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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Protime has spent a lot more time on the sidelines of games this year due to schools limiting personnel in the press box because of Covid concerns. One really gets a feel for the game when roaming the sidelines. You get to hear the loud smack of pads whacking together on each and every play. You hear the grunts and moans after some of those hits. You hear players talking among themselves. You hear coaches calmly talking on their headsets and, in some cases, yelling into their headsets. You hear coaches yelling at the kids right before a play begins or right after the play ends. And, you hear referees explaining penalties or non-called penalties to the coaches. But most of all you hear the fans, mainly the ones who either want to be a coach or want to be a referee.
Protime has been in the stands, incognito of course, and always seems to get in front of or beside the loudest and most obnoxious person at the game that night. If some of these armchair referees were officiating there’d be a penalty every single play on the other team. Protime can’t imagine how long those games might take to finish. On the other hand Mr. Perfect, the coach in the stands, would call an immaculate play every single time. School Boards must not be very smart to keep overlooking these guys who know how to score a touchdown every single play and can keep the other team from ever gaining a measly yard. Imagine how many points would be scored and how long those games might be.
Protime knows he’s not perfect as Mrs. P reminds him of that all the time. Last week five games prevented him from being perfect, including a couple he changed at the last minute. Protime is 206-46 for the year which equivocates to 81.8%. We are down to the state semi-finals. Good luck to all and stay safe.
Central York 9-0 vs. Erie McDowell 7-0 @ Mansion Park in Altoona – This should be a heck of a game as the Panthers average 54.7 points a game and the Trojans give up only 5 points per contest. Penn State bound Beau Pribula leads CY’s prolific offense. The junior signal-caller is one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the country. He’s thrown for 1,566 yards and 30 scores so far, plus he’s rushed for 8 more TDs. Beau’s QB rating is over 140, he completes over 70 % of his passes and he only has been intercepted twice this year. His top receiver is Judah Tomb with 29 snags for 548 yards and 11 goal line crossings. The Panthers can run the ball too as Isaiah Sturgis has over 500 yards and 6 TDs. Central York’s defense only gives up 8 points a game and are led by the trio of Seth Griffiths, Jack Smith, and Carter Glassmyer. The Trojans have only played 5 games this year. Their quarterback Chris Juchno, who most likely will play football and/or baseball in college, has over 800 yards passing with 9 touchdowns. His main wide out is Braeden Soboleski, but Anthony Emling is dangerous too. Justo Rivera is the leading ground gainer, but the versatile athlete can catch passes also. Place kicker Lenny McLaughlin has 4 field goals and can be a difference maker. McDowell’s stingy defense is led by Michael Osinski. Central York will win, but the game will be closer than many think. 35-31 Panthers.
Governor Mifflin 8-0 vs. Pine-Richland 9-0 @ Hollidaysburg H.S. – Protime thinks this has the potential to be a wild one and he will be there to witness it! Mifflin averages 49 points a game, while the Rams score 48.7 each outing. The Mustangs are mainly a running team, led by Nate Singleton who has galloped his way to 1,203 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2020. QB Connor Maryniak can throw as he has almost 500 yards and 8 TD tosses. Camron Stewart is his main target with 4 TD catches. PK Jackson Schools is perfect on extra point attempts this year. Trey Rock leads the Mustang defense with the most corrals of opposition ball carriers including 14 tackles for losses. Cole Spencer can do it all as the Ram quarterback. His passer rating is 145.3 and he’s completed over 70% of his throws for 2,196 yards and 28 TDs. He has scored 6 TDs running the ball on a team that has 29 rushing touchdowns. Cole’s favorite wide receiver is Eli Jochem who can beat double and even triple coverage. He has 50 grabs for 981 yards and 15 TDs. The Ram defense is pretty darn good too. Zach Waryanka and Luke Miller are the top tacklers and have 27 tackles for losses between them. Miguel Jackson has a team high 12 QB sacks. Protime’s crystal ball says Pine-Richland 41 Governor Mifflin 35.
Jersey Shore 9-0 @ Lampeter-Strasburg 9-0 – Another game of dueling quarterbacks. Barking the signals for the Bulldogs is Branden Wheary with 1,561 yards and 20 scores. He has only been picked off once this year. WR Cayden Hess has 49 grabs for 686 yards and 7 TDs. WR Owen Anderson has snared 8 TD passes. RB Cam Allison has scurried downfield for 910 yards and 7 touchdowns to keep defenses from keying on the pass. Brady Jordan has scored 8 times lugging the football. The Packers, Gabe and Hayden, lead the ‘Dogs in tackles, while Dalton Dungan is the chief sacker. For the Pioneers, it’s Sean McTaggert who has pitched the pigskin for 1,389 yards and 23 TDs. Mr. M has only thrown 2 picks. He has scrambled his way into the end zone for 7 TDs. WR Austin Stoltzfus is one of 4 receivers with 13 to 15 catches. He has 414 yards and 7 TDs to show the way for the Pioneers. RB Alex Knapp has 6 TDs. Elijah Carr is the top tackler with Parker Owens recording 12 sacks. Lampeter-Strasburg averages 45.7 points per game while the Shore only yields 4.8 a game. Something has to give. Protime likes the Bulldogs 28-25.
