Function of Beauty

Athens routs Holy Redeemer.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | October 7, 2016


WILKES-BARRE — It was important for Athens to get off to a fast start Thursday night. That was a point head coach Jack Young stressed during the two-hour, 10-minute bus ride to Wilkes-Barre Memorial Stadium.

That's why, at a rest area on 81 South, the Wildcats piled off the two team buses and held an impromptu walk-through, just to keep their legs fresh and their minds on football.

The Wildcats started quickly, scoring three first quarter touchdowns on their way to a 52-7 victory over Holy Redeemer.

Athens kept the game plan fairly simple. The Wildcats ran the ball 30 times, threw it 10 times and picked up 253 yards of total offense. Kalen Keathley got the scoring started early in the first quarter when he capped a three-play opening drive with a 50-yard touchdown pass from Justin Reagan.

"This isn't my first long trip," Young said. "We stopped at a rest stop and the people who saw us probably thought we were crazy because we had a little walk-through in the grass. That helped. We barely fit buses in there, it was a great time. It was awesome."

Running back Zack Jayne scored his first of two rushing touchdowns on a 30-yard run, and defensive tackle Avery Chandler got the defense on the board when he returned a fumble 27 yards for a score following a high snap from center when Redeemer was attempting a fourth down and three play.

"It was important for us to come out early," Young said. "We have struggled offensively. If we didn't get a penalty, it would be a turnover or missed assignment. We established certain running plays and we were able to chuck the ball a bit."

Athens led 38-0 at the half, but Redeemer scored its only points of the game on the opening drive of the third quarter when J.D. Turosky connected with Robb McClay on a 19-yard pass play. The Royals finished with eight yards rushing, while Turosky threw for 149 but was intercepted three times.

Jayne had 76 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries while Reagan was 6-for-10 for 111 yards with a pick and two touchdowns.

Keathley had five catches for 108 yards and a score.

"Athens played well, we knew it would be a tough game," Holy Redeemer coach Dwayne Downing said. "Hopefully we will learn from this. Athens played a pretty plain football game. There was nothing fancy. We gave up plays at the wrong time."