Apple Tractor Presents: Protime Predictions by Phil – Week 12!
Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Earlier this season Protime had the privilege to go to a new venue and see a team he had never seen before. A storm blew in from nowhere right before the opening kick. For the rest of the evening there was a misty drizzle and a stiff breeze. After the game, as Protime approached the winning coach for an interview, a strong gust of wind blew his westernpafootball.net hat 20 yards downfield. As Protime chased his nice green hat, he slipped and fell in the mud. That was embarrassing to say the least.
Caked with mud, Protime retrieved his cap and began to walk back to the coach when he spied a familiar-looking pen lying on the ground. As Protime bent down to pick it up a few more pens fell out of his satchel before he realized the zipper to the pen compartment was open. Finally getting to the coach, Protime took out his hand-held recording device. When he tried to press the record button to begin the interview, the device squirted of his hand like a bar of soap. The coach, who was obviously a patient man, just smiled and shook his head.
Protime is shaking his head after last week’s performance when he went 23-2. Through twelve weeks he is 248-52 for an .827 accuracy rate. The deeper into the playoffs we go, the tougher it gets to prognosticate, but the Professor of Pigskin Prophecy continues to defy the odds. Without any further fiddle-faddle here are this week’s playoff picks.
Bishop McCort 10-2 vs. Ligonier Valley 12-0 – It’s déjà vu all over again as these two met last year for the D-6 AA title. Ligonier won 35-7. McCort is mainly a ground and pound team. QB William Miller has only 30 completions because running is his thing. He has 64 totes for 676 yards and 9 TDs. Add in his backfield of Carnell Andrews (1,408 yds-13 TDs) who averages 11 yards/carry and Anthony Walters (1,161 yds-22 TDs) and look out. Andrews is also the top receiver and return man too. The Crimson Crushers look to Ridge Phillips on defense as he leads the team in tackles. For the #3 scoring offense in the west, the L.V. Rams, QB John Caldwell has 1,303 yards passing and 18 TD tosses. QB Jackson Daugherty has 515 yards passing and 5 TD tosses, but has scurried for another 17 scores, racking up 957 yards on the ground (avg. 10.8/carry). WR Daugherty (the same one who spends time at QB) has grabbed 38 passes for 819 yards and 9 TDs. But the ranking receiver is Aaron Tutino with 52 snags for 1,018 yards and 15 goal line crossings. RB Aaron Sheeder has 876 markers and 12 TDs. Joey Dubics leads the Ram ‘D’ with over 100 tackles and Nathan Burns has 13 sacks for the number 5 ranked defense. Peter Stoll has booted 59 of 63 PATs. Protime sees a closer game than 2016, but Rams still win 28-14.
Clarion 11-0 vs. Chestnut Ridge 10-1 – The Bobcats are rock solid on the o-line which is why Logan Minich has 872 yards with 12 TDs and Colton Rapp has 870 yards with 11 TDs. QB Spencer Miller has hit for 767 yards and 8 TDs. Keeven Weaver has been the top pass catcher. Zac Bauer is the leader in tackles with 112. Meanwhile, Nick Porciello has 12 sacks. Clarion’s Place kicker, Archer Mills, can be a factor. People have been saying this is Chestnut Ridge’s year, and why not with QB Logan Hauck, RB Noah Dillow, and WR Justin McCoy making things happen on offense. Hauck passed for 1,558 yards and 16 scores so far, but has also run for 966 yards and 20 scores. Dillow has gobbled up 649 yards on the ground and scored 10 times. McCoy has 35 catches for 451 yards and 6 TDs. Dillow shows the way for the Lion defense. Both teams have scored 480 points (Clarion 481). But defense will actually be the key here. Protime’s crystal ball says the Ridge will prevail 21-17.
