Phils Protime Predictions: Presented by Apple Tractor
Written by: Phil Myers on Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
Protime was a huge hit on TV last week doing a halftime interview at his Game of the Week. But alas, Mrs. Protime only saw the very end, the part where Protime was standing there with the pretty, young reporter from WHLV. “You were at the game with a young woman,” she said with sadness in her eyes. “No, that was one of the sports reporters,” Protime replied. “If I see you out with her again, you’ll be like Fred Flintstone, on the outside trying to get into the house,” declared Mrs. P. Oh boy, Protime’s big, exciting night was undercut by a misunderstanding.
Protime became depressed until Sunday when he got to see Phil Jurkovec and his Pine Richland Rams mercy rule one of Ohio’s top teams. Now he’s psyched for ‘week one’ action. Protime went 17-8 last week. And now, the faithful forecaster presents this week’s picks.
Clarion @ Punxsutawney 0-1 – Clarion brings back a senior laden team with the main man being RB Colton Rapp who ran for 1,670 yards and scored 16 TDs last season. Punxsy’s QB, Dylan Ishman had 3 TD passes last week and his favorite target was Tyler Richardson. But Protime believes the Bobcats will be too much for Punxsy’s Chucks, Clarion wins 21-14.
Erie 1-0 @ Erie Cathedral Prep 1-0 – The Royals passed their first test last week winning their first game they ever played. Erie’s tandem of Danny Blue and Jgannon Williams ran for over 300 yards in week zero. But Prep is a different animal than Meadville. Protime loves an underdog, but not enough to pick them this time. Mischler, Bauer, Scruggs, Roberts, and company belted 6A powerhouse Pittsburgh Central Catholic last Friday and will lead the Ramblers to victory, 31-13.
Huntingdon 1-0 @ Bellefonte 1-0 – The Bearcats were led by Ian Border in their first game. He rushed for 178 yards. Their defense is tough and returns 8 starters. Huntingdon is expected to have a big year. Bellefonte surprised a few pundits by defeating Jersey Shore in week zero. The Red Raiders have RB Dexter Gallishaw to pave the way for scoring, while the defense has hard hitter Steve Kutches. Protime is going with Huntingdon here, 23-17.
McKeesport @ Franklin Regional – The Tigers fell just short of winning the 5A D-7 title in 2016. They return some key weapons including RBs Carlinos Acie and Layton Jordan. McKeesport has their sights set on winning it all this year. Meanwhile, the Panthers return 6’3” 249 lb. linebacker Bryce Lauer who decked 23 McKeesport ball carriers in their 2016 meeting won by the Tigers 14-7. Look for another close game in McKeesport’s favor, 20-17.
Mount Lebanon 1-0 @ Pine Richland 1-0 – Mt. Lebo will try to be balanced, but may have to throw more to stay in the game with the Rams. That will be fine with Seth Morgan though, as the Blue Devil QB pitched the agate for 283 yards and 4 TDs against Fox Chapel. WR Aidan Cain caught 11 passes for 227 yards and 3 of those TDs. But, they are playing Pine Richland, the number 1 or 2 team in the state. Notre Dame recruit QB Phil Jurkovec is perhaps the best in Pa. His supporting cast of Falcone and Crawford are very good too. Add to that an improved ‘D’ and Protime has to go with the Rams 38-21.
Penns Valley 1-0 @ Clearfield 1-0 – The Rams wore down Punxsy in their come from behind win. Blaine Ripka had a big game offensively against the Chucks, while Jacob Duffield sparked the defense. Penns Valley better account for Isaac Rumery, who was Player of the Game for the Bison last week. Clearfield also wore down their opponent holding the ball on one drive for practically the whole fourth quarter. It’ll be the Bison by ten, 24-14.
Bellwood-Antis 1-0 @ Glendale 1-0 – Bellwood shocked some with their take down of Tyrone last week, especially considering they have few returning starters. Shawn Wolfe had a night to remember for the Blue Devils when the QB scored the winning TD in overtime against their arch rivals. Glendale’s quarterback, Jacob Jasper had quite a night last week too by throwing for 2 TDs and running for 2 more. Protime has it 21-14 Blue Devils over the Vikings.
Wilmington 1-0 @ West Middlesex 0-1 – The Greyhounds opened some eyes with last week’s win over Sharon. RBs Cameron Marett and Jack Patton showed the way scoring all 3 TDs. The Big Red need to play a complete game as their schedule was not kind to them, playing Sharpsville, then Wilmington to open the season. Wilmington’s Greyhounds run down West Middlesex 28-6.
