WAYNESFIELD — Once again, it appeared the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers may have been ready to get the season started.
However, what happened after the first nine minutes of game time was a complete massacre, as Mechanicsburg ran away with the game early.
The Indians put the game away after a rough start, rolling up a 54-2 lead before the Tigers finally reached paydirt for the first time this season, doing so twice in the second quarter.
Even then it seemed inconsequential, as they did it against a second-team defense playing nine freshmen, with four of those players standing under 5 feet, 5 inches and fewer than 120 pounds.
Mechanicsburg varsity coach Kurt Forrest said it is tough preparing for a game that everyone expects you to win easily. He said his team got off to a slow start but then recovered and did what they are supposed to do.
“Waynesfield came out aggressive early on and we weren’t ready,” Forrest said. “After we shook off the rust, we did what we needed to do. We have a good offensive line with four returning seniors and a big junior. The offensive line is the strength of this team. They got the job done.”
The offensive line paved holes all night long, as Aeryton Erwin ran for 126 yards and Phillip Cook also topped the century mark with 107. Quarterback Kaleb Romero missed by one yard with 99 that would have given the Indians the hat trick.
“Erwin is a real talented kid,” Forrest said. “He went over 1,200 yards last year and he is on pace to get past that this year.”
The Tigers appeared ready to compete, driving the ball deep into Indians territory before quarterback Lake Turner was sacked for an 11-yard loss.
The W-G defense quickly forced a three-and-punt, and the snap sailed over punter Brandon Purk’s head. A gang of Tigers defenders brought him down in the end zone to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
Waynesfield-Goshen drove into Indians territory only to see the drive stall again, but the Tigers defense again forced a three-and-punt situation.
This time, things didn’t go as well for the Tigers, as Lake Turner fumbled on the return, setting up Mechanicsburg’s first score.
The floodgates seemed to open from there.
The game reached its breaking point toward the end of the second quarter.
Erwin went 63 yards nearly untouched for a score to make it 27-2.
On the kickoff, Logan Hartman made bad contact with the ball but Mechanicsburg recovered the accidental onside kick.
On the first play, quarterback Kaleb Romero went 43 yards for the score. Two plays, nine seconds, 106 yards, and the game was out of reach.
W-G varsity coach Doug Foley said that Mechanicsburg took care of business.
“They didn’t do anything we weren’t prepared to see,” Foley said. “They pretty much ran anywhere they wanted to. Offensively, Lake never had time to throw. They controlled the line of scrimmage against us.”
Foley said the team has now reached the point where changes may need to be made.
“We will start looking at things next week in practice,” Foley said. “We will look and see what adjustments we can make. That may involve personnel changes.”
W-G fell to 0-3 with Friday’s loss, while Mechanicsburg improved to 2-1.
The Tigers will host Upper Scioto Valley next Friday for their third straight home game and first Northwest Central Conference game of the season.
M — Aeryton Erwin 16-126, Phillip Cook 11-107, Kaleb Romero 8-99, Gavin Erwin 6-42, Joe Ziegler 3-24, Alex Rhine 2-(-4), Luke Marrsh 2-(-8), Brandon Purk 1-(-16); Team 49-370
W — James Elliott 11-81, Luke Hall 5-49, Trey Crumrine 5-43, Lake Turner 11-11, Josh Searson 2-(-3); Team 34-181
M: Kaleb Romero 3-6-35-1-0, Alex Rhine 1-1-9-0-0; Team 4-7-44-1-0
W: Lake Turner 3-5-15-0-1
M: Joe Ziegler 1-17, Tim Rader 1-11, Jordan Mapes 1-9, Brandon Purk 1-7; Team 4-44
W: Trey Crumrine 2-9, Matt Motter 1-6; Team 3-15
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