Johnson Motors presents: PROTIME PREDICTIONS by Phil
Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, September 6th, 2018
The other day Protime was inspecting his old baseball, football, and hockey cards. Suddenly he realized he was missing quite a few older cards, especially the baseball and football cards that you cut out on the back of a cereal box or that were inside the cereal box. Protime racked his brain trying to think of what happened to them as they could be worth some serious dough.
Then it hit him, he’d put out ‘grab bag’ boxes of childhood plastic toys, stuffed animals, and the like for Mrs. Protime’s garage sale. The cards must have been near the bottom and he hadn’t realized it. Boy, did someone get a deal. Protime still has fond memories of eating all that cereal though. That fondness of cereal has carried over to today to the point where Protime normally eats about 100 boxes of cereal a year.
Protime went 18-7 last week and stands at 37-13 (.740) for the year. Some great games are on tap this week. So, without further delay the Fabulous Forecaster presents this week’s prognostications.
State College 2-0 @ Hollidaysburg 2-0 – QB Tommy Friberg has over 340 yards passing and Cohen Russell has 263 receiving yards for the Little Lions. Isaiah Edwards leads State in rushing. For the Golden Tigers, QB Brady Walters is a one-man gang with 314 yards passing and another 226 rushing. Gus Dellinger is like a gangster on defense holding up and tackling ball carriers with reckless abandon. Protime had to seek wisdom from his crystal ball to discern the victor. State College 14 Hollidaysburg 10.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 2-0 @ North Allegheny 2-0 – Wooo, baby. What a dandy this one will be. Two of the top 6A teams in the state going toe to toe early in the season. PCC has had two close games to test their mettle. A couple of Vikings to keep an eye on are RB Dontre Jones and DL Brian Dallas. NA has not had a close game yet. They are led by RB Ben Maenza (2 TDs in each game) and Joey Porter, Jr. The Tigers spread the ball around on offense and have amassed 101 total points in their two games. Protime cerebrally chooses NA 28-27.
Imani Christian Academy 2-0 @ Jeannette 2-0 – Here is another doozy in D-7. Imani has put up 118 points so far and have at least three explosive weapons on offense. QB Israel Reed pitched the pigskin for 575 yards and 9 TDs so far. WRs Rahmon Hart has 324 yards receiving to go with 6 scores, while Dashaun Wright has 202 yards and 4 tallies. The defending 1A state champs have three talented individuals as well. QB Seth Howard (183 yards and 3 TDs last week) and his receivers, Jackson Pruitt and Marcus Barnes. The Saints come marching in to Jeannette and leave with a victory over the Jayhawks 36-34.
Shade 2-0 @ Meyersdale 2-0 – Shade hasn’t gone undefeated two games into the season since 1997. Signal caller Brady Fyfe has 559 yards throwing and 187 yards rushing for the Panthers, including 8 TD tosses and another 2 TD runs. Wide out Dawson Snyder has accumulated 273 yards receiving and has scored 6 times. Meyersdale is led offensively by RB Devin Kretchman and his 224 yards with 5 TDs. The Indian ‘D’ has stepped in front of 6 opponent passes thus far and Kirk Eberly has 2 of the picks. Shade 44 Meyersdale 36.
West Middlesex 2-0 @ Maplewood 2-0 – The Big Reds’ running back, Clayton Parrish, has 259 yards and 4 touchdowns in two games. Zach Long is top tackler on WM’s defense. Maplewood has a good one in QB JD McFadden (332 yds. and 8 TDs). RB Chevy Blake has scored three times for the Tigers. Protime says it’s going to go down to the wire before West Middlesex pulls it out 26-24.
Riverside 1-0 @ Freedom 2-0 – Watch out for the Riverside Panthers and the Freedom Bulldogs this year in 2A. The Panthers’ QB Ben Hughes was 9 for 13 last week for 171 yards and 3 TDs. Freedom has a good running back named Jack Pail. The Bulldogs have a good kicker in Nick DiNardo. Plus, their defense intercepted 5 passes last week. Protime had a little birdie tell him to pick Riverside 22-17.
Thomas Jefferson 1-0 @ Belle Vernon 1-0 – It will be a classic cat-like contest pitting the Jaguars of TJ against the Leopards of BV. Thomas Jefferson has QB Shane Stump and RB Max Shaw for the Belle Vernon “D” to contain. Then on defense the Jags have Jack Konick who recovered 2 fumbles for touchdowns last week. The Leopards counter with QB Jared Hartman and a very solid defense themselves. This game will be won in the trenches. TJ 24 BV 21.
