DEDHAM, MA – Sharon needed less than two quarters to earn a comfortable lead, which they never relinquished, as the Eagles soared past Dedham on Friday, 34-13 to capture their first win of the season.
Here are three observations from the Eagles first victory of the year.
1.) Sharon head coach Dave Morse explained after the game concluded that his team’s plan of attack was “[thrown] out of the playbook,” after their first series of the evening concluded with a punt. So, instead of revisiting their original game plan, the Eagles decided to focus on their running game.
Senior co-captain Sean Asnes, (6 carriers, 112 yards) led all rushers, as well as registered two touchdowns on the ground, while junior Evantz Elisma, (5 carries, 31 yard) cashed in for two scores, too – one on the ground and one through the air.
“The kids responded [to our offensive changes], the running game is always a big part of our offense, but also the passing. We threw the ball pretty well today, which is a good sign moving forward,” explained Morse. “The run game clearly was a factor, but it also took pressure off junior quarterback Sean O’Nell, who completed all four of his passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns."
“We were eager from the start,” said Elisma. “We were hungry, we came out full tilt [and] we knew [how we wanted to play this game].”
2.) Despite taking an early lead, Sharon’s offense and defense was flagged seven times. And according to Morse, the Eagles won’t be a successful team in their conference without discipline.
“[It was] a big issues and it will be addressed. If you’re going to be a successful team that cannot happen,” stated Morse.
Asnes echoed his coach’s comments by saying, “We had a lot of penalties, and so that’s not a good time. [The penalties were] frustrating, but it didn’t really affect us too much [because] we just had to get more yards.”
3.) As noted above, the run game clearly worked for Sharon, as they recorded 162 yards on 23 carries. However, as noted by Coach Morse, the Eagles running game wouldn’t have been successful without great blocking by the offensive line.
“Obviously a complete team effort by the guys up front,” exclaimed Morse. “We block well, [and we had] a bunch of kids who committed themselves in the offseason [to assist with paving holes for backs].”
Asnes agreed with his coach and stated, “I got the blocking [on both of my touchdowns] and I just ran. That’s what it comes down to. The linemen do their job, I’m going to run, and that’s what [happened against Dedham].”