PROTIME PREDICTIONS by Phil Presented by Bob Johnson Motors
Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, November 8th, 2018
When Protime was in the service he was assigned to KP duty like everyone is at some point. One day as he was opening a can of juice, Protime cut his finger so severely that he required a couple of stitches. The next day he was designated to peel potatoes and once again he sliced himself. The following day he was delegated to making pancakes in a spotless area of the kitchen that was painted white. Protime was shown the art of flipping the flapjacks and left to himself.
Protime, hurrying too much to fill the demand, flipped a cake too high and it stuck to the ceiling. He found a broom to get it off the white ceiling, but unbeknownst to him the broom was dirty and as he scrapped the flapjack, he left black streaks on the ceiling. Then, hurrying to put cooked cakes into a pan, he spilled the big container of batter all over the place. Later, when trying to clean up the mess he slipped and knocked a pile of dishes off the shelf breaking all but one. The sergeant, who ran the kitchen, was not a happy camper when he saw the mess moments later. “Protime, what do you predict I should do with you,” he shouted.
Thus, the idea came to him, Protime Predictions. Last week the Savvy Soldierly Soothsayer went 28-2 pushing the prognostication tabulation for the year to 226-54 for an 80.7% correctness rate. We have only five weeks left and the cream is rising. Here are this week’s playoff picks from around the state.
Seneca Valley 8-3 @ North Allegheny 10-0 – NA only beat SV 10-6 earlier this year, so expect another close one. The Tigers are led by their star running back, Ben Maenza. He has toted the ball for 1,035 yards and 17 TDs. Kicker Isaac West has made 5 field goals and may well be the difference maker. NA’s defense is led by Cade Hoke. QB Gabe Lawson leads the Raider ‘O’ with his 1,009 yards passing and 10 TD tosses. He also has rushed for 7 scores. WR Josh McLean has caught 7 TD passes. This should be fun if you like low scoring, hard hitting football. Protime likes the NA Tigers by three whiskers, 17-14.
Peters Township 9-2 vs. Penn-Trafford 9-2 – This may be the game of the night in Pennsylvania. Two evenly matched teams going toe to toe, each with a genuine shot at making a run to the D-7 finals. The Peters Township Indians’ QB, Logan Pfeuffer, has 1,255 yards passing plus 12 TDs. WR Josh Casilli has brought down 33 passes and scored 6 TDs to lead the wide outs. RB Ryan Magiske has journeyed into the end zone 14 times. The chiefs on defense for the Indians are Corbin Hondru and Aidan McCall. For the Penn-Trafford Warriors, Gabe Dunlap has developed nicely at QB. He has 1,202 yards and 14 touchdowns to his credit. He’s scampered for 788 more yards and scored 10 times. WR Dimitri George is a premier target with 670 yards and 9 TDs. RB Caleb Lisbon has rumbled for 1,145 markers and scored 16 total touchdowns. Protime had to gaze into the crystal ball to decipher a victor. Penn-Trafford 28 Peters Township 26.
West Perry 8-3 @ Bishop McDevitt 9-1 – Kenyon Johnson is a legitimate dual threat quarterback for the Mustangs. He has 985 passing yards with 9 TDs and he has 1,130 yards rushing with 19 tallies. RB Terrance Quaker has sped for 1,206 yards and 14 TDs. Jake Fadness is the defensive star in tackles. Crusader QB, Chase Diehl is the real deal as he has slung the agate for 2,850 yards and 33 scores. His QB rating is 146.2. Nazir Burnett is the favorite target accumulating 61 grabs for 1,368 yards and 21 TDs. RB CJ Reyes-Diggs has galloped for 1,081 yards and 11 TDs to date. Kicker Bryce Connor has 59 extra points made and could be a deciding factor in this or any game. Dray Donley and Devin Clair are McD’s main tacklers. It’s McDevitt 34-18.
