Apple Tractor Presents: PROTIME PREDICTIONS BY PHIL Week Zero
Written by: Phil Myers on Friday, August 25th, 2017
It’s time!!! Hello high school football fans and welcome to another year of fun and excitement. Your favorite predictor is back and ready to rock and roll with opening week prognostications. (‘Crystal Ball’ by Styx is what he plays when prognosticating). When Protime told Mrs. Protime that the opening kick for the season was this Friday, she just rolled her eyes and said, “Fine, you go to your games and I’ll go shopping.” You know what, Protime is good with that (unless she comes home with a car).
Once again, Protime reiterates that this is for fun. He wishes all teams good luck in the upcoming season and knows a lot of hard work was put in by players and coaches alike. Protime finished the 2016 season with a 247-85 record (.744). My friends at Apple Tractor were gracious enough to be the sponsor once again. So, without further ado here are week zero’s picks.
Bedford @ Bishop Guilfoyle – QB Davis Kline returns to lead Bedford’s offense and Coach Kevin Steele has done a good job with the Bisons, but beating BG is a lot to ask. The Marauders have won 3 straight state titles and are riding a 47 game winning streak. Nick Leamer anchors a solid line and K Kolton McGhee is a point making machine as he hit 74 extra points last year and was 10 for 10 in field goals including a 52 yarder. Take Guilfoyle 28-7.
Berlin @ Meyersdale – Coach Doug Paul returns much of his Mountaineer offense from a year ago including 4 linemen. The defense is experienced too. K/P Carter Raupach has a strong leg connecting on 9 FGs and averaging near 40 yards a punt. Meyersdale Coach Mike Swank says he has a good core of underclassmen back. The Red Raiders return QB Tanner Krause and OL/DL Dan Knotts. Protime likes Berlin in this one 24-14.
Central (Martinsburg) @ Hollidaysburg – Central lost a lot to graduation from a team that knocked on the door of the state championship game a couple of times. Coach Dave Baker hopes that many from a successful JV team can step in and help the solid nucleus that is back. Hollidaysburg wants nothing short of a very successful year. Kicker Vlad Hilling is one of the top kickers in PA and should help put points on the board. He also had 52 touchbacks last year, which will keep opponents from good field position. Scarlet Dragons 20 Golden Tigers 17.
DuBois @ Clearfield – Protime’s game of the week. The game will be broadcast on the WHVL Game of the Week and you’re truly will join the broadcast team at halftime. If you can’t make it to this game, tune in to WHVL to watch! It features the Beavers’ state record holding QB in the person of Matt Miller plus PA’s top receiver from a year ago, Kyle Hopson. The Bison have Isaac Rumery at QB who came on strong as the season progressed in 2016. They return Micah Heichel at WR. Micah is extremely dangerous when he catches the pigskin. Word has it that Clearfield is grooming another Lezzer too, but DuBois will prevail 34-28.
Everett @ Chestnut Ridge – The Everett Warriors welcome back QB Macen Akers who tossed 17 TD passes and ran for 6 more in 2016. LB/RB Austin Brown will be a force on defense and adds balance to the Warrior ground game. But C-R is absolutely loaded in 2017. The Lions return 10 offensive starters and all 11 on defense. Noah Dillow (LB/RB), Logan Hauck (QB), and Phillip Dull (WR) are just some of the names you’ll hear about this year. Lions 35 Warriors 13.
Hickory @ Greenville – Hickory appears primed for another deep run in 2017 despite the loss of RB Chuck Carr. Luke Brennan returns at QB and already holds the career Hornet passing yards and TD records. Greenville will not be a push over as thousand yard passer Nate Bell is back and thousand yard rusher Canyon Eels returns. Protime sees Hickory defeating the Trojans though, by a score of 27-17.
Johnstown @ Penn Cambria – The Trojans of Greater Johnstown want to go even farther in the state playoffs this year and with Austin Barber at QB and Shamar Jones, who is nearly unblockable on defense, they’ll have a legitimate shot. Penn Cambria’s bright spot right now is new coach John Franco who led Tyrone to 3 state title games, winning one. Give him a couple of years and then watch out for the Panthers. Johnstown wins rather easily 34-6.
Meadville @ Erie – Isaiah Manning returns at RB on a Bulldog team that rushed for an astounding 7,000 yards last year, scoring over 700 points. This is the Erie Royals’ first ever game. Jason Williams will be at the helm of an Erie team that has experience and gave St. College a tussle in their scrimmage. Meadville has to replace their QB and Journey Brown and for that reason Protime picks the Royals to win their first ever game, 25-17.
