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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, October 15th, 2020
A lot of unusual things happened to Protime in 2020 and none of them turned out to be good. Last week he talked about his March faceplant. This week he will recount his June hernia operation which he would just as soon forget also.
At first Protime thought he was gaining weight when he noticed a couple of bumps on his tummy. But thinking it through he deduced those bumps were hernias. A quick trip to the doctor’s office confirmed Protime’s suspicions.
When the day of surgery arrived, Dr. Eric, a long-time family friend who was to do the surgery, came into the O.R. and handed Protime (who was already lying down on the gurney hooked up to an IV) his coffee mug while he told everyone present an animated and amusing tale about Protime. Grabbing his coffee mug back, he exclaimed, “it’s time.” Then after the operation Dr. Eric told Mrs. Protime, in baseball terms, that Protime had turned a double into a triple as there were 3 hernias to fix not 2.
Not only did the surgery last longer than expected, Protime couldn’t completely wake up from the anesthesia, when he did his blood pressure was too low, and then he couldn’t rid his system of the 4 bags of IV fluids they had given him. Now he really was gaining weight and it showed. Protime was the first one there in the morning and the last one to leave that night. What a day!!!
Your Pigskin Prophet had quite a day last week, surgically predicting 19 of 23 contests correctly. Protime stands at 99-21 for the year which translates into a cool 82.5% accuracy rate. This week finds some more tough games to discern including 12 contests pitting undefeated teams going at it.
Berlin-Brothersvalley 5-0 @ Portage 4-0 – Huge contest in Portage. The Mountaineers bring QB Will Spochart to the table. His passing stats are 498 yards and 4 TDs. His running stats are 686 yards and 10 TDs. Preston Foor has chipped in with 376 yards on the ground and has scored 7 TDs. Add in Isaac Etris and his 5 rushing touchdowns and one can deduce that Berlin has a potent running game. PK Brady Glessner is a perfect 34 for 34 in the PAT department. Defensively, it’s the Tuck Hillegass and Hunter Cornell show for the ‘Eers. The Mustangs counter with QB Andrew Miko and his 546 yards and 5 TDs passing. Their backfield duo of Oren Heidler and Scott Berardinelli have found pay dirt 7 and 5 times respectively. In the defense corral stands John Wolford and Corey Sossong for the ‘Stangs. Berlin, who has outscored their foes 244-21, remains unblemished with a 31-26 triumph.
Warwick 4-0 @ Solanco 3-1 – How many teams have an offensive lineman at 6’8” 300 pounds and going to the University of Wisconsin? Right. The Warriors do in the person of Nolan Rucci who can open more holes than a donut factory. RB Colton Miller is one beneficiary as he’s produced 11 touchdowns for Warwick. With QB Joey McCracken back and Caleb Schmitz at wide out opposing teams beware. The Warrior defense has Nate Maher as their top tackler. On the Golden Mule side there’s a QB by the name of Mason St. Clair who can heave the ball or run with it. So far, his legs have produced more TDs (8). RB Ronnie Fulton has scored three times for Solanco. Kicker Trent McDowell is perfect on PATs to date. Seth Harnish is the man on defense for the Golden Mules. Look for a close game but the #3 team in the state at 5A, the Warwick Warriors win 27-17.
Smethport 4-0 @ Coudersport 4-0 – This may be for all the marbles come playoff time. The Hubbers roll into Coudy with QB Noah Lent, RB Braedon Johnson, and WR Ryli Burrit helping produce 194 points. Lent has pitched the pigskin for over 400 yards and 10 TDs while scrambling for another 590 yards and 10 scores. Johnson has 442 yards on the ground and crossed the goal line 6 times. Burrit has gathered in 5 TD passes. Johnson and Travis Cooney pack a punch on the defensive side for the Hubbers, who have given up a paltry 18 points. The Falcons meanwhile have outdistanced their opponents 187-40. QB Hayden Keck has 281 yards passing (3 TDs) and 531 yards rushing (11 TDs). The ground and pound game of Coudy is aided by Gavyn Ayers (4 TDs) and Brandt Kightlinger (465 yards and 4 TDs). Cale Ayers heads up the flying Falcon defense. Protime had to flip a coin, and in a slight upset, Smethport comes out on top 21-20.