State College 10-1 vs. Erie McDowell 7-4 – State College has a team that could make the state semi-finals. The Little Lions are led by QB Tommy Friberg. He’s thrown for 20 touchdowns and 1,688 yards. Keaton Ellis has snabbed 13 TD passes and Cohen Russell has 7. RB Isaiah Edwards has traversed for 12 scores. Tyson Brennan heads up a solid SC defense. McDowell has been playing with some confidence lately. The Trojans are led by QB Chris Juchno and his 1,382 yards and 14 TD tosses. His top wide outs are Michael Beneski and Hunter Sorenson. RB Dom Ferraro has 11 goal line crossings. Sebastien Moubarak is tops in tackles with 128. It’s gonna be the Little Lions mauling the Trojans 38-17.
North Schuylkill 10-1 vs. Notre Dame–Green Pond 10-1 – A huge game down east pits the NS Spartans against the ND Crusaders. The Spartans are led by Jaden Leiby, their quarterback, who’s thrown for over 800 yards and rushed for 1,544 more. He has run for 16 TDs and passed for 8. Mitchell Wagner and Zach Chowansky have combined for another 13 TDs via the ground. Tyler Elsdon leads the team with 100 opposition take downs on defense. The Crusaders have an explosive offense led by QB Cole DeFranco. He has piled up 3,382 yards and 43 touchdowns that supports his 143 QB rating. The top receivers are David Sanders, Jr. (62 grabs for 1,310 yards and 16 TDs) and Isaiah DeJesus (65 catches for 954 yards and 9 TDs). RB Christian Greggo scored 11 touchdowns to date. Phil Caiazzo and Jake Gillen both have over 100 tackles. Protime flipped a coin 100 times and North Schuylkill won 52-48.
Penns Valley 8-3 @ Richland 11-0 – If you like high scoring affairs, you’ll love this one. If your favorite mascot is the Rams, you’ll like this one. Signal caller, Aaron Tobias leads the Penns Valley Rams. He’s pitched the pigskin for 2,864 yards and 33 TDs. WR Logan Snyder has 72 snags for 995 yards and 10 scores. RB Ryan Ripka has ripped through defenses for 1,114 markers and 16 touchdowns. Snyder is the top tackler on the PV defense. Joe Hauser barks the audibles for the Richland Rams. He’s propelled the football for 2,437 yards and 29 TDs. Caleb Burke leads the receivers with 58 snags for 1,078 yards and 15 tallies. RB Zach Vogelsberger has made it to the end zone 15 times. The Sabols, Lucas and Jacob, are the mainstays on Richland’s defense. Rams win 42-36, Richland that is.
Oil City 10-1 vs. Hollidaysburg 7-4 – Hollidaysburg has to travel all the way into District 10 land to face the top statistical back in the country, in Christian Cole. The Cole train has chugged along for over 3,000 yards and 43 touchdowns. He averages 11.6 markers a carry. Noah Petro has 685 more yards and as a team the Oilers have 4,699 yards and have scored 59 times. Cole and CJ Shreffler each have over 100 tackles for the Oil City defense. The Golden Tigers have a slick QB in Brady Walters. He has 1,490 yards passing with 17 TDs, plus he has scrambled for 802 yards and another 12 scores. RB Nate Fisher has found the end zone 13 times. Jacob Sensenig leads the receivers in catches and TDs. Gus Dellinger leads the Tiger ‘D’ in gunning down opponents. Upset alert. The Tigers take down the Oilers by a score of 35-28.
Berwick 9-2 @ Dallas 10-1 – The Berwick Bulldogs are led by their top running back, Owen Shoemaker and his 1,461 yards rushing. He has crossed the goal line on 21 occasions. Defensively, the top Dawg is Teagan Wilk. He leads Berwick in tackles and interceptions (7). Dallas QB Mike Starbuck has thrown for 1,460 yards and 20 TDs. His top target is WR Luke Delgaudio. RB Lenny Kelley has rambled for 1,510 yards to go along with 15 scores. Kicker Ryan Fisher could be a factor in determining the outcome. Although the Mountaineers won the first battle, Protime predicts Berwick to win the second, 21-17.
