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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, October 24th, 2019
Protime wants to know if anyone still plays board games. It seems all anyone wants to do these days is stare at a smart phone. Even now Protime, Mrs. Protime, and Protime Junior play board games on any given night. And back in the day, Protime and brothers Protime spent hours seeing who was better at Chinese checkers, Monopoly, Clue, Mousetrap, Skunk, Trouble, Stratego, and Battleship to name a few. But by far Protime’s favorite was electric football.
There were a couple types of electric football, but the Protime family had the one where the board vibrated and the little guys moved around. The one with the ball hopefully moved downfield until someone touched him, then he was tackled. Oh, those days of yesteryear.
Each week, Protime tackles most of the biggest games in the state. He is having more fun than should be allowed in predicting games this year. He was 22-4 once again, upping his season record to 194-43 for an 81.9% for the year. Your Favorite Forecaster will now reveal his prognostications for the last week of the regular season. There are some really big games on tap.
Wyomissing 9-0 @ Berks Catholic 7-2 – To say these two D-3 powers will be playing smash mouth football will be an understatement. Coach Wolfrum’s Spartans are led by Max Hurleman and Evan Niedrowski. Hurleman has rushed for 889 yards and 10 scores (14 TDs in all) and Niedrowski has accounted for 12 touchdowns on the ground (14 in total also). The Saints, coached by Rick Keeley, have Abdul MacFoy in their backfield. MacFoy has tallied 10 TDs. Turnovers may play a part in this contest and Berks has a plus 14 turnover ratio, while Wyomissing has a plus 13. According to the crystal ball, look for the Spartans to win 20-14.
North Allegheny 9-0 @ Pine Richland 8-1 – Might this be a preview to the D-7 final? P.C.C. might have something to say about that. QB Ben Petschke heads up the Tiger offense with his 875 yards passing with 9 TDs. RB Percise Colon has 834 yards and 9 touchdowns also. NA has a winning defense this year, led by Nathan Hoke. The Tiger ‘D’ has amassed 39 sacks so far. Maybe the game comes down to kicking and NA has the man, Brandon Persad, who is a perfect 35 for 35 in the PAT department as well as hitting 4 FGs. Spencer Miller has thrown for 2,090 yards and 24 scores for the Rams. Eli Jochem is his favorite target. Eli has 44 grabs for 745 yards and 10 TDs. Luke Meckler is the key to the PR run game and Luke Miller heads up the defense that has recorded 37 sacks. Tigers take down the Rams 17-14.
Coatesville 7-1 @ Downingtown East 8-1 – Ricky Ortega is the all-time leading passer in the Ches-Mont league. He has well over 8,000 career yards passing and over 110 touchdown passes. Dapree Bryant catches a lot of Mr. Ortega’s throws and is a dangerous return man too. The East Cougars have had RBs Stanley Bryant and Spencer Uggla putting the hammer down all year. Just last week Uggla scored 3 times and Bryant 4. Coatesville appears to be peaking at the right time. They’ll win 31-21.
Chestnut Ridge 8-1 @ Richland 9-0 – This looked to be the game before last week when BG upset the CR Lions. It still should be a dandy, but maybe some luster has been shed. Ridge comes in with QB Logan Pfister throwing for 1,509 yards and 9 TDs. He’s rushed for 11 TDs too. Logan’s top target is Matt Whysong. RB Trey Maxwell has crossed the goal line 14 times. The Lion ‘D’ is headed up by Trevor Weyandt. Richland’s sophomore QB, Kellan Stahl has pitched the pigskin for 1,860 yards and 29 scores. Caleb Burke is the go to WR with his 42 snabs, 809 yards, and 15 TDs. The Ram defense is led by Jacob Sabol. Protime foresees a Ram win 34-17.
