By Matt Jacobson (Online Sports Editor)
The Sharon High School Eagles lost their Senior Night game to the Brookline High School Spartan Warriors 24-6 in possibly Sharon’s last home game of the season. Their next game is on the road against the Middleboro High School Sachems at 7 p.m on November 2.
The Eagles surrendered a safety after an awry snap over junior punter Alec Filipkowski, putting the Eagles down two points. Sharon was then able to undo the wrong when senior quarterback Jeremy Ruskin threw an 8 yard touchdown pass to co captain wide receiver Chris Gong, but senior kicker Mitchell Director was unable to convert the extra point when the kick was blocked. Brookline went on to score a 12 yard touchdown rush and a 5 yard touchdown rush, converting both 2 pt conversions. They would end up completing a 5 yard touchdown pass, but could not convert the following two point conversion.
“We obviously had the lead at half, we got up early,” co captain running back Aaron Strong said. “I think we were better than them, but we kinda gave up at the half, we thought we had already won the game, so we did not play as hard as we could throughout the entire game,” he added.
The offensive standouts included Gong, catching five passes for 34 yards and a touchdown, and senior wide receiver Brandon Buckman, catching four passes for 64 yards. The defensive standouts included junior linebacker Johnny Sabb, with eight total tackles and an interception, and Nick Marrero, with two total tackles and an interception.
This was the second week in a row that Sharon, now sporting a 1-7 record, was up at the half, but were unable to keep their momentum throughout the remaining two quarters.
As of 2004, Sharon has not faced Middleboro yet. Sharon has the opportunity to make this a bounce back game against a terrible team in a lower division. The Sachems have a disappointing 2-5 record after winning the MIAA Division 6 championship last year at Gillette Stadium.
“We definitely can win, we have competed with all of these teams,” Strong said. “We just have to play hard, that is how we will win,” he added.
Middleboro has a 1-2 record at home beating the Rockland High School Bulldogs in Week 4. They lost against the Archbishop Williams High School Bishops in Week 2 and the Norwell High School Clippers last week.
Sharon is 1-3 on the road beating the Nauset Regional High School Warriors in Week 1. They lost to the Ashland High School Clockers in Week 2, the Milford High School Scarlet Hawks in Week 5, and the Canton High School Bulldogs in Week 6.