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Apple Tractor Presents: Protime Predictions by Phil

Written by: on Thursday, November 2nd, 2017



A few weeks ago, when Protime was to cover a Friday night contest and then a Saturday afternoon game, two hours from home, he stayed overnight at Cousin Dave’s house.  With not much to do Saturday morning, Cousin Dave suggested going four-wheeling in the woods in back of his house.  Dave had an extra quad and he said it wouldn’t take long for Protime to get the hang of it.  Protime is always up for adventure and loves the outdoors, so he said ‘why not’.

After an hour of riding trails in the forest, going up hills, down hills, through small creeks and mud, and trying to be careful not to take a branch to the chops, Protime decided he needed a break.  Dave proceeded to tell Protime he’d wished he’d brought his pistol.  “What for?” asked Protime.  “Well, there are rattlesnakes out here, the occasional copperhead near water, and the last time I was out this way I saw a bear,” he replied.  “Oh, and watch out for bees too,” he added.

Protime looked down at some of the dried out fallen leaves and thought he saw a movement.  Quickly Protime hopped aboard the quad and nervously told Cousin Dave he was ready to head back.  On the way back Protime thought he saw a couple of bears, an active beehive, and numerous snakes.  Protime was never so happy to see the grass of a football stadium as he was later that morning.  At the game, Protime got stung by a bee, almost stepped on a garter snake, and got chased by a crazy groundhog.  Did nature strike back?  Protime thinks so.

The Proud Predictor discerned 21 of 25 last week and now stands at 203-47 for the year or a .812 accuracy percentage.  The playoffs are here and so are the critically proclaimed prognostications.

Brookville 9-1 @ Clarion 9-0 – In a rematch of a game won by Clarion 58-22, Brookville seeks redemption with their record setting freshman QB Jack Krug showing the way.  Krug has thrown for 2,691 yards and 38 touchdowns.  The top receiver by far is Bryan Dworek, who has snagged 79 passes for 1,372 yards and 20 scores.  RB Brandon McGranor keeps defenses honest with 926 markers and 12 TDs.  On defense, John Frank is the Blue Raiders’ top tackler.  The Bobcats have been without their star RB, Colton Rapp, for a few weeks now, but Logan Minich has filled in adequately.  Clarion has over 3,000 yards rushing and has scored 398 points.  QB Spencer Miller and Minich have each scored 9 TDs behind an offensive line that has 136 pancake blocks.  The top pancakers are Zak Bauer and Colt Stimmell.  Kicker Archer Mills has 45 PATs and 3 FGs under his belt.  Miller, Bauer, and Stimmell are the leading tacklers on the tenacious Bobcat defense that has only permitted 85 points.  Protime foresees a closer game than the first, but the result is the same.  Clarion wins 35-26.

Beaver 8-2 @ Elizabeth-Forward 7-2 – More Bobcats to talk about and it seems if your nickname is Bobcat you score points.  In this case 411 of them.  Beaver is led by QB Brodie List and his 13 TD tosses.  The top wide receiver is Tyler Wallace.  RBs Gino Mavero (yardage leader) and Te’vonn Williams (touchdown leader) head up the ground game.  Wallace has 5 picks on defense.  Elizabeth-Forward has Zachary Benedek barking signals and throwing for 1,314 yards with 19 TDs.  Wideout Gavin Martik is the prime target with 42 catches, 915 yards, and 14 scores.  RB Brian Malloy has crossed the goal line 11 times.  In a close and exciting contest, the Bobcats edge the Warriors 34-33.

Bradford 7-2 @ Greater Johnstown 7-3 – The Owls soar into Johnstown for a 4A battle with the Trojans.  This Owl team is led by 6’2” 234 lb. running back, John Eakin and his 1,332 yards.  Eakin, who can fly for a big guy, has put his foot into the end zone on 21 occasions this year.  Bradford has piled up 123 pancake blocks, led by Kevin Ackerman (28) and Isaac Gralak (25).  Eakin and Patrick Caskey lead the pesky Owl defense.  Johnstown is in a bit of funk getting beat handily the past two games.  But, the offense is explosive with QB Austin Barber tossing the agate for 1,711 yards and 19 TDs.  He also has 11 scores running the ball.  Receivers Elijah Fields and Imil Britt are Barber’s favorite targets.  Trevon Fields is the main ground gainer on a Trojan team with 1,785 yards passing and 1,776 yards rushing.  Shamar Jones and Edward Simms enjoy tracking down opposing ball carriers on defense.  Johnstown does enough to get by 28-21.

Derry 9-1 @ Quaker Valley 9-1 – The Derrymen bring determination to the table plus the fact that not many considered them a serious threat in 2017.  Next year is supposed to be their year, but don’t tell that to the current group led by RBs Colton Nemcheck and Shawn Broadway, who both have 13 goal line crossings so far.  Dom DeLuca heads up a smothering Trojan defense.  Ricky Guss is the central figure for the Quakers having thrown for 1,630 yards and 19 TDs on top of running for 785 yards and 14 more scores.  WR Isaiah McNair has bagged 37 passes for 676 yards and 10 TDs.  Both teams score a lot but give up few points, so don’t be surprised if this contest is on the low scoring end.  Protime’s crystal ball must be consulted to determine the victor, which is Quaker Valley 21-17.

