Apple Tractor presents Protime Predictions by Phil
Written by: Phil Myers on Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Not long ago, Protime, Mrs. Protime, and Protime Jr. were home playing games on a rainy night. Suddenly, there was loud banging on the front door. Protime hurried to answer the door and found two stern looking police officers standing there. They began asking Protime if there had been a domestic dispute with his daughter and ‘where was she’? Not taking ‘no’ for an answer, they persisted and appeared to be ready to slap the cuffs on Protime.
That’s when Protime Jr. showed up. “Hey Bubba. Hey Tank,” he said, “What’s up?” “Do you live here? Are you playing baseball next year?” they asked, “And where’s your sister?” “Yeah, I live here and am playing ball, but no sisters,” replied Junior. A quick call to the dispatcher was made and the two nice officers realized they were on the wrong block. (Kind of like what happened in the song ‘Silhouettes’ by the Rays and Herman’s Hermits.)
Protime has been wondering lately what might have happened if he had been the only one home. Besides, the only disputes at the Protime household is the occasional what’s for supper or what TV show to watch on Monday nights. (Protime likes professional wrestling, Mrs. P doesn’t.)
The famous foreteller and figure-four leg locker was fortunate to go 22-3 last week and now stands at 225-50 (.818) for the year. Without further delay, the Dean of Discernment presents the precise prognostications for this week.
Cambria Heights 8-3 @ Ligonier Valley 11-0 – The Highlanders have not lost since September demolishing 4A Johnstown and a good Southern Huntingdon team, the past two weeks. Brandon Bearer has thrown for over 1,300 yards this year. His top receivers are Nick Brawley and Lucas Fox with 55 snags and 9 TDs between them. Fox leads the back field in rushing yards (700), while Alex Hite leads in TDs scored (8). Logan Witt and Fox are rock solid on defense for the Heights. Meanwhile, Ligonier Valley is the third highest scoring team in the west. John Caldwell has 15 TD tosses and no picks. His two favorite targets are Aaron Tutino (45 catches-917 yards-15 TDs) and Jackson Daugherty (32 catches-684 yards-8 TDs). Daugherty is the leading rusher with 891 yards and 14 scores, most out of the QB position where he splits duty with Caldwell. Aaron Sheeder has 831 yards on the ground and 12 touchdowns. Peter Stoll has made 56 of 59 PAT attempts. The Ram defense has only allowed 52 points all year (26 last week to West Shamokin). They are led by Joey Dubics. Protime is taking the Rams 35-21.
Clarion 10-0 vs. Kane 11-0 @ Brockway – This game pits two of the highest scoring teams in the west. The Bobcats top running back, Colton Rapp, returned last week from an injury earlier in the season. Rapp has rushed for 843 yards and 10 TDs. Logan Minich filled in admirably for Rapp by traversing for 805 yards and 11 scores. Clarion’s quarterback, Spencer Miller, can run as well as pass. He has accounted for 1,130 yards and 16 TDs doing both. Archer Mills has converted on 50 extra points and 3 field goals. The Bobcats have only permitted 97 points to date. The main cogs in their defensive unit are Colt Stimmell and Zac Bauer. Kane is led by QB Reed Williams and his 1,769 markers passing and 21 TDs. Ray Maze is the deep threat with 34 grabs for 746 yards and 9 TDs. J.T. Stewart is the short threat with 27 snabs and 5 scores. RB Erik DeLong has rambled for 1,557 yards and 22 goal line crossings. The Wolves are led by Aiden Hulings and DeLong when they don’t have the ball. The Kane Wolves are shown as victors, 28-21, on the crystal ball.
Chestnut Ridge 9-1 vs. Berlin Brothersvalley 10-1 @ Windber – The Ridge has the very dangerous Logan Hauck at QB. Hauck has pitched the pigskin for 1,558 yards and 16 TDs, while running for 966 yards and 16 scores. RB Noah Dillow has chipped in with another 10 TDs. The main wide receiver is Justin McCoy. On defense, it’s Dillow and Levi Hobson chasing down the most ball carriers for the Lions. For Berlin, Protime starts with the top kicker (scoring-wise) in state history, Carter Raupach. Carter has booted 13 FGs this year. QB Luke Brick has chucked the rock for 1,114 yards and 12 scores. RB Charlie Hersch has gained 943 yards and scored 11 times for the Mountaineers. WR Tyler Custer has 9 TD catches to his credit. Shawn Yanosky has tackled 118 opposing runners. Cole Glessner is second to Yanosky in tackles. Chestnut Ridge wins 34-17.
