Sharon Area – Slippery Rock Area Preview
Written by: Josh Funk on Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
The Game: Sharon Area (10 AA) @ Slippery Rock Area (10 AA)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, from Slippery Rock HS in Slippery Rock, PA
2008 Record: Sharon Area (3-0), Slippery Rock Area (3-0)
About Sharon Area: Most people remember Sharon as the Berwick Bulldogs’ opponent in the 1994 and 1995 “AAA” state championship games, both losses for the Tigers. Sharon, fresh off a 7-4 record in 2007, has begun 2008 with an unblemished record. The Tigers’ football history not only includes the two PIAA finals berths, but also four trips to the PIAA Western Finals and nine District 10 championships, won among three different classifications. Wilmington, Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg), and Bethlehem Catholic are the only other PIAA affiliates to win District championships among three different classifications.
Sharon’s offense has been efficient thus far in 2008, averaging 27.67 points per contest, and enters this game fresh off a 28-6 victory against an improving Oil City Area team. The Tigers will be pitted against a Rocket defense which is allowing a scant four points per game.
About Slippery Rock Area: It’s only appropriate SRA is nicknamed the “Rockets;” right now, they’re firing on the highest octane. Slippery Rock is averaging a staggering 42.67 points per game, and is coming off of a 53-0 domination of Hickory. Maybe it’s hard to believe that the Rockets only scored 294 points a season ago – through the first three weeks of 2008, they’ve scored 44 percent of last season’s total.
Slippery Rock is led by dual threat quarterback Jono Powell, who may be one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the District 10 “AA” landscape. Powell has run for 420 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 10 yards per carry, and completed 20 of his 37 passes (54.1 percent) for 425 yards and six additional scores.
Issac Osborne (19 rushes, 86 yards), Brandon Henry (6, 81) and Justin Angerett (9, 55) also contribute to the Rocket ground game, which averages 300 yards per game.
The Rocket offense averages 445 total yards of offense per game, and will face a Sharon defense which allows an average of 4.25 points per game.
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