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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, November 14th, 2019
Since Monday was Veteran’s Day, this week’s column is in honor of all the veterans, young and old. You are not forgotten within the world of football, especially high school football. God Bless everyone of you for your service and thank you!! For your information, Sunday November 10th was the Marine Corps birthday. Ooo-rah and Semper-Fi to all of you jarheads out there.
Semper-Fidelis or Semper-Fi means ‘always faithful’ and is the Marine Corps motto that shows the dedication and loyalty Marines have for country and fellow Marines. For the football teams remaining in the playoffs, Protime has a sneaky suspicion that this could be their motto too, showing dedication and loyalty to their school and teammates.
Protime is dedicated to correctly prognosticating as many games as he possibly can. Last week he went 23-6 and is 257-59 (.813) for the year. Some teams’ stats are hard to come by, so if Protime previews your game and doesn’t give stats, then volunteer to put them on MaxPreps or Circle W Sports. Thank you! And now the Premier Pigskin Prophet presents his precise predictions.
Peters Township 11-1 vs. Penn-Trafford 11-1 @ West Mifflin – May be the biggest game of them all this week. The Peters Township Indians and the Penn-Trafford Warriors have a plethora of talent. P-T is ranked #1 in Class 5A and Peters is #7. The Indians are led by QB Logan Pfeuffer, who has 1,991 yards passing with 23 TDs. The top receiver is Josh Casilli. RB Ryan Magiske is a thousand-yard rusher with 1,221 and he’s scored 14 TDs. The Warriors counter with QB Gabe Dunlap who has thrown for over 1,600 yards and 17 TDs, but also has rushed for 1,079 yards and scored another 18 times. Ethan Carr is the main receiver and he’s crossed the goal line 20 times in various ways. RB Sam Fanelli has taken over for the injured Caleb Lisbon and is doing great. The Indians beat the Warriors last year in the playoffs 38-35. Again, it’s anybody’s game and Protime needs to flip his coin…. Penn-Trafford wins, coincidently 38-35.
Parkland 10-2 vs. Nazareth 11-1 @ Northampton – Parkland gave Nazareth their only loss by scoring 14 in the fourth quarter to win 21-17. Can the Trojans do it again? Parkland has Isiah Rico at running back and he’s rumbled for 1,384 yards and 18 TDs. QB Ty Tremba has thrown for 1,090 yards and 9 scores with 6 of those being caught by Nick Johnston who also has 39 snags for over 700 yards. Angel Santos is a main cog on the Trojan defense. Anthony Harris is the Nazareth Eagles’ all-time leading passer with over 65 career TDs. This year he has 23 and has passed for 2,165 yards. He’s scored 7 times rushing the ball too. Nathan Stefanik is by far the top receiver with 1,018 yards and 11 scores. Stefanik also has nabbed double digit interceptions on defense. This is definitely a coin flip and the winner is …………………… Parkland by a score of 35-31.
Ligonier Valley 12-0 vs. Richland 11-0 @ Altoona – For the second week in a row the Richland’s Rams’ opponent is the Rams, this time from Ligonier Valley. Sam Sheeder barks the signals for LV, who has the 4th best offense in PA. He has 1,790 yards and 20 TD tosses this year. John Beard has grabbed 45 passes for 736 yards and 7 touchdowns. But Richland needs to look out for RB Kyrie Miller who has totaled 1,758 yards and 31 TDs in 2019. Ligonier has to deal with sophomore QB Kellan Stahl and WR Caleb Burke. Stahl has 2,383 yards and 36 TDs, while Burke has 35 catches for 1,158 yards and 19 TDs. Jacob Sabol leads the Richland defense, while Ayden Kelley heads up Ligonier’s. The Rams are victorious by a score of 27-24. (Richland Rams that is.)
Warwick 10-2 @ Cocalico 8-3 – Warwick’s Warriors have some studs on offense. With his 2,684 yards and 26 touchdowns, Joey McCracken is like a surgeon with his accuracy. Conor Adams (56 catches, 923 yards, 8 TDs) and Caleb Schmitz (52 catches, 925 yards, 13 TDs) are the leading receivers. RB Colton Miller has garnered 1,260 yards and 28 scores for Warwick. The Warrior ‘D’ depends a lot on Jonathan Forbes and David Hnasko. The Eagles of Cocalico have one of the top players in the state in Noah Palm. Noah has scrambled for 1,186 yards and scored 28 times. The Eagle QB has also passed for 917 yards and 8 scores, with Ronald Zahm snaring 7 of those TD tosses. Palm and Tyler Angstadt are mainstays on Cocalico’s defense. The crystal ball says Warwick 41-34.
Bellefonte 9-2 vs. Erie Cathedral Prep 10-2 @ Clarion University – Protime will be reporting live from Clarion Friday night and this one should be a dandy. CJ Funk leads his Bellefonte Red Raiders into town with 1,441 yards rushing and 14 TDs. QB Ethan Rossman has almost 1,000 yards passing with 11 TDs. For the Ramblers, Luke Sittinger has rambled for 1,318 yards and 19 scores, and QB Collin Johnson has pitched the pigskin for 1,387 yards with 13 TDs. Wideouts Jaelen Carlson (815 yards & 13 TDs) and Jack Oedekoven (719 yards with 8 TDs) lead the charge in that department. Jaheim Williams and Gianni Viglione anchor Prep’s defense. Protime says you just can’t pick against the three-time defending state champs. Cathedral Prep 35 Bellefonte 20.
