WILKES-BARRE — Meyers unveiled more than just a new look Friday at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium. The Mohawks might have rolled out a new playbook and uniforms — navy matte helmets and crisp white and gold jerseys — but they resembled an offense that resembled the high-octane Mohawk teams of the eighties and mid-2000s.
The speedy Mohawks fashioned a 57-7 victory over Holy Cross, wasting no time in putting points on the scoreboard. Meyers scored three touchdowns in its first six plays from scrimmage to defeat the Crusaders.
“We have some speed on the corner,” Meyers coach Corry Hanson said. “So if we can get on the outside of some teams, it really gets us out in the open.”
Meyers’ Matt DeMarco scored four touchdowns in his first game under center. DeMarco ran the ball 10 times for 194 yards.
“(DeMarco) is smart,” Hanson said. “He works hard. He’s just an all-around athlete.”
Two offensive plays into the game, the Mohawks showed their top two weapons. After blocking a punt, sophomore running back Mark Robinson ran 22 yards to set up a 9-yard DeMarco touchdown.
Robinson, Hanson’s go-to running back this season, racked up 90 yards on three explosive runs in the first half. He weaved his way around Crusaders defenders to score his first career touchdown on an explosive 45-yard run.
“Things went really well tonight,” Robinson said. “DeMarco and I, we played with each other (in mini-football). We have a lot of chemistry.”
The Mohawks displayed their offense’s other new weapon in the second half, giving the ball to sophomore Zahir Dunell six times for 91 yards and two touchdowns.
Hanson said the Mohawks didn’t show too much of its offense in the 50-point triumph before its Week 2 matchup with Old Forge.
“We saved some things,” he said.
Meyers scored touchdowns on its first eight possessions of the game before coughing up two fumbles in the fourth quarter. Holy Cross averted the shutout with a 29-yard Erik Nelson touchdown catch from Eric Gatto.
The Mohawks linebacking corps of Jacob Brominski, T.J. Cistrunk and Nate Mahalak held the 47 yards on 26 carries. Meyers forced botched punt attempts twice in the first quarter.
Meyers 57, Holy Cross 7
MEY — Matt DeMarco 9 run (Cal Lisman kick), 10:01
MEY — DeMarco 15 run (Lisman kick), 4:42
MEY — Nate Mahalak 7 run (kick blocked), 2:38
MEY — Mark Robinson 45 run (Lisman kick), 11:14
MEY — DeMarco 37 run (Mahalak run), 7:51
MEY — Zahir Dunell 22 run (Lisman kick), 0:51
MEY — DeMarco 62 run (Lisman kick), 11:20
MEY — Dunell 21 run (Dunell run), 2:25
HC — Erik Nelson 29 pass from Eric Gatto (Nelson kick), 1:21
RUSHING — HC, Andrew Miles 9-6, Tom Ware 6-35, Nelson 1-(minus-13), Eric Gatto 4-22, Zach Zaluski 3-4, Marcus Purdy 1-2, TEAM 2-(minus-5). MEY, Robinsion 1-90, DeMarco 10-194, Mahalak 10-75, Dunell 6-91, Michael Dempsey 3-27, Terry Eyerman 3-49, TEAM 1-(minus-1).
PASSING — HC, Gatto 6-19-2-120. MEY, DeMarco 1-4-0-7.
RECEIVING — HC, RJ Kline 3-25, Jacob Mineo 1-30, Nelson 2-71. Robinson 1-7.
INTERCEPTIONS — MEY, Josh Schiowitz 1-0, Tyon Thomas 4-42.
MISSED FGs — None