Boyertown had it all going for themselves. 8-0 record, 6-0 in the PAC-10 including a 34-28 victory over Pottsgrove, and a 5th place ranking in the District one AAAA Football playoffs.
It all came crashing down to earth as Owen J. Roberts used 285 yards on 37 carries, six touchdowns from Ryan Brumfield and the defense forced five Boyertown turnovers as the Wildcats crushed the Bears 55-14 Friday night in a PAC-10 game in Bucktown.
With the win OJR (7-2 overall, 6-1 league) should clinch a AAAA football playoff spot, but also control their own destiny for their first PAC-10 football championship since 1993.
“The kids were focused all week,” said OJR Head Coach Tom Barr. “They didn’t say this was a must win for us. They just took it as , OK, this is our next game and we need to take care of business,” he added.
And take care of business they did.
Following a defensive stop, OJR took over on downs at the 35 and drove 65 yards on 13 plays as Brumfield scored on a 5 yard run with 40 seconds left in the first quarter. John Pennell added his first of seven extra points as OJR lead 7-0. Brumfield carried 11 times for 65 yards in the drive.
On the ensuing drive, the Bears tied it at 7-7 as Tom Froelich scored on a five yard run with 11:04 left in the second quarter. The touchdown capped a 64 yard five play drive. The first play of the drive was the big play as Quarterback Dylan Pasik (7-15, 74 yards but three costly interceptions) found Brook David for 39 yards.
But back came Brumfield and the Wildcats.
Again driving 65 yards, this time in 12 plays as Brumfield went over from the three with 4:45 to go before halftime. Brumfield carried nine time for 36 yards in the drive and Quarterback Ryan Megay found Ian Brazier for a 23 yard completion in the drive to make the halftime score 14-7.
That was just a warm-up of what was to transpire.
Taking the second half kickoff, Brumfield needed four plays for his third score of the night, a 58 yard run that included a great block by Megay with just 2:05 gone in the third period as the Wildcats increased their lead 21-7.
And by this time, Boyertown couldn’t stop the OJR jail break.
After an exchange of possessions, Brunfield was right back at it scoring on a 33 yard run with 4:26 to go in the third quarter to increase the lead to 28-7.
Then on the first play after the kickoff, Jon Neiman (nine carries 48 yards) fumbled the football and Kyle Moore recovered for the Wildcats on the Bear 48. Before the first play was run, there was a 15 yards Unsportsman Like penalty and player ejection on Boyertown moved the ball to the 33 yard line. Sam Funk (eight carries 39 yards) gained seven on first down and Brumfield took it the rest of the way on second down for an insurmountable 34-7 lead for the Wildcats.
The Bears (8-1 overall, 6-1 league) then got back on the scoreboard as Pasik scored on a four yard run that capped a 66 yard seven play drive as OJR still lead 34-14 with 1:15 to play in the third quarter.
But Brumfield was still not finished.
Boyertown tried its second unsuccessful onsides kick as Paul Minninger recovered both for the Wildcats. Getting the ball on the Bear 49, the Wildcats played a little ball control and Brumfield scored his sixth touchdown of the night, a three yard run with 8:27 to play in the game.
“We worked hard all week so we deserved this,” said Brumfield. “This was without a doubt the best week of practice in my four years here,” he added.
OJR’s defense and second team offense put two late scores on the board as Nate Blevins returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown and Dylan Frierson, the heir apperant at tailback scored from 15 yards out.
OJR now plays a very tough Perkiomen Valley team next Friday night in Collegeville, while Boyertown must regroup and play Methacton next friday night at home.