Erie 9-2 vs. St. College 8-2 @ Clarion – The Royals have exceeded expectations in their first year by having a winning season and then winning the D-10 6A title. Coach Rob Matz has done a superb job in a short amount of time. Erie runs the single wing and has scored 452 points. QB Jason Williams scored the winning TD against McDowell last week with only seconds left in the game. He has posted 1,359 yards and 23 TDs between his running ability and passing potency. RBs JaGannon Williams and Tony Foster have both motored for 1,000 yards and 12 TDs apiece. K Tyler Vierea can win games with his leg. Defensively, the Royals are led by Keyshawn Goudy and Barry Thompson, Jr. (5 picks). The Little Lions have scored 472 points and are pretty much the only team to have given Harrisburg a game. Tommy Friberg has hurled the agate for 1,377 yards and 19 TDs. Brandon Clark is the top receiver with 10 touchdown catches. Tristen Lyons leads the backs with 840 markers and 13 scores. RB Isaiah Edwards has stepped into the end zone on 12 occasions. Cohen Russell leads the Lions in all-purpose yardage. Kicker Cam Renfrew has hit 55 PATs. Tyson Brennan and Jackson Heasley leads a talented ‘D’. Protime had to flip a coin. Matt Lintel’s Little Lions come out the victors, 42-35.
Greater Johnstown 8-3 vs. Bellefonte 9-2 @ Hollidaysburg – Austin Barber leads the Trojans with 1,713 passing yards and another 439 on the ground. He has tossed 21 TD passes and run for 12 more. His receiving corps of Elijah Fields, Imil Britt, an Darrian Berkins have 82 catches for 1,340 yards and 15 TDs between them. Big bad Shamar Jones heads up an aggressive defense, along with Edward Simms. Britt has stepped in front of 6 enemy passes. The Red Raiders have an explosive offense as well and it begins with QB Dylan Deitrich. The versatile Raider QB has 1,131 markers passing and 1,420 markers rushing. He has 11 TDs through the air and 21 on the ground. RB Dexter Gallishaw is a load to bring down and has scored 9 times. Cade Fortney has been on the receiving end of 8 TD passes. Stephen Kutches and Gallishaw are top tacklers for Bellefonte’s ‘D’. Chris Persiko has connected on 57 of 60 extra point tries. Another coin flip reveals Bellefonte taking home the D-5,6,9 3A title 34-31.
Meadville 8-3 vs. Grove City 10-0 @ Greenville – Grove City won 41-13 during the regular season. It will be closer this time as Meadville’s running game is in full throttle. Isaiah Manning leads D-10 with 2,383 yards and 30 goal line crossings. Complimenting the double wing-T are RBs Julius Ream (820 yards-11 TDs) and De’shawn Wofford (713 yards-7 TDs). Both Ream and Wofford have over 1,000 all-purpose yards. Destin Beck and Manning are the Bulldogs top two tacklers. Eagles’ QB Brady Callahan is very efficient, throwing for 1,433 yards and 8 scores. Trey Adams leads the ground game for the high-flying Eagles with his 810 yards and 21 TDs. Logan Lutz can run with the pigskin or catch it with equal abandon. Lutz has gained 710 yards running and caught 43 passes for 649 yards. Grove City’s defense is 7th best in the west allowing only 72 points. The three main defenders are Tyler Greer, Lance Craig, and Joe Kosick. Protime picks the Eagles, 30-21.
McKeesport 8-2 vs. Gateway 10-1 @ Norwin – The flex-bone only works when you have a good line and some great backs. The Tigers have both and the company of running backs are Layton Jordan (1,280 – 14 TDs), Carlinos Acie (765 yards – 7 TDs), and QB John Harper (970 yards – 15 TDs). Devon Sims is the top Tiger tackler. The Gators are the antithesis of McKeesport as they love to throw the ball. And why shouldn’t they when Brady Walker is the 4th all-time leading passer in D-7. This year he has 3,095 yards and 35 TDs. WR Courtney Jackson has 60 catches for 1,318 yards and 19 tallies. RB Derrick Davis scored 3 TDs last week against Woody High. Gateway won the regular season battle 21-18 and will win again by three, 31-28.
North Allegheny 8-3 vs. Pine-Richland 11-0 @ Ambridge – This may be the game you want to take in if you are in the area. There appears to be some bad blood between these two rivals and NA gave PR a tough time in the first go-round a couple weeks ago. Luke Trueman, the NA Tiger quarterback, has 1,305 markers passing and another 924 running. He has 14 touchdown passes and 9 TDs running. Turner White is their top back and he has 914 yards with 13 TDs. The main WR is John Vardzel. Dante Caputo, Nikko Rankin, and Joey Porter, Jr. (7 INTs) lead an aggressive ‘D’. Pine-Richland is one of the best teams in the state and no one has hung with them for a full 48. Phil Jurkovec has a .748 completion percentage translating into 2,571 yards and 25 TDs. Jason DeFrancisis has 45 snags of PJ passes. RB Jordan Crawford has 949 yards and 19 TDs. Jurkovec has rushed for 15 scores himself. Vittorio Orsini is 59 of 61 in the extra point department. Tyler King, Anthony Cerminara, and Tommy Camino are the Rams who like to butt heads on defense. Rams 45 Tigers 28.
