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Protime Predictions Week 1, 2021

Written by: on Thursday, September 2nd, 2021

 

Well, after a long hiatus Protime dusted off his old duffel bag and headed back to the gym last week.  He marvels at how things have changed.  The first thing he noticed was the music or lack thereof.  There was no Styx or Bruce Springsteen or Bob Seger or Rolling Stones or even Frank Sinatra coming through the speakers.  Something was coming through loud, but not clear.  It sounded like some angry guy with a raspy voice screaming gibberish.  Protime is sure whoever it was, had a very sore throat the day after recording whatever he was yelling (not singing).

The next thing Protime noticed was that almost every gym rat, whether male or female, had tattoos and the males all had beards.  The first thought that came to his mind was that these people were all former Navy personnel, probably SEALS.  Then Protime noticed they all had ear buds in so they didn’t have to listen to the annoying screaming that was taking place over the sound system.

Protime thinks he will befriend a few of these gym rats just in case he ever needs some protection from the hordes of autograph seekers he runs into at football games.  Speaking of football games, this week every game Protime predicts, except one, has undefeated teams playing each other.  Last week found Protime going 23-8.  So, away we go with this week’s prognostications from the premier predictor on the planet.

Garnet Valley 1-0 @ Conestoga 1-0 – Garnet Valley didn’t pull an upset in pounding Downingtown West last week, but they looked pretty darn good.  Conestoga showed their resilience by pulling a slight upset in their overtime win against OJR.  Coach Mike Ricci’s Jaguars have weapons galore on offense.  RB Shane Reynolds had 135 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns, while QB Max Busenkill completed 3 passes for 152 yards and all 3 were caught by Sean Gallagher for touchdowns.  The Conestoga Pioneers are led by Calvin Shirley whose big plays at quarterback gave his team the chance to win last week.  Also, Mike Austin played a flawless game at linebacker for Conestoga.  Protime is picking the Jags 31-14.

Lakeland 1-0 @ Lackawanna Trail 1-0 – If week one is an indication these two teams are opposites on offense.  The Lakeland Chiefs are a passing team and the Lackawanna Trail Lions like to run the ball.  Lakeland’s quarterback, Dominico Spataro tossed the agate for 220 yards and 4 TDs in week zero.  The Lions Kody Cresswell carried the ball for over 100 of his team’s 280 total rushing yards, and scored a TD.  Protime believes Lakeland is the better squad this week as they earn a 20-9 victory.

Northern York 1-0 @ Dover 1-0 – Protime has got to go see the purple and white clad Polar Bears sometime.  RB Cole Bartram rushed for 125 yards and 2 scores in the first game.  Timothy Bonin threw for over 100 yards and 2 TDs.  Northern will most likely see a steady dose of the Eagles’ Drake Kosky and Gavin Mullins who combined for 172 yards and a score last week.  The Polar Bears take down the Eagles 17-14.

Forest Hills 1-0 @ Central 1-0 – Forest Hills is on track to be a contender again.  The Rangers’ Damon Crawley rushed for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns last week in Forest Hills triumph over Bishop McCort.  The Scarlet Dragon QB, Jeff Hoenstine, was slinging the football all over in week zero against Chestnut Ridge as he amassed 334 yards passing and 5 TDs.  Protime says it’ll be the Dragons slaying the Rangers 35-27.

Kane 1-0 @ Ridgway 1-0 – Todd Silfies is back coaching the Kane Wolves after a short absence and that spells trouble for the teams on Kane’s schedule.  But Ridgway has a good coach too, in Mark Heindl.  In fact, the Heindl-led Elkers upset St. Marys last week.  Keep an eye on the 2 quarterbacks, Jonathan Hinton (Ridgway) and Harley Morris (Kane).  The x-factors could be Dom Allegretto of Ridgway and Jake Costanzo of Kane.  Protime has it 21-14 Ridgway.

Maplewood 1-0 @ Northwestern 1-0 – Protime’s GOTW!  Protime has heard good things about both coaches, Mark Brooks of Northwestern and Bryan Borkovich of Maplewood.  Ben Giliberto is the prime mail carrier for the Tigers of Maplewood.  He had 160 yards and a couple of TDs last week.  Tiger QB, Dom Kinney, can run or pass which makes this Tiger very dangerous.  Remember the name Ben Campbell.  He is the Wildcats’ punishing north-south runner.  He bulled his way to over 100 yards last week.  QB Ryan Tewell can be the difference maker.  Northwestern won 2 tight games with Maplewood last year.  Make it another as they win 28-26.

