By: Matthew Jacobson (Correspondent)
The Sharon High School Eagles fell in a heartbreaker 12-6 against the Stoughton High School Black Knights in the first night game at Sharon. The Eagles are now 1-3 heading into their next game away against the Milford High School Scarlet Hawks at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.
The Black Knights scored first in the opening quarter on a ten yard run, but the extra point was blocked by senior Sam Spencer. They scored again in the fourth quarter on a nine yard run and attempted to go for the two point conversion, but the quarterback threw an incomplete pass. In the final minute, senior quarterback Jeremy Ruskin drove the Eagles down the field, eventually finding senior wide receiver co-captain Chris Gong for a twenty two yard touchdown pass. Stoughton blocked senior kicker Mitchell Director’s extra point making it go wide left.
“We definitely had a lot of good plays, we definitely were in that game the entire time, but they had a player, [jersey] number five, who was very good. He got a lot of yardage everytime he got the ball. We were not very good at tackling him,” Strong said about the loss. “We made a couple of key mistakes, which killed a lot of our drives, which could have ended up in touchdowns,” he added.
The offensive standouts included senior running back co-captain Aaron Strong, who rushed for sixty six yards on eleven carries. Gong received three passes for forty four yards, rushed for nineteen yards on six carries, and threw a pass for eleven yards.
The defensive standouts included Spencer, who had eight tackles, including three tackles for loss, and blocked the extra point, and Johnny Sabb, who had seven tackles and three assists.
At 0-4, Milford has the worst record in the Davenport Division, but they faced the Franklin High School Panthers, the Attleboro High School Bombardiers, the North Attleboro High School Red Rocketeers, who are each 3-1, and the Canton High School Bulldogs, who are 4-0. Their main threat is junior offensive lineman, Kevin Pyne, a four star college recruit and ranked seventy third on ESPN for the class of 2020. He can cause some trouble for Sharon’s defensive line.
Last season, nothing went right for Sharon when Milford easily won 35-0. The Scarlet Hawks have a four game win streak against Sharon in five games played against Sharon after 2003. The only game the Eagles won was in 2013 at home and have not topped the Scarlet Hawks since. In the past two years, Sharon has allowed thirty points or more to Milford.
“I think we need to fire off the ball a lot harder and come in with a really high intensity,” Strong said. “Sometimes our first drive or two is a little lackluster, but then we pick it up, so we should come in the first half and really be a force to be reckoned with,” he added.