Apple Tractor Presents: Phils Protime Predictions
Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Last Friday, after Mrs. Protime had cleaned the kitchen to a sparkling shine, Protime needed a snack before he left for his game. So, he opened the fridge and took out one of those yogurts with the fruit on the bottom that needs stirred. As Protime vigorously shook the yogurt, it flew all over the clean kitchen. What he hadn’t realized was the container had been opened because unbeknownst to him someone had taken a few bites.
As Protime was hurriedly wiping up the mess, Mrs. P walked into the kitchen. “What are you doing?” she asked. “Nothing,” Protime sheepishly grinned back. Then he saw it. The big glob of black cherry yogurt on the ceiling waiting for the right second to drop. Mrs. Protime glanced up to look at what Protime saw, and as she did, splat, right on the forehead. “PROTIME!!” she yelled. “I gotta get to my game, love you,” he replied as he quickly skedaddled from the scene.
Protime went 20-5 last week and is 139-36 for the year which translates into a .794 percentage of accuracy. And now for your phenomenal forecaster’s forecast of this week’s games.
Aliquippa 7-0 @ Quaker Valley 7-0 – There should be a big traffic jam in Leetsdale Friday night as folks from miles around will be coming to see this game! The Quips have allowed 10 points all year, but the defense has not allowed a touchdown in shutting out 6 teams. (The TD was a pick 6.) Avante McKenzie heads up the potent running game with 888 yards rushing and 8 TDs. Eli Kosanovich doesn’t pass a lot, but does have 7 TD passes. The Quakers have ridden the Guss Bus in all of their victories this season, QB Ricky Guss that is. Ricky has been nothing short of phenomenal. He has accounted for 1,059 yards passing (13 TDs) and over 600 rushing (18 TDs). WR Isaiah McNair has been the main target for Guss. Look for Quaker Valley to score some points, but look for Aliquippa to win the game, 26-14.
Bellwood-Antis 7-0 @ Mount Union 6-1 – The Blue Devils under coach John Hayes have been a surprise this year due to not many starters were returning from a year ago. QB Shawn Wolfe has 8 TD passes. RB Thor Schmittle has romped to the end zone 10 times. WR Ian McFarland has caught 5 TD tosses. Nick Watters leads B-A in all-purpose yards. Defensively, Schmittle and Eric Morder lead the pack of Devils. Mount Union’s big RB Daunte Martin scored 7 touchdowns and had 328 yards rushing last week…..in one quarter! He has 1,180 yards and 23 rushing scores for the year. His 26 TDs in total lead the state. Quinton Posey has chipped in 6 scores and 777 all-purpose yards. Tavin McMickens and Levi Hockenberry are the top 2 tacklers on the Trojan ‘D’. On a coin flip, Protime takes Bellwood 28-26.
Bishop McCort 6-1 @ Greater Johnstown 6-1 – The Crimson Crushers like to run and run and run. Between Anthony Walters, who rambled for 174 yards and 4 TDs last week, and Carnell Andrews, McCort has over 1,700 yards of offense with 23 touchdowns. Add to the mix the young quarterback, Will Miller, and the Crushers have over 2,100 yards and 28 scores via the ground game! Even though Johnstown runs 63% of the time, passing is the Trojans’ forte. QB Austin Barber has amassed 1,224 yards and 16 TDs in the passing department. WRs Imil Britt and Elijah Fields have hauled in 9 of those scoring tosses and accounted for over 650 yards. If you live in the Johnstown area, go see this one as it should not disappoint. Johnstown wins a hotly contested rivalry game 24-20.
Cambridge Springs 6-1 @ Farrell 5-2 – All anyone needs to know about Cambridge Springs’ offense is Noah Reisenhauer. The Cambridge quarterback accounted for 472 yards of offense and 5 touchdowns in a losing cause. Noah has 872 yards passing for the year with 12 TD throws. He also has 839 yards rushing with 12 rushing TDs. On defense, the Blue Devils have Chase Schultz chasing down ball carriers. Farrell counters with a pretty good QB of their own in Isaac Clarke. He went over the 1,300-yard mark last week and has 18 TD passes. But the star of the show was Jourdan Townsend whose 6 grabs for 185 yards and 3 scores made him the school leader in most receiving categories. Farrell is going to win in an old-fashioned shoot-out, 43-35.