Allentown Central Catholic 1-0 @ Bethlehem Liberty 1-0 – The ACC Vikings have 3 young men who are gamers in QB Conner Aquino, WR Griffin Patridge, and RB Travis Foster.  All were contributors in Central’s win last week.  Liberty has some firepower too in QB Tommy Mason who pitched the pigskin for 280 yards and 2 TDs in the Hurricanes’ first game, Karim Brice had 156 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving, and Kyndred Wright ran for 100 yards and a score.  The ACC Vikings blow by the Hurricanes 28-21.

Neumann-Goretti 1-0 @ Archbishop Wood 1-0 – When the Saints come marching in to play Wood, they will be led by QB Marqui Adams and RB Jayden Styles.  Adams threw for over 200 yards and a touchdown last week against Roman Catholic.  Styles ran for over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns.  WR/DB Andrew McHugh had a monster game for the Vikings of Archbishop Wood.  He caught 3 TD tosses on offense and had 2 interceptions on defense.  Protime sees a close game here with Wood edging Neumann-Goretti 24-20.

Thomas Jefferson 1-0 @ Gateway 1-0 – One of PFN’s staff is really psyched for this one as they were supposed to play last year and didn’t.  TJ is the 2-time defending 4A state champs and the Jaguars have some good people back like Kent St. recruit Nick Bryan (OL) and Conner Murga (RB).  Coach Bill Cherpak’s teams don’t make many mistakes as evidenced by his all-time record of 284-47 (.858).  Sophomore QB Brad Birch leads the Gator offense and brother Brett is one of Brad’s favorite targets.  Brad threw for 274 yards last week and Brett caught 5 balls for 115 yards and a TD.  Coach Don Holl will have his Gators ready and this should be a hum-dinger of a game.  The crystal ball says 21-17 Gateway.

Wilson West Lawn 1-0 @ Governor Mifflin 1-0 – Huge game in District 3 this Friday.  Wilson is coming off a big win over Central Dauphin 27-20 where the game was not as close as the score.  Jadyn Jones rushed for over 100 yards for the Bulldogs and the team had almost 300 yards on the ground.  The Mustangs have a horse in Nicholas Singleton, the Penn State recruit.  He ran wild last week and gained 281 yards himself and scored 5 times.  Wilson is looking for some revenge as Governor Mifflin whooped them pretty good last year, but Protime is staying with the Mustangs 28-26.

The Others:

Spring-Ford 31 Chambersburg 14 – The Rams butt the Trojans back to Chambersburg.

Tussey Mountain 14 Everett 6 – Close one in District 5 has the Titans standing tall in defeating the Warriors.

Manheim Central 34 Hempfield 24 – The Barons become lords of the realm in their feud with the Black Knights.

Penn-Trafford 32 Hempfield Area 20 – In a battle for prominence, the Warriors conquer the Spartans.

Bishop Guilfoyle 20 Penn Cambria 10 – The Marauders double up an improved Panther eleven.

Warren 35 Harbor Creek 28 – Great game up north with the Dragons just flying by the Huskies.

Central Mountain 21 Shamokin 20 – The Wildcats hold off the Indians in a thriller.

North Penn 27 Abington 20 – A barn-burner in District 1 has the Knights mysteriously getting past the Galloping Ghosts.

Port Allegany 20 Keystone 13 – The Gators get a victory as the Panthers have a let down after stunning Redbank last week.

Emmaus 35 Bethlehem Freedom 28 – The Hornets of Emmaus score one more touchdown than the Patriots.  This could be a great year for Emmaus.

Williamsport 1-0 @ Altoona 1-0 – Who wants to be a Mountain Lion?  Who wants to be a Millionaire?  Williamsport’s Millionaires win 21-14.

Pottsville 24 Wyomissing 21 – Might not be a better game this week.  Watch the Crimson Tide wash the Spartans.

West Shamokin 26 River Valley 20 – The Wolves get the better of the Panthers.

Western Wayne 41 North Pocono 30 – Protime flipped a coin to determine that the Wildcats upend the Trojans.

Downingtown East 17 St. College 14 – East wins another close one.  Cougars are superior to the Little Lions.

Mount Lebanon 13 Upper St. Clair 10 – A slobber-knocker in D-7 finds the Blue Devils edging the Panthers in a good old fashioned defensive struggle.

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