Mark Scisly has taken over the reigns as the Boyertown football coach. He brought a new attitude and a philosophy for the Bears who are looking to improve from the 2007 campaign. The team is hungry and looking to forget the last season which had many injuries and a lot of young players learning the game.Coach Scisly feels that the team is getting better each day and it's a work in progress. The team is taking small steps and Scisly was hoping for the progress to show in the second scrimmage against Daniel Boone High School. He is also hoping for that scrimmage to be a stepping stone for their first game against Muhlenberg High School on Friday, August 29, at BASH Memorial Stadium.

When you install a new offense and defensive system it takes time for players to learn. Coaches need to be patient with the players.

"We installed a new offensive and defensive system and it takes time to do that," said Scisly. "We scrimmage Wilson first and there will never be a perfect scrimmage.

"We've been doing our system for a week and they've (Wilson) been using their system for a couple of years. It takes time to get it in and I think by the first game we'll have perfected what we're doing. It takes time to install something new. Every day they're getting better and understanding it more.

They're right on track for where they should be."

Coach Scisly is expecting a successful season. The team goal is the win the PAC-10 title. Of course there is going to be a learning curve early in the season. The coaches are looking for the team to improve each week.

Scisly is looking to build a great program at Boyertown. He feels that these are reachable goals for his first year at Boyertown High.

"The kids are working hard and as long as they keep their effort level up, along with their enthusiasm, they'll get better," said Scisly.

Scisly has 22 returning players from 2007. All of them saw varsity action at some point last year. He feels that the linemen are coming along this year, and most of them are experienced starters.

Returning from the offensive line are Wilmer Barndt, Ian Repko Josh McMenanmin, Brandon Weller and Ian Beidler. Ty Showers is back with the team after spending the summer playing for the Legion Bears. "He (Showers) will be a force at tight end," said Scisly. Crognale is a four year starter returning at quarterback. "He's (Crognale) a great football player and everyone knows that."

Returning at running back are Logan Herb, Ryan Schwager and Chase Stewart. Jeff Zimmerman will be looking to get some time in the backfield. "Eric (Repko) is looking good at receiver, and Matt Frain and Kevin Kluk are working in there at receiver," said Scisly. "We have a lot of returning starters on offense and they are all coming along. We have the potential to have an explosive offense."

On the defensive side of the ball, Wilmer Barndt, Ian Beidler and Anthony Gallie will be looking at time at the tackle position. In Ian Repko, Josh Rapella and Josh McMenamin, Scisly feels that he has some capable defensive ends.

Ty Showers is playing the middle of the linebacker spot and anchoring the defense. "He's a great leader there and he's a big physical player," said Scisly. "He makes our defense a lot better now that he's back from playing baseball."

Also looking to make a contribution at linebacker are Jeff Zimmerman, Brandon Weller and Jared Giles.

"Jared was a real bright spot in our scrimmage against Wilson. He played really well and made 50 to 60% of the tackles," said Scisly.

Coach Scisly isn't sure who the starters will be in the secondary, but there are a lot of people vying for the starting position. Some of those include Chase Stewart, Aaron Hunsberger and Matt Frain at the corner position. At the safety position, Eric Repko, Kevin Kluk and Kevin Schwartz are fighting for the starting spots.

Coach Scisly is very excited about his first season at the helm. He's especially exited to have so many players with varsity experience coming back.

"It's good that these guys have experience and they know what to expect on Friday nights," said Scisly. "They're hungry after last season"

The Bears have a very tough non-league schedule, facing two top teams in Berks County, Muhlenberg and Governor Mifflin in the first two weeks. "They could be the two best teams we play all year, but not including our league," said Scisly. "We don't have an easy schedule to start the year."

Coach Scisly feels that the Pottsgrove Falcons are the odds-on favorite to win the PAC-10 this year. He knows that until you beat them, they are going to be one of the top teams. He also feels that Perk Valley will also be another top team in the PAC-10.

Phil Haddad is a free lance writer for the Times and all comments can be sent to

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