Appletractor Presents: Protime Predictions Week 5
Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Quite a few years ago, Protime decided he would venture to the Johnstown War Memorial to catch a Pittsburgh Penguin practice session. Arriving early, he found the building open but empty until an old security guard, thinking Protime was a hockey player, directed him to the locker room. Protime’s wheels started to spin. He knew how to skate, there were some workout jerseys there with pads, and rows of skates…….
As Protime hit the ice, other players began to arrive and soon joined him. Eventually they decided to play a quick game before the coaches showed. ‘Oh, no,’ Protime thought, ‘what did I get myself into?’ On his first shift, Protime fanned on a one-timer and ended up on his keister. On his second shift, Protime tripped trying to keep up with Mario Lemieux and took a digger into the boards. Finally, on his third shift, Protime let out a blood curdling yell just before Marty McSorley knocked him into tomorrow.
When Protime woke up and realized he was still laying on the ice, Mike Bullard, Rick Kehoe, McSorley, and Lemieux stood over him and laughed. “You better stick with predicting football games,” they said, “we knew who you were from the get-go. Do you mind if we get your autograph before you leave?”
Ever since, the Dean of Discernment has stuck to prognosticating football games. And last week was a doozy, going 23-2!! That put his record for the year at 103-22 (.824). Now for this week’s picks which includes 21 teams still undefeated.
Aliquippa 5-0 @ South Park 2-2 – The Quips have shutout 4 of their 5 opponents, so the Eagles better come in with their ‘A’ game as last week Derry held them to a total of 81 yards. Aliquippa is led by workhorse, Avante McKenzie, who has skedaddled for 644 yards and 7 touchdowns. QB Eli Kosanovich does not pass much, but when he does and completes it, the average is 22 yards. For the South Park eleven, RB Damon Smith and WR Nicholas Schnepp can be difference makers. It’s going to be Aliquippa 26 South Park 7.
Berlin Brothersvalley 5-0 @ Ferndale 4-1 – The Mountaineers bring their perfect record to ‘The Hive’ for a rare night game. Berlin has multiple weapons including QB Luke Brick (588 yards passing and 6 TDs), WR Tyler Custer (5 TD catches), RB Charlie ‘Crazylegs’ Hersch (459 yards and 6 TDs), and kicker Carter Raupach (8 for 8 in the field goal department and one heck of a punter too). For the Yellow Jackets, it all starts with QB Hunter Kinsey who has thrown for over 1,000 yards and 10 scores. He also can burn you running the ball as he has 356 more yards and 5 more TDs. Nate Pudliner is Kinsey’s go to receiver with 25 snags. Gazing into the crystal ball, Protime sees the rugged Mountain Men prevailing 24-20.
Bradford 5-0 @ Ridgway/Johnsonburg 4-1 – The Owls will get tested this week for sure. ‘Big’ John Eakin is Bradford’s main weapon, carrying the ball 73 times for 766 yards and 15 touchdowns. Eakin is 6’2” 234 lbs. and is bigger than all but two Bradford linemen. On a defense that has not given up more than one score in any game, Eakin, Patrick Caskey, and Andy Pantuso are the top tacklers. Ridgway counters with a more diverse offense led by RB Neil MacDonald who scored all 3 TDs against Brockway last week and had 3 more called back due to penalties. MacDonald has over 1,000 all-purpose yards. QB Johnny Mitchell is a threat to run or pass. On defense, the Elkers’ Evan Furlong has 75 tackles to date. Protime’s crystal ball sees the Owls flying out of Ridgway with the ‘W’, 34-28.
Carlisle 3-1 @ State College 4-0 – The Thundering Herd come stampeding into Little Lion country led by WR Gavyn Barnes who is dangerous every time he touches the ball. For the Little Lions, QB Tommy Friberg has 9 TD tosses, Sophomore RB, Isaiah Edwards has 7 TDs, and on defense, Jackson Heasley has a nose for the ball as they say. State College 35 Carlisle 14.