Notre Dame Green Pond 5-0 @ Palisades 4-1 – NDGP is led by their phenomenal quarterback, Collin Quintano, who has thrown for 1,091 yards and 11 TDs. Matt Frauen owns the Crusader ground game with 747 yards and 15 TDs. WR Nadir Sanders has 20 catches with 4 going for scores. PK Nick Garrido has connected on all but one of his extra points and has 3 FGs to boot. Defensively, it’s Joey Rivituso leading the way with 44 tackles. The Pirates of Palisades are led by RB Mason Smeland with his 862 yards and 13 TDs on the ground. He has also caught a couple of TD passes. On the defensive side, Ben Haubert was leading the team in tackles and Jon Denato has 5 interceptions already. Protime thinks the Crusaders are one of the better teams at 2A and they win 37-27.
Western Beaver 5-0 @ Sto-Rox 4-0 – QB Xander Lefebvre leads the Golden Beaver offense with 439 yards passing and 5 TDs. WR Dakari Bradford has snared all 5 TD tosses. RB Cam Irvine has the most yards rushing, but Thad Gray has the most rushing TDs with 5. For the Vikings, Josh Jenkins can fire the football. He has 872 yards passing and 8 TDs. Jaymont Green Miller is a tough hombre to cover. He has accounted for 19 catches, 425 yards receiving, and 5 TDs. Diontae Givens heads up the pesky Sto-Rox defense. Protime has it Sto-Rox 16 Western Beaver 14.
Aliquippa 33 Montour 20 – The Quips move to 6-0 as they continue to mow down 4A competition. Who said they couldn’t compete? This week they put a notch on their tomahawk for beating the Montour Spartans.
Dunmore 38 Lackawanna Trail 31 – Good one up in D-2 finds the Bucks 7-points better than the Lions.
St. Josephs Prep 42 LaSalle College 21 – The #4 team in the country doubles up their Philly Area rival. Hawks over Explorers.
Northwestern 24 Maplewood 7 – This was a 3-point victory for the Wildcats a few weeks ago. They tame the Tigers a little easier this time and remain unbeaten thus far in the 2020 campaign.
Montoursville 28 Loyalsock 21 – The Warriors defeat the Lancers to go to 6-0.
Central Dauphin 34 Altoona 10 – The #2 team in the state, the CD Rams, punish the Mountain Lions.
Pennridge 13 Central Bucks East 10 – The Rams butt the Patriots and up their record to 3-0.
Souderton 35 Upper Dublin 27 – If you are out and about, you may want to drop in on this game. The hard-fought contest will see the Indians scooch by the Cardinals.
Gateway 42 Woodland Hills 28 – The Gators out maneuver the Wolverines.
South Williamsport 20 Athens 13 – The Mountaineers shoot down the Wildcats.
Bedford 30 Penn Cambria 20 – Bedford’s Bisons go to 6-0 on the season by stampeding past the Panthers.
Old Forge 43 Susquehanna Community 23 – The Blue Devils rattle the Sabres.
Meadville 28 Conneaut 26 – Extra points are sometimes a key to victory. The lack thereof may just happen to the Eagles as the Bulldogs pull out a close one.
Steelton-Highspire 48 Camp Hill 28 – The Steamrollers just keep rolling through the competition with one of the most dangerous combos in the state, Erby to Flowers. This week they declaw the Lions.
North Schuylkill 14 Pottsville 13 – The crystal ball has the Spartans, with that key point after, winning over the Crimson Tide.
Central (Martinsburg) 28 Penns Valley 14 – The Scarlet Dragons may be prime for an upset after an emotional and exciting win over Clearfield. But they have enough fire to breeze through a win over the Rams.
Conrad Weiser 21 Daniel Boone 10 – The Scouts and the Blazers in their annual matchup finds the CW Scouts coming to town and sending Daniel Boone packing.
Shenango 26 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 20 – It’s been a long time since Shenango started a year 6-0. That’s exactly what the Wildcats will do when they defeat the Chargers this week.
Danville 28 Bloomsburg 24 – A thriller in D’ville finds the Ironmen just a hair better than the Panthers.
Thomas Jefferson 45 Ringgold 21 – The Jaguars take down the Rams as TJ continues their march toward another appearance in the D-7 playoffs.
Bethlehem Freedom 14 Nazareth 7 – An old-fashioned slobber knocker down in D-11 will see the Patriots and the Eagles punching, clawing, pecking, and just plain scrapping for yardage and points.
California 42 Carmichaels 38 – A score fest at Mighty Mike Stadium as the visiting Trojans get the ‘W’ over the Mighty Mikes in a battle of unbeatens.
Williamsport 34 Pittston 17 – The Millionaires are too much for the Patriots.
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