Meyers no match for Scranton Prep in district opener

By Ross Turetsky - For Times Leader | November 3rd, 2017 11:13 pm

SCRANTON — On a frigid, windy night in the Electric City, Scranton Prep remained perfect on the season at 11-0 with a dominating 42-0 home victory over Meyers in its playoff opener at Scranton Memorial Stadium.

Meyers’ defense had no answer to slow down the Cavaliers’ fast-paced offense that scored on five of their first six offensive possessions in the first half.

Scranton Prep opened up the scoring barrage six minutes into the contest when junior quarterback Leo O’Boyle connected with senior tight end Cree Coccodrilli on a 13-yard touchdown pass to take an early 7-0 advantage. Just two and a half minutes later senior fullback Ivan Balavage barreled his way into the end zone on a 3-yard score to give his squad a 14-0 lead as the first stanza was coming to an end.

Senior standout tailback Matt Gilmartin would get in on all the scoring fun with 9:32 left in the second quarter when he sprinted down the sidelines for a 38-yard touchdown run to give the Cavaliers a three touchdown lead. Gilmartin would run for a game-high 79 yards on 18 carries.

The scoring outbursts would continue for the Cavaliers just two minutes later when O’Boyle hooked up with Coccodrilli for their second touchdown connection. This score was a 32-yard bomb to his wide-open tight end to up the lead to 28-0.

The final points in the first half came after a key punt block gave the Cavaliers the ball at Meyers’ the 3-yard line. It took until fourth down, after Meyers held firm against three straight runs at the goal line, but O’Boyle would not be denied as he connected with senior Sam Dickson on a tip-toe 2-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone to give Scranton Prep an overwhelming 35-0 advantage heading into the locker room.

The final Scranton Prep points on the night came with 7:14 left in the third quarter, when the Cavaliers capitalized on an integral Dickson interception that he would return to the 15-yard line. A few plays later, O’Boyle would reward Dickson for his defensive prowess when he connected with him on a 5-yard touchdown pass, his second scoring catch of the contest, to give their school a 42-0 commanding lead that would not be relinquished.

O’Boyle completed eight of his 12 passes for 103-yards, to go along with his impressive four scores through the air.

Meyers speedy senior standout quarterback Janssen Wilborn was held to only 18-yards on eight carries to go along with completing 12 of his 29 passes for 71 yards and two interceptions.

Jeff Labatch’s Mohawks finish their 2017 campaign with a 6-5 record, improving on last season’s 5-6 record, including beating their rival, GAR, in overtime to wrap up the regular season last week.


By Ross Turetsky

For Times Leader

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