Trojan team. And vice versa is true as well. State’s QB, Brady Dorner, has thrown for 1,519 yards and 11 TDs. (He’s run for 8 more.) Isaiah Edwards is the prime target with 31 catches for 598 yards and 7 scores. RB Dresyn Green leads the ground game with 941 markers and 15 goal line crossings. Ryan Domico has 88 tackles to lead the Lion defense. McDowell’s QB, Chris Juchno, has 1,668 yards passing with 19 TDs. WR Michael Beneski has 41 grabs for 589 yards and 7 TDs. Running backs Elijah Lopez (1,131 yards/13 TDs) and Danny Blue (725 yards/10 TDs) are Trojan difference makers. Justin McGregor is the man when the Trojans don’t have the ball. A coin flip has the Lions winning a low scoring affair 16-13.
Central Dauphin 9-2 @ Manheim Township 11-0 – Shame on you if you live in the area and don’t go to this one! CD has Max Mosey at QB. Max has tossed for 1,501 yards and 11 scores. Nick Chimienti is the premier receiver with 39 snares for 735 yards and 6 TDs. RB Timmy Smith has scored 8 times and has 809 yards running the agate. Paul Clark heads up the Ram ‘D’ with over 100 tackles. The Blue Streaks are led by Harrison ‘Captain’ Kirk and his 2,234 yards pitching the pigskin. He’s thrown 21 touchdown passes. RB Jaden Floyd has scrammed for 890 yards and scored 12 times. Jackson Wright has nailed 10 field goals. The defense is led by Tyler Kurtz. The first time these two played, it came down to the wire and this one will be no different. Blue Streaks 21 Central Dauphin 17.
Coatesville 8-2 @ Central Bucks West 10-1 – Ricky Ortega has over 12,000 yards of offense for his career (9,500 yards passing and 2,545 yards running). This year he’s at 1,778 yards with 19 TDs. Add another 7 running with the ball. WR Dapree Bryant has hauled in 51 passes for 779 yards and 15 TDs. He has 21 touchdowns overall. CB West has the perfect offense to beat Coatesville’s Red Raiders. They run. They run the wing-T with QB Jack Neri (8TDs), RB Nick Tumolo 8 TDs, and the number one back, Jack Fallon, who’s up to 1,512 yards and 24 touchdowns. Tumolo has been hurt the last couple weeks. A coin flip says Red Raiders 27 Bucks 23 in a well-played game.
North Allegheny 10-1 @ Pine Richland 9-1 – Huge rivalry rematch in D-7. The NA Tigers are hoping to reverse their fortunes of the first game. RB Percise Colon has 1,032 yards rushing and 10 TDs. QB Ben Petschke has 1,114 yards passing and 14 TD throws. Nathan Hoke heads up a pretty good Tiger ‘D’. For the homestanding Rams, Cole Spencer makes the offense go. He’s thrown for 2,490 yards and 29 TDs. He also has 7 scores via his legs. Eli Jochem is by far the top receiver with 55 grabs for 967 yards and 13 TDs. Luke Miller heads up a strong defense. Protime has Coach K’s Rams winning 24-20.
Plymouth-Whitemarsh 9-1 @ Garnet Valley 10-1 – Plymouth-Whitemarsh likes to run. Brian Dresnin is the main ground gainer with 1,356 yards and 21 touchdowns. The Colonials’ Jake Davis is a main contributor on defense with 10 QB sacks. For the Garnet Valley Jaguars, whom Protime covered last week, it starts with the quarterback. Ryan Gallagher has been week to week with an injury, but his back-up, Kevin McGarrey, has done an admirable job. Gallagher and running backs Greg Reynolds and Jake Morin have 36 TDs among them, with Morin getting 4 last week in that triple option offense. Protime is leaning the Jags way with a 35-24 final.
Hollidaysburg 6-4 vs. Oil City 11-0 @ St. Francis University – The Golden Tigers were not supposed to be here this year, yet here they are. They are led offensively by QB Bryce Marttellacci, who has passed and ran for 1,105 yards and 13 TDs. RB Trent Paddock has 11 scores. Rocco Grassi is the main man on defense. Oil City replaced Christian Cole with Noah Petro and Noah has responded with 1,943 yards and 25 TDs. Holden Stahl heads up the Oiler ‘D’ with the injured Brayden Crocker. Both have 98 tackles. Stahl can run it or sling it. His 1,121 yards and 14 touchdowns prove it. Upset Special!! Golden Tigers win the coin flip and win the game 21-20.