Harbor Creek 6-1 @ Mercyhurst Prep 7-0 – Can’t get much bigger up in the northwest corner of PA than the Harbor Creek Huskies taking on the Mercyhurst Lakers. Lee Barney is the top ground gainer for the Huskies, but B.J. Johnson scored both TDs in their win last week including a 69 yarder. QB Lucas Folmar gets the job done and having a wideout like Cody Smith makes his job easier. Avery Ennis is a tough one to block on defense for Harbor Creek. For WPA’s third ranked 3A team, Mercyhurst Prep, Zack Helsley has compiled 1,269 yards rushing with 17 TDs. His compadre in the backfield, Khalil Barnes, scooted for 286 yards last week. QB Jacob Brooks has pitched 14 TD passes and top receiver, Chris Mottillo has snagged 8 of those for 442 yards. One other difference between the two teams is that on defense and offense the Lakers have a Jesse Luketa (Penn St. recruit) and the Huskies don’t. Mercyhurst Prep 34 Harbor Creek 14.
Hickory 4-3 @ Wilmington 7-0 – Greenville proved last week that the Greyhounds are human. Wilmington scored two touchdowns in the last 2:36 to eke out a 14-6 win. With that said, the Hornets are angry at their underachieving so far. This game could turn around the insects’ season. Hickory’s running game is not what it has been the past few years, so they’ve turned to QB Hayden Gallagher. He’s passed for 1,290 yards and 13 scores. Darren Mitchell has hauled in 6 of those TD tosses. Nathan Marchand leads the Hornet ‘D’. Speaking of defense, the Greyhounds have allowed 787 total yards in 7 games. That is simply amazing. RB Cameron Marett leads the offense, but QB Robert Pontius threw for one score and ran for the other last week. Marett chipped in on defense with 2 picks. Wilmington tops Hickory 21-14.
Greensburg-Salem 3-4 @ Montour 5-1 – The Golden Lions appear to be better than the record and may cause some concern here. They have lost to a 6A school plus Thomas Jefferson and Belle Vernon who are undefeated. QB Jacob Hoyle has accounted for 11 TDs between throwing and running the agate. RB Aaren Pruitt has chipped in with 5 end zone reachings. For the resurgent Spartans, look for QB Kavon Morman (855 yards – 9 TD tosses), RB Brayden Jones (top Montour runner), and WR Brandon Lipford to do damage. Dante Presutti is the leading tackler on the Spartie defense. Protime sees it 21-8 in favor of Montour.
Karns City 5-2 @ Clarion 6-0 – Karns City would love nothing better than to knock Clarion from the ranks of the unbeaten. The Gremlins patented running attack is led this year by Dalton Beham whose 796 yards and 18 TDs are team highs. Clay Garing had 132 yards and 2 scores last week in a 35-34 win. The team leader in pancake blocks is Nate Boomhower (that is the moniker to have as an O-lineman). Trevor Knox leads the defense in tackles. The Bobcats did not miss a beat when their leading rusher, Colton Rapp went down with an injury two weeks ago. Logan Minich and D-9 100-meter sprint champ, Brendon Zerfoss filled in admirably last Friday. Both gained over 100 yards. Zac Bauer has 33 pancake blocks and leads Clarion in tackling too. Clarion wins 31-24.
Ridgway/Johnsonburg 5-2 @ Kane 7-0 – The Elkers may have been caught looking ahead as Curwensville beat them 14-11. Kane beat Curwensville 57-0. Ridgway’s Neil MacDonald has 1,140 all-purpose yards to date with 13 touchdowns. On defense MacDonald and Evan Furlong get the most tackles. Coach Todd Silfies has his Wolves feeding on other teams’ defenses this year averaging 53 points per game. QB Reed Williams has accounted for 999 yards through the air with 14 TDs. WR Ray Maze grabbed 7 of those scoring tosses. Erik DeLong is the principal ground gainer with 902 yards and 15 TDs. Aiden Hulings is the top tackler on a hungry like a wolf defense, including an astounding 19 tackles for a loss. Protime doesn’t see Kane losing anytime soon, they win 42-20.