Lake-Lehman 7-2 @ Dallas 9-0 – The Black Knights look to derail the Mountaineers out in District 4. Lake-Lehman’s quarterback, Ethan Adams, has sailed the football for 1,638 yards and 21 TDs. WR Casey Kaminski has caught 8 TD tosses and RB Zack Kojadinovich has scurried for 10 TDs. The Dallas Mountaineers have star QB Mike Starbuck and his 1,129 yards and 14 TDs leading the offense. RB Lenny Kelley is hard to bring down as his 1,585 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns are proof. The ‘Eers Luke Del Gaudio is the premier receiver. Protime is taking Dallas 28-17.
Ligonier Valley 9-0 vs. Portage 8-1 @ Penns Manor – The Rams (Heritage Conference champs) are led by QB Sam Sheeder who has thrown for 1,337 yards and 16 scores. WR John Beard has 32 snags for 574 yards and 6 TDs. Kyrie Miller heads up the L.V. ground attack with 1,417 yards and 27 TDs (30 total). Ayden Kelley heads up the Ram defense. The Mustangs (WestPac Conference champs) are led by QB Connor Price who has 7 TD passes and 7 Td rushes. Gabe Forst has raced for 874 yards and 13 scores. Corey Sossong leads the defense. Rams will be moving to District 7 next year. In the meantime, they will win the Appalachian Bowl 35-11.
Washington 9-0 @ McGuffey 8-1 – Zack Swartz has 1,334 yards passing for the undefeated Little Prexies. He also has tossed 20 TD passes. His #1 wideout is Zahmere Robinson. Zahmere has hauled in 8 TD throws and has over 500 yards receiving. Did Protime mention that Swartz leads the team in rushing too with 760 yards and 18 more TDs. The key to the Highlanders’ offense is the Whipkeys. QB Marshall has 726 passing yards and 12 TDs. RB McKinley has found the end zone 7 times. Add to the mix CJ Cole, the WR with 8 TD catches, and you have a formidable offense. Little Prexies 37 Highlanders 27.
State College 28 Cumberland Valley 13 – Beaver Stadium is the place where you’ll see the Little Lions defeat the Eagles. Billy, Ed, Shane, Bruce, and Protime will be there. Come and say hello.
Garnet Valley 27 Ridley 20 – The Green Raiders fall to the Jaguars in what should be a very entertaining game.
Gateway 28 McKeesport 21 – Gators take a bite out of the Tigers.
Bethlehem Catholic 22 Allentown Central Catholic 17 – This Holy War between the Hawks and the Vikings will be a good one.
Meadville 41 Warren 34 – The Bulldogs bonk the Dragons in a D-10 playoff game. If only Warren had a magic dragon.
West Chester East 41 Oxford 28 – The Vikings take care of business against the stubborn and dangerous Hornets.
Aliquippa 22 Central Valley 14 – The Quips will not be taken by surprise this year by the Warriors.
Delaware Valley 28 Scranton 14 – These Warriors will win in putting the good Knights to bed.
Jeannette 23 Clairton 18 – Doesn’t get any better. Round one to the Jayhawks. D-7 finals could be another story though as the Bears are tough.
Milton Hershey 41 Steelton-Highspire 32 – High scoring affair in Hershey finds the Spartans pulling the plug on the Steamrollers.
Karns City 26 Titusville 14 – The Rockets will have trouble and Gremlins are to blame.
Manheim Township 35 Hempfield 14 – Protime is taking the Blue Streaks, but the Black Knights are not to be taken lightly.
Ridgway 20 Union/A-C Valley 14 – A few years back Union beat the Elkers, so Ridgway better be prepared for the Falcon Knights.
Troy 42 Canton 21 – The Trojans win their ninth consecutive game, while Canton’s Warriors suffer only loss #2.
Southern Lehigh 24 Salisbury Township 14 – The Solehi Spartans are victorious over the Falcons of Salisbury.
Shippensburg 30 Big Spring 20 – The Greyhounds get off to a fast start and hold on against the Bulldogs to finish the regular season at 10-0.
Neumann-Goretti 20 Lansdale Catholic 8 – The Saints stop the Crusaders and complete an undefeated regular season.
Blairsville 13 Blacklick Valley 7 – Protime is heading to this one and should not be disappointed. The Bobcats stave off the Vikings in a low scoring contest.
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