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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020
Let’s recap Protime’s year through June. We’ve seen him do a damaging faceplant while walking and we’ve seen him have a triple hernia operation. The year is far from being over and Protime has had to deal with more physical ailments than Van Camp has beans.
Long about August, Protime was asked to help his father-in-law to move a large wooden swing. Having gotten the green light from Dr. Eric that it was okay to lift after the hernia operation, Protime started to hoist up the base or the deck so to speak. The next thing he saw was the swing swinging back at his head. Like a good boxer, Protime ducked, but the swing came in low and conked him a good one on the head. Staggering backwards and trying to keep his balance, Protime turned and collided head on with the only bluebird house within 10 miles. As Protime’s father-in-law helped a dizzy Protime to his feet, Protime was seeing a lot of little birdies. Concussions do that to a person every now and again.
Protime was seen staggering around last week too, elated that he correctly predicted 23 out of the 25 games on his prognostication list. That makes him 122-23 for the season or percentage-wise, he’s at .838 which is humbling. Once again, the fabulous forecaster will try to discern some of this week’s top games, hard to predict games, and even some playoff games.
McKeesport 5-1 @ Thomas Jefferson 5-0 – The Tigers with their flexbone offense pose a threat to the TJ Jaguars. QB Terrance Glenn has galloped 560 yards, scoring 6 times for McKeesport to lead the Matt Miller coached team. On defense, it’s the Devontae Hampton show as he has not only the most tackles, but leads in sacks and has a couple of interceptions. For the Jags it’s business as usual, just with a different cast of characters. Jake Pugh directs the offense now and has tossed the agate for 789 yards and 13 scores. RB Conner Murga leads the team in rushing yards and has 8 TDs. WR Ian Hansen has hauled in 17 passes for 390 yards and 5 TDs. Isaac Eckley leads the tough Jag defense in tackles. Coach Cherpak’s TJ Jaguars just keep winning. Thomas Jefferson 31 McKeesport 19.
Cocalico 4-1 @ Warwick 5-0 – Protime wanted desperately to attend this one, but other things came up so he’ll have to keep tabs on twitter. The Eagles have a couple of weapons in Anthony Bourassa and Carson Nash. Bourassa heads up a punishing ground game with 574 yards and 7 scores, while QB Nash has rushed for 341 yards and 8 TDs. Nash has 338 yards passing too. Luke Angstadt and Dustin Vang formulate a terrific tackling tandem for the Eagles. Warwick has a plethora of weapons starting with QB Joey McCracken who, in 4 games, has 652 passing yards and 4 TD tosses. Caleb Schmitz catches almost everything thrown his way, including the kitchen sink, as evidenced by his 26 snabs for 418 yards and 3 TDs. Kicker Tanner Haines is perfect in the PAT department and has 3 FGs to boot. The Warrior defense is led by Broc Diem and Aaron Hess. Look for the #3 ranked Warriors to down the Eagles 27-14.
Clearfield 3-1 vs. St. Marys 5-0 @ Brockway – Protime’s game of the week is the D-9 AAA playoff game featuring 2 high-powered offenses with quarterbacks who can really sling the pigskin. The Bison of Clearfield has Oliver Billotte at quarterback. He has pitched the pigskin for 708 yards and 10 scoring strikes. Jake Lezzer is his go to guy with 23 snares for 470 yards and 4 TDs. Karson Kline has caught 3 TD passes to ease double coverage on Lezzer. Mark McMonigal has 4 rushing TDs to lead in that area. On defense, Nicolas Domico has a nose for the ball leading the Bison in tackles. The Flying Dutch are undefeated and look to continue that streak on the arm of Christian Coudriet, who has 1,218 yards passing and 15 TD throws. The duo of Michael Fitzgerald and Mitchell Reiter led the receiving corps. Fitzgerald has caught 5 TD passes and Reiter has 26 grabs for 319 yards and 3 scores. Sean Lathrop leads the St. Marys defense with 50 tackles, 7 for loss including 4 sacks. The crystal ball says Clearfield 28 St. Marys 20.
Tri-Valley 3-0 @ Williams Valley 5-1 – This should be a good one. The Bulldogs bring their run heavy offense into Tower City with thoughts of running their record to 4-0. Chase Herb is the man the Vikings need to key on. Mr. Herb has 574 yards rushing (almost 200 a game) and has 8TDs. He averages 12 yards per tote. That is impressive. On defense the main Bulldog is Caden Richards. Tri-Valley has outdistanced their 3 opponents this year 144-14. Meanwhile, the Vikes have their own Herb, Bryce that is, and he’s the quarterback. (No word on him being related to Chase.) Bryce has slung the ball for 1,481 yards and 15 TDs. Jesse Engle is the top wide receiver with 29 catches for 556 yards and 12 scores. Hunter Wolfgang keep the opposing teams honest as the leading ground gainer for Williams. Engle has 64 tackles, but Jackson Yoder and Ezi Hite are not far behind in the 50s. Protime had to break out the crystal ball. Williams Valley in overtime 48-47.
