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Written by: on Saturday, September 25th, 2021

 

Sharon exploded for 34 first-half points as the Tigers reeled off their third straight win up a 40-27 victory over Fort LeBoeuf.

“We knew we had a big challenge ahead of us today,” said Sharon head coach Jason McElhaney. “Fort LeBoeuf is good. When I first started coaching, we’d see around six of seven Wing-T teams. Now it’s like seeing a unicorn. When you play somebody great at it like they are, it’s a nightmare. So it feels great to come out with a win tonight.”

Both quarterback Mikey Rodriques and wide receiver Jaon Phillips had massive Tigers games (4-1).

Rodriques threw for 198 yards and four touchdowns, with three of those scoring tosses going to Phillips, who finished the night with eight grabs for 155 yards.

Sharon took the football and opened the scoring on Rodriques’ 22-yard touchdown to Phillips.

The Bison needed only two plays to respond as Adam Lichtinger scored on a 52-yard run.

The Tigers then extended their lead to 20-7 after the first quarter on Labrae Norris’s 5-yard run and Lamont Austin’s 16-yard reception from Rodriques after a Bison fumble.

Fort LeBoeuf then responded as Lichtinger scored his second touchdown on a 40-yard pass from Isaac McGuire.

 

Lichtinger rushed for a game-high 111 yards on 14 carries while adding two receptions for 58 yards.

“Our kids played hard tonight,” said Fort LeBoeuf head coach Jeff Nichols. “We made too many mistakes, but I told the team that we’ll learn from this and get better as a result.”

The two teams then traded scores for the remainder of the first half.

Rodriques threw touchdowns of ten and 49 yards to Phillips, while Aiden Lesik scored on a 14-yard run for Fort LeBoeuf.

 

Sharon led 34-20 at halftime.

“I knew they were going to be good and that we were going to have to score,” said McElhaney. “I thought there were some things we’d be able to do offensively in the passing game. But I was worried because they’re huge upfront. We were fortunate to get a little run going which allowed us to be able to throw the ball. I did not project us to be able to put 34 up in the first half.”

The Bison got within a touchdown midway through the third quarter as Lesik capped off a long drive with a 1-yard surge to bring the score 34-27 with 6:16 to play in the third stanza.

“The last time we were down here, it was a 40-38,” said Nichols. “I didn’t think we’d have another game like this. I was down here for Hickory and Sharon when the game ended 14-7. They’re a great offense over there will use talented weapons. There’s a good chance we’ll see them again. If we do, we’ll watch the film and make adjustments.”

Sharon pushed their lead to 40-27 on Rodriques’ 1-yard run at the 10:14 mark of the fourth quarter.

“Mike has come along for us,” said McElhaney. “He’s never thrown meaningful pass for us until this season. He’s been developing, working hard, and he’s a talented football player. It certainly helps to have someone like Jaon to throw the ball to; he’ll find a way to make even the tough catches.

In the second half, the Tigers’ defense stepped up when it needed to, and Rodrigues put the finishing touches on a superb outing with an interception on defense in the closing minutes.

Sharon improves to 4-1 on the season and plays host to Grove City next Friday night at home.

“The biggest thing moving forward is getting healthy somehow,” McElhaney concluded. “We’ll get these guys in here tomorrow morning to start rehab and recovery. Those games with Grove City are always hard-fought scrappy battles.”

Fort LeBoeuf will try and regroup as they host Fairview next Friday. The Bison expect to have leader rusher Tristan Harris back from a hamstring injury.

“Sharon is an outstanding team,” Nichols concluded. “Next week for us, it’s a big one against Fairview. We’ll get better from this and be prepared.”

Game Highlights:

 

 

Sharon 40 Fort LeBoeuf 27

Score by Quarters

Fort LeBoeuf – 7 13 7 0 – 27
Sharon – 20 14 0 6 – 40

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

S – Jaon Phillips 22 yd pass from Mikey Rodriques, (kick failed), 9:45

FLB – Adam Lichtinger 52 yd run, (Isaac McGuire pat), 8:56

S – Labrae Norris 5 yd run, (Nick Schimp pat), 4:26

S – Lamont Austin 16 yd pass from Rodriques, (Schimp pat), 0:40

Second Quarter

FLB – Lichtinger 40 yd pass from McGuire, (kick blocked), 9:46

S – Phillips 10 yd pass from Rodriques, (kick failed), 6:31

FLB – Aiden Lesik 14 yd run, (McGuire pat), 2:11

S – Phillips 49 yd pass from Rodriques, (Phillips from Rodriques), 1:03

Third Quarter

FLB – Lesik 1 yd run, (McGuire pat), 6:16

Fourth Quarter

S – Rodriques 1 yd run, (kick failed), 10:14

Individual Stats

Rushing: Fort LeBoeuf – Lichtinger 14-111, Justin Leuschen 8-32, Lesik 8-32, Ryan Welka 4-10, McGuire 5-(-12). Totals: 23-114. Sharon – Norris 12-63, Cortez Nixon 11-42, Rodriques 10-32, Julius Phillips Jr. 1-5, Team 1-0. Totals: 35-142.

Receiving: Fort LeBoeuf – Lichtinger 2-58, McGuire 1-21, Ryan Daum 1-22, Leuschen 1-12, Dominic Gentile 1-6, Lesik 1-20, Welka 1-2. Sharon – Phillips 8-155, Shane Rowe 2-27, Austin 1-16.

Passing: Fort LeBoeuf – McGuire 5-for-13, 141 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception. Sharon – Rodriques 11-for-18, 198 yards, 4 touchdowns.

Interceptions: Sharon – Rodriques.

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