Greenville 1-0 @ Slippery Rock 1-0 – Canyon Eells helped the Trojans to upend Hickory in week zero 27-26. Canyon crossed the goal line 3 times while rushing for 125 yards. The Rockets also won by one point and are led by senior RB Seth Slater. Give this contest to Greenville as the Trojans douse the Rockets 21-7.
Otto-Eldred 0-1 @ Kane 1-0 – The Terrors gave Brockway a scare last week, but fell short. QB Sawyer Drummond led the Terrors and his favorite target was Cameron Magee who had 11 snags for 183 yards and a score. The Wolves were led in their victory by QB Reed Williams and RBs Erik Delong and Ange Costanzo. Protime sees the Wolves are strong and hungry again this year. They win this match up, 28-14.
South Fayette 1-0 @ Mars 1-0 – The Lions defense let out a giant roar and shut out the always tough, Central Valley. QB Drew Saxton directs the offense that can score quick and often. Mars used a strong ground game last week in defeating Hampton. FB Garrett Reinke bulled his way into the end zone 3 times to lead the way. These 2 squads finished one, two in the Northwest Nine conference last year. Protime predicts Lions 24 Planets 21.
North Allegheny 1-0 @ Bethel Park – The NA Tigers are coming off a 45-0 shellacking of Morgantown, WV who normally is good. Luke Trueman is quarterbacking NA’s offense this year and threw for 2 scores in first week of action. Alex Hays and Nikko Rankin were the Tiger top tacklers. Bethel Park is the favorite to win the SEC in 2017 and they are led by D-1 recruit and superb lineman James Gmiter. Protime gazed into his crystal ball and saw the Blackhawks come up short, 27-25 NA wins.
Philipsburg-Osceola 1-0 @ Bald Eagle Area 1-0 – P-O has intentions of turning things around this year and got off to a good start in week zero. The balanced attack featured RB Matt Johnson’s 150 yards and 3 TDs plus QB Dan Slogosky’s 199 yards passing. Not to be outdone, BEA’s tail back, Gage McClenahan scooted for 160 yards and 3 scores. QB Jaden Jones went over the century mark for the Bald Eagles throwing the ball. BEA soars by knocking out the Mounties 26-21.
Forest Hills 1-0 @ Somerset 1-0 – The Forest Hills Rangers shut out Westmont, but QB Adam Cecere who was 4 for 4 with 2 TDs was injured. Somerset’s Golden Eagles rolled up over 300 yards on the ground last week with Ryan Funa chewing up 205 of those yards. If Cecere plays, Protime thinks the Rangers win. If he doesn’t play, Protime thinks they win with back up QB Evan Kunrod. Final 28-17.
JP McCaskey @ St. College – Protime’s Game of the Week! McCaskey hails from one of Protime’s favorite vacation spots, Lancaster. The Red Tornado breezes into town returning most of their skill guys from 2016. St. College has some studs back on defense that only allowed 10 points per game. Coach Lintal says development of the offensive line and the QB position will be the key to success. Protime envisions a 24-17 victory for the Little Lions.
Farrell 28 North East 14 – The Steelers squash the Grape Pickers (one of Protime’s favorite nicknames of all time) in a very competitive contest.
Neshannock 20 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 11 – The Lancers may have lost a couple of D-1 players, but they proved they are a team to be reckoned with by defeating a strong Farrell team last week.
Brockway 26 Sheffield 12 – Saturday afternoon will prove to not quite be a walk in the park for the dogs, but they will win.
Clairton 40 Bishop Canevin 20 – ‘Da Bears begin their season as they pretty much always do.
Bishop Guilfoyle 34 Westmont 14 – BG’s Marauders just continue to roll, only the personnel changes from year to year. BG closing in on 50 wins in a row.
Berlin 29 Conemaugh Valley 13 – The Mountaineers have a quality team again this year. Keep an eye on them as they ramble toward the playoffs.
Sharon 32 Reynolds 20 – Sharon was stunned las week, but the Tigers are no slouches, mark Protime’s words. They will be a player come playoff time.
Mercyhurst Prep 21 Corry 14 – The Lakers come from behind to drown the Beavers.
Bradford 28 Coudersport 24 – John Eakin has the Owls flying high courtesy of his legs. He managed 202 yards and 4 touchdowns last Friday.
Aliquippa 32 Beaver Falls 16 – The rivalry continues with the Quips taking down last year’s PIAA Triple A state champs.
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