In the only matchup between undefeated teams in the Berks Football League, Exeter played host to Conrad Weiser on Friday night when league play began. Not only was it a matchup of unbeatens, but both teams featured strong defenses, as well as two of the best dual threat quarterbacks in Berks County.
It did not take long for this game to live up to the excitement, as Exeter senior running back Manny Soto ran for a 70 yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage, giving the Eagles an early 7-0 lead.
It also did not take Weiser very long to answer either. Aidan Brosious took the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards for a touchdown to even the score at 7-7, just over a minute into the game.
After forcing a punt, and finally getting a chance to take the field on offense, Aidan Brosious threw an interception into the hands of Ethan Lutz on the Scouts first play from scrimmage. At that point it became very clear that this was going to be a game dictated by defense.
Exeter allowed just 3 field goals to the Scouts offense for the game, which struggled for the first time this season, outside of a few long passes to Dexter Jordan. Alex Guilbe gathered just 76 yards on the ground for Weiser.
Trailing 16-10 late in the fourth quarter, it was once again Manny Soto who got the scoring done for Exeter, as he took a handoff from Chase Yocum 43 yards for a touchdown to take the lead at 17-16.
Exeter managed to end Conrad Weiser’s night the same way they started it, with an Aidan Brosious pass right into the hands of Ethan Lutz.
Senior running back Manny Soto, who rushed for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns, gave credit to his offensive line and his starting quarterback. Soto said “We would be nowhere without Chase and our offensive line, they’re the reason that we’re 4-0”. Chase Yocum echoed Soto also crediting his offensive line, as well as Soto. Yocum said “Having a dynamic back like Manny is great for us, because it takes a lot of the pressure off of me.”
Exeter head coach Matt Bauer told his team after the win that it was “the biggest win he had ever seen for Exeter football”.
Next week, the Eagles will travel to Shillington to battle Governor Mifflin (1-0, 2-2), while the Scouts play host to Daniel Boone (0-1, 1-3).