Mercyhurst Prep @ Eisenhower – Prep returns 7 offensive starters and 9 on defense. The Lakers are led by Penn State recruit LB/RB Jesse Luketa who singlehandedly can turn a game around. The Knights of Eisenhower have one of D-10’s top players too in RB/DB Jaydon Hayes. Jaydon may actually be more dangerous on defense and on special teams. This just may be the year of the Laker. They win 28-14.
New Castle @ Aliquippa – Ohio State recruit Marcus Hooker DB/RB leads New Castle as the Red Hurricanes blow into Aliquippa Friday. D-1 recruit Kwantel Raines heads the Quip attack. The Quips bested the Red Hurricanes last year 44-28. This year will be no different. Quips win 30-20.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic @ Erie Cathedral Prep – It doesn’t get any better than this for a season opener. Last year’s 6A runners-up versus last year’s 4A champs. The field will be full of college talent, so shame on you if you live in Erie and miss this game. PCC is big, strong, and deep. The Vikings are led by QB Troy Fisher on offense and David Green on defense. The Ramblers were tested in their scrimmage with Ohio powerhouse, Mentor, last week and came away impressive. Erie Prep has Joe Mischler at the helm leading a prolific offense, while Matt Bauer heads a hard hitting ‘D’. Coaches Terry Totten and Mike Mischler will be trying to outwit the other, with only one being victorious. The crystal ball is needed and it says Prep 35-28.
Purchase Line @ Homer Center – If you live in the area, don’t miss this contest. Both teams return quite a bit. P.L. has a running QB in Shamar Campbell who traversed for over 1,800 yards in 2016 and H.C. has RB Jesse Lee among others. This game comes down to the line play. If the Red Dragons give Shamar room they will win. But Protime feels Homer Center’s Wildcats will win the battle in the trenches and therefore the game by a score of 20-14.
South Fayette @ Central Valley – This should be a barn burner featuring two fantastic quarterbacks. Drew Saxton commands the Lion offense. He was third in D-7 in passing yards (2,638) and touchdown passes (30) last tear. Nico Battisti directs the Warrior offense and accounted for 19 scores in 2016. He had a phenomenal completion rate of close to 70%. Protime had to polish up his flipping coin for this one. And South Fayette pulls it out 28-24.
Tyrone @ Bellwood-Antis – The Golden Eagles have a lot back from a disappointing 5-6 year, including QB Denver Light. Bellwood does not have a lot returning, but coach John Hayes always develops players whom he simply plugs in and they are successful. Protime hates to go against the home team, but Tyrone will be victorious 17-7 before a raucous, packed house.
West Middlesex @ Sharpsville – The Big Red will be vying for a D-10 title this year in single A and beating Sharpsville in the opener will only give them the confidence they need. Clayton Parrish ran for over 1,000 yards last year for Middlesex. The Blue Devils have a total of 17 starters back including the running back tandem of Bobbie Besser and Cameron Prebble. It’ll be Sharpsville coming out on top, 21-7.
Brockway 31 Otto-Eldred 12 – The Rovers under Coach Zocco appear to just reload every year. The Terrors may be the class of the AML North again, so this may be closer than the score indicates.
Warren 28 Brookville 21 – The Dragons burn the Raiders late for the win.
Greater Latrobe 24 Derry 14 – Good game as the Wildcats claw their way past the Trojans.
Ferndale 34 Blacklick Valley 20 – Watch out for the Yellowjackets this year.
General McLane 24 Grove City 21 – A definite coin flip. Lancers in a squeaker.
Farrell 26 Neshannock 14 – The Steelers expecting big things this year and begin with avenging a loss from last season.
Ridgway/Johnsonburg 32 Coudersport 12 – Keep an eye on the Elkers. They may face Farrell in a state playoff rematch down the road.
Bradford 20 Smethport 6 – With almost everyone back, the Owls may vie for the AML title.
Altoona 28 Taylor-Allderdice 8 – The Mountain Lions in a tune up for a tough D-7 grind.
Gateway 28 Woodland Hills 17 – Unleashed and hungry, the Gators clamp down on the Wolverines.
Good luck to Pine Richland on Sunday!! Protime generally shies away from predicting games with out of state teams. He will be present though, as the Rams take on the Wayne, Ohio Warriors.
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