Johnson Motors presents PROTIME PREDICTIONS by Phil
Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, September 13th, 2018
Last week, Protime came home from work and spotted the lovely Mrs. Protime sitting on the deck, talking on the phone. To get her attention he began skipping as he approached her, making faces, and waving his hands in a frenzied manner. When he added a couple buck snorts he looked up and saw his neighbors, and their company all staring at him as if he was 100 yards short of a first down.
Protime quickly rebounded from his embarrassing dilemma by simply waving to them and saying the only thing that came to mind, “Hi guys.” Then he turned his attention back to Mrs. Protime, who had observed what had happened and was now doubled over in laughter.
Protime is smiling too after going 22-3 last week. He stands at 59-16 (.787) for the year. The Super Surmiser will now confidently unveil his profound prognostications for the week.
Penn Hills 3-0 @ Mars 3-0 – Penn Hills is one of the better 5A teams in the state with Hollis Mathis (652 yards passing and 10 TDs) at quarterback. The supporting cast of Tank Smith in the backfield and WR Dauquon Hardy make the Indians even stronger. The Fighting Planets are led by RB Garrett Reinke with close to 400 yards rushing. Don’t count Mars out, but Protime has Penn Hills 29-17.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 3-0 @ Rochester 3-0 – OLSH may be the team that comes through a very tough D-7 single A classification. QB Tyler Bradley has thrown for 598 yards and 8 touchdowns. His favorite target is wideout Andrew Schnarre. Halfback Noah Whiteleather leads the Rochester offense with 617 yards on the ground. He and Darius Goosby have scored 6 times each, all on the ground. The Chargers charge into Rochester and come away with the ‘W’, 20-14.
Smethport 3-0 @ Curwensville 2-1 – Smethport is hoping to get back to where the program was in the 90’s. Their nickname, the Hubbers, comes from being the geographic center of McKean County or the ‘Hub’. They are led by Grant Ognen who has 328 yards passing and 6 TDs. Bryent Johnson has caught 4 TD passes. Blake Kinner heads up a tough Hubber defense. Avery Francisco has the most touchdowns for Curwensville, while Jeremiah Farley is the face of the Golden Tide defense. Protime gives this one to the Hubbers, 14-6.
West Branch 2-1 @ Glendale 1-2 – QB Ayden Gutierrez (377 yards/4 TDs) and RB Derek Yingling (556 yards/6 TDs) head up the Warrior offense. On the other side of the ball, Yingling has an amazing 51 tackles in three games. For the Vikings, Jacob Jasper has thrown for 402 yards (5 TDs) and rushed for 227 yards (3 TDs). Cory Johnston leads the Glendale defense. It’ll be West Branch winning this battle 26-24.
Peters Township 2-1 @ West Allegheny 2-0 – Peters Township runs the offense by committee based on the first three games with Adrian Williams being the leading ground gainer to date. West A. has QB Kam Kruze, who averages 145 yards passing/game and RB Dante Flati who has 5 touchdowns in two games while averaging 140 yards each week. It’s a safe bet that the team in red nicknamed the Indians will win. More specifically, West A. 28 Peters Twp. 17.
Oil City 3-0 @ General McLane 2-1 – Oil City has scored 160 points and Christian Cole is a big reason. He’s scampered for 852 yards and 14 scores in their three games. Defensively, the Oilers look to Noah Petro and Brayden Crocker. The Lancers of GM like to run the pigskin featuring Luke Dillen and Ben Howe-Jones who have over 600 yards and 7 touchdowns between them. Top McLane tacklers are Billy Jukes and Nick Renick. The crystal ball says OC 31 and GM 24.
Farrell 3-0 @ West Middlesex 3-0 – Farrell is number one in single A for a reason, actually at least three reasons on offense. They are RB Christian Lewis (411 yds and 5 TDs), WR Jourdan Townsend (288 yds. and 8 TDs), and QB Kyi Wright (427 yds. and 9 TDs). Tymir Green is back taking down ball carriers for the Steelers. West Middlesex will put the ball into the hands of RB Clayton Parrish (446 yds. and 9 TDs) to try and counter Farrell’s potent offense. Zack Long anchors the Big Red defense. Farrell 36 West Middlesex 21.
