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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, September 24th, 2020
Protime has seen a lot of games over his career. Some were great games some were not so great games. As a kid, Protime was always involved in great games. The local sandlot games were a thing to behold and they could last hours. The roster constantly changed as more kids showed up and as mothers would yell down the street that it was supper time, causing an attrition of players too.
Protime remembers one particular game with some kids from another section of town. Nobody wanted to quit, so the game lasted into the darkness with the field illumined only by the moon overhead and from distant street lights. Of course, the passing game had to be put on a back burner. Later, it was decided the next TD would win and Protime’s team subsequently recovered a fumble. Then throwing caution to the wind a pass was called. Protime dove into the end zone catching a glimpse of the ball passing through the moonlight and as luck would have it, the agate landed in his fingertips for the game winner.
Speaking of game winners, it’s time for the Fearless Forecaster to discern this week’s triumphant teams in his weekly series of 25 contests. Last week Protime went 19-4 (2 games were postponed). He stands at 42-7 for the young season. Due to the passing of Father Protime there will not be the usual 8 to 10 preview games this week. And now on with the show.
Erie McDowell 28 Erie Cathedral Prep 21 – The Trojans of McDowell finally get over the hump of beating their crosstown rivals, the Ramblers of Cathedral Prep.
Dallas 31 Wilkes-Barre 20 – The Mountaineers hand the Wolfpack their first defeat of the season.
Jersey Shore 40 Central Mountain 28 – In a good one, the Wildcats drop their first of the year to the hungry Bulldogs.
Bishop Guilfoyle 31 Somerset 14 – The Eagles of Somerset see a lot of purple in their game with the Marauders of Guilfoyle.
Bedford 27 Westmont 21 – A big one in the west finds the Bisons coming up big for the third week in a row, this time topping the Hilltoppers.
Cocalico 24 Manheim Central 17 – In the east, the Eagles fly by the Barons by a touchdown.
Steelton-Highspire 41 Upper Dauphin 34 – The U.D. Trojans almost able to match the Steamrollers TD for TD, but fall one score short.
Pine-Richland 34 Gateway 23 – In a huge D-7 contest matching two of the best 5A teams, it’s the Rams charging by the very dangerous Gators.
North Catholic 22 East Allegheny 20 – With both teams undefeated it takes a Trojanic effort to overcome the Wildcats.
Spring-Ford 21 Perkiomen Valley 14 – The Rams manage to score more than the Vikings in the opener for both these eastern PA squads.
Karns City 35 Brookville 29 – A wild ending is predicted in Brookville by Protime where the Blue Raiders suffer their first loss as Gremlins continue on undefeated.
Mars 26 Plum 20 – With both teams 2-0, the Fightin’ Planets edge the Mustangs in a quality hard-fought game.
Central Dauphin 28 Chambersburg 14 – The Rams open their 2020 campaign with an impressive win over a very good Chambersburg Trojan eleven.
Thomas Jefferson 24 Belle Vernon 13 – Bill Cherpak’s Jaguars topple the Leopards from the ranks of the unbeaten in a real cat fight.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 37 North Allegheny 27 – PCC given a rough time by the NA Tigers. But the Vikings prove to be a very tough out themselves.
Bishop McDevitt 31 Mifflin County 13 – The Crusaders open their season with a workmanlike effort over the Huskies.
Wyalusing 13 Athens 10 – A low scoring affair finds the Rams squeaking by the Wildcats.
Windber 44 Shade 20 – These Ramblers gain the victory. The Panthers of Shade suffer the loss.
Central 35 Philipsburg-Osceola 20 – The Scarlet Dragons go to 3-0 with a triumph over the Mounties.
Portage 18 Conemaugh Valley 12 – The Blue Jays are a much better team this year and the Mustangs find that out, but still find a way to win.
Hickory 37 Slippery Rock 24 – The Hornets have high expectations this year and the red glare fans will see at the game is the Rockets falling from their flight path.
East Stroudsburg South 24 Pocono Mountain East 21 – Good game in the eastern half of the state if you are able to attend. The Cavaliers boot a late field goal to defeat the Cardinals.
DuBois 38 Punxsutawney 28 – Both these teams combined have lost 29 in a row on the field (DuBois received a forfeit last year after a game). The Beavers break through with the ‘W’ as they renew a decades long rivalry with the Chucks that has been put on a back burner in recent years.
Harbor Creek 20 General McLane 14 – In a game that goes right down to the end, the Huskies find a way to stave off the Lancers.
Homer Center 26 Marion Center 19 – The Wildcats avoid being stung for a loss by the Stingers. Protime will be in attendance for this one.
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