When Dave Morse was hired as the Sharon football head coach in 2011, the logic was that the program had nothing to lose by hiring the youngest head football coach in Massachusetts after winning one game in 2010.
Two seasons later the Eagles proved that not only could they win a game (or nine) but also that they could win the Division 3 Super Bowl when they face the Wayland Warriors at Bentley University at 10 a.m. today.
For Sharon it comes down to cracking a Wayland defense that has not give up many points this year. With that being said, Sharon has made it a habit of finding ways to beat talented and bigger defenses all season.
As he has all season, Sean Asnes is going to be a big part of the offense. He however, can’t do it alone. The offensive line led by Adam Block is going to get the holes open for him to exploit. If Sharon can run the ball well, it’s going to allow the Eagles to manage the game clock and keep a talented Wayland offense off the field.
The Eagles can’t be predictable however and expect Asnes to run the ball. Sean O’Neill is going to have to find some open receivers during the game.
For the most part, O’Neil has been a pleasant surprise for a team expected to mostly run the ball. With 11 touchdowns, O’Neill ranks seventh in Division 3 in touchdown passes.
The need to pass does put more pressure on Brad Kaufman to get open as he has been O’Neill’s favorite receiver all year with six touchdown receptions. Don’t be surprised if Asnes comes out of the backfield and makes some catches,
On defense, the key is going to be stopping running back Robert Williams and wide receiver also named Robert Williams. The duo scored all five touchdowns for the Warriors against Westwood on Tuesday and has been a critical aspect of Wayland’s offense.
The Warriors however will have to face a Sharon defense led by middle linebacker and Hockomock League Defensive MVP Brad Schiff. The senior captain has been a tackling machine for Sharon and has helped take down some of the best running backs in the area.
During the season, Sharon overcame the odds again and again. They came back down 14-0 against Canton and Stoughton, came back to beat a bigger Taunton team, and shut down one of the best running games in the Hockomock League in Foxborough.
With one more challenge awaiting them in Waltham, the Eagles are only one game away from completing what has been an improbable and unprecedented season for the program.