Apple Tractor presents Phils Protime Predictions
Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, October 19th, 2017
In the early days of Protime, he and some buddies decided to take in greyhound dog races at the local track. Not being a connoisseur of racing of any kind, Protime had very little luck in predicting winners. So, slurping the last few sips of his genuine frosty mug root beer, Protime decided he’d bet the rest of his money ($20) on Walter the Wonderdog in the final race of the night.
Now Walter was a 25 to 1 shot to win and a $20 bet would result in 500 smackers if Protime’s dog came through and was victorious. As Rusty the mechanical rabbit went by, the dogs were released and the chase was on. In a close, nip and tuck race, Walter won by a head. That meant Protime won too, but he actually lost when he celebrated too much and the winning tickets got dropped and then blown onto the track by a gust of wind.
Quickly Protime jumped over the rail onto the track, but before he could gather up most of his winning tickets a security guard grabbed him by the collar and escorted him out of the premises. To this very day Protime’s buddies say his winning tickets went to the dogs.
Protime was certainly not a dog last week as he went 21-4 missing the Ferndale-North Star score by a single point. Protime’s record for the year now sits at 160-40 (.800). And now for the Super Surmiser’s prognostications:
Bellefonte 7-1 @ Chestnut Ridge 7-1 – This is a game where the quarterbacks are the show. It’s Dylan Dietrich for the visiting Red Raiders and Logan Hauck for the Lions. Dietrich has tossed the agate for 886 yards and he’s run with it for 1,117 yards. He has accounted for 23 touchdowns. Logan has passed for 1,095 yards and has run for another 772 registering a total of 26 TDs combined. Bellefonte’s go to receiver is Cade Fortney (7 TDs). The kicker, Chris Persiko has nailed 35 of 36 extra points and a couple FGs. Chestnut Ridge’s main wideout is Justin ‘The Real’ McCoy. Noah Dillow heads up the pride on defense, while Stephen Cutches leads the Red Raider ‘D’. Protime is giving the Ridge the edge, 34-31.
Bethlehem-Center 6-1 @ Charleroi 7-1 – The Beth-Center Bulldogs have Tim Trump on the offensive line and he loves pancakes, blocks that is. He has 18 of them. QB Bailey Lincoski has 700 yards passing and 700 yards running so far, accounting for 17 scores. RB Dominic Fundy has chalked up 971 markers and 9 TDs to date. The Bulldog defense is led by Dylan Dingle. Charleroi is led by D-7’s third leading passer, Geno Pellegrini. He’s tossed the rock for 1,792 yards and 18 TDs. Dakota Romantino is Geno’s favorite target as Dakota has 38 grabs for 831 yards and 13 TDs. RB Hunter Perry has traversed 870 yards and scored 11 times. Protime sees the Charleroi Cougars coming out on top 27-21.
Bishop Guilfoyle 8-0 @ Johnstown 7-1 – What a great game for those of you in the Johnstown area to see. The Marauders head to Johnstown in search of their 56th consecutive triumph. BG is led by QB Mark Conrad, WR Mike Berish, RB Josh Yasulitis, and K Kolton McGhee, who has had 35 of his 40 kickoffs end up as touchbacks. Yasulitis has the most tackles for BG, while Conrad has 5 picks. The Trojans of Johnstown look to QB Austin Barber to make plays. He pretty much has with 1,436 yards passing and 332 yards rushing resulting in 18 and 9 touchdowns respectively. Wide receivers Imil Britt and Elijah Fields both have 22 catches and 5 TDs each. Mike Marino has booted 30 PATs and a couple of FGs. Big Shamar Jones headlines the Trojan ‘D’. Protime had to gaze into the ole crystal ball to see the Marauders’ capture the victory 24-21
Grove City 8-0 @ Meadville 6-2 – The Eagles land in Bulldog country Friday for a tough one. To say Grove City’s quarterback is accurate is an understatement. Brady Callahan has completed 88 of his 117 passes for 1,138 yards and 14 TDs. Logan Lutz is the beneficiary of over a third of those completions. RB Trey Adams has scored 19 times. Tyler Greer is the Eagles’ main cog on defense. For Meadville, RB Isaiah Manning has racked up 1,734 markers and 24 touchdowns. Julius Ream has 10 touchdowns to his credit. Destin Beck is the hombre on the Bulldog defense. Protime consults his crystal ball to determine the winner…Grove City wins in the last minute 35-34.
