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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, November 12th, 2020
Well, this past Saturday was a day of super-duper November weather in Pennsylvania. So, Protime trotted out his tennis racket and challenged Protime Junior to a friendly game of one on one on the tennis court. Naturally, Junior took the challenge. When Protime walks in the mornings he traverses past the local tennis court and over the years he’s found maybe 50 lonely tennis balls on the road, in the high grass, and in the shrubs. Therefore, the Protimes had plenty of playable tennis balls and were raring to go.
Protime loves tennis and at one time was pretty competitive. But the years have gone by and most guys Protime’s age play golf not tennis. In other words, it has been years since Protime has been courtside to whack a few tennis balls with someone. What Protime didn’t anticipate was the hour of volleying, running, stopping and starting. Saturday night is bubble bath night and Protime was so sore that he could barely get in and out of the tub. On Sunday he was hobbling around like he was a lot older than he is and Junior says, “do you want to go play some more tennis today?”
Protime could be sore from last week’s predictions where he only managed to get 17 out of 26 right. But Protime knows that happens from time to time and really when kids and their teams play up to potential, they can do amazing things. Protime tips his hat to all those who have made it this far in this very unusual year. Now for the painless prognostications of the Consummate Clairvoyant.
Souderton 6-0 @ Pennridge 6-0 – Now be honest, who really picked these two teams in the District 1 6A finals? Protime certainly didn’t, but he loves to see new teams go deep into the playoffs. So, congrats to both. The Soudy Indians do not pass much, therefore the running game is huge. Jalen White has 570 yards and 10 TDs for his team. Brayden Porter has contributed 459 yards and 8 TDs. The Indian defense is led by Luke Pollock and Jacob Horton. The Rams of Pennridge feature the ground game as well with Dillon Powles and Shane Hartzell showing the way with 5 TDs apiece. They have a dangerous kick return game as evidenced by several kick return touchdowns this year. Their kicker, Brandon Shire, has booted 4 field goals and is near perfect in the PAT department. Protime gives the slight edge to Pennridge 24-21.
Peters Township 8-0 vs. Pine Richland 8-0 @ North Allegheny – Protime got to witness Township’s exciting come from behind win against Gateway last week and if the Indians can play a full game like they played the second half last week, #1 in 5A, Pine Richland, will be tested. Logan Pfeuffer leads the offense with 1,118 yards passing and 9 TDs. His top receiver is Braydon Carrington with 21 grabs for 450 yards and 3 scores. He also has TE Corbin Hondru and WR Donovan McMillon to throw to. Hondru and McMillon are both D-1 recruits and will play defense at the next level. For the top 5A team, the P-R Rams, it all starts at quarterback. Cole Spencer has hit on 74% of his passes for 2,066 yards and 27 TDs. His QB rating is 144.6 and his number one receiver is Eli Jochem who has 42 catches for 910 yards and 14 TDs. To keep teams honest Spencer runs too, but Caden Schweiger leads in rushing TDs with 7. On defense, Luke ‘it’s Miller time’ Miller and Zach Waryanka lead in tackles, while big Miguel Jackson is the sack king with 10. The crystal ball says Pine Richland is just too strong. The Rams win a close one though, 31-24.
Jersey Shore 8-0 @ Crestwood 8-0 – The Bulldogs have a very good team with an explosive offense led by QB Branden Wheary. Mr. Wheary has 1,265 yards passing with 18 TDs. WR Cayden Hess has hauled in 41 throws for 572 yards and 7 TDs. Owen Anderson has caught 6 TD passes. RB Cam Allison has bulldogged his way to 689 yards and 4 scores, while Brady Jordan has 7 rushing TDs. The Packers, Gabe and Hayden lead the Bulldog ‘D’ in takedowns. No police have been called during the Comets current 8 game streak. That’s because the local fans enjoy a good streak every now and again. QB Ryan Petrosky heads up the Crestwood offense with 664 yards passing for 6 scores and also 311 yards rushing with another 5 TDs. RB Jimmy Hawley has 425 yards and has scored 7 times. The Comet defense is led by Hawley and Cole Kakalecik. Protime gives the nod to Jersey Shore, 28-21.
Southern Columbia 9-0 vs. Richland 8-1 @ Mansion Park in Altoona – This is a rematch of last’s Eastern Semi-Final won by SCA. From our friends at PFN, Protime found out the Tigers have won 28 District 4 titles in the last 30 years, they have mercy ruled 28 straight opponents, they are 2nd in the USA in current longest win streak at 57, they’ve won 88 straight regular season games, and have 10 PIAA championship rings including 3 in a row. This year Gavin Garcia leads the offense with 1,278 yards on only 71 carries. Yes folks, that’s an average of 18 yards per tote. He has scored 19 rushing touchdowns mostly playing one half of football. Braeden Wisloski chimes in with 442 yards on 38 tries and has 10 TDs. Wade Kerstetter heads up one of the stingiest defenses in PA. For the Rams of Richland, QB Kellan Stahl has thrown for 1,308 yards and 15 TDs, while running for 616 yards and 14 touchdowns. Grayden Lewis has 721 yards on the ground, scoring 6 times. WR Griffin Larue has 32 catches for 460 yards and 6 TDs. Nate Kniss leads the team in tackles and also has 7 of the team’s 29 sacks. Sam Penna has stepped in front of 5 opponent passes. Protime predicted before the season it may come down to these two and here we are. Southern’s streak comes to an end, the mercy rule one, but they continue their winning ways 35-20.
