WILKES-BARRE — If Albert Einstein said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, then there is a lot to be said of the Meyers coaching staff Friday night.
The Mohawks ran the same play — a straight run up the middle — 51 times. For 317 yards.
Invariability worked in Meyers’ favor in a 38-19 victory over Holy Redeemer at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium.
“We wanted to see how they would adjust to the loading-them-down look,” Meyers coach Corry Hanson said. “Early on, they weren’t adjusting. I think I might have set a world record for calling the same play. I called one play. That’s it.”
“We were having success so why change? The double side of that is that we were eating the clock up and keeping it out of Strickland’s hands. He could hurt us if he has the ball.”
Meyers did mix things up by calling Chris Telesco’s number. Telesco, all 275 pounds of him, rammed through the Royals’ line for three touchdowns on just five carries. He finished with just 30 yards on the day.
“In a short-yardage situation, he’s a big guy,” Hanson said. “He’s 275 pounds. If you put the ball in his hands, he should get you the yard. He carried some guys to the end zone a couple times.”
Meyers looked like it was cruising to an easy finish in the first half, controlling possession and keeping the ball on the ground. The Royals, held to several three-and-outs, finally tallied a touchdown when Eric Kerr caught a diving pass in the corner of the end zone with no time remaining in the first half to make it 16-7 at the break.
Telesco put the game out of reach when he practically carried the entire Holy Redeemer defense along with him for a 12-yard touchdown with 7:02 in the third quarter. Nate Mahalak solidified the victory with a 2-yard run at the end of the quarter.
“We lost so many good games this year,” Hanson said. “Tonight will give us some confidence going into GAR.”
Mark Robinson led the Mohawks with 148 yard on 24 carries with one touchdown. Nate Mahalak ran for 117 yards on 14 rushes.
Holy Redeemer quarterback Jimmy Strickland surpassed the 5,000-yard mark for his career on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kerr in the fourth quarter. The Royals converted an onside kick and scored on a Strickland run two minutes later.
Strickland finished his final game with 203 yards on a 21-for-41 passing effort. Kerr caught 10 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Meyers 38, Holy Redeemer 19
MEY — Carlo Telesco 5 run (Telesco run), 3:04
MEY — Mark Robinson 15 run (Robinson run), 8:06
HR — Eric Kerr 15 pass from Jimmy Strickland (Maurico Rodriguez kick), :00
MEY — Telesco 12 run (run failed), 7:02
MEY — Nate Mahalak 2 run (Mahalak run), 3:40
HR — Kerr 10 pass from Strickland (pass failed), 11:54
HR — Strickland 5 run (pass failed), 9:48
MEY — Telesco 1 run (Robinson run), 7:14
RUSHING — HR, Strickland 8-25, Eric Shorts 2-3, Pat Villani 7-49, Kerr 1-10. MEY, Matt DeMarco 7-19, Robinson 24-148, Mahalak 14-117, Telesco 5-30, Luke Kropp 1-3
PASSING — HR, Strickland 21-41-1-203
RECEIVING — HR, Kerr 10-114, Vince Villani 5-54, P. Villani 2-(minus-5), Shorts 2-28, Chad Fahey 1-15
INTERCEPTIONS — MEY, Robinson 1-0