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Protime Predictions by Phil

Written by: on Thursday, October 29th, 2020

 

Protime’s woes continue to mount in the year 2020.  A few weeks ago, he agreed to help Mrs. Protime move a desk that she had been after him to move for a while.  Now this particular desk was solid oak and weighed more than Protime would have liked considering he’d had a triple hernia operation back in June.

Things were going pretty good until the Protimes were putting the desk into place in its new home.  That is when Protime kicked a random cheerio out of the way from where he was setting the desk down, but he didn’t clear his foot completely and dropped the thing onto his toes.  He started to hop around more than Peter Cottontail on Easter.  Protime’s toes were soon the same size as Alley Oop’s toes.  He is just now starting to be able to put some pressure on those foot phalanges.

Protime is also starting to put some pressure on himself as he just went back to back weeks with only 2 losses.  He is now 145-25 on this unusual season for a fantastic 85.2% accuracy rate which is better than The Born Power Index or CalPreps.  Many districts are now into playoff mode, but some start next week.  Your favorite Prophet of Premonition has now calculated this week’s winners that he will share with the world.

Bedford 7-0 @Clearfield 4-1 – Protime’s game of the week pits the Bisons against the Bison.  Either way, buffalo are going to win and buffalo are going to lose.  There are other similarities besides the team mascot.  Both teams have great coaches in Kevin Steele (Bedford) and Tim Janocko (Clearfield).  Both squads place a lot of emphasis on the quarterback to pass and run effectively.  For the #4 ranked Bedford Bisons, it’s Mercury Swaim that the offense centers around.  He has pitched the pigskin for 1,054 yards and 12 TDs plus he’s run for another 626 yards and 11 scores.  His counterpart, Oliver Billotte has thrown for 917 yards and 11 TDs, while rushing for another 5 scores for the Bison of Clearfield.  Bedford’s other main cog is Steve Ressler who has 31 pass receptions for 496 yards and 6 TDs.  He also is the second leading rusher and has 4 more scores on the ground.  In fact, Ressler averages 12 yards every time he touches the ball.  WR Jake Lezzer is Clearfield’s other offensive cog with 27 snares for 510 yards and 4 TDs.  Ashton Dull is the guy for Bedford on defense and Nicolas Domico is the defensive tackling guru for Clearfield.  Protime’s crystal ball says Clearfield may have a couple more playmakers, but Bedford makes a couple more plays in this AAA playoff game.  Bisons 31 Bison 27.

Harbor Creek 7-0 vs. Oil City 7-0 – Protime’s 2nd game of the week should be a doozy.  Protime will be making the trek to the city of oil Saturday night and he expects some fireworks in the 4A final.  The Huskies of Harbor Creek have 4 players on offense who can get the job done.  QB Casey Smith has 1,354 yards throwing the ball with 19 touchdown tosses.  Cody Smith is the premier WR with 33 snags for 455 yards and 9 TDs.  WR Ryan Whitman has caught 7 TD balls.  RB Cameron Williamson balances the passing attack with his running ability.  He has rambled for 920 yards and 14 TDs to date.  The Huskies have 5 players with 60 or more tackles led by Matt Stenger.  Toby Charlton has 4 picks on the year.  The Oilers bring a prolific offense to the table as they’ve scored 454 points in 7 games.  The defensive unit is no slouch either allowing only 33 points.  It all starts behind their awesome offensive line and the chief beneficiary is Cameron Russell who has traversed for 1,346 yards and 20 TDs.  QB Holden Stahl has thrown for 680 yards and has 8 TD passes.  He has also scrambled for 7 more TDs.  WR Dakota Cole leads the receivers with 341 yards and 4 scores.  Brayden Crocker and Zac Keifer head up that strong defense with 61 and 58 tackles.  The Oilers have 40 sacks to date, led by Justin Fagley’s 10.  Protime gazed into the crystal ball and sees Oil City winning by the score of 49-40.