Hickory 5-5 @ Mercyhurst Prep 9-0 – Hickory’s QB, Hayden Gallagher, has thrown the rock for 1,578 yards plus 17 TDs.  WR Will Gruber is back from an injury and is Gallagher’s top target.  The Hornets will need him as they cannot seem to run well, averaging only 4 yards a carry as a team.  In fact, they have no one over 300 yards rushing this year.  The Hornet defense is led by Nate Marchand who is closing in on the century mark for tackles, and Darren Mitchell’s 5 INTs.  For the Lakers, it’s RB Zack Helsley dribbling his way through defenses to the tune of 1,525 yards and 20 tallies, averaging an amazing 12 yards a carry!  His sidekick, Khalil Barnes, averages 10 yards per carry and has 819 yards with 9 TDs.  Lest one thinks all they do is run, QB Jacob Brooks has connected for 1,158 yards and 18 TDs.  WR Chris Mottillo has snagged 12 of those TD tosses.  PSU recruit, Jesse Luketa is the Laker captain and the punishing tackler on defense.  Protime has to go with the obvious, but it’ll be a fight.  Mercyhurst 26 Hickory 22.

Erie McDowell 5-5 @ Erie 8-2 – McDowell beat the Royals 30-22 during the season by winning the turnover battle.  Can they do it again?  The Trojans are led by RB Xavier Pulliam and his 1,129 yards and 13 touchdowns.  QB Regan Schleicher has passed for 1,539 yards and 14 TDs.  He has 644 yards and 6 more TDs with his feet.  Nate Davison has been the recipient of 37 passes for 593 yards and 8 touchdowns.  On the Erie Royal side, it all begins with the run game.  Erie has two 1,000-yard runners in Jgannon Williams (1,015 yards – 12 TDs) and Tony Foster (1,013 yards – 12 TDs).  QB Jason Williams has accounted for 1,200 yards and 20 scores passing and running.  Kicker Tyler Viera can be a difference maker as he’s made 49 of 53 PATs.  The Royal defense is led by Keshawn Goudy, Jerome Henderson (10 sacks), and Barry Thompson, Jr. (5 INTs).  The Royals appear to have trouble against teams that can pass.  Protime had to consult the crystal ball on this one.  It says it will be a Royal night 35-31.

McKeesport 7-2 @ West Allegheny 7-2 – The Tigers proved they are a force to be reckoned with last week by beating WPA’s #1 team, Penn-Trafford.  RB Layton Jordan was the workhorse last Friday and now has 1,151 yards gained on the year.  He has found the end zone 14 times too.  QB John Harper will beat you with his legs too, more than his arm.  (The Tigers don’t pass much.)  Harper has scampered for 14 TDs of his own and 786 yards.  West A. has had three QBs during the year, but appears to have settled on Kam Kruze.  Will Weber and Dante Flati are the ball carriers for the Indians who have struggled as a team in recent weeks.  Placekicker Kolbe Stout has nailed 6 field goals and may be a factor in this game.  Protime sees the visiting Tigers claiming this one, 13-10.

North Allegheny 7-3 @ Mt. Lebanon 6-4 – NA had won 6 straight before their loss to Pine Richland last week, including a 44-27 triumph over Mt. Lebanon half way through the year.  The Tigers are led by QB Luke Trueman with 1,219 yards passing and 830 more running the ball.  He’s pitched the pigskin for 13 TDs and scurried into the end zone for 8 more.  RB Turner White leads the ground game with 862 yards and 11 scores, while WR John Vardzel has 7 TD receptions.  Defensively, Nikko Rankin and Dante Caputo (14 tackles for loss) pace the Tigers.  Mt. Lebo’s big weapon is Aidan Cain, the wide receiver with 93 catches for 1,648 yards and 14 touchdowns.  QB James Stocker missed the first few games, but has still managed to amass 1,925 yards and 12 TDs passing.  His fill in, Seth Morgan, has 973 yards and 10 TD strikes.  RBs Antonio Lasota (most yards) and Johnny Naylor (most TDs) lead the ground game.  Michael Palmer and Coleman Coco lead the Blue Devil defense.  K Bart Barcic has made 36 of 40 PATs and 6 FGs.  Protime’s crystal ball hesitated, then proceeded to pick NA 28-24.

Westmont 6-4 @ Bellwood-Antis 10-0 – The Hilltoppers run the ball, which is no surprise to anyone.  They’ve attempted only 24 passes in 10 games.  Tucker Kushner (907 yards – 6 TDs) and Camden Moors (879 – 8 TDs) are the main ground gainers.  Mason Muto and Lee Santee lead the Scarlet and Gray on defense.  Coach John Hayes has led Bellwood to a tremendous season that not many expected.  QB Shawn Wolfe has been efficient, and cool when they needed him.  Shawn has thrown for 960 yards and 11 TDs.  Thor Schmittle has rushed for 989 yards and 13 scores.  Troy Walker and Schmittle are anchors on the Blue Devil defense.  B-A has another weapon on offense in K Alex Schmoke who has connected on 47 of his 48 PAT tries.  Protime likes Bellwood 28-13.

