Sharon senior earns his stripes with 5 touchdown performance
Written by: Josh Funk on Sunday, November 9th, 2008
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Todd Rearick may want to consider following a surgeon’s career path after his performance in the District 10 “AA” quarterfinals against Fairview.
OK, you might not want the Sharon senior doing open heart surgery, but, if footballs are scalpels, then #8 will cut any defense up.
Rearick threw for 341 yards and five touchdowns in Sharon’s (10-1) impressive 35-7 rout of Fairview (7-3) Saturday afternoon from Wilmington Area High School in New Wilmington.
With the victory, Sharon will take on Slippery Rock, a 21-7 winner in an upset of North East, next weekend at a site and time to be determined.
To be frank, Fairview’s defensive game plan – taking away the Sharon ground game – could be viewed as questionable, considering the fact that Sharon was averaging over 140 passing yards per game and that Rearick had thrown for 1,346 yards and 22 touchdowns entering the game.
“I think that playing us is tough sometimes, because you gotta do one or the other,” Sharon head coach Bob Fromm said. “They (Fairview) loaded up the box a bit, and we got rid of the ball pretty quickly.”
Rearick’s phenomenal passing game got started right on the opening drive, as he completed all five pass attempts for 76 yards. The last of which, a 17-yard dart to Louis Brown, made it 7-0, Tigers.
For the remainder of the quarter, it was all the Sharon defense, which held Fairview to just 19 yards of offense and one first down.
In the second quarter, the Rearick-to-Mike Tomko connection awoke. And it was lights out from there.
Rearick found Tomko on an eight-yard strike to make it 14-0.
Four minutes later, Rearick found Tomko again, this time from 17 yards out to make it 21-0, Sharon.
And then, there was the straw which broke Fairview’s back. Sharon got the ball back with 1:36 left in the half at their own 34 yard line. One play later, Tomko was crossing the goal line after Rearick hit him on a 66-yard pass-and-catch, giving the orange and black an impressive 28-0 lead.
“Me and Todd were on the same page all day,” Tomko said, “and we just kept firing.”
The second quarter was especially good for Tomko, who hauled in six passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns in that period alone.
“If they (the opposition) make us do something, we just adjust to it,” said Rearick, who threw for 274 yards in the first half. “Passing-wise, I think, is our strong point. We have so many options.”
Sharon capped its scoring when #8 found Dustin Norcross (5 rec., 58 yards) on a 14-yard slant, invoking the mercy rule with 5:11 left in the third quarter.
But Rearick stayed in the game until late in the fourth quarter, and was only pulled after he found Tomko on a 32-yard rope down the Fairview sideline.
For the game, Tomko finished with eight catches for 213 yards and three touchdowns, giving him an impressive 44 catches, 845 yards, and 13 touchdowns this season.
“You can’t cover every single one of them (Sharon’s four receivers) on every single play,” Fromm said. “He (Rearick) is doing a great job finding what the defense is giving him and taking it.”
Fairview dented the scoreboard when junior feature back Jared Lane scored on an 83-yard run. Prior to that run, Fairview has just 52 yards of offense and five first downs.
Lane finished with 135 yards on 22 carries. He finished the year with 1,152 yards rushing.
Kevin Brown led Sharon with 30 rushing yards on 10 carries. Rearick added 22 rushing yards, and Ron Howard had 14 rushing yards and 18 receiving yards. Louis Brown added three catches for 51 yards for the victors.
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