Boy­er­town tops Methac­ton for win

Boy­er­town bat­ters Methac­ton for first win of sea­son, Miller’s first as Bears’ head coach

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Den­nis C. Way dway@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

WORCES­TER » TJ Miller looked like a politi­cian try­ing to find a baby to kiss. And why not? The first-year head coach of Boy­er­town foot­ball had just watched his Bears earn their first win of the sea­son, a 5414 vic­tory over host Methac­ton.

But more im­por­tantly, it was Miller’s first vic­tory as a scholas­tic foot­ball coach.

And he couldn’t find enough peo­ple to thank.

He praised his coach­ing staff to the skies, and his play­ers and even tossed a bou­quet to his play­ers’ fam­i­lies. Can you blame him? After all, folks, you just don’t earn your first coach­ing win ev­ery day. And Miller was soak­ing it in. But the fact is, the Bears dom­i­nated ev­ery facet of the game, ac­tu­ally build­ing a 54-0 lead be­fore the War­riors scored a pair of oh-by-the-way touch­downs in the fourth quar­ter.

“It’s not about me,” Miller said. “It’s about com­ing out here and get­ting a win for those guys, who play hard .

“My as­sis­tants do a great job of pre­par­ing them, and they came out tonight and played

hard.”

It was a rout al­most from the out­set, as the Bears scored on the game’s first three se­ries.

First, quar­ter­back Ay­den Mathias’ 25-yard run on the first play from scrim­mage set up an 18-yard pass from Mathias to Jerome Kapp three plays later to give the vis­i­tors the early ad­van­tage.

A kick fol­lowed, which the Bears pounced on at the War­riors 29.

From there, it took Mathias five plays t find the end zone from three yards out to put the Bears on top, 13-0 (the PAT was missed).

Next it was the de­fense’s turn as Kapp stepped in front of an out pat­tern and streaked down the left side­line un­hin­dered to make the score 20-0 with half of the first quar­ter still to play.

The early fire­works gone, the Bears then me­thod­i­cally went about adding to their lead, us­ing a 68-yard. Mathias-to-Kevin-O’Con­nor pass play to send the Bears into the break with a 27-0 lead.

And it would only get worse for the home team.

Ni­co­las Moc­cia broke off a 45-yard touch­down run on the Bears’ first play from scrim­mage in the sec­ond half to push the lead to 34-0.

A 57-yard run by Mar­cus Thomas pushed the lead to 41-0 with 4:47 left in the third, and be­gan the run­ning clock.

“This is my sec­ond 100yard game of the year,” Thomas said. “I just try and stay fo­cused and keep my feet moving.”

By then, the War­riors were reel­ing, although head coach Paul Lepre said his team’s trou­bles be­gan be­fore the sea­son started when a hand­ful of se­niors de­cided not to play out their se­nior sea­sons.

“You’d think they’d want to come out and play their last years,” Lepre said, “but what can you do?

It was their de­ci­sions to make.

“It’s one thing to have a strong unit and try and break in a good sopho­more, but we have four or five sopho­mores who are go­ing up against three- and fouryear se­niors.

“Let’s just say I have a lot of sleep­less nights.”

Mean­while, the Bears were plan­ning a dif­fer­ent kind of evening.

“We’re go­ing to en­joy this one,” Miller said.

AUSTIN HERTZOG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boy­er­town’s Mar­cus Thomas, pic­tured dur­ing Week 2 against Ex­eter, rushed for more than 100 yards in the Bears’ 54-14 win over Methac­ton last Fri­day.

SAM STE­WART - DFM

TJ Miller got his first head coach­ing win in the Bears’ vic­tory over Methac­ton on Fri­day.

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