WALTHAM, Mass. -- Brad Schiff made his first career interception count.
The Sharon High middle linebacker stepped in front of a pass in the flat to end a Wayland drive with just under 3 minutes remaining in the Division 3 Super Bowl and capped an improbable season for the Eagles.
Schiff, who was named the Hockomock Defensive MVP by the league’s coaches, has been a mainstay in the middle for the Eagles this season and labeled an All-State caliber player by head coach Dave Morse.
“We knew that was going to be the nail in the coffin,” Morse commented amidst the pandemonium on the field after the game. “He’s made plays all year. That’s his first career interception and it came at a big time.”
With only 30 seconds left on the clock, Schiff also broke up a pass on the goal line to end Wayland’s final drive.
“I’m doing my job,” he explained. “I saw him go to the flat and I did what I’m supposed to do. That’s what happens, you come out on top. We got the ball back, ground and pound, that’s how you win a game.”
The Wayland offense put up 36 poins on Tuesday night against Westwood, but the Sharon defense was tenacious in limiting the Warriors ground game. In addition to Schiff’s big plays, junior defensive lineman Erik Kushner had two big sacks.
Sharon has come to expect this type of defensive effort.
Schiff said, “I say we have a really smart defense. We spend hours and hours watching film. We had this team studied back and front. Our pursuit was good and we wrapped up.”
Morse echoed those sentiments, “They bought into hard practices, to early morning film sessions, to film sessions before practice – they bought into it and it shows. That’s how you win Super Bowls.”
This was the first ever playoff appearance, let alone Super Bowl victory, and Schiff was at a loss to explain what it meant to him and the team to come out on top.
“It’s unreal,” he said. “It still hasn’t hit me. I’m overwhelmed by emotions. It’s hard work, it’s commitment for four years. It feels great.”