Bishop McDevitt (D-3) 5-0 @ Hershey 5-0 – Apparently these 2 teams didn’t garner enough points in D-3 to make the playoffs, but they will go at it for bragging rights on who is to remain undefeated.  McDevitt’s Crusaders are led by QB Lek Powell with his 1,316 yards passing and 17 TDs.  WR Kamil Foster has 30 grabs for 447 yards and 5 scores.  WR Mario Easterly has 27 catches for 351 yards and 6 TDs.  WR Omar Hopkins has hauled in 5 TD passes.  The Crusaders are led on defense by Kade Werner.  For the Hershey Trojans it’s Jackson Bouslough slinging the ball for 611 yards and 9 TDs.  WR Davey Loyd has caught 6 of those touchdown passes.  Kicker Joey Corado has booted 4 FGs and averages over 42 yards per punt.  Aaryn Koperna heads up the Trojan ‘D’.  Protime envisions McDevitt 35 Hershey 28.

McKeesport 6-1 @ Plum 7-0 – The Tigers pulled the upset of the year in D-7 last week by beating Thomas Jefferson at Thomas Jefferson.  Since they don’t pass much with the flexbone offense, quarterback, Terrance Glenn, is what makes the running game go.  He has run for 685 yards and 8 TDs.  Caleb Reist has contributed 5 more scores via the ground game.  On defense, it’s Devontae Hampton who leads the team in tackles, sacks, interceptions, and just about anything you can think of.  According to the PG, Coach Matt Miller says he’s been huge all year.  Plum hasn’t been undefeated at this point of a football season since the 70s.  Ryan Hubner leads the Mustang offense with 1,113 yards passing and 14 TDs.  His top receivers are Reed Martin (29 catches-411 yards-5 TDs) and Logan Brooks (16-375-6).  Hubner is a threat to run also with his 368 yards and 6 scores, but it’s the freshman sensation, Eryck Moore, who is the #1 ground gainer with 682 yards and 11 touchdowns.  Defensively, Sunday Preston and Max Matolcsy are the top tacklers.  A coin flip says McKeesport 14 Plum 7.

Pope John Paul II 2-0 @ Perkioman Valley 4-1 – Rocco Dirico takes the snaps for the Golden Panthers.  They’ve only played 2 games but he has 5 TD passes and a 144 QB rating.  WR Justin Kormos has 11 snabs for 188 yards and 2 TDs.  RB Josh Little has scored twice and Chris Bruder has 30 tackles in those 2 games.  For the P.V. Vikings, QB Ethan Kohler has tossed the agate for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He’s also found the end zone 5 times on the ground.  Wideouts Dawson Debebe and Jason Posner have 3 TD catches apiece.  Nico Holder and Gage Young are neck and neck for top tackler.  Protime is leaning toward the Vikes, but the crystal ball says the PJP Golden Panthers will win 34-27.

Richland 6-1 @ Bellwood-Antis 6-0 – The District 6 AA semi-final features a couple of terrific teams.  The rams are led by their junior QB Kellan Stahl who has 771 yards passing with 9 scores plus he’s run for another 7 TDs.  RB Grayson Lewis has done a yeoman’s job filling in for 2 injured running backs.  He has 473 yards and 5 TDs.  WR Griffin LaRue has 22 catches for 355 yards and 4 scores.  Nathan Kniss heads up a strong Ram defense as the top tackler and sack leader with 6.  The Blue Devils counter with a special QB of their own in Zach Pellegrine who has 6 TD passes.  Zach Mallon is the running back with quickness in his feet as evidenced by 804 yards and 16 TDs on the ground.  Overall, he has scored 19 times.  Bellwood has only punted 7 times all year.  Cooper Guyer is the top tackler on defense.  A coin flip by Protime determines the Rams coming out on top 26-20.

Athens 5-1 @ Danville 5-1 – Mason Lister is QB for the Wildcats and has passed for 786 yards and 3 TDs, while running for another 5 TDs.  His favorite WR without a TD yet is Karter Rude who has 26 grabs for 356 yards.  RB Shayne Reid has trapsed 607 yards and has 7 TDs.  Christopher Bathgate is the man on the defensive side of the ball for Athens.  Kayden Reilly leads the Ironmen offense with 1,205 yards and 14 TD tosses.  He has rushed for 5 scores too.  Reilly is also the punter and averages a whopping 47.8 yards per punt.  WR Carson Persing has 27 catches for 492 yards and 5 scores, while Jagger Dressler has 17 for 333 and 5 scores too.  Mason Raup has 57 tackles, 16 for losses for Danville.  On paper two evenly matched teams, but Protime has the Ironmen 31-21.