Hickory 8-0 @ Bedford 9-0 – The Hornets have a long flight to Bedford, but they’ll be buzzing into town led by Mr. Everything, QB Michael Henwood. He has passed for 1,862 yards and 20 TDs, but he has rushed for 857 yards and 13 TDs too. RB Clay Wiesen has 600 yards running the ball and WR Ramarion Whitehead has 51 catches for 907 yards and 8 scores. Jackson Pryts and Rocco Iacino have over 100 tackles for Hickory. Bedford has a brilliant QB too in Mercury Swaim who’s thrown for 1,301 yards and 16 TDs. He’s run for 877 yards and 15 touchdowns. Steven Ressler has 42 snags for 693 yards and 10 TDs. RB Elijah Cook has scored 6 times. Cook and Ashton Dull are the tackling leaders for the Bisons. Protime gazed into the crystal ball and it shows the Hornets victorious 24-19.
Reynolds 8-0 vs. Redbank Valley 7-0 @ Brockway – Man, it’s not easy to be Protime. His crystal ball refused to give him a winner two weeks in a row now, his flipping coin rolled down the air duct, so he purchased a brand-spanking new computer game simulator and it said the game would end in a tie, and he spent an hour going over the game in his head. Reynolds is known state-wide for their wrestling program and now the pigskin team can make a name for themselves. Toy Cole leads the way with 1,118 rushing yards and 22 TDs. Dreyvin Livingston chips in 575 markers on the ground with 5 scores. Toy and Rocco John-Daniello head up the Raider defense. For the RBV Bulldogs, Cam Wagner and Gunner Mangiantini have combined for 807 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. Even though they don’t score lots of points on offense, their defense wins the turnover game quite often and they are very miserly as far as giving up points. Joe Mansfield with 10 sacks and Hudson Martz headline the Bulldog ‘D’. Protime doesn’t do this often, but he had to bring in a guest predictor. This week it is Brian Hagberg, who has seen both teams play. The consensus has Reynolds winning in double overtime by a score of 21-14.
Clairton 30 Jeannette 26 – In a rematch of the first game of the season won by Clairton 34-28, the Bears will prevail over the Jayhawks once again.
Bishop Guilfoyle 31 Homer Center 20 – The Marauders are determined to get back to Hershey and win it this year. The Wildcats do their best to beat them like they did in 2017.
Steelton-Highspire 36 Old Forge 24 – The Steamrollers roll to yet another ‘W’. This time the Blue Devils fall victim.
Wilmington 28 Chestnut Ridge 24 – The Ridge throws a scare into Wilmington, but the Greyhounds race past the Lions in the end.
Beaver Falls 35 Sto-Rox 28 – Another high-scoring affair that could go either way has the Tigers victorious over the Vikings.
Bishop McDevitt (D-12) 34 Camp Hill 26 – The Royal Lancers take this game with the Camp Hill Lions. In doing so they earn a date with Southern Columbia.
Wyomissing 35 @ Lakeland 25 – Coach Wolfrum has the team to maybe win another state title, but the Spartans have to get past a good and pesky Lakeland Chief squad.
Central Valley 31 Elizabeth Forward 13 – The Warriors get tested early by the Warriors, but begin to pull away late. In this battle royale, some Warriors will win and some Warriors will lose.
Danville 29 Archbishop Carroll 22 – The Ironmen stop the Patriots in a pretty darn good game.
Aliquippa 26 Thomas Jefferson 24 – A heartbreaker for the TJ Jaguars, but a very satisfying win for the Quips playing up at 4A this year and proving all the critics wrong. It’ll be fun to watch maybe 2 of the best programs in D-7 duke it out.
Oil City 38 Upper Moreland 34 – This game is going to test the moxy of the Oilers as did last week’s game, but they’ll prevail over the talented Golden Bears.
Lampeter-Strasburg 41 Eastern Lebanon County (ELCO) 37 – The Pioneers get the upper hand on the Indians, just like in the early years of America, in a high-scoring game.
Erie Cathedral Prep 38 Wyoming Valley West 21 – Mike Mischler’s Ramblers are preparing to peak during the playoff as they usually do. The Spartans are the first victim.
West Chester Rustin 21 Upper Dublin 10 – The Golden Knights cage the Cardinals.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 27 Erie McDowell 17 – The Vikings travel to Erie for the win over the Trojans.
Central York 42 Delaware Valley 28 – With Beau Pribula at quarterback, the Panthers pass another test by beating the Warriors.
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