The Boyertown High football team was looking to continue its winning ways after last week’s 46-39 shootout against Central Bucks East. The Bears started league play with their arch rival Upper Perk High School, a team that hasn’t beaten Boyertown since 2009.
Boyertown scored early and often in route to a 61-19 rout of the Indians. That was the most points scored by the Bears since 2009 when they crushed Great Valley with 63 points.
Friday night, senior quarterback Griffin Pasik was 7-for-12 for 196 and two touchdown passes. Pasik also rushed for 49 yards. Eric Heller rushed for 139 yards and scored three touchdowns. Senior running back Cody Richmond scored two touchdowns. Nick Brough and Tyler Zilen also caught touchdown passes from Pasik.
“We’re scored 100 points in two games, and our guys came out ready to play,” said Head Coach Mark Scisly. “Two weeks in a row we came out ready to play and we’re going on all clydners. I was excited about our enthusiasm and how we played today.
“Griff did a nice job today, and we were catching the ball a lot better. That makes us a lot more dangerous offensively if we can be more pass orientated.
“There’s always room to improve (regarding the offense that scored a 100 points in two games). We had a couple of big plays and we had a couple of plays that we messed up on. Our offense can be so deadly if we get it going like we can be.”
Boyertown started the game with the football and wasted little time putting the ball in the end zone. The Bears had a five-play drive that spanned 1:24. The biggest plays of the drive were a 15 yard pass from Pasik to Zilen, a 35 yard run by Eric Heller to the Upper Perk nine yard line, and a Cody Richmond run on the next play to give the Bears the lead 6-0 with 10:36 in the first quarter.
The Bears’ defense held Upper Perk to a three-and-out, and the Boyertown offense went right back to work. On the first play from scrimmage, Pasik dropped back and found an open Nick Brough who caught the ball and ran 71 yard for a touchdown. Pasik scored a two-point conversion to put the Bears up 14-0 with 9:27 in the first quarter.
The Indians next offensive series saw junior quarterback Wyatt Brumm attempting a pass, but was intercepted by senior Tyler Zilen giving the ball on the Upper Per 24 yard line.
Three plays later Pasik found an open Zilen for a 20 yard touchdown reception. The extra point was no good, but the Bears increased their lead to 20-0 with 6:57 in the first quarter.
Later in the quarter, Boyertown started at its 43 yard line and used a five play scoring drive. The big play of the drive was a 30 yard pass and catch from Pasik to Richmond to the Indians 15 yard line. Two plays later, Pasik rumbled his way in for the score. The extra point was no good but the Bears now led 27-0 with 1:52 left in the first quarter.
“Our defense had a shut out in the first half,” said Scisly. “It’s definitely the right direction from last week when we gave up 39 points.”
Boyertown started its next scoring at its 33 yard line. There were two big plays on the drive. Pass completions of 30 and 35 yards gave the Bears a first-and-goal from the Indians’ two yard line. Two plays later Richmond punched it in from two yards out. Elijah Giorgio’s extra point was good, giving the Bears a 34-0 lead with 9:51 left in the second quarter.
The Bears added two more scores in the first half. The first was a one yard run by Eric Heller. Heller scored again on a 30 yard run to make the score 47-0 with 2:15 left in the first half.
Pasik had it going on in the first half. he was 8-for-11 for 189 yards passing.
Upper Perk started with the ball in the second half, and wasted very little time. The second play from scrimmage Brumm found an open senior wide out Travis Kline for a 41 yard touch down reception. The tribe also scored on their second offensive possession. Brumm hit Kline for another touchdown reception to make the score 47-13.
Heller scored his third touchdown of the night, running 60 yards to make the score 54-13.
Senior Aidan Schaeffer scored to make the score 54-19. Then senior quarterback Tyler Talkington finished the scoring with a three yard touchdown run to make the score 61-19.
“In the summer, it was a lot of hard work just to get the offense the way it can be,” said Pasik. “We busted our tails all summer to get conditioned. We’re so much more conditioned than other teams.”
“We have a big test next week with Methacton,” said Scisly. “They are a well coached team and their defense is solid from what I’ve seen so far. We have our work cut out for us. We haven’t beaten them in two years. We have to be ready to go.”