Kane 8-0 @ Brockway 6-2 – The Wolves are hungry for win number nine. The Rovers are growling mad after a poor performance last week. Kane is led offensively by QB Reed Williams, RB Erik DeLong, and WR Ray Maze. Williams has 1,377 yards pitching the pigskin and 18 TDs. DeLong has cruised for almost 1,200 yards and 19 scores. Maze has hauled in passes for 570 yards and 8 tallies. The Rovers’ QB Peter Downey has tossed the agate for 1,465 yards and 11 TDs. His top targets are Dylan Lecates and Noah Vokes. Sophomore running back, Jon Wood leads all Rover rushers. Placekicker Zane Puhala could be a key piece of the puzzle in this game, but Protime envisions a Kane triumph 27-17.
Erie McDowell 4-4 @ General McLane 4-4 – For McDowell QB Regan Schleicher has 1,155 yards passing with ten TDs. WR Nate Davison leads the team with 28 snags. RB Xavier Pulliam has managed 867 yards and 9 scores against some very good teams. For the McLane Lancers, Nasir Singleton has galloped his way to 1,216 yards and 14 TDs. Kicker Luke Dillan has only missed one PAT to date. Bailey Smith headlines the Lancer defense. McDowell’s Trojans take it 28-17.
McKeesport 6-1 @ Gateway 7-1 – The Tigers come into Gator country flexing their muscles and their flex-bone offense. The three-headed monster that makes up that offense includes QB John Harper (12 rushing TDs), RB Layton Jordan (11 TDs), and RB Carlinos Acie (8 TDs). Gateway has the top passer in D-7 in Brady Walker. Walker has fired the pigskin for 2,239 yards and 29 TDs. Isaiah Cameron and Courtney Jackson have each scored 14 times for the Gators. With all the offense these two teams have, Protime is predicting a low scoring affair that will be won by McKeesport 14-10.
Mount Lebanon 6-2 @ Penn Hills 6-2 – Mt. Lebanon’s Blue Devils travel to Penn Hills to meet the Indians in what could be an old western shoot-out. Mt. Lebo has QB James Stocker back and he’s thrown for 1,286 yards. The premier state wideout, Aiden Cain, has an amazing 74 grabs for 1,341 yards. Kicker Bart Barcic could be a difference maker. On defense, Michael Palmer leads the Blue Devils in tackles and interceptions. The Indians counter with QB Hollis Mathis and his 1,795 yards passing and 20 TDs. Hollis has two receivers with over 600 yards in Daequan Hardy (626 yds – 7 scores) and Dante Cephas (603 yds – 9 scores). Hardy has the most picks on the Tiger ‘D’. Mt. Lebo beat the Peters Twp. Indians last week by three, but will lose to the Penn Hills Indians this week by three, 20-17.
Newport 7-1 @ DuBois 3-5 – The Buffaloes will come rumbling into DuBois Friday for a showdown with the Beavers. Todd Rothermel is Newport’s all-time winningest coach and he is directing his Buffaloes to another banner season. QB Nikolas Grabiec has 10 TDs passing and 5 more rushing. RB Ethan Rode (826 – 11 scores) is tough to tackle. Rode and Walker Klinger lead the herd of Buffaloes on defense. For the Beavers, it all starts with all-state quarterback, Matt Miller. He’s hurled the rock for 1,668 yards and 14 touchdowns. His main receiver is another all-stater in Kyle Hopson who has 52 snags for 829 yards and 8 touchdowns. Dalton Kruzelak is the leading rusher for DuBois. Dylan McCluskey, Kenny Garvey, and Blaise Carney are the defensive standouts. DuBois in a slight upset, 28-21.
