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Protime Predictions (Protime Falls)

Written by: on Thursday, November 24th, 2022

 

Over the years Protime has fallen into things, he’s fallen down, he’s fallen up, and he’s fallen for things.  You’ve heard the lingo these days about a football player who’s pretty good.  They say, “he’s a baller.”  Well, Protime is a faller.  Twice this year Protime missed a step coming out of the press box and fell into people who saved him from a major catastrophe.  Recently at the grocery store he wasn’t paying attention and fell into a display of paper towels, sending quicker picker uppers all over the place.  Sensing lots of eyes looking at him, he quickly got up with a roll of paper towels and exclaimed, “I got the one I wanted.”

Protime never told Mrs. P that one time after watching a late, night western he got dizzy when he stood up to go to bed and ever so gently fell over the coffee table.  A couple years ago he fell going into the local mall, chipping a tooth and splitting his lip.  He can’t count the number of times he’s fallen up the steps at home and at football games.  In his lifetime, Protime has fallen for numerous gimmicks and con jobs by shysters.  But it’s the time he fell for the lovely Mrs. P that he will always remember and cherish.  Since then, things have never been the same.  (Except for Protime’s unfortunate habit of falling into things, falling down, and falling up steps.)

Last week Protime fell into some good luck by going 20-5 again to up his season’s record to 249-83 (.750).  We are down to the state quarter finals, twenty-four games and there are quite a few definite ‘gotta see’ games.  Here are your Prodigious Prognosticator’s pragmatic predictions along with a preview from each classification.  And by the way “Happy Thanksgiving” to everyone!

Class 6A:

North Allegheny 11-1 @ St. College 12-0 – This is going to be a good one.  Even though S.C. is favored, one can never count out the D-7 champ.  The N.A. Tigers bring some very good players to Central PA.  QB Logan Kushner is coming on as evidenced by recent success upping his passing yards to 1,263 and 13 TDs.  WR Khiryn Boyd has 38 grabs for 581 yards and 12 TDs.  RB Andrew Gavlik has accounted for 806 yards on the ground, scoring 5 touchdowns.  Tyree Alualu heads the Tiger defense with tenacity.  Freshman RB D’antae Sheffey is the real deal for the Little Lions.  He has 1,576 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing.  Matt Wall has 6 TD runs.  QB Finn Furmanek has passed for 1,476 yards and 15 scores.  He adds another 440 yards and 5 touchdowns running.  WR Donte Nastasi has 48 catches for 569 yards and 4 TDs.  Ty Salazer has 28 snags for 580 yards and 5 TDs.  Michael Gaul has caught 6 TD passes.  John Scott and Gaul both have over 90 tackles for the S.C. defense.  Sheffey got banged up last week against McDowell.  If he doesn’t play, S.C. could be in trouble.  Protime thinks he plays.  St. College 24 N. Allegheny 21.

St. Joes Prep 24 Parkland 17 – Parkland is peaking at the right time.  The Trojans give the Hawks a game before succumbing by a touchdown.

Harrisburg 30 Manheim Township 24 – The Cougars avenge a loss earlier in the year to the Blue Streaks.

Garnet Valley 21 Central Bucks West 17 – C.B. West is rolling after finishing the regular season 6-4.  But the Jaguars are a different animal though as the Bucks will find out.

Class 5A:

Erie Cathedral Prep 8-2 @ Pine-Richland 10-3 – Protime will be attending this one between two of the real heavy weights in PA high school football.  Cathedral Prep comes into the game having not played since the end of October.  They are riding a 5-game win streak in which they’ve outscored their opponents 220-27.  Since taking over for the injured Carter Barnes, QB Luke Costello has thrown for 1,062 yards and 14 TDs.  Wakeem Page has 41 pass receptions for 463 yards and a couple of scores.  WR Camariyon Bridges has 21 grabs for 389 yards and 8 touchdowns.  RB Dajoure Hollinsworth, who has filled in nicely for the injured Suhtaun Lewis, has 572 yards rushing and 11 scores.  John Koshan leads the Ramblers in tackles.  The Rams have won 10 straight after starting out 1-3.  The main reason is Ryan Palmieri who became the starting QB after the 4th game.  He has scurried for 1,569 yards and scored 22 touchdowns with his legs.  He has 4 TDs and 632 yards passing.  WR Andrew Mellis is the favorite target and has 25 pass snares for 315 yards.  RB Ethan Pillar has rambled for 1,039 yards and 15 TDs.  On defense, Max Heckert has 132 tackles for the Rams.  Protime’s crystal ball had Pine Richland and then changed it to Cathedral Prep.  38-35 Prep.

