MECHANICSBURG – It was another night for the record books Friday as undefeated Mechanicsburg dominated Northeastern, 55-0, in an Ohio Heritage Conference contest.
Indian quarterback Kaleb Romero broke past the 10,000 career offensive yardage mark in the second quarter en route to a rushing touchdown. Senior wide receiver Tyler Wetzel didn’t play due to a college visit to West Point, but that didn’t slow the Indians at all.
Mechanicsburg hassled Jet quarterback Bo Davis the entire first half. Davis had almost no time to pass, tossing three key interceptions that sparked Mechanicsburg’s early-game scoring blitz – two picks by Joey Mascadri and one by Romero.
An intercepted pass by Mascadri set the tempo early in the first quarter. Four plays into the ensuing Burg series, Romero passed 9 yards to Mascadri for the TD at the 7:34 mark of the first quarter. Alex Rhine’s extra-point kick was accurate, and Burg held a 7-0 lead.
After the Jets’ next drive stalled, a pivotal pass from Romero to Rhine set up the Indians at the Jet 21. Two plays later, Romero dashed 14 yards to paydirt with 4:15 to play in the first quarter. Rhine’s PAT was good, giving the Indians a 14-0 lead.
Mechanicsburg scored again on its next possession when Romero passed for 27 yards to Rhine at the 1:32 mark of the first quarter and Burg led, 21-0.
Mascadri intercepted Davis in the waning seconds of the first quarter to set up a Romero 16-yard TD run for a 27-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
Romero connected for a TD on a 20-yard pass to Wetzel’s replacement for the night, Camron Atchison, who scored with 10:58 left in the second period. Less than three game minutes later, Romero dashed 17 yards for a TD to surpass the 10,000 total offensive yardage mark in his career.
A touchdown pass from Romero to Rhine with 3:49 until the intermission gave the Indians a 48-0 margin at the intermission. The second half flew by on a running clock since the scoring margin was so wide.
In the first half, Romero had 255 total yards including 7 of 10 passing attempts for 132 yards and four touchdowns. He ran 9 times for 123 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Mack Delong scored Mechanicsburg’s final touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard run.
Northeastern is now 3-5 while the Indians improve to 8-0. Mechanicsburg has the potential to be the school’s most winning team spanning the past four years of total action.
The Indians host OHC opponent Greeneview next Friday night.