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Boyertown Ready to Host Indians in Season Opener
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Boyertown's triple option veer offense will likely include a few additional wrinkles. The players understand the scheme, according to T.J. Miller, the team's second-year head coach.

Members of the Boyertown High School Football Team run sprints during an August 17

morning practise.

            "The seniors are taking the lead," he said. "Everyone has a better grasp of the offense then they did last year."

            According to Miller, the Bears – who rallied from an 0-4 start last season to win five games and capture the Eastern Conference title with a 48-20 win over Pocono Mountain East – could incorporate additional running or passing plays to their offensive repertoire for their 79th season opener against visiting Upper Perkiomen on Friday at Memorial Stadium. Boyertown leads the overall series 40-17-3.

            The unit will run the ball between 75 and 85 percent of the time, according to the coach.

"We'll throw the ball when we need to," he said.

            Miller said Jamison Moccia will likely get most of the carries. Moccia, a 5-foot-10 junior, finished fifth in the 100 meter dash at the PIAA Class 3A Track and Field Championships in May.

            The coach described senior quarterback Aydan Mathias as big, strong and fast with "great decison making ability."

            He identified Blaise Caroselli, a senior tight end as the heart of the team and a player will run through a wall to win. "Blaise does what needs to be done to get the job done," Miller said. 

Aaron Smith, a 5-foot-9 sophomore, will start at wide receiver. Seniors Carter Watts, Colin McIlvee, Holden O'Donnell, along with junior Jake Eddinger, will anchor the starting lineup.

Boyertown's defense will feature three down lineman and five linebackers, including Mathias, Caroselli and Colin Hogan. Dylan Robertson, a senior, will start at free safety.

"Our linebackers are fast and physical," Miller said.

            Even though Upper Perkiomen lost several key players to graduation from the team that posted a 42-21 victory over the Bears last season, the coach isn't expecting much of a drop off from their neighboring rival. Miller praised the ability of Indians head coach Tom Hontz to make sure his players are prepared.

            "I don't expect that team to lose a step," Miller said. "I have the utmost respect for any team Hontz puts on the field. He will have the team prepared. He is a competitor."

            Last season, the host Indians opened the season with a convincing victory over Boyertown. Tyrese Reid ran for a team-high 118 yards on 10 carries, and Tyler Whary accumulated 86 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. Their defense forced three turnovers and did not allow a rushing touchdown to help secure a win in the series for the first time since 2009.

            The Bears are playing their home games at Memorial Stadium despite being unable to utilize their home bleachers due to structural issues. In May, school districts officials voted to utilize temporary bleachers

According to a May 14 facilities committee presentation, officials estimated the cost of allowing the football team to utilize the field for the season at cost of $48,000. That includes $34,000 to rent the bleachers, according to a PowerPoint presentation posted on the district's website.






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