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Written by: Phil Myers on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
Last week Protime decided to try the sidelines instead of the press box where he usually takes pictures and keeps game stats. You probably won’t see him on the sidelines again for a while. First of all, he lost the lens to his camera. (It was found after the game under the goal posts, right where he dropped it.) Secondly, his hands were extremely stiff and sore by the final buzzer from carrying his clipboard and all the stat and roster associated papers.
Thirdly, he forgot to take time to focus his camera like he does in the press box when snapping action pictures. Most were just plain blurry, including one when the play came right at him. By the way, he got knocked over like a bowling pin on the play, but bounced right back up just like Rocky does in his fights. He also got in the way of photographers, had his papers blow away a couple of times, and stepped in something that smelled funny.
Protime has not been stinking up the place with his prognostications so far this season. He correctly predicted 21 of the 26 games last week to put him at 87-17 for the year for an 83.7% accuracy rate. Here are this week’s picks by your Happy Harbinger which includes 25 undefeated teams.
Steelton-Highspire 4-0 @ Middletown 4-0 – Steelton steamrolled Trinity last week 78-34! The Steamrollers have one of the top sophomore wideouts in the country in Mekhi Flowers. They also have Nyles Jones at quarterback who has put up pinball-like numbers. In the 3 games reported he has 493 yards passing with 6 TD tosses and 434 yards rushing with 7 TDs. The Blue Raiders were without all-state RB Jose Lopez last week (555 yards and 6 TDs.) But that was okay by Tymir Jackson as he filled in by rushing for 327 yards and 5 scores. The crystal ball says Middletown by seven, no matter who they play in the backfield, 27-20.
North Hills 4-0 @ Peters Township 4-0 – This game will feature Indians whooping it up all over the field of play. The North Hills Indians are led by RB Tommy McDonough and his 373 yards and 4 TDs carrying the ball. The Peters Twp. Indians are led by Logan Pfeuffer (QB), Ryan Magiske (RB), and Josh Casilli (WR). Pfeuffer has thrown for 639 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Magiske has traversed the field for 419 yards and 5 scores. Township wins 24-14.
North Penn 3-1 @ Central Bucks East 3-1 – The North Penn Knights are in for a battle with the C.B. East Patriots. RB Khalani Eaton shows the way for the Knights with his 590 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns. Patriot quarterback Anthony Giordano has pitched the pigskin for 989 yards and 9 scores. He has 6 TDs rushing too. Will Silverman is his favorite receiver with 20 catches for 416 yards and 5 touchdowns. Andrew Cassidy and Mark Lapioli lead a respectable Patriot defense. Protime is leaning North Penn’s way, 28-25.
Apollo-Ridge 4-0 @ Avonworth 4-0 – Logan Harmon is Ridge’s propulsive half back with 551 yards and 6 TDs rushing (7 total). The Antelopes usually leap down the field on QB Park Penrod’s arm (657 yards and 12 TDs) or Jax Miller’s legs (562 yards and 4 TDs). The Vikings will be sent home with their first defeat of the season as Avonworth prevails 23-20.
Bethlehem Catholic 3-1 @ Nazareth 4-0 – Huge game down D-11 way as the Hawks fly into Blue Eagle territory. Becahi has an extremely talented back in Tavion Banks. Mr. Banks has carried the agate for 581 yards and 11 TDs. His running mate, Malik Thomas, is no slouch either. Andrew Harris, Nazareth’s QB, is the all-time TD pass leader in school history. Harris has 6 TDs so far in 2019 and 636 yards. WR Nate Stefanik is his top target. Stefanik is a ball hawk on defense with 7 INTs to date. This is a toss-up, so Protime used his trusty flipping coin to determine the victor. Hawks win 41-35.
Reynolds 4-0 @ Maplewood 4-0 – Someone asked if would you have guessed these two squads would be vying for the top seed in D-10’s single A class say, three years ago? Protime loves it when new teams step into the spotlight. The Reynolds Raiders are led by QB Bryce McCloskey (459 yards – 4 TDs) and RB Cole Toy (553 yards – 8 TDs). Maplewood’s Tigers are led by QB J.D. McFadden (534 yards – 8 TDs and 4 more rushing) and RB Kaleb Donor (497 yards – 9 TDs). Protime consulted the crystal ball for this one. Reynolds edges the Tigers 27-26.
