Protime Predictions by Phil
Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Recently Protime and some buddies were discussing their favorite topic, high school football, while sipping some of Mrs. Protime’s famous warm spiced cider. When their conversation turned to the subject of injuries, Protime said he could relate because he has some nagging injuries he’s dealing with. He stated how he has a bad achilles and a twisted knee from running, a strained rotator cuff from playing catch with Protime Junior, and just last week suffered a major paper cut to his typing hand.
So as the playoffs begin, Protime limps into the postseason with a respectable 120-30 (.800) record for the year after going 13-2 last week. This week’s playoff prognostications include all four quad A D-7 games as any one of them will be a great one to attend.
Bethel Park 7-3 vs. Woodland Hills 10-0 – Woodland Hills is ranked #1 in the state and Miles Sanders along with Jo-El Shaw make up the Wolverine dynamic duo at running back. Don’t let Bethel Park’s record fool you, they are quite good. The Blackhawks lost to Mt. Lebanon (9-1), Central Catholic (9-1), and Woodland Hills 28-23 in the second week of the season. Protime was leaning toward a big upset here, but after consulting the crystal ball he decided Woody High wins 24-21.
McKeesport 9-1 vs. Penn Trafford 9-1 – McKeesport’s only loss was to Penn Trafford 21-7. That was the only game the Tigers gave up more than 14 points. Conversely, the P-T Warriors have not allowed more than 15 points in a game all year. Offensively, Warrior QB Brett Laffoon is one of the WPIAL’s best passers and Tim Vecchio is one of the leading receivers. But they are not one dimensional as Jonah Lisbon has over 1,000 yards rushing. McKeesport mostly runs the football with Khaleke Hudson leading the way. The Tigers will need to keep P-T honest with a few passes in order to win. However, Penn Trafford wins is victorious 14-10.
North Allegheny 9-1 vs. Pittsburgh Central Catholic 9-1 – NA knocked off PCC 24-17 in the third game of the year. Central is ranked #4 in Pa. and is loaded with D-1 college talent, but NA, ranked #6, has some excellent players as well. Neither has a coaching advantage because both men are great, Terry Totten of PCC and Art Walker Jr. of NA. Protime doesn’t want to over work the crystal ball, so he flips a coin. The Central Catholic Vikings conquer the Tigers of N. Allegheny 28-24.
Mount Lebanon 9-1 vs. Pine Richland 9-1 – What a game this will be! It features 2 of the best dual threat quarterbacks in all of District 7 in Pine Richland’s Phil Jurkovec and Mt. Lebo’s Eddie Jenkins. In the end, Pine Richland’s Rams summon all their inner strength and edge the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils 34-31 in what may be ‘one for the ages.’
Johnstown 5-5 @ Clearfield 9-1 – Clearfield has won 9 in a row since their week one loss to Fort Hill, the 2 time defending Maryland state champions. Johnstown, on the other hand, lost 5 of their last 7 games after starting out 3-0. Clearfield is the top seed in the District 5-6-8-9 AAA playoffs and would love to get a crack at Somerset again this year, but they must not overlook the Johnstown Trojans who has talent and speed. But Johnstown just doesn’t seem to be playing well, so the Bison of Clearfield will prevail 28-12.
University Prep 5-3 @ Somerset 8-2 – The Golden Eagles of Somerset has lost to undefeated Bedford ranked 6th in the state at AA and undefeated Bishop Guilfoyle the #2 A team in Pa. In order to advance they must deal with a very talented Univ. Prep QB in the person of Shawn Rutherford. For the Univ. Prep Margaret Milliones to advance they have to deal with Somerset’s Dylan Barnes and Jake Heiple. Somerset, the #2 seed in the 5-6-8-9 AAA playoffs, beats University Prep 27-14.
Meadville 6-4 vs. Erie Cathedral Prep 9-1 – Cathedral Prep is the #4 ranked AAA team in the state and the #2 seed in the D-10 tournament. The Ramblers would love a D-10 title rematch with Conneaut in a couple weeks, but first must deal with the dangerous Bulldogs of Meadville. Those Bulldogs can score plenty of points as they run the wing-T to perfection. It helps when you have talented RBs especially 2,400 yard rusher Journey Brown. Prep has their QB, Joe Mischler, back after suffering a broken clavicle in week one when they lost to a team from Florida. Protime senses Prep is on a mission and Meadville is in the way. Take the Ramblers 45-26.
Franklin 5-5 vs. Erie Central Tech 5-5 – Although both teams are only 5-5, if you are in the area go see this one. Guaranteed to be an entertaining game. The Franklin Knights have D-10s all time leading pass catcher in Kahlil West, plus a QB, Porter Rembold, who has thrown for over 1,800 yards. Porter can run very effectively also. The Central Tech Falcons are more balanced with RB Keyshaan Husband, QB Jason Williams, and WR Malik Allison (30 yards per catch). Lots and lots of points should be scored. And in a wild one that goes down to the final horn, it’ll be Erie Central 51 Franklin 49.
Southern Huntingdon 7-3 @ Juniata 8-2 – This is a very interesting D-6 AA match up. Protime has seen the SH Rockets this year and knows their potential. Juniata is an intriguing team as they play mainly schools from the east (Districts 3 and 11). Protime saw the Indians play Clearfield a couple years ago and even though they lost, liked what he saw. If you are down Juniata way drop in on this one because it looks like it will be hotly contested. Protime has to flip a coin, literally, and comes up with Juniata winning 41-37.
Coudersport 5-4 @ Redbank Valley 8-2 – The number 1 single A seed in D-9 is RBV not undefeated Kane because the KSAC and AML champs alternate each year as to who will be top seed. This year it goes to the Bulldogs as KSAC champs. Redbank’s losses were to Curwensville and Karns City. (Everybody in D-9 loses to Karns City.) Coudersport won 5 of their last 6 to eke into the playoffs. Redbank must not take Coudy too lightly because the Falcons can win this game. However, RBV survives a real scare 24-20.
Elk County Catholic 7-2 @ Brockway 8-2 – In another D-9 single A quarter final we get a rematch of the week nine battle won by Brockway. The Brockway Rovers have done well this year losing only to once beaten AAA Clearfield and unbeaten Kane. They also have been without 2 of their best players for most of the year. Protime’s insiders say ECC is healthy and looking to stop their 2 game losing streak. The Rover defense will be the big factor in helping them beat the Crusaders 17-11 in one of Protime’s Games of the Week.
Westmont 7-3 @ Penns Manor 10-0 – In the other Game of the Week Protime hears from an insider who says this will be another intriguing game. In this D-6 AA quarter final we have a possible trap game for the #3 seeded PM Comets. Westmont lost to Bedford, Bishop Guilfoyle, and Somerset. None of which are slouches. The Hilltoppers are on a roll winning their last 4 games. Penns Manor is a senior laden, talented team who some say may give Guilfoyle all they can handle if they meet. The Comets, ranked 7th in the state, have one of the best defenses in the state as they’ve only given up 39 points. The ole clear glass globe says Comets 21 Westmont 7.
Due to time constraints and a sore typing hand, Protime will just give scores of a few more interesting games:
State College 38 DuBois 21
Tyrone 27 Huntingdon 10
West Allegheny 17 Thomas Jefferson 14
Cambridge Springs 24 Wilmington 12
Northern Bedford 30 Everett 20
Clairton 42 Avonworth 28 (If the Antelopes play turnover free and QB Zach Chandler is on,,,could this be the upset of the year?)
Shenango 20 Frazier 16
Washington 35 Freeport 24
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