Forest Hills 10-1 vs. Huntingdon 10-1 – Fasten your chin straps because this is going to be one heck of a football game. The District 6 AAA title is on the line. Forest Hills is led by their QB Adam Cecere who has hurled the agate for 1,970 yards and 16 TDs. Add to that his 381 yards rushing and 8 more TDs and you have a very dangerous signal caller. Jon Long leads the team in rushing yardage with 546, but doubles as the premier receiver also with 49 grabs, 945 yards, and 10 TDs. Eric Elgin leads rushers in touchdowns with 11. Ranger Elgin brings down the most foes on defense. The Bearcats are a different animal this year. They are the 9th highest scoring squad in the west. QB Andrew Hudy is a passer and runner like Cecere. Hudy has thrown for 1,551 yards and 17 scores. He has scrambled for 378 and 5 TDs. RB Ian Border has traversed for 1,495 yards and has collected 28 touchdowns to date. WR Jonathan Price has caught 51 passes for 903 yards and 13 TDs. Price is adept at returning kicks too. Giovan Scaccia has nailed 50 PATs and 5 FGs for Huntingdon. Ryan Querry has 108 tackles for the Bearcats and Alex Mykut is not far behind. Protime has this going down to the wire with the Bearcats squeaking by the Rangers 17-13.
Gateway 11-1 vs. Penn-Trafford 11-1 – Penn-Trafford shut out Gateway during the regular season and their defense was one of the best in the west at the time. But the Warriors have given up 81 points the past 4 weeks and appear susceptible. Protime guarantees Gateway will score this time around. Led by District 7’s top passer, Brady Walker, the Gators have a very potent offense. Walker has 3,307 yards and 37 TDs throwing the rock. His favorite receiver is Courtney Jackson who has 63 grabs for 1,382 yards and 20 TDs. RB Derrick Davis has scored 4 times the past two weeks filling in for Isaiah Cameron. P-T’s coach John Ruane has a balanced attack at his disposal. QB Cam Laffoon has 1,433 yards throwing with 15 touchdowns. RB John Gay has gained 1,231 yards and scored 17 times. RB Caleb Lisbon averages 11 yards per tote in racking up 818 yards and 15 tallies. The top wideout for the Warriors is Dimitri George with 28 catches and 392 yards. Protime envisions a tight, down to the wire contest with Penn-Trafford winning the 5A crown for District 7 by a score of 24-20.
Greenville 9-2 vs. Wilmington 11-0 – Greenville gave Wilmington game first time around, eventually losing 14-6. Trojan quarterback, Nate Bell has 1,291 yards passing with 14 TDs. Michael Blaney is the recipient of many of those throws with 39 catches for 650 yards and 6 scores. RB Brady Gentile has done great since taking over for the injured Canyon Eels. He has amassed 779 yards and scored 9 TDs. Adonis Scriven has accumulated 136 tackles on defense and Ian Porter is a big contributor in the tackle department also. The Greyhounds have been running wild this year. They have three guys with over 700 yards on the ground. Coach Verrelli’s grandson, Bryson, is top dog with 825 yards and 15 TDs. Cameron Marett chimes in with 779 yards and 14 TDs, while Jack Patton has 729 markers and 13 tallies. QB Robert Pontius has scooted in for 6 TDs himself. Pontius will pass as evidenced by his passing yardage of 739 and 8 TDs. The verdict is in and the Greyhounds are victorious, 20-10.
