The Governor Mifflin Football Team was looking to avenge last week's 34-14 loss to their rival Wilson Bulldogs on Friday, Sept. 5 against Boyertown.
With their 37-13 victory over the visiting Boyertown Bears head coach Mich Vecchio got his 100th career win.
Coach Vecchio was very pleased with his team's overall performance.
"I'm very happy," said Vecchio. "For a first year coach, I think Mark's (Scisly) doing a hell of a job. I think that they should have won against Muhlenberg. I can't give enough credit tonight to our kids. Finally, we came out and showed that our offense hasn't left town after last season. We had a good night and I'm very happy."
Senior Pat Haggerty was happy with his overall performance.
"I struggled a little bit on defense but offensively, I ran the ball a lot better than last week," said Haggerty. "I ran a lot stronger and harder."
After an 11-yard punt by the Bear's punter, the Mustangs started at Boyertown's 22-yard line.
Pat Haggerty ran for 11 yards to the Boyertown 11-yard line for a first down. Jordan Perez then carried the ball for a three yard gain, but a quarterback keeper which lost four yards set up a Zach Ochs 29-yard field goal and the Mustangs lead 3-0 with 1:39 in the first quarter.
Mifflin's next scoring drive would start from their own 22-yard line and took 5:41.
One could say it was a very methodical drive, and ate up a lot of the clock in the second quarter.
Josh Ruffner ran the ball for seven yards to the Mifflin 34-yard line. The biggest play of pass to the receiver who then handed the ball off to Haggerty who ran the ball for 17 yards to the Boyertown 34-yard line. Vince Garipoli ran the ball for four yards to increase the Mustang lead to 10-0 with 6:01 left in the second quarter.
The Mustang's defense continued to dominate and cause Boyertown a lot of problems when it came to the ground game.
"The defense as far as stopping the run was phenomenal," said Vecchio. "We had some communication breakdowns on the passing game."
That isn't a concern for coach Vecchio since he has a few players out with injuries and will be back on the field in the next couple of weeks.
"We were flying all over the ball and everyone was making plays," said Haggerty. "Despite some secondary deep passes we were all performing at a top level."
The Mustangs last score of the first half would start from the Boyertown 27-yard line. Garipoli would score his second of his four touchdowns with a 27-yard scramble from the line of scrimmage. The score was now 17-0 with 3:10 in the second quarter.
Boyertown would answer with a score of their own before the first half would come to a close. The Bears started the drive at their own 33-yard line.
Quarterback David Crognale had a 34-yard scamper, for a first down and 10 at the Mustang 31-yard line. Crognale made a beautiful pass to Ty Showers for a 25-yard touchdown reception. That made the score 17-7 as the first half came to a close.
The Mustangs would add a touchdown in the third quarter. Mifflin started the drive on their own 33-yard line.
Haggerty carried the ball for nine yards to their own 46. Brett Campbell scampered for 11 yards to the Boyertown 39-yard line.
Garipoli ran a quarterback keeper for 14 yards to the Boyertown 25-yard line. Campbell ran for 11 yards to the Boyertown three-yard line.
Garipoli sprinted in for his third touchdown of the evening.
Boyertown got another touchdown to get within two touchdowns, but couldn't get any closer.
Crognale threw a pass to Eric Repko for 37 yards to the Mifflin 40-yard line and the drive was capped off by a Crognale to Kevin Kluk 36-yard touchdown reception to make the score 24-13 with 4:44 left in the third quarter.
Boyertown attempted an onside kick, but they touched the ball before it hit the ground giving the Mustangs a first down near midfield.
The Mustangs would drive the ball down the field, but wouldn't get any points due to a fumble at the one-yard line.
The Mustangs added two more insurance touchdowns when Garipoli scored his last touchdown of the evening which was a one-yard touch-down run and Jordan Perez ran for 15 yards to end the Mustangs scoring for the evening.
Haggerty had 129 yards rushing (21 carries) and helped the Mustangs to the win over the visiting Bears. "He (Haggerty) does it all and he does it all very well," said Vecchio.
Garipoli had 91 yards rushing on 14 carries.
The Mifflin running game was dominating during the game and wore out the Bears defense by the fourth quarter.
"Our offense came to play tonight and they did really well," said Vecchio.
"Last week we couldn't get a thing going but this week we did."
"We took it right to them and ran right up the middle," said Haggerty. "Eventually we came out on top and we were the better condition team."
"I guess that proves that I'm getting old," said Vecchio about his 100th win with a laugh.
"It's also about how much you enjoy doing what you're doing. That's how you get your 100 wins. It was just neat. Nothing more and nothing less."