PROTIME PREDICTIONS: WEEK 6, WHO YA GOT?
Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, September 26th, 2019
Many years ago, Protime decided he would go into the predictions business. He began with college games and progressed into the high school dynamic. He’s been trying to divine winners for almost 50 years now. During the first year he acquired a very special crystal ball that is correct more times than not. He has since added a flipping coin, the likes of which are now sold all over the world and on Amazon.
This past summer, when Protime was out of town for a few days, the lovely Mrs. Protime decided to clean out Protime’s so-called ‘prognostication cave’ and subsequently wanted to have a garage sale. The crystal ball and the flipping coin were among the victims of the purge. Luckily, Protime made it back in time to rescue his faithful crystal ball and trusty flipping coin from an uncertain future.
Protime’s future is bright as he continues to excel this year by going 22-4 last week and to date is a phenomenal 109-21 (.839). The Classy Clairvoyant will now serve up his picks for week six, which includes seven games involving undefeated teams duking it out.
Manheim Township 5-0 @ Wilson West Lawn 5-0 – Does it get any bigger this week? Protime wishes he could be there as the Blue Streaks’ QB, Harrison Kirk, with his 939 yards passing and 10 TD tosses faces off with the Bulldogs’ own Kaleb Brown who has thrown for 11 touchdowns and 654 yards. Manheim’s Jaden Floyd has rushed for 7 TDs, while Wilson’s RB Avanti Lockhart has 8. Ben Mann heads up the Streak defense and Anthony Koper is the top defensive canine for the Bulldogs. The crystal ball has Manheim in overtime 23-20.
McGuffey 5-0 @ Southmoreland 5-0 – McGuffey’s Highlanders are led by QB Marshall Whipkey who can do it all. Marshall has thrown for over 500 yards and 9 TDs while running for another 7 scores. WR C.J. Cole has snabbed 6 passes for touchdowns. Southmoreland is 5-0 for the first time ever! The Scotties’ gunslinger quarterback, Zach Cernuto has 1,006 yards passing and 11 TDs. WR Riley Comforti has 33 receptions for 607 yards and 7 scores. RB Colt Harper has traversed for 471 yards, scoring 13 touchdowns. Gazing into the crystal ball got Protime dizzy, so he had to flip a coin to determine the winner. McGuffey 28 Southmoreland 21.
St. Joes Prep 1-2 @ La Salle 4-0 – The Hawks finally get to play a Pennsylvania team. The number one team in PA and defending 6A champs are led by Kyle McCord, the Ohio State commit, who has passed for 809 yards with 6 TDs in 3 games. Malik Cooper leads a talented group of wideouts that includes Marvin Harrison, Jr. The defense is anchored by linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, Jr. who has committed to Clemson. La Salle’s Explorers have a fine QB in Jack Machita. He has passed for 639 yards and 6 TDs. RB Sam Brown has run for 427 yards and 7 TDs, while catching 5 touchdown throws. Protime predicts St. Joes to win 45-28.
Clearfield 5-0 @ Bellefonte 4-1 – Big one in Bellefonte features Clearfield’s sophomore QB Oliver Billotte against Bellefonte’s star running back C.J. Funk. Billotte has thrown for 975 yards and 9 touchdowns plus 11 more goal line crossings when he keeps the ball. Jake Lezzer is his favorite target with 34 snares for 560 yards and 4 scores. Funk has trekked for 791 yards, scoring 9 times. QB Ethan Rossman has 621 yards and 8 TDs passing. Protime is going with the upset here, he’s taking the Red Raiders to beat the Bison by a score of 35-28.
Berwick 5-0 @ Valley View 5-0 – Berwick’s DB Teagan Wilk is an East Carolina commit. He is tied at 15 for the all-time interception lead at Berwick. Offensively, the Bulldogs have Ryan Laubach who has 559 yards and 6 scores through the air. He will run on occasion too. The Cougars counter with QB Janaasah Boone and his 491 yards passing to go with his 433 yards rushing. He has 5 TD tosses and 10 scores via the ground. RB Zach Manchak has 450 yards and 7 touchdowns. The Cougar ‘D’ is led by linebacker Corey Coulthard. Valley View 20 Berwick 10.
