Methacton breaks 19-game los­ing streak, bat­ters short-handed Boy­er­town, 36-7

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Tucker Ba­gley For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

FAIRVIEW VIL­LAGE » Not since Oc­to­ber 29, 2016, had the Methacton won a foot­ball game. But af­ter 692 win­less days, the War­riors were fi­nally vic­to­ri­ous Fri­day night, knock­ing off the Boy­er­town Bears, 36-7, in front of a rau­cous home crowd.

“It’s awe­some to fi­nally get this win,” first-year head coach Dave Lotier said. “We did so much work in the off­sea­son to bring kids back and bring the ex­cite­ment back to the pro­gram and this school. I’m happy for these play­ers and the fans who came out to sup­port us tonight.”

It seemed to be Methacton’s night from the get-go as Boy­er­town fum­bled the ball on the game’s first play from scrim­mage. The War­rior of­fense only man­aged 5 yards on their next 7 plays, but a 22-yard field goal from Chris Mee­han gave the home team a 3-0 lead.

It took two more of­fen­sive drives for the War­riors to score their first touch­down of the 2018 sea­son, a 19-yard strike from Dy­lan Schultz to Larry Dick­er­son that pushed the Methacton lead to 10-0.

“It felt good fi­nally get­ting the ball in the end zone,” Schultz said af­ter the game. “We had been work­ing so hard and came close ear­lier, but to fi­nally see 6 points go on the board was huge for us.”

Déjà vu then struck as Dick­er­son made a slick, slid­ing catch in the end zone on the War­riors’ very next drive to give them a 17-0 lead right be­fore the half.

De­spite scor­ing with their pass game in the first half, Methacton’s plan in the third quar­ter was to es­tab­lish the run as the team’s half­backs ro­tated in the “wild­cat“for the first six plays of the sec­ond half be­fore Mike Torcini broke free for a 47-yard touch­down and busted the game wide open.

“Mike’s long touch­down run was when I re­al­ized we were ac­tu­ally go­ing to win,” Schultz ad­mit­ted. “It’s great to see those guys ro­tate and pick up yards like they do.”

“We’ve been search­ing for an of­fen­sive iden­tity all year,” Lotier added. “Hav­ing three guys who can take the snap and tor­ment de­fenses is a huge thing for us.”

From there, the War­riors de­fense took over, forc­ing a safety later in the third quar­ter.

“We knew from the film, Boy­er­town wasn’t great at pro­tect­ing the passer,” Lotier ex­plained. “They’re a triple-op­tion team, so if we got them in pass­ing sit­u­a­tions, I knew we would be able to get pres­sure.”

Methacton’s de­fense oc­cu­pied the Boy­er­town back­field for the en­tirety of Fri­day’s game, record­ing 5 sacks and al­low­ing just 67 yards of to­tal of­fense on the night. Boy­er­town mus­tered some big plays in the first half, but with their lead­ing rusher Jamie Moc­cia and start­ing quar­ter­back Ay­den Mathias side­lined with in­juries, the Bears of­fense couldn’t string to­gether a de­cent drive.

“We were a lit­tle short-handed tonight, but that is no ex­cuse,” Boy­er­town coach TJ Miller said. “We knew Methacton was go­ing to be a great team and they proved that tonight. Credit Dave for ev­ery­thing he’s done to turn that pro­gram around.”

De­spite al­low­ing a touch­down in the late stages, Methacton al­lowed just 20 yards of to­tal of­fense in the sec­ond half. The War­riors also held quar­ter­back Noah Se­gal to just 2 of 9 on his pass at­tempts for 38 yards and that lone score, while also forc­ing 2 turnovers.

“Our gameplan in the sec­ond half was to run the ball and shut them down,” Lotier said. “We knew we just had to work the clock once we got our big lead.”

Methacton’s rush­ing at­tack was led by Torcini and Michael Ciriello, who com­bined for 194 yards on 20 car­ries. As a team, the War­riors racked up 215 yards on the ground, av­er­ag­ing over 5 yards per tote.

“It nice watch­ing those guys pick up tough yards,” Schultz gushed. “It takes so much pres­sure off the pass­ing game.”

Now, as Methacton heads into next week win­ners for the first time in nearly two years, Lotier knows it is just the be­gin­ning for his young pro­gram.

“We know to win two games, you have to win one,” Lotier said. “Our goal now is to go 1-0 next week and keep this mo­men­tum up. These kids now know we can win and we have a lot of things to work on if we want to re­main suc­cess­ful.”

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