There may still be a week left in regular season, but Mechanicsburg looked in full playoff form on Friday night against Greeneview.
Mechanicsburg ran around, through and over the Rams and pulled away to a 40-7 win on Friday night. The win probably clinches at least a share of the OHC title for the Indians, and they can win it outright with a victory over Southeastern next week.
Kaleb Romero led Mechanicsburg’s offense with 229 rushing yards and 116 passing. The Indians (9-0, 6-0 OHC) amassed 454 yards on offense, 336 of which came on the ground. It was the playoff-like performance against a tough opponent that Mechanicsburg coach Kurt Forrest wanted to see.
“We’ve been working toward the playoffs since Jan. 1,” Forrest said. “Every day we’ve been building towards that. There’s no doubt about that. Every time we’ve lifted a weight, every time we’ve practiced, every time we’ve done anything, we’ve been working towards that. Obviously you’ve got to take care of business on your way there, but everything we do is building towards the end of the year.”
As impressive as the offensive show was, Mechanicsburg’s defense played just as well. Greeneview (7-2, 5-1) had 123 yards on offense, 51 of which came on a touchdown pass from Collin Matt to Ethan Bradds in the third quarter.
“I just keep hearing about how we’re not as good as we were last year,” Forrest said. “I’ve been hearing that over and over and over. I think tonight was just the fourth touchdown our varsity defense has given up all year. We must have been the Pittsburgh Steelers or something last year.”
Dustin Knapp scored the first of two touchdowns on a 15-yard run on Mechanicsburg’s first drive on Friday.
Romero added a 1-yard touchdown with 8:26 left in the second quarter, and Greeneview fumbled two plays after the kickoff. Romero ran in from 15 yards out a couple of plays later to extend the lead to 21-0. Mechanicsburg added a 9-yard touchdown pass from Romero to Drew Meyers to put the game away right before half.
Knapp scored his second touchdown on a 39-yard run in the third, and Romero added a 75-yard scoring run later in the quarter.
Romero, who went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season, said the team is focused on wrapping up regular season with a solid performance next week in South Charleston.
“In the back of our heads we know what we need to do to win a state title,” Romero said.
Mechanicsburg also likely secured a home game in the first round of the playoffs. The Indians were ranked No. 3 in Division VI, Region 24 entering Friday’s game and may climb this week after getting a load of second-level points by beating Greeneview.
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