Sharon High School continued its storybook season Saturday with a historic win over Foxborough.
The Eagles (8-2, 3-0) captured the school's first ever Hockomock League Davenport Division title with a 14-7 victory over Foxborough (7-3, 2-2) to clinch its first ever postseason berth.
"It feels great," said Sharon head coach Dave Morse. "This is the reason I came here. When I was an assistant here a couple years ago I saw the potential here in the program. When the job became open I said I wanted it and this is why. This is what I saw a couple of years ago."
Sharon's defense rose to the occasion against a potent Foxborough rushing attack to bottle up the Warriors' Kiivone Howard and Luc Valenza for most of the day. The Eagles also intercepted Foxborough quarterback Mike Slaby twice and turned both of those turnovers into points.
"We have 11 guys on defense and substitutes that come in on certain plays," said Morse. "They are hard-nosed kids, they have been written off all year, they have a chip on their shoulders and they play like it."
After Foxborough drove down the field on its opening drive, Sharon's Brad Kaufman intercepted Slaby on the Eagles' 16-yard line. Sharon wasted little time getting on the board as Sean Asnes ripped off a 41-yard touchdown run with just over three minutes to play in the first quarter. The extra point was good and the Eagles took a 7-0 lead over Foxborough.
That lead held up through three quarters before Sharon added to it with 4:09 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Following a Jared Fogel interception of Slaby that was returned to Foxborough's 35-yard line, Sharon converted on two fourth downs, including a 25-yard touchdown pass from O'Neill to Kaufman to extend the Eagles' lead. The extra point was good and Sharon led 14-0.
Foxborough finally got on the board late in the fourth quarter on a 9-yard touchdown run by Kiivone Howard, his 20th rushing score of the season, but it was too little too late with 53 seconds remaining in the game.
"Give Sharon credit," said Foxborough head coach Jack Martinelli. "They played great defense and they moved the ball and scored when they had to."
Sharon recovered the ensuing onside kick, downed the ball on its final possession and began the celebration.
"They will enjoy it," Morse said. "It’s a lot of hard work getting paid off."
While Sharon will enjoy Saturday's victory, Morse will be quick to remind his players there's still more to the season.
"We are not happy with a division title, we have a bigger goal," said Morse. ... "We are going into unchartered territory but our guys will be ready."
Sharon will conclude the regular season on Thanksgiving Day against rival Oliver Ames. Foxborough travels to Mansfield.