PHOENIXVILLE — Boyertown’s football team put 62 points on the scoreboard Saturday afternoon, accumulated 604 yards of total offense and 23 first downs.
Yet Bears’ head coach Mark Scisly was just as happy to talk about the play of his defense during a 62-7 rout of Phoenixville in a Pioneer Athletic Conference game at Washington Field.
The Bears limited the Phantoms to no points from scrimmage, 98 yards ot total offense and just seven first downs, three of them by penalties. On top of that, the Boyertown defense forced three turnovers, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, and registered four sacks. Phoenixville’s lone touchdown came on an 85-yard kickoff return by Mackensie Thomas during the second quarter, but the Phantoms still trailed, 34-7, by halftime and 21-0 by the end of the opening period.
“We scored 62 points, but I am really happy with the defense,” said Scisly. “We got turnovers and created good field position after giving up 34 ponts to Pottstown. We played a physical game and I am really proud of our guys.”
Boyertown improved its record to 4-2 in the PAC-10 and 5-2 overall. Phoenixville dropped to 3-2 (3-4) after bowing in its Homecoming contest.
The Bears scored on the first play from scrimmage on a 71-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Griffin Pasik to wide receiver Nick Brough, and that set the tone for the remainder of the game.
Pasik completed six of 12 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns. Brough caught four passes for 185 yards and three scores of 71, 73 and 33 yards. Pasik also rushed for two touchdowns and 97 yards on seven tries. He scored on runs of three and 69 yards.
Boyertown’s running game proved to be just as effective, piling up 394 yards on the ground. Workhorse Cody Richmond ran 24 times for 162 yards and one TD on a 10-yard burst. Richmond also caught a 21-yard scoring toss from Pasik.
Defensively, Justin Siejk and Dalton Hughes intercepted passes for the Bears, and Alex Baldassarre recovered a fumble. Linebackers Anthony Borzillo and Will Scholl finished with two and 1.5 sacks, respectively, while Mike Murphy also had half a sack.
Phoenixville’s Joe Pufko intercepted a pass, and Justin McDougal recorded a sack.
Phantoms’ punter Cole Luzins was forced to kick six times for a 38.9-yard average. His longest punts covered 56 and 47 yards. The Bears did not have to punt all day.
Boyertown earned the victory by dominating both the offensive and defensive lines with their size, strength and power. The Bears also executed well with their backs and linemen.
“I trust my receivers,” said Pasik. “I feel they can win against any defensive backs. When it clicks, it is a lot of fun.”
Boyertown 21 13 14 14 - 62
Phoenixville 0 7 0 0 - 7
B-Brough 71 pass from Pasik (Giorgio kick)
B-Pasik 3 run (kick blocked)
B-Brough 73 pass from Pasik (Zilen pass from Pasik)
B-Richmond 21 pass from Pasik (kick failed)
B-Pasik 69 run (Giorgio kick)
P-Thomas 85 kickoff return (Wertman kick)
B-Brough 33 pass from Pasik (Giorgio kick)
B-Richmond 10 run (Giorgio kick)
B-Harvey 21 run (Giorgio kick)
B-Rittenhouse 23 run (Giorgio kick)
First downs 23 7
Rushing yards 394 58
Passing yards 210 40
Total yards 604 98
Passes C-A-I 6-13-1 2-13-2
Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-1
Penalties-yards 11-95 3-15
Punts-avg. 0-0 6-38.9
Boyertown: Richmond 24-162, 1 TD; Pasik 7-97, 2 TDs; Harvey 6-46, 1 TD; Rittenhouse 3-44, 1 TD; Baldassarre 5-25; Heller 3-16; Talkington 5-4.
Phoenixville: Thomas 4-25; Ciaverelli 1-9; Karkoska 6-8; Beasley 3-8; McDougal 6-6; Davido 1-5; Raniszewski 1-2; Jackson 11-(-5).
Boyertown: Pasik 6-12-210, 4 TDs, 1 INT; Talkington 0-1-0.
Phoenixville: Karkoska 1-3-15; Jackson 1-9-25, 1 INT; Luzins 0-1-0, 1 INT.
Boyertown: Brough 4-185, 3 TDs; Richmond 1-21, 1 TD; Hughes 1-4.
Phoenixville: Raniszewski 1-25; Gallow 1-15.
Interceptions: Boyertown-Siejk, Hughes. Phoenixville-Pufko.
Sacks: Boyertown-Borzillo 2, Scholl 1.5, Murphy 0.5. Phoenixville-McDougal.