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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019
To say Protime has a sweet tooth is an unquestionable understatement. When he was a kid his favorite summertime meal was strawberry shortcake. Father and Mother Protime would, on occasion, go to a buffet restaurant where Protime would load his plate with jello, cake, pudding, cookies (especially oatmeal raisin if available), and an assortment of fluffs and fruit salads. Then, if they had pies, he would sample every different kind. When Protime stayed over at Cousin Protime’s, they would sneak a couple of the morning breakfast maple rolls before bed, dunking them in coffee that had about 8 teaspoons of sugar in it.
Protime has learned to be more disciplined over time. He hordes sweets just in case he runs short. He has sweets stashed in a secret drawer at work and hidden in various rooms about the house. Mrs. P just smiles and shakes her head when she accidently comes across some of those tasty treats. Then she says to Protime, “I’m making you a pie tomorrow.”
It’s no secret that Protime is Pennsylvania’s Premier Prognosticator. Last week he correctly forecasted 23 of the 27 games. His record for the year stands at 132-25 for an 84.1 percent accuracy rate. This week includes some real sweet match-ups, the crème de la crème so to speak. And now here are the Wizard of Wisdom’s premonitions.
Downingtown West 6-0 @ Downingtown East 6-0 – The Battle of Downingtown will be a dog and cat fight to the end. Let’s begin with the Whippets of West. Will Howard has thrown for 888 yards and 11 touchdowns to seven different receivers. Tyriq Lewis has 616 yards on 65 carries, scoring 10 times. On the other side of the ball, Sean Pelkisson has 12 tackles for losses. The Cougars of East are led by QB Drew Person who has passed and run for at least 10 TDs. (It seems stats are hard to come by on the other side of town). Running back Spencer Uggla has scored at least 5 times. WR Luke Connolly is Person’s apparent leading target. Protime figures West beats East by the score of 28-21.
Thomas Jefferson 6-0 @ Central Valley 6-0 – District 7 features the top 4A team against one of the top 3A teams. The TJ Jaguars have Shane Stump at the helm with 784 yards passing for 9 TDs. He is also running a bit more this year. Daniel Deabner is his favorite receiver with 494 yards and 6 TDs. RBs DeRon VanBibber (8 TDs) and Dylan Mallozzi (7 TDs) lead the ground game. Defensive lineman Logan Danielson is a force when the opponent has the ball. The CV Warriors counter with Ameer Dudley and Jaylen Guy on offense, and Reed Fitzsimmons on defense. Dudley has 609 yards and 9 touchdowns passing, while Guy has 605 yards and 7 scores rushing the ball. LB Fitzsimmons has 71 tackles, eleven for losses. The ole crystal ball says to take the Jags 31-20.
Manheim Township 6-0 @ Warwick 6-0 – Ooowee, is this gonna be a barn burner or what? It wouldn’t take much to convince Protime to show up in Lititz this Friday. The Blue Streaks are led by QB Harrison ‘Captain’ Kirk who has flung the ball for 1,326 yards and 13 touchdowns to date. Seven different receivers have snared TD passes. But keep an eye on sophomore Anthony Ivey. In his first game back last week he caught 8 passes for 292 yards and 2 TDs. RB Jaden Floyd keeps defenses honest with 605 yards and 7 scores. Jackson Wright has 6 field goals to his credit. The Warriors answer at QB is Joey McCracken. He has pitched the pigskin for 1,650 yards and 19 TDs. Joey is protected by 6’8” 275-pound offensive lineman, Nolan Rucci. WRs Conor Adams (633 yards to go with 8 TDs) and Caleb Schmitz (525 yards with 7 TD snags) are usual targets. RB Colton Miller has 14 TDs and over 600 yards rushing. A coin flip is necessary here. It’ll be Township by a field goal, 41-38.
Bedford 6-0 @ Chestnut Ridge 6-0 – The Bisons come roaming into Lion country led by RB Elijah Cook and his 530 yards and 10 TDs. QB Mercury Swaim has another 7 rushing scores. Connor Clark stabilizes the Bedford ‘D’. Ridge’s quarterback, Logan Pfister, is 5 yards shy of 1,000 for the season. He has passed for 7 TDs and used his legs for another 9. RB Trey Maxwell has scored 10 times. Sophomore linebacker, Trevor Weyandt, has chased down 66 opponents on defense so far. Chestnut Ridge in a squeaker, 26-24.
Northwest Lehigh 5-1 @ Southern Lehigh 6-0 – The Northwest Tigers are as well balanced as you’d want with 50 % of total yardage being from passing and 50% from rushing. QB Deven Bollinger has connected for 21 touchdowns and 1,232 yards. RB Nick Henry has crossed the goal line 10 times and WR Justin Rodda has 7. Connor Snyder heads up the Tiger defense with 6.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. Asher Smith is the main cog in the SoLehi Spartan offense. He’s scored 20 total touchdowns, 19 rushing, in accumulating 1,109 yards. K Christian Colasurdo is perfect on point after tries. Protime thinks the big, experienced line of Southern Lehigh makes the difference. Spartans win 35-21.
