By Robbie Bayha Sports Correspondent. The Sharon Eagles football team lost Saturday’s game against Milford by a score of 17-7. After 6 weeks the Eagles now have an overall record of 2-4, and a division record of 1-3.
The Eagles received the opening kickoff and found success moving the ball against the Scarlet Hawks defense. The Sharon offense converted three first downs on their opening drive, but the drive ended on a fourth and one stop from the Milford 22 yard line. The Scarlet Hawks too had success on their first drive, and ultimately scored on a five yard rush on the second play of the second quarter. A made extra point gave Milford an early 7-0 lead.
The Eagles gave the ball back to Milford on just their third play of the drive. A fumble recovery from the Scarlet Hawks gave them excellent field position, starting their next drive at the Eagles own 25 yard line. Milford was in striking distance, but the Sharon defense stepped up and forced a punt.
Sharon started its next drive deep in their own territory, but a combination of short passes and strong running brought the Eagles to about midfield. Just as the Eagles moved into Scarlet Hawk territory, a second turnover ended the drive, and more importantly gave the powerful Scarlet Hawks offense the ball back. With just over a minute left in the half, Milford’s offense was able to score of a QB sneak and extend their lead to 14-0.
Milford’s first drive of the second half ended with a three and out, but another excellent punt pinned the Eagles back to their 20 yard line. The Sharon offense once again drove the ball to the 50 yard line, but another turnover ended the Sharon drive.
One of the Eagles best drives came towards the end of the 3rd quarter, starting at their own 6. Strong runs from quarterback Rob Bayha and running backs Matt Cancian and Juvan Elisma moved the ball on the ground, while both Josh Rotman and Bryce Smith had two receptions from Bayha through the air. The drive stalled at the Milford 40, and a failed fourth down attempt gave the Scarlet Hawks the ball back.
Halfway into the fourth quarter, Milford capitalized on excellent field position and added to their lead. Sharon forced the Scarlet Hawks into a 4th and 3 from the Eagles 17 yard line. A 34 yard field goal gave the Scarlet Hawks a 17-0 near the end of the 4th quarter.
With just 4 minutes left in the game, the Eagles finally put points on the scoreboard. On the third play of the Eagles drive following Milford’s field goal, Bayha found Craig Titus on a post route for a 65 yard touchdown. Josh Rotman’s extra point made the score 17-7 Milford.
The Eagles attempted an onside kick, but the try was unsuccessful. The Milford Scarlet Hawks then ran out the clock, handing Sharon their first home loss on the season.
Even though the Eagles didn’t come out on top, captain Bryce Smith said Sharon should not be dismayed. “We were a couple of plays away from getting a win. They got a couple of bounces that could’ve gone either way, and that was the difference in the game. I’m proud of our effort, and we’ll have to get a win next week” said Smith.
Looking to the future, junior Chris Roukoz said he’s excited take an underdog mentality into Saturday’s game. “I can’t wait to shock Canton this week. They have momentum and are a strong team, but we all have confidence in ourselves to get a victory” said Roukoz.
The 2-4 Sharon Eagles host the 5-1 Canton Bulldogs at Eagle Stadium on Saturday October 24th at 2:00 PM.