Thomas Jefferson 6-0 @ Belle Vernon 6-0 – The Jaguars are on cruise control for the regular season. They average almost 50 points a game, but have given up only 20 points. QB Shane Stump is one of the better QBs to come out of TJ. He already has 13 TD throws. Justin Vigna leads all TJ rushers with 917 yards and 13 scores. Garrett Fairman heads a good group of receivers. Max Shaw among others shores up the strong defense. On the Leopard side, QB Jared Hartman has 10 TD passes and another 7 tallies running the ball. RB Mason Pascoe eluded tacklers for 211 yards last week. Protime feels TJ will make this look easy as they win 31-7.
Upper Saint Clair 6-1 @ McKeesport 5-1 – The USC Panthers prowl into Tiger country Friday for a key 5A contest. QB Jack Hansberry has 981 yards thanks to his passing prowess. WR Dominic Cepullio is one of Hansberry’s favorite targets. RB Colin McLinden has crossed the goal line 9 times. Kicker Sam Martin has made all but one extra point. On defense, USC has Jack Burton and Matt Kissinger chasing down ball carriers. McKeesport runs the vaunted flex-bone offense, which can score from anywhere in any situation. Running backs Carlinos Acie, Layton Jordan, and John Harper are the three amigos to watch. Devin Sims is the hungriest Tiger on defense as he leads the team in tackles and one out of every four tackles he makes goes for a loss. Protime picks McKeesport 22-17.
Windber 6-1 @ Berlin Brothersvalley 7-0 – Windber’s Cody Simanski is third in PA in rushing with 1,469 yards and 18 TDs (19 altogether). He has 1,690 all-purpose yards. His Rambler teammates, Evan Quinn and Tommy Hanik head up the defense. Berlin has a quarterback who averages 100 yards per game passing in Luke Brick, and they have a back who averages 100 yards a game in Charlie ‘Crazy Legs’ Hersch. Charlie has over 1,000 all-purpose yards. Without the ball, the Mountaineers are led by top tacklers Shawn Yanosky and Cole Glessner. Kicker Carter Raupach has made 9 FGs this year to lead the state. Berlin wins a surprisingly close one, 17-14.
Erie 42 Brashear 14 – The Royals get back into the win column after a tough defeat at the hands of McDowell.
Clearfield 28 Bald Eagle Area 18 – Clearfield’s Bison get a much-needed win for the playoff race.
Central 35 Bellefonte 28 – Down Altoona way is another good one with the Scarlet Dragons edging the Red Raiders.
Brockway 20 Bradford 16 – Brockway makes the trip up north and tackle the Owls for their 7th win of the season.
Bishop Guilfoyle 31 Central Cambria 7 – Chalk up win number 55 in a row for the Marauders. Showdown with Johnstown next week! Side note: CC’s Justin Bezek is 3rd in PA in passing yardage with 1,891.
Steel Valley 21 East Allegheny 18 – The Ironmen escape with a victory as the Wildcats come close.
Ferndale 34 North Star 22 – The Yellow Jackets continue their winning ways by overcoming the Cougars at the ‘Hive’.
California 36 Rochester 26 – Can anyone stop Jelani Stafford and the high scoring Trojan machine?
Hollidaysburg 30 Tyrone 14 – Golden Tigers sharpen their claws and take down the Golden Eagles.
Sharpsville 20 Slippery Rock 11 – Closer than people think, but the Blue Devils bring home the ‘W’.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 41 Altoona 27 – This high scoring affair favors the Vikings.
Otto-Eldred 14 Coudersport 6 – The Terrors wrap up the AML North with this victory.
Seton LaSalle 28 Freeport 14 – The Rebels and Lionel ‘The Train’ Deanes chug to another triumph.
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