By: Jake Loomis — Correspondent
The Sharon High Eagles Varsity Football Team started the season with hopes to be better than the past few seasons, and while they have improved, it has not yet shown on the scoreboard.
Sharon lost their first game 46-0 to the Norton Lancers and their second game 28-0 to the Seekonk Warriors. Sharon has shown promise though, for sophomores Duncan Seaman Jr. Gabe Korn, Matt Harsfeild, and Liam Conway have all improved immensely throughout the first two weeks of the season and seem to be finding their strides when it comes to playing under the Friday night lights.
The loss to Norton was somewhat unconventional because after only 5 minutes of play the power went out. The Eagles trails 15-0 when the game was suspended. The power outage caused the Eagles to have to return to Norton the next morning to play the rest of the game. They lost 46-0.
Sharon came right back to work preparing for a winnable game against Seekonk. There was a new look in practice this week as sophomore Liam Conway took over at quarterback after playing limited snaps in his debut against Norton. “I think that Liam has shown that he puts the team in a good place to succeed in practice and the games and I think that him starting it’s a definitely a reflection of his play more than a reflection of my poor play,” said quarterback Ryan Baker.
“I think that competition never hurt anything, and we’re both ready to compete this season,” added Baker.
At cornerback, Ben Shocket and Kyle Samuels held receivers in check for the most part and both of them had some great tackles and safety Noah Jaber had an interception which was a big adrenaline booster for the Eagles. On Friday night Sharon’s defense shined for the most part.
The front seven was big at defensive tackle, Daniel Davis was a monster pushing people left and right and giving the Eagles a much-needed push up front. The star group of the defense was the linebackers, Ugo Obannanze had many tackles and was everywhere on the field, providing a much needed toughness that the Eagles had been missing. Junior Mason Lelling recorded a number of major tackles blowing up the run. Sophomore Duncan Seaman Jr. had his best game yet, flying around the field and recovering a crucial fumble.
Ultimately Sharon lost to Seekonk 28-0 but the score does not tell the true story of the game. Sharon played one of their best games in years and this has to be a positive step forward for the Eagles. On two of Seekonk’s three offensive touchdowns, the Warriors had to work with a short field due to Sharon turnovers. “A lot of the points they scored they didn’t really work hard for we had more passing yards than them they got a pick six a few shortfield touchdowns and our defense stepped up in a game where held them to 1-10 on third downs and 1- 4 on fourth as well as recovering a fumble and getting a pick and once our offense gets their feet wet they can really mix with the defensive improvement and help this team win,” said Baker.
Looking ahead the 0-2 Eagles are hungry as they travel to the 2-0 Dover Sherborn Raiders on Friday night. Senior Captain Nate Yaffe says that the upcoming game is a winnable game, “[The] offensive line is looking good this week you know Korn and Shocket They’ve been hitting holes, receivers are making plays [and] Liam looks great”