Woodland Hills 6-4 @ Gateway 9-1 – This is a rematch of the week zero game won by Gateway 35-23.  The Woody High Wolverines are led by Rodney Dennard, Jayquan Smith, and Naszhir Taylor.  Kicker Charles Hanchett has 5 field goals.  Gateway is led by Brady Walker, the signal caller, who has passed for 2,701 yards and 34 TDs.  RB Isaiah Cameron and WR Courtney Jackson are special players who can score anytime from anywhere.  Jackson has hauled in 53 passes for 1,193 yards and has scored 18 total touchdowns.  Cameron has 14 TDs to his credit.  Protime likes Gateway to be victorious again, 31-24.

Clearfield 6-4 @ Bellefonte 8-2 – This is Protime’s GOTW.  The Red Raiders beat up the Bison the first time around 55-28, but this may be different.  Isaac Rumery leads the Clearfield offense with his 2,442 yards passing and 31 TD tosses.  He has run for 7 more scores.  His favorite receiver is Micah Heichel, who has accounted for 805 yards and 12 scores catching Rumery’s passes.  Freshman Jake Lezzer is a threat at wide receiver also.  Jakob Sorbera has booted 43 of 44 extra points.  The Bison ‘D’ is headed up by Eli Glass and Spencer Graham.  For the Red Raiders of Bellefonte, QB Dylan Dietrich has pitched the pigskin for 1,009 yards and 9 TDs, but it’s his running that is even more dangerous.  Dylan has traversed for 1,268 yards and 19 tallies on the ground.  RB Dexter Gallishaw must not be overlooked.  WR Cade Fortney has 583 yards and 8 TDs to his credit.  K Chris Persiko has nailed 51 out of 52 point after attempts plus 2 FGs.  Stephen Kucthes is the man on defense.  Protime sees a close game with Bellefonte winning once again 35-27.

The Others:

Windber 28 North Star 14 – The Ramblers, led by Cody Simanski and Evan Quinn, advance in D-5.

Central 35 Tyrone 20 – Another rematch whereby the regular season winner wins again.  Scarlet Dragons are hitting their swag and Huntingdon best beware.

Sharpsville 20 Seneca 14 – Protime’s upset of the week finds an underrated Blue Devil squad knocking off the undefeated Bobcats.

Pittsburgh Central Catholic 38 Peters Township 28 – Terry Totten’s Vikings advance in D-7, but the Indians give them a game.

Redbank Valley 26 Otto-Eldred 20 – Of all D-9 playoff games, this might be the best of the bunch.  Protime had to flip a coin to determine the Bulldog victory.

Greenville 41 Northwestern 28 – The Trojans can and will make noise in the D-10 playoffs.

Penn-Trafford 31 Fox Chapel 14 – The Warriors are not happy they lost their undefeated season last week.  They may be on a collision course with McKeesport again at Heinz Field in a couple weeks.

Grove City 35 Ft. LeBouef 19 – Grove City is a good team and the Eagles take flight by continuing their unbeaten year and a possible date with the D-7 champ.

Cambria Heights 21 Southern Huntingdon 16 – The Highlanders pull off a slight upset by snuffing out the Rockets in a thriller.

Clarion-Limestone 34 Coudersport 18 – The Lions roar and quite honestly could make some real noise in the D-9 single A playoffs.

South Fayette 28 West Mifflin 8 – More Lions roaring.  But we know these Lions are dangerous.  This may be the beginning of a long playoff run.

Reynolds 13 Iroquois 12 – In another Protime upset, the Raiders squeak by the Braves.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 22 Brentwood 9 – Are the Trojans back?  They are for this game and Protime says they are a dark horse to keep an eye on in the D-7 AA playoffs.

New Castle 28 Montour 25 – The Red Hurricanes are not the team they were at the beginning of the year.  Montour will find this out as the Spartans beat New Castle in week one, but will lose this time out.

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One Response to “Apple Tractor Presents: Protime Predictions by Phil”

  1. Jeff says:

    I don’t think the McKeesport-WA game will be as close as you predict, I see McKeesport winning by 2 scores, was not impressed with WA when I saw them a few weeks ago, I’ll say 21-7 for McKeesport. I do agree PT and McKeesport and are headed for a rematch in 2 weeks at Heinz Field.

    I will be at the Gateway-WH game, and I too expect Gateway to win, although think the game will be a lot closer than the first game like you predict (Gateway lead 28-0 in the 3rd quarter before a furious WH comeback to make the final score more respectable). WH has been playing much better defense the last several weeks, but don’t think they can contain Walker and company all night, will need some turnovers and play mistake free to have a chance to pull the upset.