NANTICOKE — Already the leading passer and rusher for Meyers, Matt DeMarco was prepared to add something new to his repertoire on Friday.
With Mohawks kicker Cal Lisman abruptly sidelined with a knee injury, DeMarco was tabbed to take over punting duties if needed.
“I got a call about 8 o’clock last night and heard I’ve got no kicker and no punter,” Meyers coach Corry Hanson said with a laugh. “We went to Plan B real quick.”
The Mohawks didn’t need DeMarco to actually boot the ball, but the senior quarterback did everything else, racking up 203 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in Meyers’ 36-0 win at Nanticoke.
“Matt’s a tough kid, he really is,” Hanson said. “He’s resilient. We bounced back after a tough loss last week. He handled the pressure and he performed well tonight.”
DeMarco lined up to punt twice. The first time he ripped off a 17-yard gain on fourth-and-7 to set up a touchdown late in the second quarter.
He finished the day with 135 yards and three scores on the ground and added 68 yards passing, including a 45-yard touchdown to a wide-open Tyon Thomas just two plays after the fake punt. His first rushing score covered 77 yards.
“DeMarco’s a great athlete. Any team with him has an advantage,” Nanticoke coach Ron Bruza said. “He basically broke our backs tonight.”
Meyers (2-2) scored two touchdowns in the final 1:14 of the first half, with the second one effectively ending the Trojans’ hopes.
With time winding down, T.J. Cistrunk blasted quarterback J.T. Levandowski on third-and-long. Tyler Smallcomb scooped up the loose ball and returned it 30 yards to the Nanticoke 10 with 15.4 seconds left before the break.
It took DeMarco two plays to find the end zone, beating the defense to the corner off right tackle to make it 28-0 at halftime.
“I told the defense to just be aggressive,” Hanson said. “Last week I thought we were a little passive, especially in the second half when the game was on the line.”
Meyers rebounded nicely from back-to-back road losses — a blowout at Old Forge and a heartbreaker at Lackawanna Trail. The Mohawks defense held Nanticoke (1-3) under 100 yards of offense and just 18 in the second half.
Levandowski had 48 yards passing to lead the Trojans. Nate Mahalak (64 yards rushing) had the Mohawks’ other touchdown on the night.
Lineman Carlo Telesco took over kickoff duties for Meyers, sticking mostly to squib kicks. Meyers didn’t attempt an extra point, going for two after all five touchdowns and converting three times.
Meyers 36, Nanticoke 0
MEY —Nate Mahalak 6 run (Mark Robinson run), 0:05
MEY — Matt DeMarco 77 run (pass failed), 7:15
MEY — Tyon Thomas 45 pass from DeMarco (run failed), 1:14
MEY — DeMarco 10 run (Robinson run), 0:05
MEY — DeMarco 3 run (Robinson run), 1:17
RUSHING — MEY, Matt DeMarco 12-135, Nate Mahalak 14-64, Zahir Dunell 7-19, Michael Dempsey 3-19, Mark Robinson 4-5, Josh Schiowitz 2-3. NAN, Ron Kotz 6-17, Pat Hempel 7-13, J.T. Levandowski 6-12, Blake Balderrama 1-2, Tyler Myers 1-(minus-2), Kyle Gavrish 1-(minus-5).
PASSING — MEY, DeMarco 7-10-0-68, Dunell 1-2-0-35. NAN, Levandowski 7-19-0-48.
RECEIVING — MEY, Dunell 3-8, Tyon Thomas 1-45, Dempsey 1-35, Schiowitz 1-10, Robinson 1-6, Jake Brominski 1-(minus-1). NAN, Tyler Hanna 3-22, Myers 3-18, Gavrish 1-8.
INTERCEPTIONS — None.
MISSED FGs — None.