PROTIME PREDICTIONS, Who ya GOT?? Week Zero Edition
Written by: Phil Myers on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
He’s more accurate than the weatherman. He’s more savvy than the dalai lama. He picks more winners than Jimmy the Greek ever did. And he’s more fun than watching your favorite high school football team clobber their arch-rival. He’s Protime and he’s back for another jolly year of pertinent predictions.
In 2018, your favorite prognosticator tallied 308 wins and 72 losses which translates into an 81.1% accuracy rate. This year he consulted his crystal ball and they decided to branch out and predict regular season games from the eastern side of the state too. In other news, Protime traded in his trusty flip phone, so now you can follow him @Protime_PFN on twitter in 2019!
As always, remember that these predictions are for fun and no disrespect is implied to anyone. Protime knows how hard each team has worked, and the effort that every individual puts forth. So, good luck to everyone and without further ado here are the famous foreteller’s fabulous forecasts for the opening week.
DuBois at Clearfield – The Beavers travel to Bison country for an interesting District 9 match-up. Clearfield had a very successful year in 2018 before losing to Erie Cathedral Prep in the playoffs. Look for Clearfield’s Jake Lezzer to make a huge impact this year. Protime will be there to witness the 21-14 Bison victory.
- Harrisburg @ Coatesville – Is there a bigger game in week zero? Well, maybe a few pretty close. The Cougars defeated the Red Raiders in the playoffs last year, but Coatesville had beaten Harrisburg handily in week zero. Protime envisions a real slobber-knocker with the home team winning 22-21 on a Ricky Ortega to Dapree Bryant late TD toss.
- Sharon @ Wilmington – The Sharon Tigers have more in the coming back cupboard than the Greyhounds do. The Tigers get off to a roaring start riding the arm of QB Lane Voytik to a 26-13 triumph.
- Penn Hills @ Pine Richland – RB Luke Meckler and his P-R Rams are going to make noise again this year at the D-7 6A level. Penn Hills is coming off a phenomenal year and their second state title, but the Indians are not the team they were last year. It’ll be Pine Richland by ten, 24-14.
- North Schuylkill @ Loyalsock – North Schuylkill is a threat to Middletown’s lock on 3A in the east as they return a lot from an outstanding year in 2018. Loyalsock is a very good team with lots of skill players back. Huge game right off the bat, with the Spartans piercing the Lancers 35-28.
- Altoona @ Hollidaysburg – A little birdie told Protime to pick Altoona. So, in this huge rivalry game in which anything can happen, Protime cannot go against his sources even though he was leaning ‘Burg’s way. Mountain Lions 28 Golden Tigers 17.
- Garnet Valley @ Downingtown West – Protime says the Jaguars and the Whippets will put on quite a show. If Protime had a choice of a game to go to in the east, this would be it. Maybe a slight upset here with the GV Jags coming out on top, 34-30.
- Somerset @ Bishop Guilfoyle – Most coaches will tell you everything starts in the trenches. Guilfoyle’s line is massive this season. On that note, Protime has to favor the BG Marauders over the Somerset Eagles 20-12.
- Neshaminy @ North Penn – Both teams want the 6A District 1 title and nothing like showing who’s boss in the first game of the season. Could this be a preview of a rematch in the playoffs? Stay tuned. Meanwhile, Protime has the Knights winning the week zero fray by a score of 14-7.
- Pittsburgh Central Catholic vs. York William Penn @ Woodland Hills – PPC’s Vikings are one of the 6A favorites in the west and have some real studs on defense. The Bearcats are looking forward to this game as a step toward becoming a viable 5A contender in District 3. The safe pick is the Vikings 21-7.
- Dunmore @ Scranton Prep – Here’s a nice game to watch if you live in District 2. Both teams will be playoff bound again this year. The edge belongs to the Cavaliers as they narrowly defeat the Dunmore Bucks 19-17.
- The Others:
- Farrell 36 University Prep 22 – The Steelers are the Class A defending state champs and are solid in their opener against a game 4A Panther squad.
- Upper Dublin 21 Norristown 14 – In this game, the Cardinals outfly the Eagles.
- Grove City 31 Fort LeBoeuf 21 – This time Eagles soar, while Bisons are grounded.
- Bethlehem Freedom 28 East Stroudsburg North 14 – For some reason Protime can’t pick against Patriots, even if they are threatened by Timberwolves.
- Penn-Trafford 24 Norwin 21 – Norwin’s signal-caller, Jack Salopek, may be the best D-7 quarterback, but the Warriors find a way to conquer the Knights.
- Aliquippa 26 Clairton 20 – The Quips begin their 3A title defense with a tough one. But they will bring down da’ Bears in a doozy.
- Berwick 17 Abington Heights 10 – The Bulldogs are a touchdown better than the pesky Comets.
- Coudersport 34 Union/AC Valley 22 – Hearing good things about the Falcons this year. Can they live up to expectations? Protime thinks they will in this one, but don’t count out the Falcon Knights of Union/AC Valley.
- Central Dauphin 17 Wilson West Lawn 14 – In another gigantic week zero game, Protime’s crystal ball has the Rams a field goal better than the Bulldogs. (Maybe overtime?)
- Bellwood-Antis 20 Tyrone 13 – In another rivalry contest, the Blue Devils appear to have the better team, even though John Franco is at the helm once again for the Golden Eagles of Tyrone.
- Neumann-Goretti 28 Bloomsburg 12 – Bloomsburg scheduled a formidable foe for the first game in the N-G Saints. The team from Philly is a tad too much for the Panthers.
- South Fayette 27 Upper St. Clair 23 – One of the keys to this game is how well the new S. Fayette QB plays. In a battle of cats, the Lions prevail over the Panthers.
- Mount Carmel 35 Central Columbia 22 – The Red Tornado players better not be looking ahead to Southern Columbia next week, because the Blue Jays of CC may spring an upset if Mt. Carmel is not focused.
- Chestnut Ridge 24 Forest Hills 16 – The Lions were an unknown in 2018, but they played well, having a great season. The Rangers are always good, but Protime has a gut feeling about this one.
- Manheim Central 34 Susquehanna Township 22 – The Barons, led by QB Evan Simon, have their sights set on another 5A title game appearance this year. The Indians are going to be tough, but are also going to be Manheim’s first victim.
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