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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, September 17th, 2020
Well, ever since Protime was a little tyke he loved football, especially high school football. He would get all dressed up with his favorite helmet and grab the pigskin he slept with during football season, the one that had seen its better day, and then outside he’d go to play the scheduled imaginary game. It didn’t matter if it was cold, it didn’t matter if it was snowing, and it didn’t matter if it was raining (although Mother Protime did). There were no rainouts in football and all games were to be played as planned.
Protime thought he’d go down memory lane as he often does and this week share a long-lost picture that Brother Protime found when rummaging through some old family photographs. Protime no longer has the helmet or football, but he does have those precious memories. His advice to all players and coaches is to treasure every chance you have to take the field, don’t do anything that would badly reflect on you, and you’ll have those great memories for as long as you live.
Week one found the Proud Predictor going 21-3. Week two has thrown down the gauntlet as there are some fantastic match-ups. Some of these games may even be the ones that become memorable legends. We will just have to wait and see.
Pine Richland 1-0 @ Upper St. Clair 1-0 – Big game in D-7 and a big battle of the quarterbacks. PR’s QB, Cole Spencer was zeroed in last week hitting on 15 of 17 throws for 338 yards and 5 TDs. Eli Jochem was his go to guy with 5 grabs for 200 yards and 3 scores. RB Tristen Taylor rushed for over 100 yards to balance the attack for the Rams. The Panthers’ QB, Ethan Dahlem, had 160 yards passing, but it was his running that produced 2 touchdowns. WR David Pantelis had 7 catches and RB Ethan Hiester plodded 93 yards and scored once. Protime can’t see the state’s overall #2 team according to MaxPreps losing. Rams 31 Panthers 21.
Wilmington 1-0 @ Farrell 1-0 – The Greyhounds and the Steelers get reacquainted in 2020. This year they are in the same classification. That makes this game even more important than others in recent years. Greyhound coach, Brandon Phillian, is young but is making a name for himself. Amp Pegues, the Steeler head coach, is in his second year but already has a state title to his name. Wilmington’s Darren Miller ran for 163 yards and 3 TDs in the opener. Farrell’s QB Christian Hartley, went 10 for 12, 190 yards, and 2 TDs. RB Anthony Stallworth contributed 102 yards on the ground and 2 scores. The crystal ball is working hard on this one. It’s a little fuzzy but it appears the Greyhounds are the victors coming from behind. 24-22 Wilmington.
Penn-Trafford 1-0 @ Peters Township 0-0 – Ethan Carr led P-T to the triumph last week by pitching the pigskin for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns. Warrior RB Cade Yacamelli rushed for 126 yards and a TD, while Brad Ford ripped off a 99+ yard TD scamper as the ball was inside the one. The Indians of Peters Township were off in week one. They are not without some top tier talent though. Donovan McMillon, their WR/S, is going to the University of Florida to play in college and teammate, LB/TE Corbin Hondru, selected Miami of Ohio to play college football. Throw in QB Logan Pfeuffer and the Indians have a team to be reckoned with this year. Protime is envisioning a Peters Township Indian conquest of the Penn-Trafford Warriors 17-13.
Athens 1-0 @ Canton 1-0 – The Athens Wildcats won 10-7 last week on a late game FG by Shayne Reid. QB Mason Lister had 161 yards passing with a TD toss. WR Karter Rude hauled in 7 of Lister’s throws for 86 yards. Canton’s Warriors came back from a 16-point deficit to defeat a tough Troy eleven in overtime. They were led by Cooper Kitchen who fired the agate for 3 touchdowns and 165 yards. He also ran for a score. WR Weston Bellows snared 6 passes including one for a TD. The crystal ball sees Canton winning 22-21.
Manheim Township 0-0 @ LaSalle College 0-0 – Mark Evans has built the Blue Streaks into a contender ever year. Township lost some key people to graduation, but an important cog, Anthony Ivey, is back. The Explorers are coached by John Steinmetz. They lost offensive lineman Isaiah Turner who passed away after practice recently. The players and coaches are dedicating their season to him. Look for RB Sam Brown to be a key to their offensive success. Ryan Wills is a big part of their line as he goes 6’4” 287 pounds. Also, watch for TE Matthew Bowes to contribute. The Explorers sail past the Streaks 21 to 14.
