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Sharon rallies past Hickory @JasonMac37 @SharonAthletics @HHSFootball_1 @BillBillDungee

Written by: on Sunday, September 12th, 2021

 

Sharon – Two touchdowns in the final nine minutes gave the Sharon Tigers a thrilling 14-7 come from behind victory over rival Hickory Saturday night.

“I’m so proud of these guys, whether it’s 21-0 like last week or 7-0 like tonight,” said Sharon head Jason McElhaney. “It felt like 30-0 because we couldn’t get a thing going. This team keeps at and keeps going. I love those guys so much.”

Things did not start well for the Tigers as it was Hickory starting the night with a bang.

On the game’s first play, Keenan Scullin scored on a 70-yard hook-and-ladder play to put the Hornets ahead 7-0, 24 seconds into the game.

For the Hornets, it would be the only score they could muster for the remainder of the game.

“This was a great game with both teams battling,” said Hickory head coach Bill Dungee. “We were executing with the same mistakes we been having on offense. We always preach starting fast, we did a great job on that play. After that their defense did well, but we can’t turn the ball over like we did today.”

Sean Kennedy led the Hornets with 42 yards rushing on 16 carries, Scullin had two receptions for 79 yards.

Neither school was able to get much going for the rest of the first half.

“They do a great job with their gadget plays, and they scheme things up nicely,” said McElhaney. “They made a play right there, but our defensive staff did a great job tonight. I couldn’t be prouder of this team today. Our defense carried us tonight and kept us in this game.”

Sharon posed the only threat in the third quarter before losing a fumble in the red zone.

The Tigers eventually cracked the scoreboard when LaBrae Norris scored on a 6-yard run with 9:25 to play.

The extra point was blocked, and Hickory held on to a 7-6 lead.

 

Hickory took the ball and matriculated down the field, eating up a lot of clock.

However, running back Sean Kennedy lost a fumble with Sharon recovering in Tiger territory,

Sharon took over, needing to cover 70 yards in less than three minutes.

The Tigers were able to get the ball in the end zone on quarterback Mikey Rodriques’ 10-yard run with 23 seconds to play.

Rodriques threw for 101 yards while adding 30 yards rushing with the winning score. Jaon Phillips stepped up big for Sharon with eight catches for 77 yards, including two interceptions on defense.

“He is a tough kid, and he’s a Sharon kid,” said McElhaney of Rodrigues. “He is a tough-as-nails kid how keeps coming and coming. I felt like we got buried after having around six great years in a row. Sharon we’re back, we love that everyone keeps picking against us.”

Three defensive penalties on the Hornets for 40 yards aided the drive.

“On that final drive, I feel they may be one play, and the rest was penalty yards,” said Dungee. “It was tough, when we made plays tonight, penalties took it away. Our mistakes with turnovers as well made it a rough night. You can’t have that, but credit to Sharon they played a great game. It is only one region game and we’ll get better from it.”

“I felt like we got buried after having around six great years in a row,” said McElhaney. “Sharon we’re back, we love that everyone keeps picking against us.”

Game Highlights:

 

 

Sharon 14 Hickory 7

Score by Quarters

Hickory – 7 0 0 0 – 7
Sharon – 0 0 0 14 – 14=

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

H – Keenan Scullin 70 yd pass from Logan Woods, (Lukas Jones pat), 11:36

Fourth Quarter

S – LaBrae Norris 6 yd run, (kick blocked), 9:25

S – Mikey Rodriques 10 yd run, (Jaon Phillips rush), 0:23

Individual Stats

Rushing: Hickory – Sean Kennedy 16-42, Nakeem Jones 1-6, Jackson Pryts 1-5, Ty Holland 2-14, Logan Woods 2-(-4). Totals: 22-63. Sharon – Cortez Nixon 10-3, Jayveerh White 2-6, Mikey Rodriques 10-30, LaBrae Norris 4-11, Phillips 1-1, Mister Ham 1-4, Team 1-(-3). Totals: 29-52.

Receiving: Hickory – Keenan Scullin 2-79, Nash Porada 1-0, Ramarion Whitehead 2-20, Jackson Pryts 3-34. Sharon – D.j. Sallett 1-10, Jaon Phillips 8-77, Shane Rowe 1-0, Julius Phillips Jr. 2-7, Lamont Austin 1-7.

Passing: Hickory – Logan Woods 8-for-21, 133 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions. Sharon – Rodriques 12-for-23, 101 yards, Phillips 0-for-1.

Interceptions: Sharon – White, Phillips (2).

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