Protime Predictions by Phil, Presented by Apple Tractor
Written by: Phil Myers on Friday, October 6th, 2017
Last weekend, Protime helped out at an estate sale for Papa Protime, who is a widower, and now happily staying in an assisted living place where he gets a lot of attention from the young female nurses. Rumor has it among the nurses that Papa Protime has two ‘sweeties’ who visit him from time to time.
Meantime, at the sale, Protime had a good time visiting with people, including some he didn’t recognize, but went to school with (that’s embarrassing), and others who know Papa Protime. Our sentimental soothsayer and Brother Protime started to look at the old childhood games from years gone by and decided to play a couple. They were brought back to reality when customers needed help carting out some furniture.
After pinching a few fingers, stretching arms out carrying furniture down steps, and hurting his legs by climbing up into beds of pick-ups and eventually jumping back down to the ground, Protime realized that even though the race isn’t over yet, Father Time is in the rearview mirror and gaining ground.
Last week, some teams gained ground in key playoff races and some lost ground. Protime’s flipping coin abandoned him going 0-3, but his 16-9 record translates into 119-31 for the year for a respectable .793 percentage. Now it’s time to unveil this week’s pigskin prognostications.
Carmichaels 4-1 @ California 6-0 – The Mighty Mikes of Carmichaels are a running team, but QB Kevin Kelly has 6 TD passes. Dylan Wilson is the main wide out. RB Nicholas Mundell has garnered close to 500 yards and 6 scores. On defense, Wilson has some sticky hands as he has swiped 5 opponent passes thus far. Now for the top scoring team in the state, the Trojans of California. Jelani Stafford has rung up 964 yards and 15 TDs to lead the extremely potent offense. Jelani stands 6’3” and weighs 260 pounds. Zion Aldrich has 7 touchdowns for the maroon and gold. QB Collin Phillips has only 6 completions this year, but 4 have gone for TDs. Take the Trojans 35-21.
Clarion 5-0 @ Redbank Valley 3-2 – Clarion brings their undefeated record to New Bethlehem for a rare Thursday night game. Bobcat running back, Colton Rapp got banged up last week, but leads the team averaging 10 yards a carry and crossing the goal line 8 times. OL Zak Bauer paves the way for Rapp with outstanding blocking including 29 pancakes! Bauer, Colt Stimmell, and Spencer Miller lead a hard-hitting Bobcat defense. Nick Porciello has 9 sacks to his credit. On the Redbank Bulldog side, Clint Thurston has gained 894 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. He will definitely challenge Clarion’s ‘D’. Brock Barrett catches 50% of RBV’s pass completions. Logan Minich and Travis Crawford lead the Bulldog ‘D’, with Thurston accumulating 5 sacks and 8 hurries. In a game where the teams fight like cats and dogs, Clarion’s defense is the difference and they win 20-14.
Claysburg-Kimmel 4-2 @ Juniata Valley 4-2 – C-K Bulldogs invade Alexandria to challenge the Hornets. Claysburg’s offense has QB Ty Hagen (787 yds passing-9 TDs) and his top receiver, Tanner Hunt (317 yds and 5 TDs) along with 6 running backs whose carries are fairly evenly spread out. When the other team has the ball, Soph. Kobe Harr stands out with the most tackles and sacks. QB Quinn Zinobile leads the Hornets offensively. Jaxson Rand is their main RB and Kyle Derugen is the principal WR. Derugen caught a pass for a TD last week and returned a fumble to the house to help knock No. Bedford from the ranks of the undefeated. Protime had to do some crystal ball gazing for this one. Juniata Valley 25 Claysburg 20.
Ft. LeBoeuf 4-2 @ Farrell 4-2 – The Bison are led by the RB tandem of Tyler Scott and Greg Proctor. The Steeler QB is Isaac Clarke who went over the 1,000 yard mark passing last Friday. He is credited with 15 TD throws with only 1 pick so far. WR Jourdan Townsend is his premier target with 27 snags and 684 yards and 11 TDs. RB Christian Lewis has contributed 5 touchdowns. Tymir Green is a steel curtain himself with 75 tackles on defense. Tyrie Hammonds chips in with 52 tackles. Protime has to go with Ft. LeBoeuf in a close one 33-30.