Sharon 2-1 @ Slippery Rock 3-0 – Sharon is another D-10 team with quality players at each skill position. Signal caller Lane Voytik has passed for 615 yards and 7 scores. WR C.J. Parchman has grabbed 18 passes for 347 yards and 4 TDs. Finally, RB Jordan Wilson has found the end zone 5 times. The Rockets’ QB Vito Pilosi can throw it or run it, and RB Kaleb Kamerer has a half dozen goal line crossings. David Duffalo has the most tackles for the Rock’s defense. Protime feels Sharon will upend Slippery Rock 32-24.
Freedom 3-0 @ Mohawk 2-1 – The Freedom Bulldogs just might be the 2A darkhorse. QB Zack Rosa is a key component. The Bulldogs are 3-0 and it has been 25 years since that happened before. Their defense has only allowed 6 points thus far. Meanwhile, Mohawk is no slouch. The Warriors are led by Nicholas Wheeler and his 605 yards passing with 9 TDs. His top target is Nathan McCutcheon. RB Brayden Cameron has scooted for 339 yards. Protime is picking Freedom by the score of 27-14.
Ridgway 3-0 @ Bradford 2-1 – QB Paul Gresco is 20 of 26 for 380 yards and 5 touchdowns for the Elkers. Ridgway runs and catches passes by committee. Evan Furlong and Robert Briggs headline the Elker ‘D’. The Owls’ Donny Pattison shows the way on offense with 490 yards on the ground plus 7 touchdowns. Nate Gehm leads Bradford in tackles. Field position, defense, and not turning the ball over wins the game. This is one for the trusty crystal ball. Ridgway 14 Bradford 13.
Westmont 2-1 @ Chestnut Ridge 3-0 – The Hilltoppers could be undefeated were it not for a late game breakdown against Bedford, so they are going to present a problem for Ridge. RB Camden Moors has rushed for 403 yards and has tallied 8 TDs. Will Hillegas and Michael Barbato create havoc on defense for Westmont. QB Logan Pfister is 22 of 29 passing and will run the agate too for the Lions. Ridge’s defensive stalwart is Mason McVicker. Protime needed to flip his coin for this action-packed contest and Chestnut Ridge will be the victor, 27-24.
Mount Lebanon 2-1 @ Seneca Valley 2-1 – Protime’s Game of the Week. (Will there be signs welcoming Protime?) Mt. Lebo has a good one in QB Seth Morgan. Seth has pitched the pigskin for 697 yards and 6 touchdowns. He has also run the ball for 216 yards. The Blue Devils are led on defense by Michael Palmer. Seneca Valley’s offense centers around the quarterback too. Gabe Lawson has 5 TD passes and Josh McLean has scored 4 TDs. Look for a good one here with the Raiders prevailing over the Blue Devils 41-38.
Clearfield 24 Huntingdon 20 – The Bison go to 4-0 at the expense of the game Bearcats.
Conemaugh Township 34 Meyersdale 28 – Protime has the Indians stopping the Red Raiders.
Bedford 20 Penn Cambria 14 – Protime predicts the Panthers will lose their first in a close one to the Bisons.
Mercyhurst Prep 41 Titusville 31 – The Lakers have a little more firepower than the Rockets.
Homer Center 28 Marion Center 20 – The Wildcats avoid the Stingers sting and continue to rebound nicely after their opening week loss to Ligonier Valley.
McKeesport 21 Penn Trafford 17 – Good game here with the Warriors looking for the upset and ultimately the Tigers avoiding the upset to remain perfect.
South Fayette 31 Greensburg-Salem 22 – There will be Lions all over the place in this contest. The green and white Lions of South Fayette conquer the Golden Lions of Greensburg-Salem.
Shade 36 Blacklick Valley 23 – Shade’s Panthers are in the limelight now by defeating the Vikings and moving their record to 4-0.
Bellwood-Antis 29 Everett 16 – The Blue Devils vanquish the Warriors.
Richland 42 Greater Johnstown 20 – Protime watched the Rams last week and liked what he saw. He was honored to be on the radio at halftime with Richland’s old coach, Fred Yanity. Meanwhile, the Trojans are having a down year.
Blackhawk 26 Ambridge 14 – The Cougars may be on their way back to prominence. By beating the Bridgers they spring to 4-0.
Beaver Falls 33 Quaker Valley 23 – After a year’s hiatus, the Tigers claw their way back into a playoff contender. The Quakers lose their second in a row.
Steel Valley 25 Shady Side Academy 20 – The Ironmen eke out a triumph over the Indians, but this could go the other way very easily.
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