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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, November 5th, 2020
With the election behind us, the country is in a quagmire, we’re fighting a pandemic, facing a possible dark winter and the depression that comes with it, everyone hop aboard the Protime Train as he leads the way in high school football prognostications. By climbing on board your problems will become miniscule, you can escape the stress of everyday life, and maybe, just maybe, turn that frown upside down and see people in a different light.
Speaking of elections, Protime usually wins whether he is running for something or not. Like the time Mother Protime elected him to clean the bathroom on a daily basis. That turned out to be a vital experience, cause when he joined the service the drill instructor told him he looked like a latrine cleaner so the DI elected Protime to clean latrines. He’s been elected to be the secretary/treasurer of his bowling league. At work, the boss usually elects Protime to do the hard and tedious jobs. Protime even gets elected by Mrs. Protime every so often to take her shopping. It’s really nice to know people need you for something.
Protime continued his winning ways last week by going 25-7. He is now 170-32 for 2020 for an average accuracy rate of 84.2%. And now the Guru of Guess elects to unveil his playoff picks for this week.
Peters Township 7-0 @ Gateway 5-0 – The PT Indians are the #5 ranked 5A team, while the Gators are the #2 ranked 5A team. Peters Twp. is led on offense by QB Logan Pfeuffer with his 792 yards passing for 6 TDs. WR Braylon Carrington is the go-to guy with 303 yards and 3 scores. He averages 23 yards per catch. Vinny Sirianni has 5 rushing TDs to lead the ground attack. But maybe the strength of the Indians comes on the defensive side of the ball as they showcase two standout D-1 studs in safety Donovan McMillon (Univ. of Fla.) and LB Corbin Hondru (Miami of Ohio). The Gators counter with RB/LB Derrick Davis who is set to announce his college destiny on Saturday. QB Carsen Engleka has thrown for 939 yards and 11 scores. One of his top receivers is Chamor Price who averages 36 yards per snag. Davis leads the running backs with 513 yards and 10 TDs. The crystal ball said ‘You Pick it.’ The flipping coin got wedged in a crack in the floor, so Protime has no help in picking this D-7 semi-final. He therefore predicts Gateway in a thriller in overtime 20-17.
Mechanicsburg 6-0 @ Governor Mifflin 6-0 – OooWee, here’s a big playoff game in D-3. The Wildcats have a potent offense led by QB Micah Brubaker. Protime knows a few Brubakers, wonder if they’re related? Anyhow, Mr. Brubaker has pitched the pigskin for 1,000 yards and 13 TDs. He’s run for another 500 yards and 10 more scores. One of his favorite wide outs was another Brubaker, Caleb. But he is out for the year they say. Nick Morrison is another to watch at WR. RB Taylor Shearer is a weapon too. On defense, keep an eye on Tyree Morris the 6’6” DE who wreaks havoc almost every play. Governor Mifflin has been rolling this year. The Mustangs have galloped past the opposition by a combined score of 324-55. They are primarily a running team that averages 9.6 yards a carry and they are led by Nicholas Singleton with his 65 carries for 990 yards and 19 TDs plus he has two more TDs via the punt return. RB Brandon Strausser has scored 10 times. Connor Maryniak has thrown for 6 touchdowns and his top receiver, Greg Suber has 7 snares for 268 yards. Trey Rock leads the team in tackles and Ayden Martin leads in INTs. Mustangs 38 Wildcats 26.
Reynolds 7-0 @ Eisenhower 8-0 – Protime heard from reliable sources that Reynolds’ strength is their running game and that Eisenhower’s strength is stopping the run. The Raiders only average 6 passes a game, so the ground attack is the attack and it’s led by Cole Toy with 947 yards and 19 TDs. Dreyvin Livingston adds 493 yards and 4 TDs. On defense it’s Toy and Rocco John-Daniello leading in tackles, while the team has a total of 13 INTs. Owen Trumbull barks the signals for the Knights and he has 1,232 passing yards with 18 TD passes. He also has 392 rushing yards and 5 TDs. Cael Black is the leading rusher with 854 yards and 17 scores. WR Dillon Benson has 31 snags for 610 yards and 6 touchdowns. The other WR, Caleb Robinault, has found the end zone on 6 of his 11 catches. Gannon Jaquay heads up the stingy ‘D’ with 61 tackles plus the team has 78 tackles for losses on the year. Protime sees it Reynolds 13 Eisenhower 8.
Souderton 5-0 @ Spring-Ford 6-0 – A real head knocker shaping up down east as the Soudy Indians take on the S-F Rams. Soudy is led by QB Evan Kutzler who has 415 yards passing, RB Jalen White with his 505 yards and 10 TDs (average of over 11 yds/carry) and RB Brayden Porter with 6 rushing goal line crossings. Luke Pollock is the man on the Indian defense. The Rams’ QB, Ryan Freed, has 8 TD passes and 755 yards to date. RB Harry Adieyefeh, Jr. has 518 yards toting the ball and 5 scores. Nicholas Teets also has 5 rushing TDs. He has caught 28 passes for 412 yards and 3 scores. Ryan Horvath and Zach Marinello lead the defensive unit that has 51 team TFLs. Naphtali Stine has 4 picks for the Rams. Protime has it, Spring-Ford 24 Souderton 20.
