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Boyertown Rolls to Win Over Indians in Season Opener
Written by Staff Report
2022-08-31

            No one said it was going to be easy.

            When Tom Hontz came up with the 2022 slogan, "Build U.P.", the message infers not only a young team but the learning experiences that come with it.

            Last Friday night at Boyertown in the season opener, Upper Perkiomen's football team endured one of those aforementioned experiences.

            The 61-0 final tells most of the tale, as well as the statistics that go along with it:

Upper Perkiomen defenders Tyler Hoffer, Chidike Eruba,

Gavin Weiss, Zach Schwarz pusue a Boyertown ball carrier.

a Boyertown 523-46 advantage in total offense, three Upper Perk turnovers, and an 18-6 disparity in first downs.

            Hontz said the Indians game planned for a run-heavy offense from the Bears. Instead, Boyertown lined up in the shotgun with two receivers wide on its first play and used a 45-yard pass to set up the first score. Boyertown, under first-year head coach Justin Konnick, finished with an uncharacteristic 184 passing yards, which yielded a pair of scores.

            "Defensively we were selling out to stop the run and lacked the necessary discipline to handle the play-action passing attack," Hontz said. "We just need to get that cleaned up. But regardless of blown assignments, Boyertown was just a much more physical, aggressive and confident team."

            Hontz said he was able to glean some positives from the loss. For starters, he said his offensive line battled, and he liked the tough running of sophomore running back Zach Schwartz (14 carries, 26 yards) and quarterback Mike Boyle (7 carries, 11 yards).

            Boyle's Upper Perkiomen debut under center was a rough one, as the senior was 4 of 11 for 51 yards with one pick. On his longest pass of the night, he uncorked a 42-yard pass to a diving Aiden Void early in the second quarter.

            "The bright spots were actually offensively, we were not that far off from success," Hontz said. "We had small breakdowns which cost us. The passing game will get better. Hoping that we can clean up those breakdowns and get the offense moving."

            The Indians, who had as many as five freshmen on the field defensively before the half, got solid outings from freshmen linebackers Brody Weiss (four solo tackles) and Ethan Scharnecki (three). Schwartz made a pair of solo stops at cornerback, and the special teams were boosted by kickoff returns from Weiss.

            Upper Perk did exact a small dose of revenge on Monday when the Indians' JV team gritted out a 24-20 win over the visiting Bears. The Indians rallied from a 20-point deficit to take the lead with 50 seconds left as Weiss took a counter off the right side into the end zone from 10 yards out. On Boyertown's next drive, junior Sam Carino picked off a fourth-down pass to seal the victory.

            The Indians' home opener will be tomorrow in a non-conference tilt against Schuylkill Valley. The Panthers fell, 39-12, at Twin Valley last Friday night as they yielded 303 rushing yards and five turnovers. To their credit, Schuylkill Valley amassed 398 yards of offense, led by junior running back Dominic Giuffre's 144 yards and two scores on 15 carries.

            "We shall see if we are going to learn and try to get better or lay down and let clubs take advantage of us," Hontz said. "That starts Friday night. There are no easy games on our schedule when you are a building team like ours. We need to focus on the goal of just getting better and competing."


 

 

 

 

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