Grove City 11-0 vs. Hollidaysburg 7-3 – People are scratching their heads as to why these teams are playing in Clymer, Pa. But if you are travelling and want to arrive early, Luigis is a great place to eat. Protime says the undefeated Eagles are going to have trouble with the Tigers. Grove City is led by QB Brady Callahan, RB Trey Adams, and WR Logan Lutz. Callahan has 1,646 yards passing with 11 TDs. Adams has rushed for 923 yards and crossed the goal line 23 times. Lutz has gathered in 53 passes for 707 yards and 9 TDs. Lutz also runs with agate, garnering 742 markers and scoring 5 TDs. RB Tyler Greer chips in with 569 yards and 7 tallies. Hollidaysburg is battle tested with losses in McDowell, St. College, and Maryland powerhouse, Fort Hill. Brady Walters barks the signals for the Tigers and can run equally as well as he can throw. Passing stats for Walters are 1,245 yds-16 TDs. His rushing stats are 607 yds-11 TDs. RB Patrick Young has gone for 864 yards and 10 scores. WR Jack Sauserman has 28 receptions for 602 yards and 13 TDs. The difference may be K Vlad Hilling. Mr. Automatic is 42 for 42 in the extra point department and 6 of 7 in field goal tries. Protime looks at his crystal ball to determine the victor, which turns out to be Grove City 28-24.
Imani Christian Academy 10-2 vs. California 12-0 – Here is a gem of a game and a rematch of a California win 41-26 back in September. The Saints’ Tawan Wesley has 2,404 yards passing with 31 touchdowns. Sam Fairley is Wesley’s preferred target with 60 snabs for 1,156 yards and 17 scores, but Rahman Hart, Jr. has 48 catches for 748 marks and 7 TDs. RB Asante Watkins has skedaddled for 20 TDs and almost 1,100 yards. The Imani ‘D’ is led by Brian Yates, Fairley, and Watkins. Cal runs the ball and runs it well. Big Jelani Stafford averages 10.5 yds/carry and has cruised for 1,580 yards with 28 TDs. RB Cochise Ryan has contributed 714 yards and 7 more scores. QB Colin Phillips has 634 yards and 15 touchdowns via the run. He has 7 TD tosses on 12 completions, and 5 of those were to Ryan. Kicker Dustin Mock has 75 extra points and a couple of field goals. Protime says it’ll be the Cal Trojans 38 and the Imani Saints 28.
Northern Bedford 10-2 vs. Farrell 9-2 – One of the better defenses in the west (No. Bedford) takes on one of the better offenses in the west (Farrell). NBC has their QB Andrew Foor back after missing a couple games late in the season and they need him. Foor has thrown for 1,336 Yards with 10 going for touchdowns. He has two fellow Panthers he likes to pitch to. Garett Clouse has 30 grabs for 392 yards and 4 scores, while Jaden Fernandez has 25 snags for 369 yards and 3 TDs. Josh Dasher is the 1,000-yard running back who has scored 13 times. It’s the defense that needs to come up big, and they are led by Tristan Guyer who has 92 tackles. Fernandez has picked off 8 opponent passes. The Steelers have been without arguably their best player all year in Kyi Wright, but that hasn’t prevented them from having a good season obviously. QB Isaac Clarke gets in done with 1,813 yards and 27 TD tosses. He also has only thrown one pick all year. By far his favorite receiver is Jourdan Townsend who has caught 53 passes for 1,183 yards and 20 TDs. Townsend is also a dangerous kick returner for Farrell. RB Christian Lewis has gained over 1,000 yards on the ground and scored 12 TDs. Tymir Green has brought down 121 opponents to lead the Steeler defense. Protime likes Farrell’s chances, they triumph 32-21.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 10-2 vs. Pine-Richland 12-0 – Terry Totten has a daunting task to prepare his Vikings for the Pine-Richland juggernaut in this D-7 6A finale. But he’s been around the block a time or two, so PCC will come to play. Led by QB Troy Fisher’s 1,342 yards passing and 19 TDs, the Vikings can be offensive. His favorite target is Gavin Thomson with 7 of those TD receptions. RB Khalil Weathers leads in yardage with 445. Fisher leads in touchdowns on the ground with 8. Phil Jurkovec is the Ram QB with unbelievable numbers. His passer rating is 150. He is 175-230 for 3,003 yards and 30 TDs. He has run the rock for 805 yards and entered the end zone 16 times. RB Jordan Crawford is closing in on the century mark and has tallied 20 TDs rushing plus another 5 in receiving PJ’s passes. Jason DeFrancisis leads the wide receivers with 54 catches for 898 yards and 8 scores. Add to that, the fact that their number one WR, Ray Falcone may be back soon and P-R looks to be unstoppable. The Rams win 38-21.
