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Sharon Tosses 41-0 Shutout at Reynolds

Written by: on Friday, September 5th, 2008

By Bill Albright
Western PA Writer
  Shaking off the effects of a lost fumble on their first possession of the game, the Tigers (2-0, 1-0) scored 35 points in the first half en route to a 41-0 blanking of the Reynolds Raiders (0-2, 0-1) Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
    
“We talked about (a possible letdown) all week, but really, we have talked it for five years because you have to be ready to play good football every week, especially in our league,” said Sharon coach Bob Fromm. “We emphasized that we wanted to start well in our league and I thought the kids prepared themselves all week and then they came out here and played well on Friday night.”
  
Tiger quarterback Todd Rearick got the ball rolling for his club as he went in from two yards out for the game’s first score with 3:21 left in the opening period.
  
Following Rearick’s score, the Tigers scored two more times in the next dozen minutes for a 21-0 lead before breaking it wide open in the final minute of the first half.
   
Hoping to watch his club run the 2-minute drill just before halftime, what Fromm saw was his club score two more times in less than a minute to go on top 35-0 at halftime.
  
Rearick hit Dustin Norcross with a 31-yard scoring pass on the first play of the possession with 53 seconds left before halftime, and after Justin Norcross intercepted a Justin Wolfe pass, it only took the Tigers three more plays to score again, Louis Brown hauling in a 16-yard TD pass from Rearick.
  
Rearick completed 9 of 13 attempts for 147 yards the three scores, each touchdown toss going to a different receiver.
  
“We saw some things in the Farrell game that strategically were the right thing to do, but something was wrong with the execution,” noted Fromm. “Maybe the quarterback was not taking the correct step or the receiver was going one extra step too long, but whatever it was, I knew we had to get back to the basic and sharpen things up a little. The extra work seemed to be successful because we came out here and did a pretty good tonight.”
  
Three plays later, Rearick tossed his third TD pass of the game, a 16-yard effort to Louis Brown. Following the first five Sharon touchdowns, placekicker Terry Flaugher added the PAT each time for the 35-0 Sharon lead at the break.
  
“I think he is a little bit rusty starting off this year,” Fromm said of his quarterback. “We have been working him real hard in practice and it looks like he and Mike (Tomko) got on the same page tonight. Rearick made some good, crisp throws and he (Tomko) made some real nice catches.”
  
While watching his team toss the shutout at the Raiders, Fromm liked what he saw as Reynolds was held to zero yards passing and the Raiders only accumulated 89 yards overland on 38 totes.
  
“The defensive front really got off the ball tonight,” praised Fromm. “We are trying to make a conscious effort of getting kids in and staying fresh and I thought the coaches did a good job of getting that done. They are learning their scheme and getting down a little better each week. We worked on it during the summer, but during the summer is not the same as live action in a game.”
  
If there was a “down” side to the Sharon victory, it might have in the penalty department, at least in Fromm’s eyes. The Tigers were flagged seven times for 53 yards.
  
“We had one (penalty) last week and we were sitting there saying, OK, we are doing all right,” said Fromm. “But this week, we had a few too many. I don’t know the exact number, but I do know it was too many.”
  
With the Mercy Rule in effect for the entire second half, the Tigers scored their final points of the game on their first possession of the second half to set the final at 41-0, Mike Tomko doing the honors with a 16-yard run.
  

  SHARON — If you were worried about the Sharon Tiger football suffering a letdown after last week’s hard-fought 14-7 win over arch-rival Farrell, forget it because it didn’t happen.

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