Sharon High’s football program hasn’t had a winning season since 1988.
But after junior quarterback Sean O’Neill connected with senior wideout Brad Kaufman for an 18-yard touchdown as time expired against Taunton on Saturday, giving the Eagles a 21-20 win, Sharon has a 4-0 start for the first time since the early 1970s. Eric Lesser’s extra point was the winner.
Under 25-year-old coach Dave Morse, a former assistant who took over the program last year and led the team to a 4-6 finish, winning its first Hockomock League game since 2005, the Eagles have suddenly turned things around. And after last week’s 34-22 victory over North Quincy, Morse was named the New England Patriots High School Coach of the Week, earning a $1,000 donation for the program.
The once-feeble Sharon team is atop the Hockomock League’s Davenport division, tied with Stoughton (4-0). The teams play Oct. 20.
Natick 29, Newton North 0 — Troy Flutie threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns on 16-of-26 passing. Brian Dunlop had eight receptions, two for scores.
Lincoln-Sudbury 40, Framingham 14— Henry Guild threw two touchdown passes and Chris Giorgio amd Marquis Simmons ran for two each.
Chelmsford 35, Dracut 27 — Jeff D'Auria rushed for 290 yards and four touchdowns. Lions quarterback Bobby Sullivan broke his left wrist (non-throwing hand) and required immediate surgery, though coach Bruce Rich believes Sullivan should return later this season.
Acton-Boxboro 41, Marshfield 16 — The host Colonials scored 21 first-quarter points and got two touchdowns each from Tom Saponaro and William Tejeda.
St. Sebastian’s 19, BB&N 6 — Pat Healy was 7 for 12 in the air for 100 yards and two touchdowns, both to Brian O'Malley. Brendan Daly rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Milton Academy 49, Middlesex 14 — Drew Jacobs rushed for scores of 29 yards and 25 yards in the Mustangs’ victory.
Taft 27, Deerfield 26— Former Billerica star Nick LaSpada caught the game-winning touchdown pass for Taft.
Phillips Exeter 23, Choate 16 — Andreas Robinson rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns, but the news wasn’t all good. Jonathan DiBiaso suffered a separated shoulder and is out for three weeks.
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Brockton quarterback Austin Roberts will miss the next couple of games because of an injury suffered in Friday night’s 27-12 loss to St. John’s Prep. “We’re looking at several weeks of rehab,” said Boxers coach Peter Colombo. “Some bones have been chipped — hairline fracture is what I’ve heard so far.” As Roberts crossed the goal line for his lone touchdown of the night he was hit, and eventually had to be carted off the field on a stretcher.