WRENTHAM, Mass. – The King Philip Warriors made it look easy Friday, handing Sharon their first loss of the season while cruising to a 43-0 win. KP is now of just two teams in the league still undefeated while Sharon drops to 5-1.
Junior Joe Johnston ran for 123 yards and found the end zone twice as the King Philip defense only allowed Sharon to gain just 30 yards of total offense.
“It was great,” King Philip head coach Brian Lee said. “We were struggling a little bit offensively and the defense played well enough in the games until we could get things sorted out.”
The Warriors sure had it sorted out Friday, scoring on their first two drives of the game while forcing a 3-and-out from Sharon on their first drive.
The Warriors started the game on their own 44-yard line, but the offense didn’t waste much time, going the distance in 4:33, capped off by a touchdown pass from JJ Dillon to Joe Cochrane from 17 yards out.
On King Philip’s ensuing possession, senior Ryan Dunn went in untouched from the 4-yard line to double King Philip’s league, just seconds into the second quarter.
“We’re not looking for that 50 yard run, that 65 yard run from one guy,” Dunn said. “We need to work as a team and just get those 3 yards every single play.”
“We have the most amazing defensive coordinator [Matt Wassel],” Dunn said. “He’s been working us all week, nonstop.”
Sharon picked up a key stop before the half, shutting down a KP drive that started on the Eagle’s 22. The visitors were able to stop them on the 8 before KP’s field goal attempt was short.
But that was only one of the few highlights for the Eagles.
The Warriors forced a punt from Sharon on their first drive of the second half and in turn, took their first drive 53-yards, the exclamation mark being Johnston’s first score, a 30-yard run.
Johnston doubled up on KP’s next drive, going up the middle for 8 yards, capping a 42 yard drive on 7 plays.
The last quarter saw both team’s use their second units. King Philip received two more scores, one from a 8 yard run from Mark Glebus – who also ran for the two point conversion – and one from Kyle Loewen, who scored on 25-yard run. Andrew D’Amico converted the two point conversion on the last touchdown to bring the final score to 43-0.
Both teams will return to divisional play next week, with Sharon hosting a tough Stoughton team – the only other unbeaten team in the league – while King Philip will travel to play a 4-2 Mansfield squad.
“It seems weird to say,” Lee continued. “But the season starts now. We have a lot of work to do.”