Pip­pin, Owen J. Roberts drop Boyertown

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

BOYERTOWN >> Bryce Pip­pin earned ev­ery snap he took be­hind cen­ter Fri­day night.

Owen J. Roberts’ fresh­man line­backer — and ev­i­dently their backup quar­ter­back — made a liv­ing in Boyertown’s back­field on the night.

In turn, he also took over his own team’s back­field when starter Cooper Cham­ber­lain went down dur­ing the sec­ond half.

Pip­pin fin­ished with three of the Wild­cats’ five de­fen­sive sacks to high­light a stingy de­fen­sive ef­fort on the way to a 35-13 win at BASH Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

“I just went in and did what­ever I had to do,” said Pip­pin. “I kind of started off slow — I got knocked on my butt a cou­ple times (on de­fense) in the first quar­ter. But we ral­lied back and kept fight­ing.”

Boyertown (0-2 Pioneer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Lib­erty Di­vi­sion, 1-5 over­all) marched it the length of the field on their open­ing drive high­lighted by Jamie Moc­cia’s 42-yard touch­down carry four min­utes in.

From there, though, the OJR de­fense set the tone.

The Wild­cats (1-1, 4-2) held Boyertown to just five to­tal yards the rest of the first half while bring­ing an unan­swered 28-point scor­ing run into the third quar­ter.

“We came in hun­gry, but they caught us off guard,” said Pip­pin. “We def­i­nitely game-planned for him (Moc­cia). We didn’t know if he was go­ing to play or not be­cause he missed time last week. But we did a good job con­tain­ing him af­ter that open­ing drive.”

OJR run­ning back Mar­cus Martin racked up 95 rushing yards and three touch­downs on 32 car­ries while Cham­ber­lain ac­counted for 167 to­tal yards with a two-yard rushing touch­down as well as a 50yard touch­down pass to Dante DeNardo be­fore leav­ing the game in the third quar­ter.

“I was hop­ing to play him one side of the ball as a fresh­man,” said OJR head coach Rich Kolka of Pip­pin, whose role of­fen­sively was mostly hand­ing the ball off to Martin but car­ried it him­self a few times. “He’s been play­ing de­fense for us a few weeks now and he stepped up.”

Boyertown’s of­fense was held to just 157 to­tal yards with Moc­cia rack­ing up 88 rushing yards with a pair of touch­downs.

Sopho­more quar­ter­back Noah Se­gal — fill­ing in for in­jured starter Ay­den Mathias — never got too com­fort­able be­hind cen­ter. For the night, he com­pleted just 5 of 16 pass­ing at­tempts for 47 yards. He was sacked three times by Pip­pin and twice by Ai­dan Hay­ward and had a throw in­ter­cepted by Ian Sordilla dur­ing the first quar­ter.

“I cant be more proud of that kid,” pointed out Boyertown head coach TJ Miller of Se­gal. “A year ago, he’s play­ing fresh­man games on Thurs­day af­ter­noons, and now he’s start­ing at 6A var­sity foot­ball in South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia. He didn’t back down for us, he made some good throws and played tough.”

Hav­ing now lost five straight since their sea­sonopen­ing win in Week 1, the road won’t get any eas­ier from here for the Bears.

Boyertown trav­els to peren­nial power SpringFord next Fri­day night be­fore head­ing to two-time de­fend­ing league champ Perkiomen Val­ley a week later.

“We’ve got to go one game at a time,” said Miller. “You wake up in the morn­ing, start the trac­tor and go back to work. Things don’t go your way, but you can’t worry about two games at once. We can’t look too far ahead, we’ve just got to get ready for next week.”

Owen J. Roberts will host Nor­ris­town next week be­fore bring­ing in SpringFord on Oct. 12. HONORARY CAP­TAIN >> U.S. Navy Rear Ad­mi­ral Philip Sobeck served as honorary cap­tain for the Bears prior to the game.

Sobeck, a 1985 grad­u­ate of Boyertown, earned the De­fen­sive Su­pe­rior Ser­vice Medal, Le­gion of Merit, Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medal as well as other unit and cam­paign awards dur­ing his time of ser­vice.

THOMAS NASH - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Mar­cus Martin car­ries the ball up­field while a Boyertown de­fender gives chase dur­ing Fri­day night’s game.

THOMAS NASH - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Owen J. Roberts’ Bryce Pip­pin (11) cel­e­brates with team­mates dur­ing the fourth quar­ter of Fri­day night’s win over Boyertown.

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