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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, November 21st, 2019
Now Protime loves Christmas as much as the next guy, maybe more. He likes to go shopping with Mrs. Protime. On Christmas morning he gets as giddy as a dog getting its belly rubbed. He watches Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Inn, and It’s A Wonderful Life every year. Don’t tell anyone, but he’s been known to still watch A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and the Grinch too. That all happens in December after the state finals.
But some TV channels have taken it to another level. Protime came home from work last week and the lovely Mrs. P was watching a soap opera type Christmas movie. He came home from his high school football game and she had another Christmas movie on. As he is typing this column, Mrs. Protime is taking in probably her 50th TV Christmas movie of the month, and its only mid-November! The sad thing is that each movie appears to have the same plot. Some young woman has broken up with her dreamboat or is looking for love in all the wrong places and is lonely. And presto magic-o she ends up with a guy just in time for the Christmas holidays.
Well, Protime doesn’t need all that presto magic-o stuff. Give him a flipping coin and his crystal ball and he’ll tell you who’s going to win 81.2% of the time. Last week he garnered 19 of 24 to put him at 276-64 for the season. We are down to the nitty-gritty with 3 weeks remaining. The Purveyor of Prognostication will now segue into his predictions, previewing one game from each classification.
Coatesville 10-2 @ Downingtown West 12-1 – It’s the Ricky Ortega/Dapree Bryant vs. Will Howard/Tyriq Lewis show. Protime is hearing this game will be sold out. Fan support for high school football is not dying down east. Coatesville’s Ortega has thrown for 2,470 yards and 24 TDs plus he’s rushed for another 14 scores. But he is not a one-man wrecking crew because Bryant has 64 pass grabs for over 1,000 yards and 16 TDs. Dapree has traversed on the ground for another 9 scores. West sports the #5 scoring team in the Commonwealth. QB Howard has 2,238 yards passing and 26 TDs plus he’s scored 11 more times running the ball. RB Lewis has 1,665 yards, averaging 8 yards/carry, and 30 scores. The Whippets’ top receivers are Alex Rosano and Julian Williams who have 60 receptions for 1,200 yards and 9 TDs between them. Punter Spencer Mochulski averages over 40 yards per punt and Sean Pelkisson leads the Whippet defense with 93 tackles (27 for losses) and 10 sacks. Protime’s crystal ball says the Red Raiders beat West for the second time this year, 35-28.
Cedar Cliff 10-2 @ Cocalico 10-2 – This contest is billed as the Jaheim Morris vs. Noah Palm showdown. Morris has galloped 2,365 yards and scored 26 touchdowns for the Colts. Palm has rushed for 1,331 yards, scoring 30 times from the quarterback position for the Eagles. He also has flung the pigskin for 999 yards and 9 TDs. Ronald Zahm is the beneficiary of Palm’s passes with 662 yards and 8 scores. Morris’ supporting cast has Gannon McMeans at QB with 1,350 yards and 14 TD tosses, and WR Jaheim Reynolds with 5 TD catches. The Colt ‘D’ is led by LB Kevin Lusk and the Eagle ‘D’ has Tyler Angstadt as the top tackler. Cocalico easily defeated Cedar Cliff earlier this season, but it will not be easy this time as they win 34-30.
Erie Cathedral Prep 11-2 vs. Thomas Jefferson 13-0 @ North Hills – This game features two of the best coaches in PA in addition to some great football players. Rambler head coach, Mike Mischler, has been using Tamar Sample at quarterback the past couple weeks. Sample has thrown for 12 TD passes. Collin Johnson has 1,387 yards with 13 TD passes when he’s been the QB. RBs Luke Sittinger (1,410 yards with 20 TDs) and Jaheim Howard (7 TDs) lead the ground game. Jaelen Carson (815 yards with 13 TD catches) and Jack Oedekoven (719 yards and 8 scores) head up the Prep receiving corps. LB Jaheim Williams has over 100 tackles for the Prep defense. Jordan Adams has 7 picks and Punter Collin Johnson averages over 42 yards per punt. Jaguar head coach, Bill Cherpak, has maybe his best team since winning states back in 2008. QB Shane Stump has 2,085 yards passing with 28 TDs and only 1 interception all year. Running a bit more this season, he’s scored 8 TDs. The main ground gainer, though, is Dylan Mallozzi. He has amassed 1,382 yards and scored 21 touchdowns. WR Daniel Deabner has 41 grabs for 918 yards and 16 TDs. Deabner has 7 picks on defense, while Logan Danielson leads the Jags in tackles. It’s hard not to take the 3-time defending champs. Prep 28 TJ 24.
