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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, October 8th, 2020
It isn’t easy being Protime. As stated last week, 2020 has not been kind to very many people including the PFN gridiron guesser. In early March right when the virus was starting to grip the Nation, Protime made a terrible blunder. He was out walking and looking at his cell phone at the same time. Now Protime perfected the art of walking and chewing gum at the same time, but walking and looking at your phone is an entirely different animal.
After Protime did a face plant similar to an airplane coming in for a landing, he noticed his cheek hurt, his lips hurt, his teeth hurt, his head hurt, and his hands were sliced and diced. It was lunchtime, so he hurried home to investigate the damage and clean up before Mrs. Protime got back from shopping. Later that night when Protime got home from work, the lovely Mrs. P noticed the super-sized bandage on his skinless cheek and the band-aids on his hands. She then read Protime the riot act for not calling her or going to the emergency room.
Protime’s injuries included 3 damaged teeth (2 of which still hurt), a chipped tooth, a split lip, and multiple contusions and cuts. Protime has since recovered from the self inflicted beating, and he also recovered from a so-so week and is ready to share his prognostications for week 5. His prediction accuracy rate for the year of .825 is still pretty good. This week may be the toughest yet to predict, but Protime is willing to lay it all out there, except for his face. So, here we go.
Berlin-Brothersvalley 4-0 @ Windber 4-0 – There’s a big showdown from the upper edges of District 5 between Berlin and Windber. QB Will Spochart leads his Mountaineers with 471 yards passing and 4 TDs plus 511 yards rushing with 8 scores. WR Tuck Hillegass has snared 3 of those 4 TD passes. RB Preston Foor has scooted into the end zone 6 times. And the Berlin defense is led in tackles by Hunter Cornell. On the Rambler side of the ball John Shuster is a vital part of that offense. The sophomore RB has piled up 691 yards to date with 10 TDs. QB Aiden Gray has tossed 5 TD passes and WR Aaron Willis has snabbed 4 of them. J.J. Hileman is a tackling machine on defense with 40 already. Berlin has outscored the opposition 217-7, while Windber is not far behind with a 206-46 advantage. Protime’s crystal ball says Berlin 42 Windber 34 in a humdinger of a game.
Northwest Area 3-1 @ Muncy 4-0 – This, sports fans, is Protime’s game of the week. The Rangers bring a tough running back to town in George May who has 669 yards rushing and 8 TDs. They run a two quarterback system with Ryan Wassel and Carter Hontz each being very efficient. Leading the Northwest defense are two guys with over 40 tackles already, Landon Hufford and Jake Bobersky. The Indians counter with Branson Eyer at quarterback who has thrown for 400 yards and 7 scores. RBs Ty Nixon and Ethan Gush have almost 700 yards and 7 touchdowns between them. Chase Crawley has caught 3 TD passes. Defensively, it’s Gush on the leader board delivering the most hits. Here’s hoping the Indians have a welcoming party when Protime arrives and not a scalping party. Muncy 26 Northwest 21.
Central Mountain 3-1 @ Shamokin 3-1 – Here are two teams, who in recent years, have not started out 3-1. In fact, it’s been since 2008 that either one began the season 3-1. The Wildcats are led by QB Brett Gerlach, RB Ryan Pentz, and WR Peyton Johnson. Gerlach has thrown for over 400 yards and 5 touchdowns. Pentz has 318 yards on the ground and 4 TDs. Johnson has 11 catches for 215 yards and 3 scores. On defense for Central Mountain Micah Warlizer has 37 take downs and Jason Rinker 33. The Indians are led by Brett Nye who has tossed 8 touchdown passes and accumulated 577 yards. WR William Delbaugh has snagged 3 TD tosses. RB Max Madden is just shy of 400 yards rushing and has 3 TDs. Protime sees the Indians putting up the better defense and in doing so wins the game by a score of 24-20.
Exeter Township 3-0 @ Governor Mifflin 2-0 – The Exeter Eagles fly into Governor Mifflin Stadium in Shillington, PA to take on the Mustangs in what should be a dandy. Gavin McCusker barks the signals for the Eagles and has pitched the pigskin for 495 yards and 4 TDs. His running ability has allowed him to score 4 more TDs. WR Joey Schlaffer has 13 catches for 24 yards and 3 TDs. RB Eric Nangle balances the attack with his 353 yards and 3 scores. Tyler Yocum is the young man on Exeter’s defense that has a nose for the ball. The Mustangs are led offensively by junior Nicholas Singleton and his 266 yards rushing and 6 TDs in just 2 games. RB Brandon Strausser and WR Ayden Martin are threats when they get the ball too. Trey Rock heads up a very physical defense for G.M. Protime envisions a Governor Mifflin win 28-17.
Clearfield 2-0 @ Central (Martinsburg) 4-0 – Ooowee, we got a barnburner in the making in Martinsburg. Oliver Billotte drives the Bison machine with 376 yards passing and 6 TDs. In addition, he has 2 rushing scores. Jake Lezzer is the main receiver and has chalked up 12 catches for 249 yards and 3 TDs. Nicolas Domico heads up a stingy Bison defense. The Scarlet Dragons counter with some quality players of their own. QB Jeff Hoenstine has thrown for 1,095 yards and 15 scores to date. The wide receiver duo of Hunter Klotz (13-294-4) and Devon Boyles (14-229-4) are very dangerous. On defense, freshman Hunter Smith leads the team in tackles with 5 of them for losses. This game is a toss-up and the winner of the coin flip is Clearfield. The Bison gets the ball last and wins 37-34.
