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Boyle Ready to Help Tribe Football Succeed
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Mikey Boyle claims his decision to enroll at Upper Perkiomen for his final year of high school was not driven by football. However, the move could prove beneficial his new team.  "A good quarterback can make up for a lot of other shortcomings," head

Upper Perkiomen quarterback Mikey Boyle, right, con-

fers with head coach Tom Hontz during last weekend's

scrimmage against Wilson Area.

coach Tom Hontz said.

            Boyle plans on utilizing the skills he developed at the neighboring prep school for the Indians. The Pennsburg resident is also hoping to earn continue his career in college.

            At 7 p.m. Friday, Boyle will lead the Tribe into its season opener on the road against Boyertown.  He's been preparing diligently for his return to traditional football for nearly three months, according to Hontz.

            The coach described Boyle, listed at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, as "super athletic," intelligent with a strong throwing arm. According to Hontz, the quarterback has the ability to find the open receiver. Last weekend, in a scrimmage against Wilson, he saw live action in 11 vs. 11 for the first time since youth football.

            "During the first week of spring practice, it was a little challenging," Boyle said. "Since then, I have gotten better and better, and I don't plan on stopping that improvement."

            At Perkiomen School, Boyle spent the last three years focused on 8-man football under the tutelage of head coach Casey Perlstein, an Upper Perkiomen graduate and former Kutztown quarterback. As a ninth grader, he led the team to the inaugural Keystone State Football League championship.

            Last season, he led the Panthers back to the league title game. Boyle threw for 1,388 yards and 21 touchdowns, both tops in the league. He earned all-league honors and was named its Offensive Player of the Year.

            In May, as the school year wound down, Boyle said the idea to enroll at Upper Perkiomen became more prominent. He explained that the decision to transfer was made for social reasons.

            "All my friends were at the high school, so the decision made sense to me," Boyle said.

            The 49-player roster, the largest during Hontz's nine-year tenure, features a strong group of freshmen and sophomores. Five or six ninth graders could see significant time on varsity, according to the coach.  "I think they can develop into something pretty decent," he said.

            With the new quarterback, the Indians offense will feature a combination of offensive concepts, including the traditional pro-style, I-formation with the tight end and a spread with run pass option plays for Boyle, according to Hontz.

            Zach Schwartz and Jayden White should get most of the early offensive carries. Schwartz, a sophomore, received limited opportunities last season, Hontz said.

            The coach added that White, a junior who played wide receiver as a sophomore, has earned playing time in the backfield.

            Chidike Eruba, a senior, could emerge as Boyle's top passing target. The coach said Aiden Void, a sophomore, has put in the work to become a quality possession receiver.

            Josh Hill and Gabe Carducci will anchor the offensive line. On defense, Tyler Hoffer will line up at outside linebacker and nose guard.

            A pair of sophomores, Matt Delzingaro and Eric Romanowski, will start at inside linebacker in the team's 4-4 alignment. Hill, junior Noah Lichtenwalner and Eruba will line up on the defensive front.

            "Once the bullets start flying, things could get a little dicey," Hontz said. "We'll see how long it takes for our inexperienced players to develop. We could take some lumps."






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