Haverford 10-2 @ Downingtown West 11-1 – The Fords won in Downingtown last week, can they do it again? Haverford has one of the better players in the state in the person of Trey Blair. He’s passed for over 950 yards and 8 scores. But his forte is running and run he can. He’s skedaddled for over 1,600 yards and crossed the goal line 23 times. The Whippets have the #10 offense and that component is led by Will Howard with his 1,990 yards throwing the ball and 23 TDs. RB Tyriq Lewis has accounted for 1,518 yards and 28 touchdowns. Sean Pelkisson leads the team in tackles and has 10 sacks. If Blair is healthy this could be a whale of a game. Either way Protime has the Whippets winning 31-24.
Bedford 10-2 vs. Bald Eagle Area 9-3 @ Hollidaysburg – This is an intriguing match-up. BEA poses a problem for Bedford with their passing game. Jaden Jones has 1,561 yards passing with 21 TDs. Mathew Reese (7 TDs) and Kaden Bittinger (8 TDs) are the top targets. Tyler Bumbarger is the man on the BEA defense. Bedford’s RB Elijah Cook has covered 918 yards and scored 14 TDs. QB Mercury Swaim can throw and run. He has 893 yards passing with 7 touchdown passes. He has 736 yards rushing with 15 goal line crossings. Steven Ressler is his favorite WR. Connor Clark and Ashton Dull are the top tacklers for the Bisons. On a hunch, Protime has BEA as the victor by a score of 22-16.
Clarion 10-1 vs. Ridgway 10-1 @ DuBois – Another hotly contested contest that Protime plans to cover. The Clarion Bobcats have Cal German at QB, who’s thrown for 2,097 yards and 28 scores. WR Ethan Burford has only 35 grabs, but has 1,139 yards and 17 TDs. Austin Newcomb is the leading rusher with 1,210 yards and 21 touchdowns. Big bad Ben Smith and Cutter Boggess are the cats meow on defense. The Elkers are becoming a powerhouse in District 9. QB Paul Gresco has 1,882 yards and 16 TD tosses. WR Matt Dush has 38 grabs for 664 yards and 4 TDs. Robert Briggs has an amazing 118 tackles so far. Ridgway bopped Clarion a few weeks back 42-0. No way will that happen again says Protime. But Ridgway wins again 20-14.
Pine-Richland 28 Pittsburgh Central Catholic 21 – The Rams exact some revenge against the Vikings for their only defeat thanks to QB Cole Spencer.
Coatesville 35 Garnet Valley 28 – Protime is leaning GV’s way as he saw them a couple weeks ago, but the Red Raiders may have just enough to be triumphant. Garnet is tied for 5th in having the best offense in the state (547 points scored).
Thomas Jefferson 31 Belle Vernon 17 – TJ may have the best 4A team in PA this year. But the Jaguars must be catlike to defeat the Leopards. They also have the third best offense and defense in PA.
Wyomissing 24 Middletown 23 – Coach Wolfrum loves to match X’s and O’s against his opponent, like a chess match. His Spartans are one play better than the Blue Raiders.
Central Valley 30 Aliquippa 18 – The Warriors knock off Quips, who are the defending state AAA champs, for the second time this year.
Southern Columbia 35 Mount Carmel 10 – The Red Tornadoes are actually one of the best AA teams in the state, but the SCA Tigers led by Julian Fleming, Gage Garcia, Preston Zachman, and company are a juggernaut. The Tigers have the highest scoring offense in PA and on defense have given up the fewest points.
Clairton 26 Sto-Rox 20 – The first game of the day at Heinz should be a good one. Protime likes Da Bears over the Vikings. Clairton may be the best single A team in the state.
Harrisburg 25 Central Dauphin 24 – Cougars exact some revenge for the 1-point loss to the Rams earlier this year by winning this 1-point game.
Wilmington 42 Chestnut Ridge 28 – The Greyhounds remain unbeaten in racing by the Lions. Wilmington has the 6th best defense who have given up just 70 points.
State College 24 Delaware Valley 10 – The Little Lions down the Warriors.
Coudersport 27 Redbank Valley 13 – Coudy’s Falcons have put a lot into defense this year and it shows as they are #2. The RBV Bulldogs put up a fight though and Protime will be there to witness it.
St. Joes Prep 27 Northeast 7 – The Northeast Vikings are not intimidated by the Hawks and they have the #4 defense in PA, but they can’t keep up with the talent St. Joes has at its disposal.
Farrell 34 Tussey Mountain 15 – Tussey is having a great year, but the Steelers are rolling after opening the year with two losses. That said, Farrell better not take the Titans lightly.
Dallas 31 Valley View 24 – Closer game than the first time, but the undefeated Mountaineers still beat the Cougars.
Southern Lehigh 17 Oil City 7 – The Oilers year comes to an end at the hands of the Spartans (tied for the 5th best offense), but it was a nice run for the District 10 squad.
Montoursville 28 Loyalsock 7 – Protime is taking the Warriors over the Lancers in this D-4 Class 3A championship.
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