ERIE – On the scoreboard, the Lakers showed Titusville little mercy.

Mercyhurst Prep looked the part of a top-five ranked team in the state in racking up a 52-7 Region 4 win over Titusville at Veteran’s Stadium last night.

The Lakers (3-0 overall, 2-0 R-4) continued their offensive prowess with 52 points, over 400 yards on the ground to go along with an efficient passing game. However, the Lakers, the preseason region favorite, played chippy at times and were guilty of 163 penalty yards.

Twice in the second half, Titusville benefited from back-to-back 15 yard penalties. The Lakers also were called for a pair of late and blindside hits. Unfortunately for THS, it couldn’t turn the opportunities into points.

And despite the Rockets (0-3 overall, 0-2 R-4) not getting on the scoreboard until late in the contest, the Brown and Gold did more positive things on the field that weren’t happening in the team’s first two games.

“I was proud of how we continued to fight when they scored a lot of points early,” said Titusville coach Tom Hancock. “I was also happy that we kept our composure when things got a little crazy.”

The hosts bolted to a 21-0 first quarter lead on TD runs of 78 and 45 yards from Zack Helsley before quarterback James Brooks round a streaking Jesse Luketa open on a 36-yard touchdown pass.

The Lakers added two more TDs in the second canto, and extended their lead to 38-0 at the half on a 51-yard field goal from Mike Bobak. Impressive as that was for a high school player, that kick would have been good from 55 yards plus.

The Rockets stopped another potential first-half Laker scoring drive when Tony Perez jumped in front of a Brooks’ aerial near the goal line. On their previous offensive possession, Titusville took advantage of a Laker penalty before Jack Garrett hit Laird Stover on a 33-yard toss that put THS in business inside MP territory.

Unfortunately for the Brown and Gold, the drive stalled and THS struggled to get past midfield for the rest of the half.

Mercyhurst added two scores over the last two quarters and kept its top players in the game form the full 48 minutes. Titusville did muster a stop in the final moments, which gave the locals their best starting field position of the game.

With the ball at the Mercyhurst 28-yard-line, Andrew Fish, who again saw second-half action at the varsity level, lofted a touch pass to Parker Harvey, who found an opening on the left sideline to the goal line and preventing the shutout.

Fish was called upon as Hancock said starting quarterback Jack Garrett sustained a first-half injury that hampered his ability to throw. The senior played some at wide receiver in the second half.

The Rockets hope that any momentum they seized last night to carry over to this Friday. That’s when THS travels to Harbor Creek to face an improved Huskies squad.


Mercyhurst Prep 52, Titusville 7

Titusville                0   0   0   7   —   7

Mercyhurst Prep    21 17 7   7   —   52 

First Quarter

MP –Zack Helsley 78-yard run (Mike Bobak kick); 10:27.

MP – Helsley 45-yard run (Niall Sweeney kick); 7:56.

MP – Jesse Luketa 36-yard pass from Jacob Brooks (Bobak kick); 3:50.

Second Quarter

MP – Chris Motillo 17-yard pass from Brooks (Sweeney kick); 9:21.

MP – Khalil Barnes 7-yard run (Bobak kick); 2:48.

MP – Bobak 51-yard field goal; 0:05.

Third Quarter

MP – Luketa 26-yard run (Sweeney kick); 3:33.

Fourth Quarter

MP – Barnes 84-yard run (Bobak kick); 5:43.

T – Parker Harvey 28-yard pass from Andrew Fish (Harvey kick); 0:10.


PASSING: TITUSVILLE — Garrett 2-of-11—41 yards; 0 TS, 0 INT. MERCYHURST PREP — Brooks 4-of-9—77 yards; 2 TD, 1 INT.

RUSHING: TITUSVILLE — Harvey 14-33, Jack Garrett 9-0, Josiah Jacobson 1-(-1), Andrew Fish 1-(-15). MERCYHURST PREP — Helsley 11-203, Barnes 7-195, Luketa 2-42, Smith 5-12, Damon Wilcott 1-6, Polk 1-8, Brooks 3-(-9).

RECEIVING: TITUSVILLE — Harvey 3-36, Laird Stover 1-33, Landon Palma 1-9. MERCYHURST PREP — Luketa 3-48, Motillo 2-29.

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