The Others:

Northern Bedford 38 Tussey Mountain 36 – Those who choose to go see this one will not be disappointed.  The Panthers come from behind to beat the Titans in this excellent D-5 playoff game.

North Allegheny 17 Seneca Valley 14 – Another tough loss by the Raiders, this time it’s in the D-7 6A playoffs to their arch-rival the NA Tigers.

Southern Columbia 42 Line Mountain 21 – The machine keeps rolling.  Tigers top the Eagles in first round of playoffs.

Redbank Valley 14 Smethport 12 – Protime will be there to witness the Bulldogs win the 1A District 9 title with a 2-point victory over the resurgent Hubbers.

Central Dauphin 28 Central York 24 – This is a game Protime would love to see.  Can’t see ‘em all though.  The Rams advance in the D-3 6A division with a narrow triumph over a very tough Panther squad.  Both teams are unbeaten and haven’t had a close game till now.

Belle Vernon 38 Chartiers Valley 23 – The Leopards pull down the Colts who were having an excellent year.  Belle Vernon advances into the next round of the D-7 4A playoffs.

St. Joes Prep 42 Archbishop Wood 20 – The Hawks have some trouble with the Vikings for awhile, but then the Hawks are the #4 team in the country and they do have talent all over.  If you get a chance to go see them, please do.  They are very, very good.

Bishop Guilfoyle 28 Conemaugh Valley 6 – Protime is so happy for the Blue Jays.  They’ve put together a nice year and have this D-6 playoff contest, but alas they had to run into one of the best 1A teams in PA in the BG Marauders.

Strath Haven 17 Marple-Newtown 7 – The Panthers go to 2-0 while the Tigers fall to 1-1.  Love those Marple-Newtown Tiger helmets though.

Pittsburgh Central Catholic 24 Mount Lebanon 14 – PCC avenges an early season loss to Mt. Lebo.  This time the Vikings conquer the Blue Devils.

Pennridge 26 Abington 14 – The Rams take care of business on this Halloween weekend, but not before the Galloping Ghosts give them a scare.  Protime loves that nickname, one of his favorites.

Shenango 13 California 7 – The Wildcats rebound from their first loss of the season and take the opening round D-7 1A game in a close one with the Trojans.

North Schuylkill 35 Lehighton 14 – The Spartans stay undefeated with the win over the Indians.

Warwick 42 Hempfield 24 – The Warriors remain perfect with a convincing win over the Black Knights.

Homer Center 18 Williamsburg 12 – A good D-6 playoff finds the Wildcats hanging on to beat the Blue Pirates.

Delaware Valley 30 Hazleton 20 – A 10-point decision by the Warriors as they declaw the Cougars.

Central (Martinsburg) 22 Tyrone 14 – Something has to give in this battle of unbeatens.  A very colorful game where the Scarlet Dragons knock off the Golden Eagles.

Lake-Lehman 24 Crestwood 22 – A barnburner up in D-2 and those in attendance will not be disappointed.  The Black Knights use a real swashbuckling performance to darken the Comets.

Thomas Jefferson 31 Mars 17 – An interesting game due to TJ being humbled last week by McKeesport.  The Jaguars under Bill Cherpak bounce back with a nice opening round playoff victory over the Fighting Planets.

Quakertown 42 Upper Moreland 34 – The Panthers pull the chair out from under the Golden Bears’ perfect season.

Cambria Heights 20 Marion Center 19 – In a Protime special upset, the Highlanders repel the Stingers by a single point in this D-6 playoff game.

Scranton Prep 33 Valley View 25 – The Cavaliers up their record to 4-0 by dropping the Cougars in an entertaining affair.

Steelton-Highspire 29 Delone Catholic 20 – The 6-0 Steamrollers are an exciting team to watch with their young QB and talented wide receiver.  But the 6-0 Squires make things interesting before succumbing.

Wilmington 31 Farrell 20 – It’s not often in football you play someone 3 times in one season, but that’s what the Greyhounds and the Steelers will be doing this week in the AA D-10 title game.  The outcome will be the same as the first two meetings and Wilmington will advance into the state playoffs.

Parkland 20 Emmaus 17 – A real head knocker down Allentown way finds the Trojans avoiding the Hornets’ sting by being a field goal better this night.

Williamsport 25 Altoona 20 – 6A playoff game between D-4 and D-6 with the Millionaires a 5-spot advantage over the Mountain Lions.

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