Sharon holds off Slippery Rock @SRAHSFootball @SRAHSATHLETICS @sharontigers @SharonHighOC
Written by: Shane Lux on Saturday, September 15th, 2018
In what might be the game of night across Pennsylvania – Sharon held off Slippery Rock for a dramatic 30-27 victory Friday night at Slippery Rock High School.
In a wild final three minutes, the game saw three touchdowns, all after Sharon seemed to be in control.
Sharon head coach Jim Wildman summed up the chaos with one sentence. “You saw Christmas in September out there,” he said. Referring to the mistakes his Tigers made mainly in the fourth quarter and second half.
“I felt like we had the game in control, but we just couldn’t get out of our own way,” Wildman added.
With Sharon ahead 23-13 the Tigers defense came up with a 4th-down stop just under the three-minute mark as Rockets quarterback Vito Pilosi threw incomplete on a 4th-and-17.
On the very next snap, Tigers running back Jordan Wilson fumbled at their 30-yard line. That led to Nathan Hyatt’s 30-yard reception between two Tiger defenders that pulled Slippery Rock to within 23-20 with 2:47 to play.
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It wasn’ the first time Sharon lost the ball as Lane Voytik fumbled at the Rockets 2-yard line late in the third quarter. Fortunately, on the next play, the Tigers defense stuffed Kamerer in the end zone for a safety putting them ahead 23-13.
Following Hyatt’s score, Slippery Rock attempted an onside kick; it looked initially like the Rockets had recovered however the officials said they touched it before ten yards.
Wilson as to redeem himself ripped off a 24-yard touchdown run on a 4th-and-2 that pushed Sharon’s lead to 30-20.
“I was down, but I had to pick myself and make a play for my team, said Wilson.
Kamerer took the ensuing kickoff back 90 yards to pull Slippery Rock back to within three at 30-27.
“We had two fumbles, and a kick return with the same two guys break contain on that kick,” said Wildman. “We did everything we could to give it to them. If you keep letting someone hang around and around, that is what’s going to happen.”
But who else other than Jordan Wilson recovered the onside kick that sealed the win following the return. That fumble certainly didn’t indicate that night Wilson had.
“Jordan has some good guys up front, and he’ll be the first to tell you that,” said Wildman. “He knows without those guys; he won’t have that success.”
Wilson ripped off 152 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, while also catching four passes for 48 yards including a 30-yard score from Lane Voytik that tied the game at seven in the first quarter.
“I owe it all to my offensive line, without them I wouldn’t be going anywhere,” said Wilson. “I coughed the ball up a couple of times, and we had some bad plays, but we bounced back.”
“Sometimes tonight we didn’t hit the right gap, and he took off on us,” said Slippery Rock head coach Larry Wendereusz.
As Wilson did for Sharon, Kaleb Kamerer did for Slippery Rock. He scored on the kickoff return and led the Rockets skill players with 95 yards of total offense (25 rushing, 70 receiving). While also adding a fourth-quarter interception.
“That’s who he is, we have to find a way to get him more and more touches,” said Wendereusz. “Every time he touches the ball he has a chance to break it.”
The turning point of the game occurred toward the end of the first half following Wilson’s 2-yard touchdown that gave the Tigers a 14-13 lead with 3:12 left in the half.
Kamerer returned the kickoff deep into Sharon territory, but on the next play Jake Torr intercepted Pilosi and flipped the field position as Voytik was able to find Trey Jones on a 27-yard touchdown pass with 1:53 remaining.
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“That sequence was big, these kids, when they want to play, are an excellent football team,” Wildman said. But right now we have too many mental lapses.”
“We have to be smart with the ball; our goal is to end every possession with a kick. But that kid (Torr) just made a great break on the ball,” said Wendereusz. “It happens, I’m not going to blame any of our kids for what happened there.”
Jacob Shaffer hauled in a 5-yard touchdown from Pilosi that gave the Rockets a 13-7 lead ealy in the second quarter following a Tigers fumble.
Slippery Rock opened the scoring as David Duffalo scored on a 34-yard screen pass from Pilosi before Voytik and Wilson hooked up from 30 yards to tie the game after a quarter.
“That’s a good football team, and we knew that coming in,” said Wendereusz. “Everyone here tonight saw that this team and that group of seniors is not going to quit. Down ten points with three minutes to go, they could have packed it in and called it a night. But we didn’t do that, that is a testament to our seniors and their mentality.”
Sharon 30 Slippery Rock 27
Score by Quarters
Sharon – 7 14 2 7 – 30
Slippery Rock – 7 6 0 14 – 27
SR – David Duffalo 34 yd pass from Vito Pilosi (Nate Willison pat), 5:30
SH – Jordan Wilson 30 yd pass from Lane Voytik (Ben Baron pat), 3:30
SR – Jacob Shaffer 5 yd pass from Pilosi (kick blocked), 7:50
SH – Wilson 2 yd run (Baron pat), 3:12
SH – Trey Jones 27 yd pass from Voytik (Baron pat), 1:53
SH – Safety – Kaleb Kamerer tackled in end zone, 2:14
SR – Nathan Hyatt 30 yd pass from Pilosi (Willison pat), 2:47
SH – Wilson 24 yd run (Baron pat), 1:37
SR – Kamerer 90 yd kickoff return (Willison pat), 1:25
Rushing: Sharon – Jordan Wilson 24-152, Ty Eilam 1-3, Voytik 11-53, C.J Parchman 3-12, Team 2-0. Totals: 41-220. Slippery Rock – Pilosi 14-37, Patrick Shea 1-(-4), Duffalo 6-9, Kamerer 10-25 Hyatt 2-(-1). Totals: 33-66.
Passing: Sharon – Voytik 15-for-26, 177 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception. Slippery Rock – Pilosi 10-for-14, 150 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, Shaffer 1-for-1, (-2) yards.
Receiving: Sharon – Eilam 2-8, Wilson 4-48, Parchman 1-6, Frank Shaffer 5-73, Jones 2-34, Warren Nixon 1-8. Slippery Rock – Kamerer 3-70, Duffalo 3-38, Shaffer 1-5, Shea 1-10, Pilosi 1-(-5), Hyatt 1-30.
Interceptions: Sharon – Jake Torr. Slippery Rock – Kamerer.
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