Farrell 4-2 @ Northwestern 6-0 – The Steelers want another crack at Wilmington, the team who gave them their two losses, and to get there they have to beat Northwestern’s Wildcats. Anthony Stallworth has scored a total of 18 TDs to date rushing the ball (that’s 3 per game). In addition, he has traversed 915 yards. QB Christian Hartley has 618 yards through the air with 5 TDs. WR Kylon Wilson has caught 3 of those TD passes. Taidon Strickland (76) and Anthony Jackson (60) are tackling studs on defense. The Wildcats counter with some top-notch offensive aces of their own. QB Ryan Tewell has 640 yards passing with 7 TDs and he has run for another 5 scores. RB Austin Swift (no word if related to Andre Swift) has lugged the agate for 696 yards. WR Eric Steinle has 5 TD receptions. OL Cale Bish has 16 pancake blocks. Now there’s a guy who loves breakfast. Austin Bird is the leading tackler. Farrell gets their wish as the Steelers upend the Wildcats 30-20.
Southern Columbia 6-0 @ Central Columbia 4-2 – Coach Roth notched victory number 450 last week for Southern. Congrats coach. The Tigers haven’t been tested this year as they have another strong team led by Gavin Garcia. Mr. Garcia in just 37 carries has 839 yards rushing and has scored 12 touchdowns. He averages 22.7 yards per carry! That means if you stop him for no gain on his first carry, he will probably garner 45 yards on his next tote. The Fighting Blue Jays have a good team. They are led by QB Garrett McNelis and RB Troy Johnson. McNelis has thrown for 411 yards and Johnson has 522 yards running with 7 TDs. Add to the mix another weapon which is the foot of punter Mason Yorty. Mr. Yorty averages 47.7 yards a punt plus as field goal kicker he has nailed 3 so far. But alas, Southern is just too strong especially on the line this year. They win by a score of 37-17.
Downingtown East 1-1 @ Coatesville 2-0 – A big 6A contest in District 1 finds the East Cougars visiting the Ville Red Raiders. East is led by all-star running back Stanley Bryant. QB Jay Jenkins has thrown for over 200 yards in 2 games with 3 TDs. RB Josh Asante has scored three times and WR Mike Giardino has 2 TD receptions. The Raiders have an o-line that wore down Downingtown West last week in their second half comeback. QB Harrison Susi has scored 3 TDs on the ground and thrown for 2. The backfield of Dametrius McClain-Jackson and Ashon Wesley have combines for over 300 yards and scored 3 touchdowns. Protime is picking the homestanding Red Raiders 21-17.
Spring-Ford 31 Owen J. Roberts 22 – The Rams have a very strong team this year and the Wildcats find out first hand when they get head-butted on home turf.
Clairton 28 Springdale 20 – Protime is expecting a dynamite of a game between the Bears and the Dynamos. When in doubt take Da’ Bears.
Lampeter-Strasburg 35 Ephrata 21 – In a game between the ‘eers, the Pioneers send the Mountaineers packing.
Lake-Lehman 31 Tunkhannock 11 – The Black Knights continue their undefeated season by taming the Tigers.
Brookville 28 Ridgway 21 – Protime will be covering this D-9 AA playoff game. Brookville has a quarterback (Jack Krug) who is very good. Ridgway plays tough defense especially in the playoffs. Blue Raiders manage to take down the Elkers.
Bellwood-Antis 20 Bald Eagle Area 14 – In this D-6 AA playoff, the top seeded Blue Devils have a rough time swatting away the Bald Eagles.
Jersey Shore 27 Central Mountain 17 – In this cat and dog fight, the Bulldogs de-claw the Wildcats for the win.
Richland 33 Central Cambria 24 – Another D-6 AA playoff game finds the Rams a bit better than the Red Devils.
Lakeland 26 Dunmore 13 – The Chiefs defeat the Bucks in a good matchup between perennial District 2 powers.
Mechanicsburg 34 Waynesboro 24 – A good one down D-3 way finds the Wildcats getting the better of the Indians to remain unbeaten.
Central (Martinsburg) 31 Westmont 14 – In this D-6 AAA contest, it’s the Scarlet Dragons with more firepower than the Hilltoppers.
Eastern Lebanon County 14 Columbia 10 – This game will be a real defensive barn burning slobber knocker down in District 3. Protime had to flip a coin to determine that the Raiders will go to 6-0 by beating the Crimson Tide.
Shenango 35 Rochester 30 – The crystal ball says to take the Wildcats over the Rams in an extremely close and down to the wire game.
Cambria Heights 21 Southern Huntingdon 14 – Slight upset in the D-6 AA playoffs as the Highlanders ground the Rockets.
Pottsville 13 Jim Thorpe 8 – The Crimson Tide edges the Olympians in a low scoring affair down in D-11.
Mount Lebanon 17 Seneca Valley 14 – Another defensive struggle finds the Blu Devils booting a field goal late to defeat the Raiders.
Smethport 7 Union/AC Valley 6 – In a D-9 1A playoff that could go either way, Protime has the Hubbers conquering the Falcon-Knights.
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