ELCO 3-0 @ Octorara 3-0 – Bravo for these two teams being 3-0 to this point. Eastern Lebanon County or ELCO relies heavily on the run because they are a physical bunch. Leading the way is kind of a two-headed monster with QB Braden Bohannon and freshman RB Jake Williams. Bohannon who has thrown for a couple of TDs has 309 yards rushing, scoring 7 times. Williams has 358 yards and 5 tallies on the ground. The Braves of Octorara have Weston Stoltzfus at QB and he has 379 yards passing with 3 TDs. Caleb Rising is a prime mark for Stoltzfus. RB Mike Trainor has 288 yards carrying the ball with 5 TDs. Bryan Pennypacker is the man on defense for Octorara. Protime’s final finds the Raiders of ELCO hanging on for a 28-26 triumph.
Chartiers Valley 4-0 @ Aliquippa 4-0 – Chartiers upset South Fayette a couple weeks ago and now face an even more daunting task, beating Aliquippa on the Quips’ home field. But behind a quarterback who can do it all, anything is possible. Anthony Mackey has tossed the agate for 386 yards and 5 scores. He also is a big threat to run as evidenced by his 359 yards and 5 TDs. His favorite targets receiving are Anthony Collura and Abraham Ibrahim. The Quips are having a very good year at their new classification, 4A. QB Vaughn Morris has 445 yards with 9 TDs passing and scored 4 more times running. His top target is Cyair Clark. RB Vernon Redd has galloped for 548 yards and crossed the goal line 5 times. Protime had to consult the ole crystal ball for the winner. Aliquippa 22 Chartiers Valley 17.
Wyoming 3-1 @ Crestwood 4-0 – Last year’s AAA state champs are not the power they were in 2019, but still a force to contend with. The running game is punishing and is led by the duo of Drew Mruk’s 6 TDs and Vicienzo Giambra’s 5 TDs. Mruk is the Warriors’ leading tackle man too. The Crestwood Comets’ QB Ryan Petrosky has been injured the past couple weeks, but adequately filling is the tandem of Noah Schultz and Brendan Dennis. WR Nick ‘Cruise Control’ Kreuzer has 11 grabs to date. Jimmy Hawley is top tackler on a pretty strong defensive unit. Protime has to flip a coin. Warriors 14 Comets 13.
Wilmington 34 Farrell 28 – The Greyhounds won a couple of weeks ago, but the game was tied at halftime. Not much will change this time around, but the Steelers keep it close.
Peters Township 28 Moon 17 – The Indians remain unbeaten while the Tigers lose their second in a row.
East Stroudsburg South 41 Pleasant Valley 28 – The Cavaliers bag the Bears in a D-11 match-up.
Danville 31 Central Columbia 28 – The Ironmen bounce back from their loss to Montoursville to beat a very good Blue Jay eleven. Protime is smelling overtime here.
Cheltenham 28 Plymouth-Whitemarsh 14 – Finally getting their season underway, the Panthers (last year’s 5A state runner-up) defeat the Colonials.
Eisenhower 40 Iroquois 20 – Outscoring their opponents 207-12 in four games, the Knights continue to roll doubling up the Braves. Protime says, “I like Ike.”
Gateway 21 Penn-Trafford 14 – A biggie in District 7 finds the Gators taking a bite out of the Warriors.
Central York 42 Spring Grove 21 – The Panthers have a good one in QB Beau Pribula. The Rockets just won’t have enough in their thrusters to keep pace with a very good Central York squad.
Marion Center 30 Northern Cambria 26 – Good one at Dr. John R. Mallino Stadium, the home of the green and gold Stingers. The Colts suffer their first loss of the year in a game that could go either way.
Neshaminy 35 Pennridge 28 – The Redskins beat a good North Penn eleven last week and continue to open eyes with their tomahawking of the Rams this week.
Tussey Mountain 21 Southern Huntingdon 18 – Protime got to see the Titans last week and was impressed, but the Rockets present a big problem for them. In a battle of unbeatens, Tussey is slightly better on this night.
Jeannette 32 Springdale 23 – The Jayhawks knock the Dynamos out of the undefeated ranks.
Central Clarion 16 Karns City 14 – This game has coin flip all over it. The Gremlins have trouble with passing teams and the Wildcats can stop the run. That’s the difference and it’s all written on the flipping coin.
Northern Bedford 44 Juniata Valley 36 – A wild high scoring affair in Loysburg sees the home town Panthers claw their way to a victory over the pesky Hornets.
Lampeter-Strasburg 35 Donegal 17 – The Pioneers beat the Indians in the 1800s, there is no reason they can’t do it again.
North Catholic 27 South Park 14 – The Trojans remain undefeated dropping the Eagles to earth with their second loss.
In the Pro-Lux Bowl between Moniteau and DuBois, who have never met to Protime’s knowledge, it’ll be the Beavers by seven 21-14 over the Warriors.
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