Potts­grove flies to win over Bears

Potts­grove breaks out aerial at­tack in 34-8 win over Boyertown

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Thomas Nash tnash@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Thomas_Nash10 on Twit­ter

BOYERTOWN » It’s not of­ten that the ball leaves the hands of Jay Sisko in any form other than a hand­off.

Yet on Fri­day night when Potts­grove’s se­nior quar­ter­back let it fly, good things hap­pened.

Sisko com­pleted both of his pass­ing at­tempts for big gains to Ji­mai Spring­field, open­ing up the run­ning lanes as Potts­grove put to­gether a dom­i­nant 34-8 win over Boyertown in a cross­di­vi­sional Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence matchup.

Sisko con­nected with Spring­field for a 40-yard gainer late in the sec­ond quar­ter, which set up the QB’s 2-yard keeper for the score to give Potts­grove a 13-0 lead. The pair then con­nected deep strike in the third quar­ter, one where Spring­field pulled it in and turned on the jets to pick up a 59-yard re­ceiv­ing touch­down, his first of the sea­son, to make it 20-0.

“Jay’s a spe­cial kid. He does a lot of the un­no­ticed things for us,” said Potts­grove’s first-year head coach Bill Hawthorne of his quar­ter­back. “He’s mak­ing reads ev­ery play and he does ev­ery­thing we ask of him. If we had a throw­ing sys­tem, he’d be a great quar­ter­back.”

It’s pretty sim­ple to put to­gether a scout­ing re­port on Potts­grove’s of­fense: They like to run the ball. A whole heck of a lot.

En­ter­ing Week 3, Sisko had just one com­ple­tion on seven at­tempts so far this sea­son be­hind Potts­grove’s run-heavy at­tack.

The Fal­cons’ run­ning backs did their part as well, rush­ing it for a com­bined 315 yards on the night. Isa­iah Tay­lor racked up 127 yards and a touch­down on 19 car­ries while run­ning mate Isa­iah Glover had 89 yards and a score on 10 car­ries. Sisko racked up 90 yards rush­ing and a pair of touch­downs on 12 rushes.

De­fen­sively, Potts­grove had Boyertown’s num­ber for most of the night.

The Fal­cons held the Bears to 145 yards rush­ing and made it a night­mar­ish game for quar­ter­back Ay­den Mathias.

Mathias was sacked three times and rushed for just six yards on 15 car­ries. Stand­out run­ning back Jamie Moc­cia was lim­ited to just 95 yards with a touch­down in the third quar­ter.

Although dis­ap­pointed in the re­sult, Boyertown head coach TJ Miller knows there is plenty of foot­ball left.

“That’s the way it is in life, things aren’t al­ways gonna go your way,” he said. “When things don’t go your way, you’ve got to wake up the next morn­ing, start the trac­tor and go back to work. That’s what we’re gonna do.”

NO AV­ER­AGE BEAR » Prior to kick­off of Fri­day night’s game, Nathanael Daven­port served as an hon­orary team cap­tain for Boyertown. Daven­port, a sec­ond grade stu­dent at Earl El­e­men­tary School, is a can­cer sur­vivor. He and his mother, Chris­ten, vis­ited the team’s prac­tice ear­lier this week where he shared his story and got to run some drills with the play­ers.

UP NEXT » In the mid­dle of a four-game road trip, Potts­grove heads to Glen Mills next for a non-league matchup while Boyertown is set to host Berks Con­fer­ence power Berks Catholic. Both games are slated for Fri­day night at 7 p.m.

THOMAS NASH - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Potts­grove’s Isa­iah Tay­lor (3) cel­e­brates with Isa­iah Glover (5) af­ter rush­ing for a 51-yard touch­down dur­ing Fri­day night’s win over Boyertown.

THOMAS NASH - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Potts­grove head coach Bill Hawthorne shouts to the ref­eree.

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