Clarion 2-0 @ Karns City 1-1 – The Bobcats appear to have picked up where they left off last year with a strong offense and a stifling defense. QB Archer Mills has aired out the agate for 306 yards and 5 TDs. He is supplemented with two quality backs in Sam Minich and Cutter Boggess. Karns City’s Gremlins gang tackles on defense and always has fresh bodies on offense. QB Anthony Kamenski threw for 150 yards last Friday and RB Hunter Jones has scored 4 rushing TDs thus far. Look for the Bobcats to be triumphant 28-17.
Farrell 2-0 @ Union City 1-1 – Union City’s Bears came within a gnat’s eyelash of beating Farrell last year. The Steelers better be prepared for a battle again this year. QB Kyi Wright, WR Jourdan Townsend, and RB Christian Lewis make up Farrell’s three-headed monster offensively. For Union City, Brayden Kinney galloped for 325 yards and 6 touchdowns last week. Keep an eye on QB Blake Hornaman too. Protime feels this is Farrell’s year. They win 32-18.
Penns Valley 1-1 @ Bald Eagle Area 2-0 – Good one here. Both teams are on the upswing. Aaron Tobias is the shifty signal caller for the PV Rams. He has compiled 608 yards passing and 7 TDs to date. His two favorite targets are Cole Breon and Logan Snyder. RB Ryan Ripka has over 200 yards and 5 scores. The Bald Eagles counter with QB Jalen Jones (351 yards, 4 TDs), WR Nick Turner (2 long scoring catches last week), and RB Gage McClenahan (212 yards, 3 TDs). Protime’s crystal ball says BEA 41 Penns Valley 35.
Forest Hills 1-1 @ Richland 2-0 – Protime’s game of the week. Adam Cecere has passed for 382 yards for the Rangers. Watch out for receiver Jake Shope. Joe Hauser has 461 yards and 6 scoring tosses for the Rams. WR Caleb Burke has 258 yards and caught 4 of those TD passes. Kicker Tim Bodenschatz may be the difference in the game. Protime projects that Brandon Bailey’s team (Richland) will beat his dad, Don Bailey (Forest Hills), by the score of 31-28.
Conemaugh Township 2-0 @ Conemaugh Valley 1-1 – Protime’s second game of the week finds Township and Valley duking it out Saturday in one of the better rivalry games. Township brings big Cory Myers to town with his 309 yards and 6 TDs running the football. Add in a Jordan Poznanski who has 278 yards with 3 TDs and you have a pretty potent ground game. Justin McKenzie ran for 100 yards and 2 scores for Valley in week zero. RB Noah Heltzel had their lone tally last week. It’s a final, the CT Indians 42 the CV Blue Jays 34.
Clairton 36 Greensburg Central Catholic 18 – Da Bears wake up from hibernation (they haven’t played yet) and are hungry. They feast on the first thing they see, the Centurians.
Westmont 21 Central Cambria 17 – Hilltoppers over those pesky Red Devils in a good one.
Northern Bedford 27 Moshannon Valley 22 – Garry Black’s Panthers may be one of the better 0-2 single A teams in the state.
Redbank Valley 24 Elk County Catholic 16 – The Bulldogs take a bite out of the Crusaders in a key D-9 tilt.
Oil City 42 Girard 28 – The Oilers have tallied 119 points in just two games! Nothing says they can’t continue to score this week against the Yellow Jackets.
Wilmington 35 Northwestern 15 – The Greyhounds run wild against the Wildcats.
Aliquippa 27 Quaker Valley 14 – Two nothing was the score. The Quakers defeated the Quips in the D-7 finals and went on to win the state 3A championship in 2017. Protime suspects Aliquippa has been waiting for this game.
Clearfield 17 Central 14 – Clearfield has been a little shaky, but is 2-0. Don’t be surprised if Central wins, but Protime is going with a hunch.
Northern Cambria 26 West Shamokin 20 – This should be a fantastic game between two undefeateds. Protime has the Colts going to 3-0 over the Wolves.
Bellwood-Antis 34 Juniata Valley 27 – In a devilish game, the (green) Hornets come up short facing the Blue Devils.
Steel Valley 29 Avonworth 19 – The men of Iron slow down the Antelopes.
Upper Saint Clair 24 Baldwin 21 – Congratulations to Coach Render on his 400th career win last week. Now he leads his USC Panthers to #401 in toppling the Highlanders.
Bethel Park 23 West Allegheny 21 – Hey, this is gonna be a really good game! Protime had to flip a coin to determine that the Black Hawks will best the Indians.
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