FAIRVIEW VILLAGE — In the classic film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Paul Newman's Butch character asks this memorable question to Robert Redford's Sundance, in regard to the relentless posse chasing the two affable outlaws:
"Who are those guys?'
That's what a lot of folks in the stands at Methacton wanted to know Saturday afternoon, as the Warriors took apart Boyertown 48-10 in an eyebrow-raising Pioneer Athletic Conference football contest.
Methacton's heretofore moribund offense, which entered the game averaging a paltry 6.5 points and 124 total yards per game, erupted for its highest point total in five seasons under the direction of new quarterback Conner Derrickson.
The Warriors defense, meanwhile, simply shut down a Boyertown attack that had racked up 107 points and 1,020 total yards through its first two games.
Derrickson, a junior making his first start, ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns, Dillon Alderfer returned an interception for a touchdown and also recovered a fumble; and Mike Cassidy (no relation to Butch, by the way) had a strong two-way effort to help Methcacton (1-1 PAC-10, 1-2 overall) pick up its first win.
"This,' said the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Cassidy,' is the real Methacton.'
The Warriors showed a lot of grit at the defensive end in a 14-6 loss to Bayard Rustin in Week 1, but were blown out by neighboring rival Perkiomen Valley 44-7 last week.
That precipitated coach Paul Lepre to pull the trigger on a quarterback change, with Kyle Lowery moving to slotback and Derrickson taking over behind center.
"Conner did a great job last year on JV and he competed for the starting job this preseason,' Lepre said. "We just felt like we needed to get him more familiarity with varsity football, and we'd give Kyle the (Week 1) start and see where it went from there. But when we struggled with that and Conner showed signs last week of making plays, we thought it was time.'
Derrickson didn't waste any time making in immediate impact. He raced 62 yards on the Warriors' first offensive series to put Methacton up 7-0.
"At the beginning of the week they told me I was going to start,' Derrickson said. "I wasn't really nervous at all; I felt great. Our offensive line did a great job blocking and creating holes. We just had a lot of intensity today. We all wanted this win very bad.'
The Warriors showed that in storming to a 21-0 lead highlighted by Derrickson's 14-yard TD toss to Alderfer and Derrickson's 70-yard run.
"What we did today was make plays when we had to,' Alderfer said. "That's how you win games.'
Boyertown (1-1, 2-1) finally on the board on Elijah Giorgio's 29-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the first half, then the Bears appeared to finally get in a rhythm on a 13-play, 76-yard drive that culminated in Eric Heller's 3-yard TD reception from Griffin Pasik that cut it to 21-10 with 5:52 in the third quarter.
That, however, would be as close as it got.
After a roughing-the-passer penalty on a third-down incompletion kept a Warriors drive alive, Cassidy delivered a back-breaking 22-yard TD run to make 28-10 with 2:00 left in the third.
From there, things simply snowballed. In the final period, Alderfer returned an interception 66 yards for a score, Derrickson tacked on a 17-yard TD run and reserve Dontae Thomas ripped off a 43-yard scoring jaunt for the final margin.
Cody Richmond ran for a team-high 158 yards for the Bears, who were done in by four turnovers.
"We just dug ourselves a hole,' Boyertown coach Mark Scisly said. "Defensively, you can't keep giving up big plays like that, and offensively, you can't put your defense in bad situations by turning the ball over like we did.
"It's nothing I can really put my finger on. Just an all-around bad performance, and we have to fix it for next week. There was a lack of focus yesterday in practice. I don't know if guys were overlooking them, but it sure seemed like it.'
Whatever the case, rest assured no one will be overlooking the Warriors from here on.
"We had a long practice week,' said Cassidy, who ran for 39 yards and also had a sack. "Nobody wanted to come out of here with a loss. Our seniors and captains got the team together and we talked about what we want out of this season. Everybody stepped up today.'
"I just think the guys went back to the first week's mindset,' Lepre said. "We played a tough Rustin team and held them to 14 points, and our guys got back to that mentality. It was all on them. We challenged them all week to take personal responsibility.'
Suffice it to say the Warriors answered that challenge, which was largely responsible for a stunning reversal of fortune.
Cassidy continued his outstanding punting, averaging 53.0 yards for his four attempts. ... Nick Brough led Boyertown with four receptions and 52 receiving yards; Lowery had 58 receiving yards on two catches for Methacton and also collected an interception. ... Derrickson finished 7-for-18 for 111 yards, while Pasik was 12-for-25 for 126 yards.
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Boyertown 0 3 7 0 — 10
Methacton 7 14 7 20 — 48
M-Derrickson 62 run (LeSage kick)
M-Alderfer 14 pass from Derrickson (kick failed)
M-Derrickson 70 run (Lower pass from Derrickson)
B-Giorgio 29 FG
B-Heller 3 pass from Pasik (Giorgio kick)
M-Cassidy 22 run (LeSage kick)
M-Alderfer 66 interception return (LeSage kick)
M-Derrickson 17 run (LeSage kick)
M-Thomas 43 run (kick failed)
First Downs 19 14
Rushing yards 226 287
Passing yards 126 111
Total yards 352 398
Passes C-A-I 12-25-2 7-18-0
Fumbles-Lost 4-2 2-0
Penalties-Yards 5-40 5-35
Punts-Avg. 5-35.0 4-53.0
Boyertown: Richmond 35-158, Pasik 8-29, Heller 6-14, Talkington 2-13, Brough 1-5, Bucks 3-4, Bill 1-3.
Methacton: Derrickson 11-134, 3 TDs; Cassidy 10-39, 1 TD, Thomas 3-38, 1 TD, Walcott 2-23, Heffelfinger 1-17, Lowery 2-10, Torcini 3-9, Keenan 3-7, Cotteta 1-10.
Boyertown: Pasik 12-25-126, 1 TD, 2 INTs.
Methacton: Derrickson 7-18-111, 1 TD.
Boyertown: Brough 4-52, Zilen 3-25, Richmond 2-19, Heller 2-12, 1 TD, Bucks 1-18.
Methacton: Lowery 2-58, Alderfer 2-22, 1 TD, Cassidy 2-14, Walcott 1-17.
Interceptions: Methacton-Lowery, Alderfer.
Sacks: Boyertown-Zilen; Methacton-Cassidy.