Still with a chance to play postseason football, the Sharon Eagle’s saw themselves playing a one game season of sorts against the Milford Scarlet Hawks. Needing a win to make it into the Division 3 Southeast tournament, the Eagles made sure to set the pace early against a Milford team also with playoff hopes.
“We knew we had to start fast. You don’t want to get into a slugfest with a team playing like it’s their Super Bowl so we did a good job starting fast,” Sharon head coach Dave Morse said.
The fast pace was too much for the Scarlet Hawks who were easily defeated in the 27-0 shutout by the Eagles.
Scoreless late in the first quarter, an interception by Tyler Smith at the Eagles’ 44-yard line set up the first scoring play of the day for Sharon. One play later, Sean O’Neal found Evantz Elisma for a 56-yard reception to put the Eagles up with eight seconds left in the first quarter.
The senior running back would pick up two more touchdowns in a performance that featured 112 all purpose yards.
Later in the second quarter, a 22-yard gain by Elisma got the Eagles down to the Milfrod nine-yard line and led to a two-yard touchdown run by the running back with 1:42 left in the first half.
A third touchdown by Elisma came off a 75-yard kickoff return to start the third quarter. Exploiting holes in the Milford defense, Elisma was able to sprint down the right sideline to make it a 20-0 game to start the second half.
“He had the best visions he’s had in three years. In between the trenches he did a good job of seeing a hole and hitting it,” Morse said.
Bryce Smith added to Sharon’s offensive dominance with a 14-yard touchdown reception with 4:02 left in the third quarter.
Smith, a sophomore, has had to quickly grown into his role as a receiver on a team featuring a young roster.
“He (Smith) has a lot on his plate mentally but now he’s getting his feet under him,” Morse said. “We threw so much at him and now our sophomores are like juniors. After seven varsity games you got to be able to figure stuff out and he’s been able to do that well. He’s playing faster every game because he knows what to do.”
With the win, the Eagles are projected to finish in eight place in Division 3 Southeast and will likely play Plymouth South in the quarterfinals of the new football tournament. The official pairings and game times will be announced by the MIAA on Oct. 27