Chestnut Ridge 4-1 @ Central 4-1 – Lions and Scarlet Dragons will be locking up in a real slobber-knocker. Ridge comes to town led by QB Logan Hauck who has over 400 yards passing and over 400 yards rushing. Noah Dillow and Justin McCoy head the pride on defense. Central’s RB Trystan Detwiler has travelled 646 yards, while QB Noah Muthler has 5 rushing TDs to go along with precision passing. On defense, the Dragons count on Jared Smith to bring down many ball carriers. Protime scratches his head and flips a coin. Scarlet Dragons 26 Lions 21.
Farrell 4-1 @ Meadville 3-2 – The Steelers have scored 259 points and have garnered 3 whitewashes in 5 games. Offensively, QB Isaac Clarke is not only unbelievably efficient (44 of 56), but he has accumulated 886 yards with 13 TDs. WR Jourdan Townsend is a huge threat to pull in Clarke’s passes (22 receptions for 561 yds. and 9 scores). Add to that RB Christian Lewis’ 8 TD romps and one can see why the Steelers have scored so much. Tymir Green anchors the Farrell ‘D’ with 51 take downs. Meadville does not pass, only averaging 4 a game. But what they do is run and they do it well with Isaiah Manning showing the way (896 yards and 12 TDs). Farrell must avoid Destin Beck on defense as he is one Bulldog who latches on to ball carriers relentlessly. Meadville wins a good one, 28-22.
Gateway 5-0 @ Penn-Trafford 5-0 – This may be the biggest game of the night, WPA’s #2 vs. #1 (P-T). What an offense the Gators have, led by QB Brady Walker and his 1,328 yards passing and 17 TDs! The Gators also have the very dangerous Isaiah Cameron who leads the team in rushing and Courtney Jackson who averages 27 yards every time he catches the ball. Both have scored double figures in TDs. For the Warriors, defense has been their real strength this year, giving up only 31 points and pitching 2 shutouts. But the P-T offense can light up the scoreboard with QB Cam Laffoon at the helm plus John Gay and speedster Caleb Lisbon toting the pigskin. Protime flipped another coin, Gators win 28-24.
Harbor Creek 5-0 @ Fort LeBoeuf 3-2 – The Harbor Creek Huskies are shooting for 6 in a row. The black and orange are led by WR Cody Smith, QB Lucas Folmar, and RB Lee Barney who had 149 yards lugging the ball last week. For the Bison, who like to run, Tyler Scott, Greg Proctor, and Brad Waite who scurried for 100 yards against McDowell, can all score at any time. Protime is going with a slight upset here and is picking LeBoeuf in a very, very close game, 29-28.
Juniata 4-1 @ Huntingdon 5-0 – QB Jeremiah Parson and RB Bryson Clark lead the Tribe into Huntingdon. Chris Esh has made all but one extra point. Zac ‘The Pied’ Piper is the leader whom the Indian defense follows. Ian Border became the Bearcats’ all-time leading rusher last week and now has 900 yards and 16 TDs on the year on an offense that has amassed 236 points so far. Andrew Hudy to Jonathan Price is a potentially deadly passing combo if the Indians go all out to stop Border. Landon Fisher leads the Bearcat ‘D’. Huntingdon wins 34-24.
Juniata Valley 3-2 @ Northern Bedford 5-0 – The green and white Hornets buzz into Loysburg hoping to sting the Panthers and knock them from the ranks of the unbeaten. Valley has capable quarterback, Quinn Zinobile who averages about 130 yards a game passing and usually runs for 50 or 60 more. His top receiver is Kyle Derugen. NBC better be prepared to stop the running game of Jaxson Rand who averages 100 yards/gm and has 8 TDs. The Panthers under Garry Black have been a pleasant surprise so far. With Andrew Foor back in the saddle at QB and the daring running of Josh Dasher (620 yds./10 TDs), the Panther ‘O’ is formidable. Tristan Guyer is the number one tackler (10 for losses) and Jaden Fernandez has 4 INTs on defense. Panthers take sting out of Hornets 35-16.
Peters Township 4-1 @ Norwin 3-2 – The Indians will come whooping into North Huntingdon looking for win #5. Jake Cortes calls the signals for Peters Twp. and has 733 yards with 8TDs. His main target is Josh Casilli. RB Ryan Magiske helps balance the offense. On the Knight side of the ball, QB Jack Salopek has thrown for 930 yards. Dylan Kantz only has 10 receptions, but averages 24 yards a catch. John Piekut has slayed 53 ball carriers for the Knights on defense. This contest is a toss-up and Protime’s crystal ball had to be consulted. Norwin takes it, 20-17.