Ridgway/Johnsonburg 8-3 vs. Curwensville 9-2 – The dynamic duo of QB Johnny Mitchell and RB Neil MacDonald lead the Elker offense. Mitchell is a duel threat, passing for 787 yards and running for 477. He has 11 TDs throwing and 5 rushing. MacDonald does everything. He’s chalked up 999 yards on the ground with 14 touchdowns. He is also the leading receiver and return guy. Evan Furlong may lead the state in tackles with 150, while MacDonald chimes in with 110. Robert Briggs is up there too. The Golden Tide has statistically the best running back in District 9 history in Nick Stewart. He became the first D-9 back to rush for over 7,000 yards last week in his 250 yard-5 touchdown game against Redbank Valley. This year Nick has 1,628 yards and 21 TDs. QB Bryce Timko has pitched the pigskin for 1,414 yards and 14 tallies. The top Tide receiver is Josh Terry with 35 catches for 632 yards and 5 TDs. Stephen McClure and Avery Francisco lead Curwensville in take downs on defense, while Terry has 7 INTs. Curwensville edged Ridgway during the year, but Protime has Ridgway edging them this time by a score of 14-12.
The Other Playoff Games:
Thomas Jefferson 28 Montour 14 – Coach Cherpak’s Jaguars have only allowed 48 points this year, good for third in the west. Montour will not be able to score at will in the 4th quarter as they have in the past couple of weeks. The reward for TJ is the District 7 AAAA championship and Erie Prep.
Bishop Guilfoyle 31 Juniata Valley 13 – With few exceptions, defense is going to win games as you get deeper into the playoffs and the Marauders are 4th in the west in points allowed with 60. BG gets closer to another D-6 title and 60 wins in a row with number 59.
Clairton 30 Jeannette 20 – Da Bears own the Jayhawks for some reason, but Jeannette does give them a game this time around.
Steel Valley 26 Riverside 20 – The Ironmen have nerves of steel as they survive a scare to win their 26th straight over Protime’s darkhorse.
Sharon 35 Karns City 17 – The Tigers are too strong for the Gremlins, and after last week’s upset of Mercyhurst Prep they are a very confident team.
Homer-Center 20 Ferndale 16 – This should be one of the better playoff games this week. Protime had to flip the coin on this game as both appear evenly matched and Protime saw each play at home this year. In the end the Wildcat defense proves to be the deciding factor.
Aliquippa 16 Quaker Valley 8 – The Quakers have never played in a championship game at Heinz, while the Quips are in their 10th straight title match. It’s Ricky Guss and QV’s #15 offense (in the west) taking on Aliquippa’s #1 defense that has only permitted 42 points all year. It’s also a strong Quaker ‘D’ trying to put the clamps on Avante McKenzie and Company. Quips win the 3A D-7 crown in a barn burner.
State College 35 Delaware Valley 27 – State College plays in the Mid Penn Conference which is one of the toughest in the state. That prepares them for the playoffs and difficult foes like Delaware Valley. The nod goes to the Little Lions. Next up, Pine Richland.
Selinsgrove 27 Bellefonte 24 – The Seals in a close one over the Red Raiders. This game is a must see if you’re in the neighborhood. Two terrific teams going at it. It’s also a QB duel between Bellefonte’s Dylan Deitrich who has accounted for over 2,800 yards passing and running, and Selinsgrove’s Logan Leiby who has thrown for just shy of 3,200 yards.
Washington 20 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 18 – Protime’s coin flip settled on the Little Prexies, but CWNC just may upset the Columbia Blue and Black of Wash High. Washington is looking for some respect (like Rodney Dangerfield) and will probably have to win the AA D-7 title to get some.
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