Brookville 1-0 @ Central Clarion 1-0 – Big game in D-9 land. The Blue Raiders are led by their wily QB Jack Krug who threw for 373 yards last week and 4 TDs. Braydon Kunselman snabbed 8 passes and 2 went for scores, while Robert Keth had a touchdown receiving and 2 toting the agate. They are affectionately known as the three Ks at least in Protime’s mind. Central Clarion’s Wildcats will not be intimidated as they counter with Cal German who garnered 308 yards through the air and had 4 TD tosses himself. His favorite receiver is Ethan Burford. Mr. Burford had only 5 catches but they went for 193 yards and 3 TDs. Protime had to flip his faithful coin for this one. Brookville 40 Central Clarion 38.
Oil City 1-0 @ Meadville 1-0 – Meadville got outslicked by the Oilers twice last year by a total of 3 points. The visiting Oilers have a great running back in Cameron Russell, who scurried for 200 yards and 2 TDs last week. At linebacker he recorded a half dozen tackles. QB Holden Stahl had 2 TD passes and 1 rushing. For the Bulldogs of Meadville, it was the Khalon Simmons show. He ran for 228 markers and found the end zone three times. In another close game, Protime has the Oilers coming out the victor 24-21.
Bedford 1-0 @ Richland 1-0 – This is Protime’s Game of the Week. The visiting Bisons won easily over always tough Chestnut Ridge last week, while the Rams took down Bishop Guilfoyle, PFN’s #1 Single A team in the state. To be honest, Protime has been looking forward to this contest since the schedules came out. Coached by Kevin Steele the Bisons’ explosive offense is led by QB Mercury Swaim. Against Chestnut Ridge he ran for over 100 yards and passed for over 100 yards too. He ran for 2 TDs and he threw for 2 TDs. Steven Ressler caught 5 passes and he ran the agate 5 times in that game. The Rams are coached by Brandon Bailey and are quarterbacked by Kellan Stahl who had some of his passing game shut down by BG, so he resorted to running. It worked pretty good behind the big line he has as he scored twice and ran for more than 100 yards himself. Richland won last year, but Protime had to consult the crystal ball for the current year. Final score has Richland 20 Bedford 14.
Central Valley 35 Blackhawk 20 – The Warriors defeat the Cougars, remaining undefeated, while handing Blackhawk their initial loss of the season.
Cambria Heights 27 Central Cambria 26 – A nail-biter all the way. Maybe overtime. The Highlanders outlast the Red Devils in a good one.
Notre Dame Green Pond 34 Muhlenburg 20 – The Crusaders upend the Muhls.
Clearfield 28 Tyrone 21 – Jake Lezzer, Oliver Billotte, and company lead the Bison to the ‘W’ over the Golden Eagles.
Warwick 24 Penn Manor 17 – Protime is hoping to see the Warwick Warriors this year somewhere down the road. The Comets prove to be brilliant in putting themselves in a position to beat the favored Warriors. They come up just short.
Thomas Jefferson 28 Trinity 7 – Coach Cherpak’s Jaguars just keep on winning. This Friday they top the Hillers.
Reynolds 20 Mercer 12 – The Raiders beat the Mustangs last year and will do it again this year. Side note: Aiden Bright of Mercer scored 4 touchdowns against Kennedy Catholic last week, each one in a different manner.
Southern Columbia 38 Bloomsburg 12 – The Tigers, under the leadership of Coach Roth, get their 2020 season kicked off by mauling the Panthers.
Ridgway 14 Kane 9 – Protime finds it hard to pick this one. A coin flip has the Elkers edging the Wolves in a low scoring affair.
South Fayette 28 Chartiers Valley 7 – The Lions take down the Colts.
Northwest Area 20 Montgomery 13 – A very competitive game finds the Rangers putting out all the fires that the Red Raiders can throw at them. Side note: Protime never predicted a game for either team before. Welcome to the list.
Keystone 27 Union/AC Valley 20 – Keystone threw up 86 points last week, but the Panthers will find themselves in a game this time as the Falcon Knights keep it close.
Tamaqua 32 Lehighton 27 – Another great game sees the opportunistic Tamaqua Blue Raiders eke out a win over the hard charging Indians.
Clairton 36 Leechburg 22 – The Blue Devils are a squad not to be taken lightly this year, but ‘Da Bears have what it takes to go far into the playoffs.
Montoursville 28 Central Columbia 24 – Heck of a game if you are lucky enough to witness the Blue Jays give the Warriors all they can handle.
Lake-Lehman 35 Greater Nanticoke Area 13 – This contest reminds Protime of an old medieval slugfest where the Black Knights out duel the Trojans.
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