Upper Dublin 24 West Chester Rustin 14 – The Cardinals win the District 1 Class 5A title by defeating a stubborn Golden Knight eleven.

Exeter Township 31 Cocalico 28 – Since losing to Wyomissing, the Cocalico Eagles have rattled off 6 consecutive wins outscoring opponents 216-47.  Protime picks Township, but gives Cocalico an even chance to give Exeter’s Eagles their first loss.

Imhotep 22 Whitehall 16 – Protime has the Panthers beating the Zephyrs by 6.  (Word on the street is if there is an upset here, Class 5A may have a new #1.)

Class 4A:

Manheim Central 11-1 @ Bishop McDevitt 10-1 – There will be no shortage of talent on the field in this game.  The two quarterbacks in this game have combined to throw for just shy of 3 miles so far this year and 72 touchdowns.  All of the Baron skill players are contributors.  Zac Hahn calls the signals for Manheim, passing for 2,178 yards and 28 TDs.  Aaron Enterline has 40 grabs for 982 yards and a dozen scores.  WR Bode Sipel has 42 snags for 630 yards and 7 TDs.  WR Rocco Daugherty has caught 5 touchdown passes.  RB Brycen Armold has raced around the field for 2,204 yards and 34 TDs.  Jaden Weit has 489 yards rushing with 10 TDs.  Nick Haas has 93 tackles for the Baron defense.  Stone Saunders is only a sophomore and has thrown for 3,029 yards and 44 TDs.  Rico Scott and Tyshawn Russell are the top two receivers.  Scott has 49 receptions for 954 yards and 15 TDs, while Russell has 47 catches for 1,124 yards and 16 TDs.  RB Marquese Williams has 1,034 yards and 23 touchdowns scored.  Kade Werner leads the McDevitt defense.  Each team averages 52 points a game.  Both defenses are good with McDevitt giving up 9 points per game and Manheim 13.  Protime’s crystal ball says McDevitt 28 Manheim 27.

Allentown Central Catholic 27 Meadville 20 – The Vikings escape the Bulldogs in a back, and forth contest.

Crestwood 29 Bonner-Prendie 25 – The Comets streak past the Friars early and hold on.

Aliquippa 26 Central Valley 23 – The Quips beat the Warriors by 11 a few weeks ago.  It will be closer this time, but the Quips will win again.  This is one of two games this week pitting last year’s state champs in different classes playing each other.  (The Quips are the defending 4A champs, while C.V. won 3A a year ago.)

Class 3A:

Wyomissing 12-0 @ Danville 12-0 – J’ven Williams has more pancakes than IHOP.  The 6’4”, 305 lb. offensive (and at times, defensive) lineman for Wyomissing is a load and leads a devastating run game the Spartans use from the Wing-T formation.  Charlie McIntyre, Matt Kramer, Andrew Eisenhower, and Chase Eisenhower have all benefitted.  McIntyre has 974 yards rushing with 12 TDs.  He averages 13.5 yards each carry.  Kramer has 907 yards with 20 TDs, Andrew Eisenhower 816 and 7 (averages 12 yds./carry), and Chase Eisenhower 374 with 6 scores.  QB Ben Zechman is 45 of 64 in the passing department for 778 yards and 8 TDs.  Ryker Jones has caught 6 TD passes.  Wyomissing averages 44 points on offense.  The Spartan defense only allows 7.5 points a game and most of that is when the second team is in.  Danville is maybe one of two Class 3A teams in the state that could beat Wyomissing.  The Ironmen average 50 points per game and only permit 5.  QB Zach Gordan has pitched the pigskin for 2,100 yards and 32 touchdowns.  Carson Persing has collected 49 of Gordan’s offerings for 1,100 yards and 23 TDs.  WR Aaron Johnson has 23 catches for 589 yards and 8 scores.  RB Ty Stauffer has meandered around the field for 1,127 yards and 19 goal line crossings.  Mason Raup heads up the stingy Danville defense with his 130+ tackles.  After coin flips and crystal ball consulting Protime figures Wyomissing wears down Danville and wins 35-31.

Belle Vernon 17 Avonworth 7 – The Leopards take down the Antelopes.

Neumann-Goretti 20 Northwestern Lehigh 10 – This game could go the other way, but Protime has the Saints pegged to beat the Tigers.

Central (Martinsburg) 42 Grove City 31 – The Scarlet Dragons continue their hot streak, this time grounding the Eagles.