Clarion-Limestone 9-2 vs. Coudersport 6-4 – Possible good one in Brockway Friday night. The C-L Lions bring their own extraordinary half back to the show in Austin Newcomb. He’s traveled 2,442 yards scoring 33 touchdowns along the way. His average is 10.6 yards per tote. Ayden Wiles has chipped in 1,089 yards and scored 17 TDs on the ground. QB Colby Himes has over 1,000 markers throwing the rock along with 10 TDs. Newcomb is the leading receiver too and has 3,354 all-purpose yards and a total of 41 TDs. Mitch Knapp leads the Lion defense. Coudy counters with Stephen Kelly and his 1,523 yards on the ground. He has racked up 25 scores. Falcon QB Hayden Keck has 9 TD hurls and 13 more running. Elijah Ayers is the main man on ‘D’. C-L won the battle early in the year. They win again in a high scoring affair, 40-34.
Quakertown 9-2 @ Garnet Valley 11-0 – Q’town is a very good football team. Led by quarterback Brad Bryan (1,180 yards and 8 TDs) and running back Christian Patrick (862 yards with 10 TDs) the Panthers present a tough out. RB Michael Terra also has 10 scores. Nick Levinski has brought down over 100 ball carriers. For the Jaguars, RB Colin Robinson has scored 17 touchdowns and scurried for 887 yards. The Jags have rushed for 4,169 yards and 54 TDs. Cade Brennan heads up a formidable Jag defense. The crystal ball says Garnet Valley 21-20 in a real fight of the felines.
Harrisburg 28 Wilson 13 – The Cougars top the Bulldogs to make their way into the District 3 Class 6A finals.
St. Joes Prep 29 LaSalle College 7 – The nationally ranked Hawks turn back the Explorers.
Grove City 35 Slippery Rock 20 – In a rematch, the result is the same. The Eagles soar over the Rockets.
Shade 34 Conemaugh Township 14 – Another rematch with the same result as the first meeting. Shade’s Panthers have too much talent at wide receiver and are a little quicker than the Indians.
Berks Catholic 31 Lampeter-Strasburg 13 – The Saints go marching out with a victory over the Pioneers.
Clearfield 28 Bellefonte 14 – The Bison continue unbeaten in the current year by besting the Red Raiders for a second time.
Manheim Central 24 Governor Mifflin 17 – Closer than expected, but the Barons corral the Mustangs.
Ligonier Valley 42 Bellwood-Antis 20 – The Rams have too much talent for the Blue Devils.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 26 Clairton 20 – OLSH has scored 478 points while only giving up 74. Both teams lost to Jeanette by 15. The Chargers’ QB Tyler Bradley and the OLSH defense will be the difference in beating the Bears.
Mount Carmel 27 North Penn-Mansfield 18 – Coal country still plays good football as the Red Tornadoes swirl past the Panthers.
Wilmington 42 Sharpsville 28 – Closer than the first game, but Greyhounds outrun the Blue Devils.
Chestnut Ridge 32 Everett 16 – The Lions were not expected to do this well this year. But here they are advancing to the next round by defeating the Warriors.
Coatesville 38 Downingtown East 20 – The Red Raiders down the Cougars in the second meeting too.
Smethport 14 Curwensville 8 – Curwensville’s Golden Tide is a better team than when they played the Hubbers the first time. Smethport still has what it takes to win the close ones though.
Thomas Jefferson 27 Blackhawk 10 – The Jaguars have little trouble in dispensing with the Cougars, who had a fantastic year.
York Catholic 24 Delone Catholic 21 – This rematch will be worth the price of admission, but the outcome remains the same. The Fighting Irish fend off the pesky Squires.
Emmaus 28 Easton 21 – The Hornets sting the Red Rovers with a late TD.
Brockway 31 Brookville 26 – The Rovers get the nod from Protime because he can’t figure out the Blue Raiders.
Derry 20 North Catholic 17 – Trojans will win and Trojans will lose in this hotly contested contest. Derry shutout NC early this year, but this one can go either way.
Burgettstown 21 Freedom 20 – The Blue Devils continue their undefeated season in edging the Bulldogs.
Cocalico 35 Solanco 19 – The Eagles fly over and then kick the Golden Mules for the victory.
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