Harrisburg 8-3 @ Wilson West Lawn 10-1 – OoooWeee, is this gonna be a dandy! A real cat and dog fight so to speak. The Cougars routed a very good Central York squad last week. Coach Cal Everett has athletes across the board. D-1 wide receiver prospect Donte Kent is at the top for skill position players, but RB Jahmir Plant is not far behind. QB John McNeil has come into his own and adds much to a balanced offense. Finally, there’s 6’5” 325-pound (Penn State verbal commit) Nate Bruce on the line. When Harrisburg needs a push, guess who they run behind? Wilson’s quarterback is Kaleb Brown. He’s passed for 1,234 yards and 21 TDs and he’s rushed for 735 yards and 4 more TDs. RB Avanti Lockhart is very dangerous if he gets to open space. He’s garnered 18 touchdowns and 884 yards so far. Kicker Jack Wagner has connected on 53 of 54 PATs. Lockhart has compiled 39 solo tackles for the Bulldog defense. Protime’s coin flip came up tails, so ‘Burg wins 26-24.
Penns Valley 10-1 @ Richland 10-0 – When Rams butt heads it’s a sight to see. Protime is as giddy as a kid in a candy store about this one because he will be there. He can remember seeing Richland’s coach, Brandon Bailey, as the QB leading Forest Hills to a victory over Penns Valley in a playoff game in 1991. Aaron Tobias is one TD pass from tying the state record for TD passes in a year. He has 51. He’s also passed the pigskin for 3,265 yards on 208 completions. Logan Snyder has 64 catches for 964 yards and 11 scores. Austin Fisher has 34 snabs for 696 yards and 16 TDs. Stephen Ripka chips in with 27 grabs for 582 yards and 12 touchdowns. Fisher leads the PV Ram defense in tackles. Sensational sophomore, Kellan Stahl has 2,077 yards passing and 34 TD passes for the Richland Rams. The go to guy is Caleb Burke with 47 snares for 905 yards and 18 TDs. Trevor Tustin has 8 TD catches. Jacob Sabol is the dean of defense for Richland. The crystal ball calls it a tie. So, Protime flipped a coin and it got caught in a crack on the floor. Protime’s intuition says Richland’s Rams 44 Penns Valley’s Rams 40.
Downingtown West 38 North Penn 34 – The Whippets take a bite out of the Knights to advance in the D-1 6A playoffs. They are tied for 10th in the state in points scored with 495.
Sharon 20 Harbor Creek 14 – The Tigers spoil the Huskies’ perfect season. Harbor Creek is 4th in PA in scoring defense, allowing 49 to date.
Nazareth 31 Easton 28 – The game is much closer the second time around, but the Eagles still beat the Red Rovers.
Washington 27 Freedom 14 – The Little Prexies advance with a tough win over the Bulldogs in a District 7 AA contest. Washington has the 7th highest scoring offense with 504 points.
St. Joes Prep 41 LaSalle College 14 – The Hawks fly high in their second win of the year over the Explorers.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 28 Mount Lebanon 17 – The Vikings get the best of the pesky Blue Devils.
Delaware Valley 42 Wilkes-Barre 28 – The Wolfpack had a nice first year of existence, but alas, the Warriors close out Wilkes-Barre’s year. Del Val is 6th in scoring (507) and 9th in defense (66).
Chestnut Ridge 14 Berlin Brothersvalley 10 – This game will go down to the wire and the Lions claw their way past the Mountaineers.
Parkland 14 Bethlehem Freedom 10 – Protime is going with a slight upset here due to the Trojans being healthy and peaking. The Patriots are a tough out though.
Bellefonte 28 Clearfield 21 – The outcome and score is similar to the first time they played with the Red Raiders topping the Bison.
Mount Carmel 34 Troy 24 – The Red Tornadoes weather the Trojan storm.
Bishop Guilfoyle 17 Bishop McCort 13 – This will be closer than many think but the #1 seeded Marauders defeat the Crimson Crushers in this D-6 single A game.
Berwick 22 Valley View 20 – Protime has a feeling the Bulldogs will avenge their earlier loss to the Cougars in another cat and dog fight.
Southern Lehigh 35 East Stroudsburg South 34 – This game is a real toss-up and even the crystal ball said ‘tie’. So, the coin flip gives the Spartans, who are 10th in the state in scoring, the edge over the Cavaliers, although Protime loves the E.S.S. purple uniforms.
Wilmington 42 Greenville 20 – Protime has said it before, ‘The Greyhounds race by the Trojans.’ Coach Phillian’s Wilmington Greyhounds are 8th in PA in defense, only giving up 63 points.
Northeast 26 Olney Charter 13 – The Vikings conquer the Trojans setting up a very possible game with St. Joes Prep.
Westinghouse 20 Bedford 14 – The Bulldogs are a tad better than the Bisons this week.
Neumann-Goretti 25 Pope John Paul II 16 – The Saints go marching in and come out with the victory over the Golden Panthers in a very interesting contest.
Ridgway 27 Karns City 20 – The Elkers find a way to tame the Gremlins. Protime will be covering this one on Saturday.
Clarion 32 Kane 26 – Protime has this game too on Saturday. Anticipating a wild one between the Bobcats and the Wolves. ‘Cats win.
Downingtown East 41 Haverford 34 – In an offensive slugfest, the Fords get parked for the rest of the playoffs by the Cougars.
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