Class 2A:

Southern Columbia 10-3 @ Bishop Guilfoyle 10-3 – Here’s the other game pitting two of last year’s state champs against each other.  S. Columbia is the defending 2A champ, while BG won the 1A title a year ago.  The Tigers seem to have come alive from a mediocre season by their standards.  Braeden Wiloski has rushed for 1,544 yards and 22 scores.  Wes Barnes has 900 yards carrying the rock with 11 TDs.  Carter Madden has 12 rushing touchdowns.  QB Blake Wise has tossed the ball for 708 yards and 6 TDs.  Dominic Fetterolf has 132 tackles to lead the Tigers.  Marauder QB Karson Kiesewetter stirs the drink for the BG offense.  He’s thrown for 1,707 yards and 16 TDs, while running for 1,499 yards and another 30 TDs.  RB Cooper Rather has gained 894 yards and scored 11 TDs.  WR Dominic Yanoshak has grabbed 26 passes for 371 yards and a pair of scores.  WR Anthony Cioffari has 22 catches for 325 yards and 5 TDs.  The Marauders have 3 players with over 100 tackles.  They are Yanoshak (104), Kaden Wyandt (137), and Sante Bambocci (130).  Protime played this game on his computer and Southern wins 42-35 in O.T.

Steel Valley 20 Beaver Falls 18 – This slobberknocker goes down to the wire before the Ironmen pull out the victory over the Tigers.

Trinity 24 Executive Education Academy 22 – Protime likes the Shamrocks to eke out the triumph over the Raptors.

Westinghouse 13 Farrell 12 – Lots of talent, lots of excitement, lots of drama as The House Bulldogs ‘upset’ the Steelers.

Class 1A:

Canton 11-1 vs. Northern Cambria 10-3 @ Altoona – Canton is not a passing team.  That said, their ground game is awfully tough to stop.  Riley Parker has 1,290 yards rushing with 24 touchdowns.  He averages 9.5 yards a carry.  Hayden Ward has scored 7 touchdowns lugging the ball.  Weston Bellows has 1,209 all-purpose yards and 6 TDs.  He averages 12 yards per punt return.  Hudson Ward (117 tackles) and Hayden Ward (93 tackles) lead the Warrior defense.  The Colts of Northern Cambria are peaking at the right time.  QB Owen Bougher has thrown for 2,219 yards and 21 TDs.  He has 500 yards and 3 TDs scrambling.  Running backs Colton Parrish and Jack Sheredy both have over 700 yards rushing and 6 TDs each.  Peyton Myers leads the receivers with 60 catches for 1,100 yards and 10 scores.  Ty Dumm has 38 grabs for 704 yards and 11 TDs.  Xander Dolansky has 600 yards catching passes with 6 TDs.  Cody Dumm has chalked up 170 tackles for the Colt defense and Ben Janosko has over 100.  Two years in a row Canton has had to travel to Altoona.  This year the Warriors go home victorious by a score of 34-20.

Reynolds 11-1 vs. Port Allegheny 11-1 @ Bradford – Bonus preview finds the Reynolds Raiders invading Bradford only to find the Port Allegany Gators waiting for them.  Jalen Wagner usually puts on quite a show for the fans as the Reynolds running back has rushed for 2,708 yards and 37 touchdowns.  He averages 11 yards a carry!  But the Raiders can do more than just run.  QB Brayden McCloskey has thrown for 1,465 yards and 14 TDs.  Leading receiver, Haydin McLaughlin, has 21 catches for 826 yards and 10 TDs.  That is 39 yards per catch!  WR Tino Gentile has 20 catches for 342 yards.  Kolton Wilkinson leads the Raider defense in tackles.  Port has some tough Gators on offense.  Noah Archer scored twice in the 4th quarter last week to defeat Brockway 21-14.  He has 809 yards rushing with 11 TDs and 46 grabs for 602 yards receiving with 6 more scores.  Blaine Moses has run around the field for 988 yards and 18 touchdowns.  QB Drew Evens has 1,189 yards passing and 9 TDs plus he has 469 yards rushing and 5 TDs.  WR Peyton Stiles has 34 receptions for 352 yards.  Moses has 121 tackles for the Gator defense.  Protime has Port Allegany edging Reynolds 22-21.

Steelton-Highspire 35 Northern Lehigh 33 – This is going to be a game where whomever has the ball last wins.  Steamrollers over Bulldogs by two.

Bishop Canevin 28 Union 14 – The Scotties put up a real fight before falling to the Crusaders.

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