By Brandon Buckman and Jeremy Ruskin (Football Correspondents)
The Eagles started the season on the right note after a crushing victory over Randolph at home. Unfortunately they were not able to hang on to a close one against Cardinal Spellman.
Against Randolph, Sharon started their scoring parade early with a 23 yard touchdown run by Aaron Strong. Then, they piled on the points with a 9 yard rushing touchdown and a pair of passing touchdowns from Jeremy Ruskin and Austin Dodes. By this time the Eagles were up 32-0 leading to the backups to go in and finish off the game.
“The win starts you out on a good note. You can see that the preparation, execution, and coaching are linked together. It gets everybody moving in the right direction,” said Coach Morse. Morse also added that there is nothing really different from this years team to past teams. There’s a good group of kids and gaps are trying to be filled so everyone can be up at a top level of performance.
Senior Austin Dodes had a standout game hauling in two touchdowns for 64 yards and two interceptions on defense. “I told them to keep preparing and working hard this week and to not take this moment for granted” captain Austin Dodes said. “I’ve been working hard on the little things and trying to put them in my game.”
The following week, the Eagles found themselves in a defensive battle against Cardinal Spellman. The Eagles took an early 7-0 lead thanks to a 92-yard drive with a key 63 yard completion from Jeremy Ruskin to Alec Filipkowski followed by a 29 yard touchdown catch by Austin Dodes. The Eagles defense played a shutout in the first half; however, the game was tied due to a interception return by the Spellman defense.
Sharon got the ball to start the second half and struck big as Chris Gong hauled in a 94 yard strike from Jeremy Ruskin putting the Eagles up 14-7. With 3:26 to go, a worn down Sharon defense and a powerful running attack by Spellman led to the Cardinals scoring twice in that time causing the Eagles to lose in heartbreaking fashion 21-14.
“I told the guys we took two steps forward throughout the game but always took one step back,” said Morse to Josh Perry of Hockomock Sports, “and we are a young team and the quicker we can eliminate that step back than the better shape we’ll be in to move forward and get more wins.”
Junior linebacker Sam Spencer adds “I think what really hurts the most was how much effort we put in that game and how close we came losing in the last minute. It really hurt.”
Sophomore standout Alec Filipkowski (2 receptions 94 yards) also said that it was a very painful loss because we prepared so hard for that game. “We are ready to move on and prepare for North Attleboro,” Filipkowski says.
Sharon is now 1-1 heading into Hockomock league play. They will have their toughest test of the season upcoming against the defending league champion, North Attleboro this saturday at Community Field in North Attleboro.