Wilmington Blanks Sharon 19-0 To Win District 10-AA Crown
Written by: William Albright on Saturday, November 28th, 2009
SLIPPERY ROCK — During the regular season, Wilmington scored a pair of late touchdowns to emerge with a 21-7 win over the Sharon Tigers.
Friday night at Slippery Rock’s N. Kerr Thompson Stadium, the two teams played a mirror image rematch of the first game as the Greyhounds tossed a 19-0 shutout at the Tigers to capture their fourth straight District 10 Class AA title.
Heading into the fourth quarter clinging to a 6-0 lead, the Greyhounds scored a pair of touchdowns in the final four minutes of the game to secure the win.
“I have a great group of assistant coaches and the kids believe in what we are doing,” said Wilmington head coach Terry Verrelli. “It makes me excited that every year they come and give us their best effort whether it is all winter or all summer. It is not the trophies that are important, but rather getting that kind of effort out of the kids. And again, you have to have a great group of assistant coaches which I do.”
The game was a tough, physical matchup as a Wilmington touchdown was the only scoring in the first three periods.
“We expected a tough game because they are a good football team,” said Verrelli. “Even though we beat them the first time, that wasn’t an easy victory either. They are a good football team and we expected and got a good game from them.”
Sutton Whiting, who scored all three of the ‘Hounds touchdowns while also intercepting two passes on defense, did the honors. Whiting was able to slip into the end zone for his first of three trips from one yard out, completing a 9-play, 23-yard march set up by an interception by inside linebacker Ryan Martin.
Whiting led all rushers in the game with 132 yards on 18 carries while scoring his trifecta of touchdowns.
“It was just one of those days where everything went right for me and the team,” said Sutton. “It just feels great to be district champions four years running.”
With the game still hanging in the balance, the ‘Hounds put the game into the books when Sutton scored on a 20-yard scamper with 3:50 left in the game before putting the exclamation point on the win two minutes later with a 4-yard run.
The final Wilmington touchdown was set up after Jake DeMedal recovered a Sharon fumble when the Tigers failed to get a handle on the kickoff at their own 16-yard line.
Although disappointed with the final score, Sharon coach Bob Fromm had a lot of good things to say about his squad, especially his seniors.
“I just went over and thanked them for playing for me and for setting the bar,” said Fromm. “They took us places this year we haven’t been for a while. They played their tails off tonight and left it all on the field. They battled through a lot of adversity this year and it caught up with us tonight. They set the bar and I am very proud of them.”
Although Sharon (10-3) loses a number of outstanding seniors, the Tiger’s cupboard won’t exactly be bare when 2010 rolls around.
“We had a lot of sophomores and juniors all over the field tonight,” cited Fromm. “It is encouraging and it is good because when I look at that team over there (Wilmington), they went all the way to Hershey so being here tonight was nothing new for them. As for us, we were excited about our opportunity, we came out and slugged it around for three-and-a-half quarters before we made a couple of mental mistakes toward the end. All things considered, it was a pretty good football game.”
With the win, Wilmington (12-1) advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals and will face unbeaten Forest Hills Friday night at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Kickoff for that game is set for 7 p.m.
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