Tunkhannock 3-1 @ Wyoming Area 4-0 – In a D-2 tussle, the Tigers waltz into Warrior-World looking to take out Wyoming and hand them a loss. QB Jack Chilson will run, but his forte is passing with 646 yards and 5 TD throws. WR Jake Frisco has grabbed 22 passes for 286 yards and 4 scores. Tiger tailback, Gavin D’Amato has over 400 yards and 4 TDs. Wyoming, who has outscored opponents 172 to 23, is led by QB Dom Deluca with 5 TD passes and RB Corey Mruk with 5 TD runs. Corey is one of sixteen backs with positive yardage for the Warriors. Samuel Solomon heads up a stingy Wyoming defense. Warriors win 37-17.
Claysburg-Kimmel 3-1 @ Glendale 3-1 – C-K is led by Corey Chamberlain who has passed for 510 yards and 7 TDs. LB Seth Mussellman is top tackler on defense. Glendale’s Vikings are led by RBs Tristin Rutter and Seth Dudurich. LB Austin Clarkson is the leading tackler for the Vikings. The Bulldogs will take a bite out of the Vikings by a score of 18-8.
Manheim Township 4-0 @ Cocalico 4-0 – Protime is hearing standing room only so get there early. Each team is for real, but only one can win. Manheim’s Blue Streaks have Harrison ‘Captain’ Kirk at the helm and he has thrown for 730 yards with 6 completions going for TDs. RB Jaden Floyd has scurried for 445 yards and 5 scores. Also, Kirk has 4 TDs via the ground. Jonathan Engel heads up the Blue Streak ‘D’. For the Cocalico Eagles, Noah Palm is the man. He has 495 yards scrambling with the ball and 8 TDs. He has 330 yards and 3 scores passing. The defense is led by Ronald Zahm. A coin flip finds Manheim by three, 17-14.
Perkioman Valley 21 Owen J. Roberts 14 – The Vikings hand the Wildcats their initial loss of the season in a good, close game, hard-fought game.
Clairton 22 Laurel 15 – Times are a changing when Protime picks Da’ Bears to upset the Spartans.
State College 35 Chambersburg 20 – The Little Lions go to 5-0 at the expense of the Trojans.
Montoursville 31 Loyalsock 21 – The Warriors remain unbeaten by beating the Lancers by ten.
Erie McDowell 38 Erie 22 – In a battle for bragging rights in Erie, McDowell’s Trojans flush the Royals to go to 5-0, setting up a big one when they play Cathedral Prep down the road.
Williamsport 35 Crestwood 31 – The Millionaires find a way to beat those pesky Comets.
Jeanette 30 Springdale 8 – Jayhawks are flying high after knocking the Dynamos from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Clarion 36 St. Marys 20 – St. Marys has improved under a new coaching staff and new system, but the Dutch fall short against the Bobcats.
Plymouth-Whitemarsh 17 Upper Moreland 7 – Jack Nicklaus will be disappointed when he sees the Colonials beat the Golden Bears.
Bellefonte 28 Tyrone 21 – Never rule out a John Franco led Golden Eagle team, but the Red Raiders win this night.
Central Dauphin East 32 Altoona 16 – The Panthers slink by the Mountain Lions.
Southern Lehigh 38 Palisades 18 – The Spartans continue their undefeated season. For the Purple Pirates the schedule is not getting easier.
Chestnut Ridge 27 Cambria Heights 6 – The Lions roar and defeat the Highlanders, winning their fifth in a row.
North Schuylkill 23 Mount Carmel 20 – The Spartans spin away from the Red Tornadoes with a late score.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 14 Bethel Park 7 – Good game in D-7 sees the Vikings escape the clinches of the Black Hawks.
Chester 13 Roman Catholic 6 – Crystal ball computes Clippers over Cahillites. Chester is challenged but charts a course to go 5-0.
Oil City 40 DuBois 30 – The Oilers are having a year. The Beavers not so much, but it will be close.
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