The tandem ran for a total of 227 yards and four touchdowns. Meachum ran for 107 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns, while Rinella ran for 120 yards on only 10 carries and also added in two touchdowns. The props of the two's success should be directed towards the offensive line consisting of juniors Jimmy Morrissey, Ryan Schutta, Matt McDermott, Thomas Garvin, and senior Rob Skowronski. The group easily handled Roman defensive line and gave the backs plenty of space to make plays. With the wind whipping like it was at game time, throwing the ball was not the ideal plan. Kyle Shurmur still did throw for 160 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-19 passing. The touchdown pass went to senior TE Charlie Hemcher who made a nice move to open a clear path to the end zone. Hemcher was the Explorers' leading receiver catching six passes for 97 yards. Jimmy Herron had another quite outing only catching three passes for 27 yards.
Throughout the game, the Explorer defense absolutely shut down the Cahillites. La Salle limited Roman to 174 total yards. 72 of those yards did come on one play as senior WR/RB/QB AJ Frazier broke free for the lone Roman Touchdown. Senior DBs Ryan Brady and Aidan Kerrigan seemed to be in on every tackle and made some great stops on fourth down. Credit goes to the whole defense though for shutting down an offense that did have a lot of potential.
Coming into the game, Roman was missing big names on offense and defense. Starting QB Phil DiWilliams was out with a shoulder injury. Sophomore Anthony Butler filled in for him, but Roman opted for a wildcat formation for a majority of the game with Frazier and RB Dimetri Kelly in the backfield. Kelly finished with 51 yards on 15 carries while Frazier ran for a team high 91 yards on seven carries, including a 72 yard breakout run down the sideline. On defense, Roman was without starting DB Kenny Avalon with a broken arm. Avalon leads the PCL with four interceptions on the season.
Explorers started the scoring early after taking advantage of a muffed punt by Roman. The muff gave the Explorers a short field starting at the Roman 22 and Meachum ran it in from three yards out for his first of the day a few plays later putting the Explorers up 7-0. The next points came on a 28 yard field goal from junior K Matt Savage putting the Explorers up 10-0. After Meachum's second of the day on a five yard run, the Explorers were up 17-0 nearing the end of the first quarter. The score stayed that way into halftime. The methodical Explorer offensive ways really showed on a 91 yard drive mid way through the third quarter ending in 10 yard run from Rinella. Roman put up their only points on the 72 yard run from AJ Frazier and converted the two point conversion cutting the defecit to 24-8. A 24 yard pass from Shurmur to Hemcher on the next drive showed that the Explorers still held the game in their hand. To drive the nail in the coffin, Rinella added his second of the day on a 32 yard run to put the end to scoring for both teams. Explorers win 38-8 final showing that when their offense runs, it runs well.
The Explorers record improves to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in the PCL. Roman drops to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the PCL. The Explorers move on to play Father Judge next week while Roman will take on St. Joe's Prep.
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