Up 14-0 at the half, King Philip Warriors’ game against the Sharon Eagles was not quite over yet. Facing a similar situation last week against Canton, the Eagles came back to beat the Bulldogs in overtime. On this night however, the Eagles were out of it two KP drives later to put the Warriors were up 27-0 late in the third quarter thanks to a dominating running game and well performing defense that held the Sharon offence to under 30 yards.
By the time it was over, the Warriors had won 43-0 and improved to 6-0 overall. The Eagles suffered their first loss of the year and now stand at 5-1.
Early in the first quarter, the Warriors chose to take a chance and go for it on fourth and one at the Sharon 10 yard line. After converting on a Joe Johnston (103 yds, 2 touchdowns) three-yard run, the Warriors were forced to move back 10 yards on a holding penalty. The flag did little to stop the KP offense as quarterback John Dillon (67 yds, 1 TD) found Joe Cochrane in the end zone on the next play on a 17-yard touchdown pass.
“JJ’s (Dillon) starting to feel more comfortable, throwing the ball well. You get those good looks when you’re able to run the ball as we were,” KP head coach Brian Lee said.
Quickly getting the ball back after an Eagles’ three and out, the Warriors once again drove their way down the field for a four yard touchdown run from Ryan Dunn (37 yds, 1 TD) to increase the lead to fourteen after a quarter of play.
The drive was another time draining drive designed to give the Eagles as little time as possible to respond later in the game.
“We’re not looking for that 50 yard run, that 65-yard run from one guy. We need to work as a team and just get those three yards every single play,” Dunn said of the Warriors’ offense.
The Eagles dodged a few bullets in the second quarter when the Warriors were unable to score during the second quarter.
Toby Modebelu put a KP drive to a halt late in the second quarter when he was able to pick off Dillon to give the Eagles the ball.
With the Eagles unable to do anything, the Warriors drove back down the field on their next possession, only to miss a field goal near the end of the half.
Coming back from the intermission, Joe Johnston capped off two clock killing drives with touchdowns that saw him break tackles and carry members of the Eagles defense into the end zone with him.
The first Johnston touchdown came with 5:57 left in the third on a 29 yard run with a second touchdown on an eight-yard run with 38 seconds to go.
The Eagles’ attempt to mount a comeback turned up flat in the third quarter as the Warriors’ defense continued to stuff Eagles’ running back Sean Asnes and pressure quarterback Sean O’Neal.
Despite coming into the game with a league best eight touchdown passes, O’Neil struggled to get passes off as the swarming KP defense forced him to scramble.
“Got some pressure in there and we were pleased at that,” Lee said.
A pair of touchdowns from Mark Glebus and Kyle Loewen late in the fourth quarter wrapped up the shutout win for KP.
With Sharon out of the way, the Warriors now look towards Mansfield for their second Kelley-Rex division game next week. KP will travel to face the Hornets on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
The Eagles will return to Davenport Division play next week when they host the Stoughton Black Knights in an important divisional showdown. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Oct. 20.