Wyoming 11-1 vs. Montoursville 12-1 @ Williamsport – Unbelievably, all of the fans in the stands will be rooting for the Warriors. Wyoming’s Warriors are led by QB Dom Deluca who has aired it out for 1,096 yards and 14 tallies, while running the ball for 884 yards and 10 scores. RB Darren Rodney has 871 yards and 16 TDs. WR Brian Williams is the only receiver with double digit receptions plus he’s caught 7 TD passes. On defense, Wyoming is led by Sam Solomon and F.J. Braccini. Solomon has 16 tackles for losses. Montourville’s Warriors are 13th in scoring points and QB Hunter Schearer is a big factor with 1,356 yards and 18 TD tosses. Rocco Pulizzi is another factor with 1,111 yards and 12 TDs rushing. RB Logan Ott has scored 15 TDs. Jaxon Dalena is the top receiver. Place kicker, Ian Plankenhorn, is not only perfect in PATs, but is 8 for 8 in the field goal department too. Montoursville’s defense is led by Dylan Bennett and Cameron Wood who has 10 sacks and 17 tackles for losses. Protime’s crystal ball says Montoursville will be the victor by a score of 14-13 in overtime.
Avonworth 13-0 vs. Washington 13-0 @ Norwin – Park Penrod and Jax Miller lead a confident herd of Antelopes into Norwin. Penrod is the QB and has pitched the pigskin for 1,805 yards. He’s tossed 27 TD passes to a variety of receivers including Theo Newhouse. Miller has bounded for 1,911 yards on the ground, crossing the goal line 24 times. Avonworth’s defense has recorded 34 sacks and are led by Safety Jacob Horigan who has 102 tackles. Andrew Tedesco has stepped in front of 6 opponent’s passes. For the #10 scoring team in PA Little Prexies of Wash High, it all starts with QB Zack Swartz. Mr. Swartz has covered 1,938 yards through the air with 22 TDs and he’s rushed for another 1,000, scoring 25 times. Zahmere Robinson is as versatile as they come. He’s hauled in 9 TD passes, gaining 640 yards and he’s rushed for 810 yards finding the end zone 8 times. Caleb Jackson has 7 touchdown receptions. Protime had to flip the ole trusty coin on this one. Avonworth 29 Washington 22.
Juniata Valley 10-2 vs. Bishop Guilfoyle 10-2 – Juniata Valley has some offensive firepower. QB Caden Rupert has chalked up 1,745 yards and 19 TDs with his passing prowess. RB Ryann Betres has 1,036 yards and 10 TDs. Jacob Hensor and Gabe Brower are the leading wideouts, each with 6 TD snares. Betres, from his LB position, leads the defense in tackles (104) and Hensor is the leader in interceptions with 10. Guilfoyle doesn’t throw much as they only have 783 yards and 3 TDs through the air. RB Keegan Myrick has 1,481 yards and 20 scores. He has some big bodies in front of him paving a path including Brady Bithell with 21 pancake blocks. The Marauders have 3 defenders with 100 tackles or more. They are Andrew Yanoshak (114 and 18 sacks), Zach McCloskey (111), and Cameron Maloney (100). BG will take the sting out of the Hornets by a score of 17-9.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 20 State College 10 – The Vikings defense is one of, if not the toughest in the state. The Little Lions can win, but they’ll need to score some points. Protime thinks defenses win big games, thus PCC is the victor.
St. Joes Prep 41 Nazareth 21 – If the Hawks’ Kyle McCord doesn’t play again this week, the Eagles may have a shot for the upset. Protime still thinks the Hawks are the best 6A team in PA.
Peters Township 17 Gateway 13 – The Indians proved they are no flukes with their dismantling of Penn-Trafford last week. Meanwhile, Gateway has struggled at times. This time the Gators are outplayed.
Archbishop Wood 21 Southern Lehigh 14 – Wood’s Vikings may not be where they were a few years ago, but they are good enough to defeat the upstart Spartans who will give Wood all they can handle.
Cheltenham 26 Academy Park 20 – Coin flip decides the outcome here between two evenly matched teams. Protime’s coin has the Panthers a touchdown better than the Knights on this night.
Imhotep 22 Dallas 17 – The Panthers are better than their record of 8-4 and they will ‘upset’ the undefeated Mountaineers in a very good game.
Berks Catholic 27 Lampeter-Strasburg 14 – The Saints are better than their record of 8-4 and they will waylay the Pioneers.
Pottsville 38 Jersey Shore 28 – The Crimson Tide has aspirations of getting back to states for the first time since 2006, but the Bulldogs have quite a bite. In the end Pottsville is slightly better.
Sharon 40 Bald Eagle Area 35 – Lane Voytik and his Tigers just have a whisker more offense than Jaden Jones and his Bald Eagles in a rematch of last year’s western semi.
Wyomissing 31 Tamaqua 28 – Second week in a row the Spartans escape with a three-point win, this time the Blue Raiders representing D-11 come up just short.
Richland 27 Bishop McDevitt 23 – The Rams thwart the valiant effort of the Lancers who may be a team to be reckoned with in the coming years.
Wilmington 33 Ridgway 20 – The Greyhounds outlast the Elkers in a far better game than many outside of District 9 anticipate.
Southern Columbia 42 Upper Dauphin 14 – SCA has the top offense and the top defense in Pennsylvania. These are the only two teams in all of PA averaging over 50 points a game. Tigers are too much for Trojans.
Lackawanna Trail 23 Muncy 12 – After this win over the Indians, the Lions are one game from reaching Hershey again.
Farrell 46 Coudersport 22 – The Steelers will score as many points in one game as the Falcons have given up all year (45).
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