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Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, October 10th, 2019
This past Saturday Protime was goaded into doing some painting by the pretty Mrs. P. Just as he arrived home from the paint store, Protime smelled paint in the car. To his astonishment the paint can he had put in the back seat had tipped over, the lid had popped off, and paint was all over the car seat and the floor. What a mess and what a start to a day that only got worse. (Eventually, he secured another can and put it on the floor wrapped in drop cloths).
There was an old can of paint Protime was to use if need be. He put it on the bathroom floor to get it out of the way. Then he began to paint the upstairs bedroom ceiling of his cape cod house. Soon after Mrs. P yelled that paint was on the bathroom floor. That old can was so rusty a hole had emerged from being carried upstairs. Protime banged his head on the ceiling and got paint throughout his well-coiffed hair in trying to hurry into the bathroom. To top it off, when he went outside to dispose of the rusty can he unknowingly stepped on a large melted caramel candy and tracked it through Mrs. Protime’s recently cleaned house. Sometimes, when it comes to handy-man work, Protime can’t win.
But, he’s usually a winner in predicting football games. He is 150-35 (81.1%) on the year after hitting on 18 of 28 of the top games in the state last week. The Prince of Premonition will now divine the winners of more of the state’s big games. Instead of previews this week, Protime will take a look at team stats of some of the select contests.
Southern Columbia 7-0 @ Wyoming Area 7-0 – As everyone knows by now this game is happening due to their scheduled opponents agreeing to play each other. It will be standing room only as the S.C. Tiger faithful will make the trip and the Exeter community will come out to support the local team and get a glimpse of the number one small high school team in the country according to a couple polls. The Tigers are the top scoring team in the state with 416 points. They have the number 2 defense in allowing a paltry 20 points to date. The Warriors have put up 291 points, while giving up 77. Protime is taking Southern 35-14.
Dallas 7-0 @ Valley View 7-0 – Staying in D-2, we find Mountaineers coming to Cougar Country. ‘Beware of the Cat’ a person once told Protime. Dallas enters the contest with an offense that has scored 334 points, good enough for 9th in PA. They also have only permitted 55 total points. Meanwhile, Valley View has racked up 287 points offensively and the Cougar defense has permitted 112. One team remains unbeaten and that team is……………Dallas 32-31.
Bald Eagle Area 6-1 @ Clearfield 6-1 – Big match-up in central PA as the Bald Eagles fly into Bison Country with a healthy squad. BEA has outscored their opponents 204-97. Clearfield, on the other hand, had the injury bug bite them last week, losing Jake Lezzer for the year. The Bison have outdistanced their adversaries 228-168 and are going for their 600th career win. Protime will be there A coin flip came up Eagles, 26-21.
Cedar Crest 6-1 @ Manheim Township 7-0 – Here we have the Falcons challenging the Blue Streaks. Cedar Crest has put up 221 points and given up 118. Manheim has piled up 288 points to date, while only permitting 55. Some say Manheim is scary good especially if they play a flawless game. For that reason, Protime is picking the Streaks, 38-20.
Oil City 7-0 @ Ft. LeBoeuf 4-3 – Oil City beat DuBois 55-54 and Meadville 34-33. Ft. LeBoeuf beat DuBois 42-14 and lost to Meadville 35-7. So, in Protime’s eyes this game is a toss-up. The Oilers have surpassed opponents 256-146, while the Bison have edged their opposition 147-140. Oil City will win, 36-28, and stay perfect.
Downingtown West 7-0 @ West Chester East 6-1 – Downingtown’s Whippets have the 16th best scoring offense in PA with 320 points. They’ve ceded only 117. The Vikings of West Chester East have put up 247 points and their stingy ‘D’ has only surrendered 95. Protime envisions the Whippets whipping the Vikings 41-24.