Danville 9-1 @ Wyomissing 8-0 – QB Kayden Riley is having himself a year for the Ironmen. Mr. Riley has slung the pigskin for 2,125 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also has scampered for 354 yards and 9 more TDs. His two favorite receivers are Carson Persing and Jagger Dressler. Persing has caught 56 balls for almost 1,000 yards and 13 TDs. Dressler has hauled in 36 passes for 594 yards and 10 scores. The Ironman on defense is Mason Raup with 111 tackles, 24 of those for losses. Oh, and Rliey punts too, averaging 43.7 per kick. The Spartans of Wyomissing average 47.6 points per contest and allow only 4. They are led offensively by two running backs, Evan Niedrowski and Jordan Auman. Niedrowski has 554 yards and 9 TDs. Auman has 535 yards and 9 TDs. QB Zach Zechman has thrown 10 touchdown passes and WR Darren Brunner has snagged 4 of them. Protime flipped a coin and the Spartans will score the victory 34 -28.
Wilmington 9-0 vs. Beaver Falls 10-0 @ Geneva College – Wilmington comes into the game averaging 41.5 points a game and Beaver Falls averages 45.4. So, this should be a track meet. Both squads mainly run, the Greyhounds usually out of the Wing-T and Beaver Falls varies including using a lot of Wildcat. RB Ethan Susen shows the way for the ‘Hounds as he has rushed for 1,216 yards and 13 TDs. Darren Miller is closing in on 1,000 yards and has scored 12 times. QB Caelin Bender has scored 7 times on the ground himself, but has also thrown for 7 TDs. His leading receiver…Ethan Susen. Susen is a force on defense too with 4 INTs. The Tigers have two quality rushers as well in Syracuse recruit Josh Hough, and Shileak Livingston. Hough averages an astounding 18 yards per carry in romping downfield for 1,816 yards and 26 TDs. Livingston has 972 yards on 105 carries and has scored 17 touchdowns. QB Jaren Brickner is not afraid to change things up with a pass every now and again. His 862 yards attests to that. WR Trey Singleton is very talented too. He has 11 catches for 394 yards and 3 of the team’s 4 TD pass catches. That is 36 yards a grab folks! Protime would not be surprised by a Wilmington win, but he’s going with the Tigers 48-42.
Bishop Guilfoyle 7-2 @ Steelton-Highspire 8-0 – BG has a very good running back in Keegan Myrick who has romped for 994 yards and 14 TDs. QB Konner Kiesewetter has accounted for 750 markers through the air and 11 TDs. WR Haiden Garner has 25 snares with 7 touchdowns in compiling 357 yards. Andrew Yanoshak is around the ball every play as he leads the Marauders in tackles and tackles for loss with 20. Deven Weyandt has booted 4 FGs and only missed 1 extra point to give BG another weapon on offense. The Steamrollers have done just that to most opponents until the past couple weeks. But they’ve found a way to win because the offense runs up points like a pinball machine, averaging 48 a game. Mekhi Flowers is one of the best receivers in the country let alone PA. He has 811 yards and 13 touchdowns to date. WR Damein Hammonds has 677 and 10. The guy throwing the ball is freshman QB Alex Erby, who has an amazing 2,160 yards and 30 TD tosses. To keep teams honest, the ‘Rollers trot out RB Odell Greene who’s torched opponents for 1,362 yards and 13 scores on the ground. Guilfoyle lost a heartbreaker in overtime to Farrell last year in the title game and vowed they’d be back as many starters return from that squad. Their 2 losses were a forfeit for using an illegal player and a 9-point loss to AA powerhouse Richland. The Marauders’ defense, who gives up only 8 points a contest, is the difference here. BG 24 Steelton 20.
St. Joes Prep 31 Souderton 14 – The #3 team in the country finds out there’s a reason the Soudy Indians are undefeated. In the end though, the Hawks have too much talent for the D-1 champ.
Erie Cathedral Prep 31 Upper Dublin 26 – The game will be played in Hollidaysburg and Protime will make an appearance. He should be treated to a tremendous game. The Ramblers and the Cardinals have never met, and no wonder, the 2 schools are about as far apart as any 2 schools in PA. From Erie to Fort Washington is 410 miles or about a 6 hour and 20-minute drive. Ramblers by five in a very entertaining contest.
Thomas Jefferson 35 Oil City 14 – TJ edged Aliquippa in overtime last week and OC beat Upper Moreland by a point, so both are battle tested. The Oilers average 51.1 points a game, but Protime feels they might be a little in awe playing last year’s state champs and coaching legend Bill Cherpak.
Central Valley 28 Bedford 22 – Two more top-notch quarterbacks will go at it in this one. Senior Ameer Dudley (CV) is heading to Harvard to play and Junior Mercury Swaim (Bedford) was compared to Tim Tebow by Hickory’s coach last week. The Bisons’ defense has come up big against some very good teams this year, but the Warriors will make one more play than Bedford and by doing so win the game.
Southern Columbia 42 Bishop McDevitt (D-12) 18 – Could the Tigers be on a collision course with the Tigers (of Beaver Falls)? Protime thinks so. The Royal Lancers of Bishop McDevitt from Philadelphia have a very good squad, but Gavin Garcia and company are on a mission to solidify their own identity.
Jeannette 26 Reynolds 13 – Don’t be surprised if the Reynolds Raiders give the Jeannette Jayhawks fits, especially if they can control the clock with their smash mouth ground game. But Jeannette, at the end of the day, is a little bit better.
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