Coyle’s kick clinches Boy­er­town’s upset of OJR

The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS - By Rob Se­nior For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

At Fri­day night’s half­time cer­e­mony, Boy­er­town High School cel­e­brated Home­com­ing with­out nam­ing a “King.”

Turns out there was no need. De­clan Coyle would seize the crown about an hour later on the field.

The kicker nailed his first ca­reer field goal at­tempt from 24 yards away with four sec­onds re­main­ing to give the Bears an upset vic­tory over vis­it­ing Owen J. Roberts (5-2, 1-2 PAC), 24-21.

Coyle’s kick capped a fu­ri­ous come­back by a Bears team (2-1 PAC, 2-5 over­all) that to this point of the sea­son had strug­gled to fin­ish at the end of games.

“We needed to be able to play four quar­ters, we stressed it at half­time,” said Boy­er­town coach TJ Miller. “We were not going to let an­other game get away, and [the way we won] is a tes­ta­ment to the in­cred­i­ble heart of these guys I’m coach­ing.”

Boy­er­town trailed most of the fourth quar­ter after OJR’s Hunter Scher­fel gave his squad the lead with a 42-yard scam­per — the sec­ond of his two TD runs — to­wards the end of the third quar­ter. How­ever, the Bears sur­vived a late fum­ble, get­ting the ball back in time for Ay­den Mathias to find Jamie Moc­cia over the mid­dle for a 52-yard score to knot the game at 21 with 1:16 to play.

After a quick OJR three-and­out, Mathias found Jerry Kapp on con­sec­u­tive pass plays to cross mid­field with 35 sec­onds left. A pass in­ter­fer­ence call ex­tended the Bears’ drive, and a Mathias scram­ble plus a per­sonal foul on the de­fense set the stage for Coyle’s hero­ics.

“I don’t even know what to say,” ad­mit­ted the firstyear kicker. “This time last year, I was watch­ing these games (from the stands)... now I’m be­ing mobbed by my team­mates. I’m so happy I was able to cre­ate this mem­ory with these guys.”

Coyle ad­mit­ted the of­fense’s late hero­ics made his job a lit­tle eas­ier.

“Kick­ers miss kicks, they make mis­takes,” he said, “but I knew even if I missed, we’d go to over­time. It did help me relax.”

The Wild­cats en­tered play Fri­day night tied with Coatesville for the Dis­trict 1 lead in fewest points al­lowed per con­test in the 2017 sea­son (9.1 PPG). How­ever, Boy­er­town es­tab­lished the run early with its’ three­headed back­field mon­ster of Mar­cus Thomas and the Moc­cia brothers, Nick and Jamie. The Bears put up 383 yards on the evening; 255 of them com­ing on the ground.

Each Moc­cia brother ripped off a 20-plus yard run on the Bears’ first scor­ing drive, with Nick pro­vid­ing the cap­per, a 5-yard TD carry. On the en­su­ing kick­off, how­ever, OJR’s Hunter Hin­richs took the ball all the way to Boy­er­town’s 22, be­fore Daw­son Stu­art opened the sec­ond quar­ter by con­nect­ing with Sean Praweckyj from 20 yards out to even the score at 7.

Jamie Moc­cia wasted no time match­ing his brother’s 1st quar­ter score with a 65yard dash of his own to put Boy­er­town back in front early in the sec­ond stanza. Jamie ac­counted for 116 of the Bears’ 193 first-half rush­ing yards.

Just be­fore the half, how­ever, Praweckyj made a sen­sa­tional leap­ing grab inside the Boy­er­town 5 to set up a short run by Hunter Scher­fel to knot the score at 14. Boy­er­town threat­ened again, but OJR stood tall in the red zone and headed into half­time with mo­men­tum.

“There are a lot of pos­i­tives we can take from tonight,” con­cluded OJR coach Rich Kolka. “Dis­ap­point­ing out­come, but we will move for­ward. We still have a great shot at the playoffs and a lot of foot­ball ahead of us.”

The playoffs may not be in the cards for Boy­er­town this sea­son, but now they have a sig­na­ture mo­ment for their 2017 sea­son.

AUSTIN HERTZOG - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boy­er­town’s Ni­cholas Moc­cia (16) and Jami­son Moc­cia (7) cel­e­brate after Jami­son’s touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter against Perkiomen Val­ley last week. The Bears topped Owen J. Roberts 24-21 on a last-minute field goal by De­clan Coyle, be­low, on Oct. 6.

Boy­er­town kicker De­clan Coyle

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