The Boyertown Area High School football team finished the 2012 season with a record of 3-8 (3-6 league), which included a seven-game losing streak. Head Coach Mark Scisly knows that the kids have something to prove this coming season. They want the entire 2012 season behind them and concentrate on making the 2013 season a good one.
On the positive side, the Bears are returning 10 of the 11 players on defense. The line averages 6’4” and 250 pounds. Overall, the team is returning 18 of 22 starters from last year
“We’re working hard and the first week of camp was pretty successful,” said head coach Mark Scisly. “We have some things to work on, but we have some positives so we are going to dwell on those positives. We want to keep improving.”
Scisly is happy with how things are going so far this season. He and his coaching staff have seen the seniors step into the leadership role and the coaches are seeing how hard they are working.
“We’re happy with how hard they’re working out there,” said Scisly. “Things are going smoothly.”
It was no secret that the defense was a problem last year. Scisly had a lot of different players on the defensive side of the ball so continuity was hard to establish. This year he feels that the defense will be much tighter.
“We have a lot of experience guys back, so it makes it a little easier because we can get more advanced with them,” said Scisly. “They can perfect it (the system) more.”
The expectations are very high for the 2013 Bears’ team on the grid iron. The first goal that the team has is to win the PAC-10 title, which is the teams’ goal every year. The second goal is to make the district playoffs. With the experience the team has this year, both goals are attainable.
The line is led by seniors Austin Jacobs and Kyle Schutt, both average about 6’-4” and 290 pounds. Also returning on the line is David Pettine. “They bring experience to the line,” said Scisly.
Returning in the secondary is Justin Siejk, who was an all-area second team player last year. Anthony Borzillo is also returning in the secondary for the Bears. Junior Dalton Hughes will be seeing time in the secondary.
Tyler Zilen, Mike Murphy and Brock Johnson are returning at linebacker. Zilen will see time at tight end on offense.
The Bears are also returning a big offensive line and skill players, including three-year starter Griffin Pasik at quarterback. Pasik was 59-for-152 (38.82%) last year and he threw for 959 yards. Pasik threw 11 touchdowns, but also threw five interceptions. The coaching staff is looking for big things from Pasik.
“We are expecting him to lead the offense and help us be more balanced than a year ago,” said Scisly.
Also returning is 1,000 yard rusher Cody Richmond. He rushed for eight touchdowns last season. Also returning is running back/wide out Eric Heller who rushed for 625 and had eight touchdowns.
“It’s great to have two backs with a lot of experience returning,” said Scisly.
The Bears are also returning 6’3 wide out Nick Brough who had 509 yards receiving and he caught six touchdown passes.
There is one sophomore that is looking to make an impact on this year’s team. Lawrence Garnett who will get a lot of time at cornerback this year.
The biggest strength for the team has is a big offensive line. They will have a lot of weight on the line which will help them with the running game.
Scisly knows that Pottsgrove and Spring-Ford are the teams to beat in the PAC-10 this year. Despite the strength of these teams, the Bears expect to be right there with them.
“We gotta’ stay healthy. If we stay healthy, I feel that we can definitely compete,” said Scisly. “We can compete with everybody.”
With injuries being a problem last year, Scisly is hoping that the year in the weight room will pay off. A healthy season will go a long way for their chances of a championship.