Apollo-Ridge 6-0 vs. Beaver Falls 8-0 @ Geneva College – From what Protime can tell, Apollo-Ridge is a slight favorite because of their balanced and explosive offense. The Vikings have QB Jake Fello who’s tossed the agate for 991 yards and 14 TDs. WR Klay Fitzroy has 35 grabs for 602 yards and 6 scores. On the ground, the Vikings have Logan Harmon who can really scorch some earth with his 884 yards and 16 touchdowns. Beaver Falls likes to run and why not with Josh Hough and Shileak Livingston in the backfield. All Hough, a Syracuse recruit, has done is average 18 yards a tote. That’s impressive. He has accumulated 1,448 yards and 23 TDs including a 97 yarder. Livingston has chipped in with 862 yards and 15 TDs. QB Jalen Brickner doesn’t throw much but when he does it goes for long gains. He averages 27 yards per completion. WR Trey Singleton has caught 8 passes for 292 yards which averages out to be 36 yards per catch. Protime’s crystal ball didn’t wimp out on him this game. Beaver Falls Tigers 28 Apollo-Ridge Vikings 21.
Conrad Weiser 6-0 @ Lampeter-Strasburg 7-0 – The Scouts come calling on the Pioneers in what should be an old-fashioned D-3 shoot-out. Logan Klitsch is Weiser’s quarterback. He’s thrown for 1,100 yards and 12 touchdowns. WR Aanjay Felicicano has 25 receptions for 534 yards and 7 scores. As a team the Scouts have 22 rushing TDs with 3 guys having at least 4 scores. Brett Organtini is the defensive leader of a unit that has only given up 2 touchdowns all year. Sean McTaggert has 772 yards passing and 14 TDs for the L-S Pioneers. His main receiver is Austin Stoltzfus with 8 grabs, 5 of which have gone for touchdowns. They have scored 29 times running the ball and have 3 guys with five or more TDs. Elijah Carr is a hitter on defense with 47 tackles and Parker Owens has 7 sacks to his credit. These are two of D-3s top quarterbacks so it should be a fun game to watch Lampeter-Strasburg win 35-27.
Crestwood 29 Dallas 20 – The Comets strike the Mountaineers from the playoff picture by beating last year’s 4A runner-up.
North Catholic 21 Elizabeth-Forward 14 – Trojans down the Warriors in a hotly contested AAA battle in D-7.
Oil City 42 Juniata 20 – The Oilers have a well-oiled offense that leads the state in total points scored. And they have a pretty slick defense too. They beat the Indians a little easier than some may think.
Richland 35 Cambria Heights 14 – When was the last time the Highlanders made the D-6 championship game? Congrats to them. But Richland is a premier team and by beating CH the Rams earn another shot at Southern Columbia more than likely.
Southern Columbia 38 South Williamsport 12 – The Tigers intensely focus on each game and this week the Mounties fall prey to their clenches.
Coatesville 21 Pennridge 17 – Great game in the D-1 playoffs that sees the Red Raiders squeak by the Rams.
Erie Cathedral Prep 24 Hollidaysburg 17 – The Tigers from the ‘Burg give the Ramblers all they can handle before succumbing.
Thomas Jefferson 22 Plum 15 – The Jaguars take down the Mustangs and TJ moves to the D-7 finals once again.
Central York 41 York William Penn 28 – The Panthers behind the quarterbacking of Beau Pribula take out the Bearcats in this 6A District 3 final.
Bedford 26 Central 13 – With Jeff Hoenstine out at QB for the Scarlet Dragons, Protime has the Bedford Bisons being triumphant.
Montoursville 28 Danville 14 – The Warriors find a chink in the armor of the Ironmen.
Bishop Guilfoyle 30 Purchase Line 12 – The Marauders are focused on getting to states and winning. The Dragons surprised everyone by getting this far.
Belle Vernon 14 Aliquippa 13 – One of the better D-7 semi-finals. Protime flipped his coin and it came up tails for the Leopards as they get the ‘W’ in a slight upset of the Quips.
Wyomissing 24 Middletown 14 – The Spartans have a very good team as the Blue raiders find out.
Wilmington 42 Karns City 20 – Protime was looking forward to Wilmington versus Brookville, but Karns City turned the tables big time on B’ville. Can’t say they will be up for the Greyhounds though.
Warwick 31 New Oxford 17 – A battle of unbeatens in the other half of the D-3 5A bracket finds the Warriors winning over the Colonials.
Berlin Brothersvalley 20 Chestnut Ridge 14 – The Mountaineers win a closely contested game against the always tough Lions.
Steelton Highspire 36 Muncy 20 – The Steamrollers are having an impressive year with some impressive young men. The Muncy Indians are good, but probably not good enough to beat Steelton.
Northern Bedford 24 Redbank Valley 16 – RBV’s Bulldogs are tenacious on defense, but the Panthers find a way to pull out the win.
Serra Catholic 17 Sto-Rox 13 – The Eagles are taking flight in the post-season and beating some pretty good teams. This week the Vikings fail to duck the swoop.
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