WILKES-BARRE ‚?? After a slow first quarter, Old Forge rode a 29-point second quarter blitzkrieg to a big halftime lead and eventual 42-7 defeat of Meyers at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium on Friday night in a non-conference showdown.
Blue Devils running back Brian Tomasetti punched in two short scoring runs that complimented senior quarterback Brenden Wahl‚??s deep scoring passes of 73, 50 and 39 yards that left Meyers (1-1) looking for answers in its locker room that it never found in the second half.
‚??We started slowly last week and we wanted to come out this week and take whatever opened up for us,‚?Ě Old Forge (2-0) head coach Mike Schuback said. ‚??Brendan worked really hard this week with his receivers and the guys up front gave him the time he needed.
‚??I told him before the season that it‚??s his time now and that he‚??s been overdue for a big game.‚?Ě
Wahl finished his night midway through the third quarter after a one-play strike to Michael Vieira, finishing his day 8-of-9 for 258 yards, four scores and no turnovers. The touch Wahl showed to hit Vieira perfectly in stride for a 68-yard touchdown probably would have been his best play of the night, if not for a one worthy of the highlight reel in the second quarter.
On third-and-5 at midfield, Wahl scrambled to his right and met a wall of Mohawks before deftly reversing direction, taking a look up the field and then alertly stepping back from the line of scrimmage for a simple flip to a wide open Tomasetti. The senior running back rode a crushing block 25 yards downfield for a 21-0 lead on a play that left some Meyers defenders shrugging their shoulders and wondering what else could have been done.
‚??Once I saw that the play started to break, I just tried to move around enough to keep some things going and fortunately for us, my teammates saw and did the same,‚?Ě Wahl said. ‚??I didn‚??t lose any faith in them out there on that play and it turned out to be a big one for us.‚?Ě
Wahl added another score before a Tomasetti run ended the outburst in the quarter, this time rolling to his left and placing the ball right on the fingertips of Jake Manetti.
While Meyers still played with a decided intensity in the second half, the last two quarters went much like the first ‚?? Old Forge‚??s large and athletic front four bringing pressure, pressure and more pressure.
Speedster Parrish Bennet, who erupted last week for 284 yards, was held to 44 yards on 20 carries and had to fight for every last one. Quarterback Teaguen Labatch, who had a career game in the season opener, was hounded into two interceptions.
‚??Old Forge came out with a good scheme. They were mixing up their fronts and had some players switching positions at the last second and with a young offensive line, some of my guys hadn‚??t seen that in a game yet,‚?Ě Meyers head coach Corey Hanson said.
‚??The mistakes I saw tonight up front, they were mental mistakes that I think we can fix.‚?Ě
Meyers got on the scoreboard late after a 9-yard scramble from Teaguen Labatch.
Old Forge 42, Meyers 7
OF ‚?? Anthony Piccolini 73 pass from Brenden Wahl (kick blocked) 4:28
OF ‚?? Brian Tomasetti 6 run (Tomasetti run) 10:08
OF ‚?? Tomasetti 50 pass from Wahl (Shane Schuback kick) 7:07
OF ‚?? Jake Manetti 39 pass from Wahl (kick blocked) 5:05
OF ‚?? Tomasetti 1 run (Manetti pass from Wahl) 1:40
OF ‚?? Michael Vieira 68 pass from Wahl (Schuback kick)
MEY ‚?? Teaguen Labatch 9 run (Cal Lisman kick) 5:35
|Team Statistics||Old Forge||Meyers|
RUSHING ‚?? OF: Tomasetti 16-114, Brandon Yescavage 4-42, Kree Toomey 5-22, Matthew Trotta 2-4, Brandon Vahey 2-0, Wahl 2 ‚?? (-2); MEY: Parrish Bennett 20-44, Matt DeMarco 2-37, Al-Rahkeem Woodson 2-10, Labatch 2 ‚?? (-1), Zahir Dunell 1 ‚?? (-1), Nate Mahalak 2-0.
PASSING ‚?? OF: Wahl 8-9-0-258; Vahey 0-0-0-0; MEY: Labatch 4-14-2-59.
RECEIVING ‚?? OF Vieira 2-77, Piccolini 1-73, Tomasetti 1-50, Manetti 3-45, Warren Welsh 1-13; MEY: Dunell 1-30, Jacob Brominski 1-14, DeMarco 2-15.
INTS ‚?? OF: Tomasetti, Schuback
MISSED FGS ‚?? None