Mathias’ big plays over­shad­owed by Ex­eter’s big win over Boyertown

The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS - By Jeff De­wees

REIFFTON » Ay­den Mathias had an un­real night un­der cen­ter for Boyertown run­ning the foot­ball, but his in­di­vid­ual ex­ploits were not enough to save the Bears Fri­day night at Ex­eter.

The host Ea­gles over­came a slug­gish start on both sides of the foot­ball to post a 48-27 non-league win over Boyertown at Don Thomas Sta­dium.

Mathias had rush­ing scores of 62, 83 and 85 yards, re­spec­tively, for Boyertown and went un­touched on all three scam­pers. That’s 230 yards rush­ing on three snaps.

But that was about it for Boyertown high­lights, as spec­tac­u­lar as they were. Ex­eter -- de­spite its rep­u­ta­tion for ac­cel­er­ated pace -- had the foot­ball for 80 of the con­test’s 110 recorded snaps, while the duo of Kolby Haag and Devon Scott proved hard to stop.

Haag was 13 of 24 for 284 yards and four touch­downs, three of them to Scott (of 71, 3 and 27 yards, re­spec­tively) while run­ning for a fourth. Haag and Scott nar­rowly missed a fourth hook-up, when a cor­ner route to py­lon, late in the game, was ruled out at the Boyertown 2.

“When we saw them play­ing Cover 3 the way they were, we knew there was no one who could match up with him,” Haag said of his wing­man, Scott. “We had the ad­van­tage there.”

The snap­shot that typ­i­fied Ex­eter’s evening was a 71-yard touch­down pass, from Haag to Scott, in which the lat­ter seemed to get lost in cov­er­age in the seam. By the time the sec­ond level de­fend­ers re­acted, Scott was al­ready past them.

The score pulled Ex­eter to within 1312 mid­way through the first half, which started an hour late, at 8 p.m., due to ex­ten­sive flood­ing in Berks County dur­ing the af­ter­noon.

The touch­down pass that se­cured the lead for good came on Ex­eter’s next pos­ses­sion, when wide out Alex Javier out­jumped his man on the cor­ner and did the fi­nal 25 yards him­self, a 35-yard con­nec­tion that gave the Ea­gles their first lead, at 20-13, with 2:44 left in the half.

Ex­eter needed to keep pro­duc­ing be­cause Mathias was a one-man wreck­ing crew off left tackle for three plays. On the Bears’ first snap fol­low­ing the Javier score, Boyertown’s quar­ter­back slipped off the left guard for 85 yards un–touched for his sec­ond such score. A 62-yarder opened he game’s scor­ing mid­way through the first quar­ter.

Mathias would do it a third time, same call, for 83 yards mid­way through the third. That would slice to it a 34-27 game, but it would be the last time the call was fea­tured. Mathias fin­ished with six car­ries for 213 yards -- and that in­cluded a 17-yard sack in the first half.

Open­ing week star Jamie Moc­cia fin­ished with 88 yards on nine totes. His 67-yarder to pay­dirt late in the first gave the Bears a 13-6 lead. But Moc­cia was largely kept in check for the bal­ance of the evening.

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