Ringgold 2-2 @ Thomas Jefferson 4-0 – The Rams have a huge task in beating TJ. They must execute to perfection offensively and defensively. QB Caleb Eisel, RB Bo Haines, and RB Brenden Small head the offense, while Darius Tyree has 3 picks on defense for Ringgold. Thomas Jefferson has outscored the opposition 207-7 in four games. Shane Stump, the strong-armed quarterback, has 626 yards and 11 touchdowns pegging the pigskin. RB Justin Vigna has galloped for 619 yards and 10 TDs for the Jags. WR Garret Fairman has 332 yards and 5 scores. On the stingy Jaguar ‘D’, Max Shaw has 3 INTs. TJ rolls to their fifth straight, 35-7.
West Allegheny 4-0 @ Kiski Area 1-4 – West A. just keeps reloading every year, which is a tribute to Coach Palko and staff. Running backs Dante Flati and Will Weber have scored 6 and 7 TDs respectively. Another playmaker is WR Mateo Vandamia and on defense Anthony Dellovade can hit with the best of them. The Cavaliers are looking for the upset and with the likes of Jack Colecchi at wide receiver and Ross Greece, who scored 3 times last week, at running back chances are not insurmountable. But Protime envisions an Indian victory dance, 28-14.
Windber 5-0 @ Portage 5-0 – A big one down Johnstown way that you folks might want to take in. The Ramblers have Cody Simanski and his 1,108 yards rushing and his 15 touchdowns. But don’t forget about Evan Quinn who is no slouch in the running department with almost 500 yds. and 8 TDs. Quinn has 65 tackles on defense and Tommy Hanik is another hammer. The Mustangs like to run. Zach Wiggins and Connor Price have 551 and 579 yards respectively and 16 TDs between them. Add to the mix Tom Randazzo and his 9 tallies and you have quite a stable of backs. Richard Llewellyn holds down the fort on defense. Protime projects the final to be Portage 41 Windber 34.
Seton LaSalle 4-0 @ Apollo-Ridge 4-1 – Protime’s Game of the Week. Seton LaSalle’s Matt Banbury has tossed the agate for 673 yards and 8 TDs. Lionel ‘The Train’ Deanes is like a runaway locomotive rushing for 816 yards and 9 scores (282 yds and 5 TDs last week). Nick Vari leads the corps of Rebel wide receivers. For the Vikings, QB Kyle Fitzroy is leaving his mark on the season with 567 yards passing to date. His favorite recipient is freshman Klay Fitzroy. Freshman Logan Harmon is the A-R’s leading rusher and, on defense, leading tackler! The Vikings are always tough at home, but Protime is giving a slim edge to the Rebels, 29-25.
Brockway 31 Curwensville 20 – The Rovers go to 6-0 and are pointing toward Bradford and Kane, their last two games.
Forest Hills 27 Cambria Heights 18 – The Rangers rebound after a tough loss to Guilfoyle last week.
Clearfield 38 Bellefonte 34 – A dynamite game and possible playoff rematch. Protime flipped a coin and the Bison came up victors two out of three (ain’t bad).
Riverside 30 Freedom 27 – A nail biter for sure with the Panthers clawing their way past the Bulldogs.
Greenville 21 Sharpsville 18 – Protime thinks the Trojans better be on their toes for this one is going to be a battle.
Clairton 48 Imani Christian Academy 32 – Da Bears remain unbeaten as Imani loses their third straight.
Pine-Richland 42 Pittsburgh Central Catholic 24 – The Rams are on a train heading downhill toward Hershey.
Seneca 26 Eisenhower 14 – The Bobcats are 5-0 for the first time ever and go to 6-0 for the first time ever.
Bishop Guilfoyle 31 Penn Cambria 9 – The Marauders make it 53 in a row.
Ligonier Valley 41 West Shamokin 16 – The Rams have outdistanced opponents 269 to 6. Homer-Center is next week.
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