Erie Cathedral Prep 4-2 @ Erie McDowell 6-0 – Big one in Erie this week. Prep comes in with QB Collin Johnson tossing for 1,121 yards and 10 TDs. WR Jaelin Carson has 374 receiving yards and 7 scores. RB Luke Sittinger has rambled for 767 yards for the Ramblers, finding the end zone 12 times. On defense, LB Jaheim Williams has 53 tackles. Chris Juchno calls the signals for the Trojans. He’s passes for 994 yards and 12 TDs. Michael Beneski has snagged 25 passes for 375 yards and 5 scores. RB Elijah Lopez has 664 yards and 8TDs. McDowell’s defense is led by LB Justin McGregor. The crystal ball is forecasting a 45-41 Prep triumph.
Valley View 6-0 @ Western Wayne 6-0 – The visiting Cougars are led by Janaasah Boone’s 672 yards passing and 10 TD tosses, five of which came against Berwick last week. Zach Manchak has 7 goal line crossings running the agate. Corey Coulthard heads up a good Valley View defense. The Western Wayne Warriors are having a year. QB Matt Valanda (701 yards – 7 TDs) and RB Zane Janiszewski (897 yards – 17 TDs) show the way. Janiszewski is a star on defense too. Valley View’s Cougars pounce on the Western Wayne Warriors and win, 17-10.
Penns Valley 5-1 @ Bellefonte 5-1 – From Protime’s understanding Aaron Tobias of the Penns Valley Rams leads the nation with 36 touchdown passes thus far. He is 5th in the country with his 2,142 passing yards, which has been accomplished through 133 completions. WR Logan Snyder has grabbed 47 passes for 712 yards and 7 scores. Austin Fisher has hauled in 13 TD passes and Stephen Ripka has snared 9 TD tosses. On the Bellefonte Red Raider side of the ledger, running back C.J. Funk has 928 yards on 67 totes, scoring 10 touchdowns. QB Ethan Rossman has passed for 758 yards and 11 TDs. Bellefonte edges Penns Valley 48-45.
Plymouth-Whitemarsh 5-0 @ Cheltenham 5-1 – The Colonials are a running team for the most part, averaging only 5 passes per game. Brian Dresnin paces PW with 646 yards on 67 totes scoring 10 touchdowns. DE Jack Davis leads the defense with 7 sacks. The Panthers’ offense has Adonis Hunter at QB, who has passed for 749 yards and 12 TDs. WR Nate Edwards has been on the receiving end of 6 of those. LB Zach Gaffin leads Cheltenham in tackles. Protime is going with the Colonials in a coin flip 23-21.
Berlin Brothersvalley 6-0 @ Meyersdale 6-0 – The Mountaineers utilize the two-quarterback system. Will Spochart and Abe Countryman share the duties and have combined for 757 yards and 10 touchdowns. Spochart is the runner and has accounted for another 6 TDs on the ground. RB Cole Blubaugh has scored 8 times. The Berlin ‘D’ is led by Preston Foor and Tuck Hillegas. The Red Raiders have used 2 quarterbacks also, but that’s because Briar Sheets got hurt 4 games into the season. He has combined with Mahlon Reese to throw for 602 yards and toss 6 TDs. RB Devin Ketchman has worked his way into the end zone 18 times. Drake Gindlesperger heads the Raider defense. Berlin 26 Meyersdale 13.
Montoursville 28 Danville 14 – The Warriors are stronger than the Ironmen.
Meadville 35 Oil City 32 – The Bulldogs slip by the previously unbeaten Oilers.
St. Joes Prep 42 Roman Catholic 17 – Hawks fly by the Cahillites.
South Fayette 31 Knoch 27 – Tough one for the S.F. Lions as the Knoch Knights (that has a nice ring to it) give ‘em a game.
Harrisburg 20 State College 17 – Toss up here with the Cougars rebounding from last week’s upset to pull a little one themselves by beating the undefeated Little Lions.
Clarion 28 Ridgway 20 – The Bobcats remain undefeated in a D-9 tussle of two of the top teams.
North Penn 37 Souderton 27 – Another unblemished team bites the dust as the Knights cause the Indians to fall.
Richland 27 Bishop Guilfoyle 16 – Rams defeat Marauders to move their record to 7-0 for the year.
Bethlehem Freedom 24 Easton 21 – Good one down Easton way finds the Patriots handing the Red Rovers their initial loss of the 219 campaign.
Clearfield 35 Tyrone 13 – Coach Janocko’s Bison upend Coach Franco’s Golden Eagles. See our ‘Conversation with Coach’ articles on both of these great mentors.
Wyoming 23 Dunmore 13 – The Warriors continue undefeated by getting the best of the Bucks.
New Brighton 20 Freedom 14 – Freedom’s Bulldogs suffer their first loss thanks to the N.B. Lions.
Hickory 36 Westinghouse 30 – Don’t really know why a high scoring affair here, but the Hornets sting the Bulldogs in a surprisingly good game.
Canton 21 Sayre 7 – The Warriors and the Redskins do battle in Canton and the hometown Warriors come out on top.
Coudersport 21 Otto-Eldred 6 – The Falcons’ defense give up only their third TD of the year in the defeat of the Terrors. Coudy goes to 7-0.
Middletown 33 Milton Hershey 20 – Milton’s Spartans are ready to rumble, but the Blue Raiders stand tall and stay unbeaten.
Juniata Valley 19 Claysburg-Kimmel 13 – Hornets buzz to victory over Bulldogs.
Ligonier Valley 40 Marion Center 20 – Rams stay unbeaten, Stingers drop only their second game.
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