Two games into the season and the Sharon Eagles can’t seem to get the breaks needed to pick up wins. Losing their second game by a touchdown in a row, the Eagles had their chances against the Cardinal Spellman Cardinals starting in the second quarter, but couldn’t convert in the 14-7 defeat at Sharon High School.
The Eagles are now 0-2 to start the season.
Unable to stop the running game, the Cardinals opened the game with a 10-play opening drive led by Matt Anastasi. The Eagles caught a break when a block in the back penalty nullified a Cardinal touchdown but the score would be regained a few plays later by a three-yard rush from Anastasi.
Runs from Anastasi on the Cardinals’ next drive led to Cardinal Spellman’s second touchdown of the day from the Eagles’ eight-yard line. Austin Joseph found Rory Donovan in the end zone to make it a 14-0 game early in the second quarter.
Opportunities began to arrive for the Eagles starting late in the first half when a 34-yard pass from Sean O’Neal to Evantz Elisma took the Eagle to the Cardinals’ four-yard line. Despite the field position, a two-yard loss from Elisma on first down and two incomplete passes left Sharon with nothing to show for their efforts.
The Eagles’ got back into Cardinal territory in the third quarter when O’Neal’s pass to Elisma was fumbled but recovered by Bryce Smith at the Cardinal Spellman 10-yard line. A high snap however pushed Sharon back to the 25-yard line and the Eagles were forced to settle for a 37-yard field goal that went wide left.
Late in the fourth quarter, Carlos Grullon’s 39-yard reception made it a 14-7 game with a little over a minute to play. While the Cardinals were able to recover the onside kick, a three and out gave the Eagles the ball back at their own 20-yard line with 25 seconds left. The comeback was not meant to be however as the Eagles were not able to move the ball quick enough as time ran out.
Sharon starts divisional play on Sept. 28 when they host Canton on Homecoming Weekend.