Sharon 7-3 vs. Mercyhurst Prep 10-0 @ Meadville – Protime picks this contest to be one of the most exciting playoff games of the week. Don’t let Sharon’s record fool you. They have lost to Wilmington and So. Range, Ohio both of whom are undefeated. They also got beat by a very good Greenville team. Sophomore sensation QB Lane Voytik leads the Tiger offense with 1,747 yards and 20 TD tosses. Ziyon Strickland has 1,270 all-purpose yards, but 873 are receiving Voytik’s passes. RB Jordan Wilson keeps defenses honest with 740 yards and 9 scores. Zack Dignall and Frank Shaffer lead the orange and black on defense. Mercyhurst Prep will have to play their best game of the year to beat Sharon. They are led by Zack Helsley’s 1,702 yards and 23 TDs running the ball. Khalil Barnes is a nice compliment to Helsley with 919 yards and 9 scores. QB Jacob Brooks has 1,186 yards passing. He also has 18 touchdown passes. The Lakers have scored 475 points for 10th place in the west. Jesse Luketa leads the 6th best western PA defense. Protime feels like an upset is in the making here. Sharon prevails in OT according to the crystal ball, 29-28.
Thomas Jefferson 9-1 vs. Belle Vernon 10-0 @ Baldwin – TJ is seeking revenge for their only defeat of the season, a 21-17 Belle Vernon triumph. Sophomore signal caller, Shane Stump, has 1,330yards to his credit to go along with 21 TDs. RB Justin Vigna has travelled 1,498 yards and 21 scores. Wideout Garret Fairman has 42 snags for 785 yards and 10 TDs. Kicker A.J. Meshanko has 57 PATs to his name in 2017. The Jaguar defense is very stingy, giving up 48 points in 10 games. That unit is led by James Martinis and Max Shaw. The Leopards have a good defense too, only letting 84 points go onto the scoreboard. Only TJ and Trinity have scored more than once against them. Logan Petrosky, Brandon Roche, and Derek Thomas lead that defense. The Leopards’ Jared Hartman has 816 yards passing with 14 TDs. Mason Pascoe is the top running back. Protime sees it being an uphill climb for BV to beat TJ twice. Jaguars 28 Leopards 14.
Ridgway/Johnsonburg 21 Coudersport 8 – The Elkers defeated the Falcons to begin the year and will again to end the year (for Coudy).
Curwensville 20 Redbank Valley 14 – The Golden Tide edge the Bulldogs in a thriller, setting up the D-9 single A final with Ridgway/Johnsonburg.
Penn-Trafford 21 Upper St. Clair 13 – The Warriors head to Heinz in search of a D-7 5A championship.
Pittsburgh Central Catholic 20 Penn Hills 13 – The Vikings punch themselves a date with Pine Richland for the 6A title at Heinz.
Wilmington 33 Reynolds 12 – The Greyhounds run away from the Raiders and give Coach Verrelli another victory.
South Fayette 38 Montour 27 – The number 7 scoring team in the west, the South Fayette Lions, defeat the Spartans for the second time this year behind Drew Saxton, the 5th all-time leading passer in D-7.
Bishop Guilfoyle 28 Claysburg-Kimmell 7 – Fifty-eight wins in a row for the Marauders who appear to be getting stronger as the year presses on.
Northern Bedford 26 Windber 21 – Panther pride runs high in Loysburg as NBC continues their season with a hard-fought win over the Ramblers.
Aliquippa 40 Beaver 20 – The Quips do their part to set up a rematch with Quaker Valley for all the D-7 triple A marbles.
Quaker Valley 28 Seton LaSalle 21 – The Quakers do their part to set up a rematch with Aliquippa for all the D-7 triple A marbles.
Johnstown Bishop McCort 34 Westmont 22 – For the second time this year the Crimson Crushers handle a tough Hilltopper team.
Greenville 20 Sharpsville 12 – The Trojans do not turn the ball over 5 times and this time avenge their loss to the Blue Devils earlier this year.
Karns City 35 Punxsutawney 21 – The Gremlins win the 3A D-9 championship.
Riverside 22 Avonworth 14 – The Panthers advance and are a dark horse to win the D-7 single A championship.
Farrell 26 Cambridge Springs 13 – Coach Samuels’ Steelers edge the Blue Devils for the second time in a month.
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