North East 2-4 @ Seneca 6-0 – The Grape Pickers are one of Protime’s all-time favorite nicknames. RBs Alex Furmanek (622 yds – 6 TDs) and Lucas Russell (451 – 4 TDs) are the main two ball toters for NE. The Bobcats counter with one of the better quarterbacks in D-10 in the person of Joe Scarabino, who has tossed the agate for 1,316 yards and 7 scores. Mr. Scarabino can run as well and is the top ground gainer too with 508 yards and 13 TDs. WR Mike Shearer is tough to cover as evidenced by his 34 catches for 554 yards and 5 TDs. Wyatt Shaffer is their more than adequate tail back. Seneca goes to 7-0 and wins the game 27-14.
Penn Hills 5-1 @ North Allegheny 4-2 – QB Hollis Mathis leads the Penn Hills Indians into Tiger country. He has pitched the pigskin for 1,353 yards and 13 scores. His premier receiver is Dante Cephas who’s caught enough passes to cover 427 yards with 7 goal line crossings. For the NA Tigers, Luke Trueman has thrown for almost 800 yards and 7 TDs. WR John Vardzel has hauled in 14 passes for 293 yards. RB Turner White heads up the running game with 560 yards and 7 touchdowns. Dante Caputo is one aggressive Tiger on defense. It’s going to be NA 31 PennHills 21.
Penn-Trafford 6-0 @ Franklin Regional 4-1 – Penn-Trafford is coming off a big victory over Gateway. The defense is playing well allowing only 31 points to date. Cam Laffoon, the Warriors signal caller, is maybe not passing as much as before, but still has thrown for 702 yards and 7 TDs. And maybe passing less is due to John Gay and the running game. Mr. Gay has over 600 yards and 9 TDs. For the F.R. Panthers, quarterback Adam Rudzinski heads up an offense that has started to score points the past couple weeks. RB Stephen Jones ran for 2 touchdowns last week. On defense, big #71 Bryce Lauer is a beast. Don’t be surprised if the Panthers pull off an upset, but Protime is thinking P-T is too good and win 10-7.
Peters Township 5-1 @ Pine-Richland 6-0 – It’s Peters Township’s turn to try and hang with Pine-Richland. Jack Cortes averages over 100 yards a game passing. His favorite WR is Josh Casilli who has grabbed 5 of Jack’s 8 TD tosses. RB Ryan Magiske balances the offense with some good running, scoring 6 times. For the Rams, RB Jordan Crawford finished last week with 7, count ‘em, 7 touchdowns. Six came on the ground. Phil Jurkovec has amassed 1,631 yards passing with 13 TDs. WR Ray Falcone stands in with 600 yards and 7 TDs. LB Tyler King leads a good defense and Tommy Camino has 5.5 sacks. This contest ends up the same as Pine-Richland’s first six, with a Ram victory. This week its 48-28.
Ridgway/Johnsonburg 5-1 @ Curwensville 5-1 – Ridgway bounced back from a tough defeat to beat unblemished 4A Bradford last Friday. Neil MacDonald heads the offense with 676 yards rushing and 9 TDs. He’s the leading receiver too with 4 more scores and has 1,177 all-purpose yards. On defense Evan Furlong and MacDonald are always near the man with the ball. Curwensville had a nice bounce back week too handing Brockway their first loss after getting smoked by Kane. QB Bryce Timko has given the Golden Tide diversity from being a running team. He has 847 yards throwing and 8 touchdowns. Nick Stewart leads the RBs with 725 yards and 12 scores. Logan Waroquier and Stephen McClure are forces on ‘D’ for the Tide. The Elkers will prevail though, 28-23.
Portage 6-0 @ Berlin 6-0 – Portage is 4th in the west with 313 points scored. They do run a lot as evidenced by having four guys over 300 yards. Zach Wiggins (707 yds-13 TDs) and QB Connor Price (627 yds-7 TDs) lead the way. Price will throw occasionally as he has 5 TD tosses. WR Tom Randazzo has 4 of those. Randazzo and Richard Llewellyn lead the Mustang defense. For Berlin, QB Luke Brick has 6 TD passes. WR Tyler Custer is the recipient of 5 scoring passes. Charlie Hersch has rushed for 559 yards and 7 tallies. On defense, it’s Shawn Yanosky who makes the most tackles. Another weapon in Berlin’s arsenal is P/K Carter Raupach who can boom punts (72 yarder last week) and has made 8 of 8 field goal tries. In a nip and tuck battle, the Mustangs edge the Mountaineers 21-17.