Northern Bedford 7-1 @ Mount Union 6-2 – QB Andrew Foor, WR Garett Clouse, and RB Josh Dasher headline the NBC Panther offense. Dasher has dashed for 811 yards and 12 TDs thus far. Tristin Guyer heads up the black and white NBC defense. Kicker Jacob Keller has been very consistent this year. Daunte Martin. Need Protime say more about the Trojan offense? Mr. Martin leads PA in touchdowns with 29. He has accumulated 1,414 yards and 26 scores running the ball into the end zone. His average yards per carry is 12.6! Tavin McMickens and Levi Hockenberry lead the Mt. Union defense. Trojans 32 NBC 20.
Southern Huntingdon 7-1 @ Bellwood-Antis 8-0 – The visitors have a 1,000-yard runner in Nic Devlin. They also have a QB who has combined passing and rushing yardage of 1,000 yards in Eric Patton. Add to that, Bryce Snyder who has well over 1,000 all-purpose yards plus 16 touchdowns and you have a dangerous offense to contend with if you are Bellwood. The Blue Devils have Shawn Wolfe at QB with his 863 yards passing (11 TDs) and 388 yards rushing (5 TDs). RB Thor Schmittle has 11 goal line crossings. (Isn’t that a great football moniker?) Ian McFarland leads the receiving corps and kicker Alex Schmoke is 41 of 42 in the PAT department. The Rockets will come screaming into Bellwood trying to propel Southern to a win, but Protime’s crystal ball ascertains the Blue Devils spearing the Rockets in a close one, 28-26.
Washington 7-0 @ Burgettstown 6-1 – The Little Prexies of Washington have a well-balanced offense showcased by Zack Swartz at quarterback (1,009 yards – 15 TDs) and Nick Welsh at half back (1,081 yards – 16 scores). Also, the Prexies have two fine receivers in Daniel Walker and Isaiah Schoonmaker. The Burgettstown Blue Devils are having quite a year behind Mr. Everything, QB Ryan Lounder. Ryan has 7 passing TDs, 9 rushing TDs, and a punt and a kickoff return for scores. RB Nick Spear heads the rest of the rushers. Kicker Seth Phillis is very accurate. Washington wins 34-14.
Berlin 31 North Star 20 – Berlin remains undefeated and K Carter Raupach adds another FG to his state leading total of ten.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 28 Norwin 10 – The Vikings sail past the Knights in the second half.
West Allegheny 31 Woodland Hills 21 – A good battle here with the Indians sending the home crowd home happy.
Bradford 26 Curwensville 13 – Curwensville has been living on the edge in beating Ridgway and Brockway. The Owls will have it their way in this game.
Huntingdon 35 Central 20 – For a while this looked to be a game of the week, but it’s just going to be another Bearcat victory.
Quaker Valley 20 Seton LaSalle 14 – The Quakers rebound nicely from their first defeat to beat the unbeaten Rebels.
Forest Hills 33 Richland 27 – Good thing the Rangers have QB Adam Cecere or Richland might win this game.
Sharon 28 Sharpsville 20 – The Blue Devils almost catch a Tiger by the tail, but instead the Tigers escape and pounce on the Blue Devils.
Freeport 14 Keystone Oaks 7 – If you like defense, this is the game for you. The Yellowjackets work hard for the ‘W’.
Ligonier Valley 38 Purchase Line 12 – The Rams keep rolling.
Thomas Jefferson 24 Laurel Highlands 6 – TJ gets back into the Jaguar groove.
Erie Cathedral Prep 41 Fort LeBoeuf 14 – The Ramblers are one of the best teams in the state no matter the class. They can’t wait for the playoffs to begin.
Seneca 22 Northwestern 14 – The Bobcats continue their sensational year by besting a tough Wildcat eleven.
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