Redbank Valley 7-0 @ Coudersport 6-0 – The RBV Bulldogs have outscored their combatants 260-60. In six games the Falcons have scored 283 points while allowing 26 which is good enough for #3 in PA. The average amount scored on offense of 47.1 is the 11th best in the state. The edge belongs to the high-flying Falcons. They are triumphant by a score of 29-19.
Pottsville 6-1 @ Jim Thorpe 6-1 – Pottsville has the 20th best scoring team with 306 points put on the board. The Crimson Tide’s defense has allowed 84 to date. The Olympians’ defense is better, giving up 65. Their offense is pretty efficient too, scoring 277. Protime’s crystal ball says Pottsville 28 Jim Thorpe 24.
Canton 7-0 @ Wellsboro 6-1 – The Warriors travel to the ‘Boro for a huge D-4 contest. Canton has outscored its opposition 266-80. The hometown Hornets are 4th in the state in scoring offense with 357 markers. They have permitted 122. A quick check with a famous Wellsboro personality confirms Protime’s inkling. It’ll be a game Warrior and Hornet fans will be buzzing about for years. Wellsboro 42 Canton 41.
West Greene 7-0 @ Clairton 5-2 – Oh my, is this going to be a good one. West Greene’s prolific ‘O’ has racked up 374 points, good for 3rd in the Commonwealth. They are led by the incomparable Ben Jackson who has 1,857 yards rushing on only 96 totes. That is an average of over 19 yards/carry. He has 31 TDs to boot. The Pioneers’ defense is not too shabby either, surrendering 76 points. Da’ Bears have been on a roll since losing their first two games to undefeated Aliquippa and undefeated McGuffey. Clairton has outdistanced opponents 242-112 this year, 201-35 since the two losses. Protime smells upset, Clairton 26 West Greene 22.
State College 24 Central Dauphin 17 – The Little Lions have another big test this week in the C.D. Rams. They pass it.
Pine Richland 31 Mt. Lebanon 24 – These Rams have a little better luck. They defeat the Blue Devils.
Northwest Lehigh 29 Saucon Valley 23 – The Tigers of NW Lehigh upset SoLehi last week and the Panthers of Saucon Valley are hoping to pull the upset this week, but fall short.
Harbor Creek 24 North East 6 – The 7-0 Huskies are #1 in the state in points allowed as opposition has only scored 2 touchdowns (13 points) all year. Protime’s favorite nickname in PA is the Grape Pickers, who will become victim eight.
North Penn 28 Central Bucks West 21 – The Knights defeat the unbeaten Bucks, but it appears CBW may be on their way back.
Richland 28 Bedford 17 – The Rams continue to roll through the regular season. They go to 8-0 with the Bisons their latest victim.
St. Joes Prep 38 Archbishop Wood 14 – The Hawks are nationally ranked and are a dominating team. The Vikings are down a little from their usual selves.
Farrell 32 Reynolds 21 – After losing its first two, the Steelers are back in the groove. The Raiders give them a game though.
Upper Dauphin 20 Williams Valley 16 – The Trojans struggle to earn the victory over the Vikings.
Jeannette 32 Greensburg Central Catholic 18 – The Jayhawks remain unblemished with a two TD victory over the Centurions.
Gettysburg 21 York Suburban 14 – The Warriors score win number seven in giving the Trojans their first loss of the season.
Tussey Mountain 34 Glendale 22 – The Titans defeat the Vikings and continue their powerful strides toward an undefeated campaign.
Shippensburg 33 Northern York 28 – Doozy of a game in Dillsburg as the Polar Bears give the Greyhounds all they can handle.
Keystone 27 Smethport 15 – The Panthers stay on a roll after a week zero loss and send the Hubbers home with only their second defeat.
Shikellamy 20 Holy Redeemer 8 – These are the two teams that allowed So. Columbia to play Wyoming. The Braves get the win over the Royals.
Meyersdale 30 Portage 20 – The Red Raiders are the team apparent in D-5. The Mustangs suffer their second loss of the year.
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