WILKES-BARRE — Corry Hanson had gotten his players' attention. After committing 16 penalties and four turnovers last week in a loss to Lake-Lehman, the Meyers coach had his guys go through an extra 40 100-yard runs in practice this week – two for each miscue.
"Yeah, it did the trick," Hanson said. "We did 20 on Tuesday and 20 on Wednesday. … The boys said they will not do that again."
So it likely wasn't a coincidence that the Mohawks were much sharper on Friday in a comfortable 34-7 win over Hanover Area at Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium.
Meyers (3-3) took a 21-0 lead into halftime and kept a shorthanded Hawkeyes squad under wraps in the second half, rebounding from a rough third quarter against Lehman.
Junior wideout Matt DeMarco did most of the damage, scoring three of the Mohawks' five touchdowns. He hauled in a leaping 26-yard pass for a score in the first quarter, ran a punt back 63 yards to paydirt in the second and finished the night off with a 5-yard run in the game's closing seconds.
"Matt's obviously just a great athlete," Hanson said. "Wherever we put him on the field, teams are double-teaming him, which has opened up other runs and other plays. But when he touches the ball, he can score at any time."
DeMarco finished with 158 all-purpose yards. Quarterback Teaguen Labatch finished 6-of-10 for 123 yards.
Parrish Bennett, who transferred to Meyers from Hanover Area before the season, and Rudy Goodwin also scored for the Mohawks. Bennett finished with 61 yards on 13 carries and heard it all night from the Hanover Area students who made the trip down the Sans Souci.
"Parrish was emotional all week," Hanson said. "And he's been nursing a sore hamstring for the last two weeks. … Tonight it was really acting up, so he was limited in the second half. So an emotional game for him and Corey Adams – he came from Hanover as well.
"They handled it excellent. No problems at all. They kept their head. They kept their cool."
Hanover Area (0-6) was led by Ya'Sir Jones, who also finished with 61 yards on the ground and scored the Hawkeyes' touchdown. Listed as a quarterback, Jones got his first extended look as a ball-carrier because of first-half injuries to Brian Belcher and Dillon Ropietski, the Hawkeyes' top two rushers.
"We're young. We had a lot of injuries this week," said Hanover Area coach Ron Hummer, who was also missing three punters before halftime. "It's no surprise. You know it. I know it. I just wish other people would recognize that. The kids are working hard."
Meyers 34, Hanover Area 7
MEY — Parrish Bennett 5 run (Cal Lisman kick), 8:18
MEY — Matt DeMarco 26 pass from Teaguen Labatch (Lisman kick), 3:25
MEY — DeMarco 63 punt return (Lisman kick), 2:13
MEY — Rudy Goodwin 2 run (kick failed), 11:50
HAN — Ya'Sir Jones 3 run (Matt Clemons kick), 5:05
MEY — DeMarco 5 run (Lisman kick), 0:18
RUSHING – HAN, Ya'Sir Jones 21-61, Brian Belcher 10-57, Joe Wildes 5-43, Casey O'Mack 8-26, Dillon Ropietski 2-15, Isaiah Taylor 1-1, Jimmy Thiemann 1-0, Mike Kremenic, 1-(minus-1), TEAM 1-(minus-11), Bradley George 1-(minus-18); MEY, Parrish Bennett 13-61, Nate Mahalak 7-44, Matt DeMarco 3-21, Rudy Goodwin 4-9, Zahir Dunell 2-6, Michael Edwards 1-0, Teaguen Labatch 1-(minus-2)
PASSING – HAN, O'Mack 1-2-0-17, TEAM 0-1-0-0; MEY, Labatch 6-10-0-123
RECEIVING – HAN, Taylor 1-17; MEY, DeMarco 4-74, Jacob Brominski 2-49
INTS – None. MISSED FGS – MEY, 22 (B)