Juniata Valley 4-1 @ Tussey Mountain 5-0 – Hornet QB Kaden Rupert is the buzz in Juniata Valley with his 617 yards passing and 7 scores. RB/LB Ryann Betres has scored 5 touchdowns and leads Juniata Valley in tackles. The Titans have Matt Leonard calling signals and throwing for 549 yards. Kaden Lucko leads Tussey in rushing yardage with 579. He, Jarrod Sipes, and Tyler Rhodes all have 7 TDs. Rhodes has three more in TD receptions. Tussey wins 26-20.
Cedar Crest 5-0 @ Warwick 5-0 – The Falcons swoop into town on the arm of QB Chris Danz (637 yards with 10 TDs) and the legs of RB Tyler Cruz (783 yards with 9 TDs). The Warriors have a good one in Joey McCracken at the helm. He has pitched the pigskin for 1,345 yards and 18 scores. RB Colton Miller has 483 yards and 10 TDs. WRs Conor Adams and Caleb Schmitz have snared 7 TD passes each. LB David Hnasko leads the Warwick defenders. Warwick wins 31-21.
Clarion 5-0 @ Kane 5-0 – Up in District 9 the Bobcats of Clarion take on the Wolves of Kane. Clarion’s Cal German has aired it out for 937 yards and 13 TDS. RB Austin Newcomb has grounded out 781 yards and 13 goal line crossings. WR Ethan Burford has accumulated 558 yards catching passes with 9 TDs. For the Wolves, QB Zuke Smith has thrown for 646 yards and 9 TDs. RBs Jake Alcorn and Teddy Race have 4 TDs each. The crystal ball says Clarion by a score of 25-20.
Grove City 5-0 @ Hickory 4-1 – QB Logan Breese leads the Eagles with 483 yards passing and 7 TDs. RB Colby Nelson had 144 yards last week and has 7 of his team’s 9 rushing touchdowns. Curtis Hovis and Zack Martin are the premier tacklers for Grove City’s defense. The Hornets are led by Mike Henwood, the quarterback who can run (429 yards – 6 TDs) as well as pass (507 yards – 6 TDs). Jackson Pryts and Braelin Stewart are two of the main stingers for the Hornets on defense. Protime flipped his coin and Grove City comes up the victor, 24-17.
North Schuykill 28 Jim Thorpe 14 – The Spartans give the Olympians their first loss.
Gateway 34 North Hills 17 – The Gators snag the victory over the Indians.
Wyomissing 37 Fleetwood 20 – The Spartans give the Tigers their first loss and remain unbeaten themselves.
Erie McDowell 24 Hollidaysburg 7 – This year’s version of the McD Trojans are superb and may go deep into the playoffs. The Golden Tigers are the victims this time.
Downingtown West 41 Bishop Shanahan 24 – The West Whippets continue to march on. In beating the Eagles, they go to 6-0.
Downingtown East 41 Avon Grove 14 – The East Cougars go to 6-0 themselves at the expense of the Red Devils. How good would ‘Downingtown’ be if they were one school again?
Farrell 34 Mercer 12 – The Steelers are recovering nicely after an 0-2 start. This week they slow down the Mustangs.
Southern Columbia 35 South Williamsport 7 – How many AA teams or any team for that matter can claim 4 Big Ten recruits on their roster? There may be more too. Tigers tame the Mounties.
Ligonier Valley 49 Purchase Line 33 – The Rams get the best of the Red Dragons.
Wyoming Area 36 Lake Lehman 23 – The Warriors get a test, but defeat the Black Knights. Is anyone starting to anticipate their game with Southern Columbia?
Erie 48 DuBois 42 – The Beavers of DuBois can score points and may be the best 0-5 team in PA, but Erie’s Royals are too much.
Pottsville 21 Tamaqua 7 – Protime flipped a coin for this one. The Crimson Tide gets the nod and knocks the Blue Raiders from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Harrisburg 20 Central Dauphin 14 – Another big District 3 game sees the Cougars eke out a six-point win over the C.D. Rams.
Williams Valley 14 Line Mountain 8 – The Vikings earn the win with the Eagles in a hotly contested battle.
Strath Haven 27 Marple-Newton 23 – This may be one of the best games of the night. The crystal ball says the Panthers by four over the Tigers.
Neshannock 22 New Brighton 15 – Both squads are 4-1. In another game that goes to the finish, the Lancers bring down the Lions.
Upper Dublin 35 Cheltenham 31 – The Cardinals fly to a triumph over the Panthers.
Redbank Valley 19 Smethport 13 – Bulldogs stay unblemished, while the Hubbers suffer first defeat.
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