South Fayette 6-0 @ New Castle 4-2 – South Fayette is led on offense by QB Drew Saxton. Drew has thrown for 1,242 yards and 12 scores. Two of the Lion top receivers are Noah Plack and Mike Trimbur. RB Johnny Beck is coming on with 543 yards and 7 TDs. For the Red Hurricanes, it’s all about Marcus Hooker. He’s the straw that stirs the drink so to speak. Marcus is over 500 yards rushing and has over 10 TDs. He can also quarterback and has thrown TD passes. Protime envisions the Lions coming out on top, 27-14.
Upper St. Clair 5-1 @ West Allegheny 5-0 – This game features two of the best coaches in District 7, both legends around high school football circles. USC’s Jim Render and West A’s Bob Palko are great motivators, strategists, and can make immediate adjustments as the game progresses if need be. USC is led by QB Jack Hansberry with his 889 yards passing and 6 TDs, RB Colin McLinden (506 yds-7 scores), and WR Dom Cepullio. Jack Burton is the main cog on the Panther defense. The Indians appear to use 3 people at quarterback. Will Weber is 10 for 10 passing with 4 TDs. He is also the top ground gainer for West A. The Indian defense is headed up by Anthony Dellovade. Kicker Kolbe Stout is a pretty good one. The crystal ball says take USC by a score of 17-14.
Wilmington 6-0 @ Greenville 5-1 – The Greyhounds have the 7th highest scoring offense in the west. They are led by Bryson Verrilli (9 TDs rushing), Cameron Marett (10 TDs rushing) and Jack Patton (8 TDs rushing). Wilmington’s defense is 3rd in the west and they have a knack for getting to the ball carrier quickly. Greenville tasted defeat for the first-time last week. Perhaps they were looking forward to this game. Trojan QB Nate Bell has 668 yards and 7 TDs pitching the pigskin. WR Mike Blaney has 355 receiving yards and 5 scores. RB Canyon Eels has 6 TDs. Defensively, Adonis Scriven’s 89 tackles has to be near the top in the state. Also, Yosuke Sugano has 9 sacks already this year. Wilmington wins 28-7.
Ligonier Valley 6-0 @ Homer Center 6-0 – This is Protime’s Game of the Week and it should be a gem. Ligonier comes into the game as the sixth top scoring team in the state. Make no mistake, QB John Caldwell (529 yds passing), RBs Jackson Daugherty (8 TDs) and Aaron Sheeder (5 TDs), and WR Aaron Tutino (26 grabs-612 yds-10 TDs) are very good. Speaking of good, the Ram defense leads the state in stinginess allowing only 6 points the first game and since racking up 5 straight shutouts. Joey Dubics is the top tackler. Homer-Center’s Wildcats are led by RB Jesse Lee (11 TDs), RB Mike McCracken (575 yds- 8 TDs), and freshman QB Ben Schmidt with 654 passing yards. Dakota Sunday leads the Wildcat defense in take downs. Homer-Center is looking forward to this game and will be Ligonier’s toughest foe to date. Protime has the Rams remaining undefeated, 35-20.
Aliquippa 34 Clairton 18 – The Quips remain unblemished, giving up points for only the second time in seven games. Da Bears lose two in a row for first time since losing to Steelton in 2008 state finals and then Laurel in first game of 2009 season.
Erie 42 Erie McDowell 31 – The nobility of the Royals continues to impress, especially when one realizes it is their inaugural season.
Grove City 34 DuBois 21 – Grove City’s Eagles fly high in a win over the Beavers who continue to struggle to keep their heads above water.
Kane 42 Bradford 20 – The Wolves sniff blood on an undefeated year by bringing down the Owls.
Thomas Jefferson 31 Mars 27 – TJ gets tested for first time and the Jaguars pass with flying colors as they fight past the Planets.
Hollidaysburg 26 Taylor-Allderdice 13 – Golden Tigers make their Dragon hunting trip to Pittsburgh a successful one.
Huntingdon 40 Bald Eagle Area 17 – Bearcats feast on the Eagles, legally.
Mercyhurst Prep 27 Fairview 14 – Mercyhurst struggles a bit, but make no doubt the Lakers are very, very good.
Forest Hills 28 Central Cambria 14 – The green and gold Rangers clean up on the Red Devils.
Bellwood-Antis 38 West Branch 12 – The Blue Devils stay undefeated by spearing the Warriors.
Hickory 24 Sharpsville 20 – Protime is finding it hard to wrap his head around what is going on in D-10 between Hickory, Sharon, Greenville, and Sharpsville. He broke out a new flipping coin and Hornet heads come up over Blue Devil tails.
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