Boston High School: Sean Asnes

Recap: Sharon 12, Wayland 3

December, 1, 2012

WALTHAM, Mass. –- When Dave Morse took over the reins in 2011, Sharon football had only won four games since 2008.

Now, in just his second year, the 25-year old fierce head coach has taken Sharon to the promise land, leading the Eagles to a 12-3 win over Wayland Saturday in the MIAA Division 3 EMass Super Bowl.

“They bought in to hard practices,” Morse said of his team’s commitment. “They bought in to early morning film sessions. They bought into it and it shows – that’s how you win a Super Bowl.”

Senior running back Sean Asnes led the way for Sharon with 17 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. He added another score through the air on a 4-yard touchdown reception.

“Sean [Asnes] was great,” Morse said. “He got hard yards when he needed to. He lowered his shoulder against a very stout defense that shut a lot of teams down this year. He’s learned to play running back over the last four years. He’s not just a fast kid who can touch the ball.”

After a back-and-forth scoreless first quarter, Sharon finally got on the scoreboard just before half.

With Wayland on offense facing a third down at their own 22, Sharon junior defensive end Erik Kushner sacked Wayland’s Matt Goddard. The ensuing Wayland punt came from the edge of their own goal line, which gave Sharon good field position at the Warrior 47.

The Eagles used a combination of Asnes, Toby Modebelu, Evantz Elisma, Sean O’Neill, and Adam Block rushes on the next eight plays to get to the Wayland 4. Their ninth play of the drive was a pass from O’Neill to Asnes out in the flat that saw Asnes extend out and cross the goal line. Sharon’s extra point was no good, giving Sharon a 6-0 lead at halftime.

The Eagles started the second half with a bang, as Asnes took the first snap and zig-zagged 71 yards for a touchdown to double Sharon’s lead to 12-0.

It looked as though Wayland would strike back on their first drive of the second half, marching down from their own 32 to the Sharon 9. But the stiff Eagle defense – led by Hockomock defensive MVP Brad Schiff – did their part, driving the Warriors back five yards and holding them to just a 30-yard field goal from Eric MacLean.

Neither team was able to muster up a solid drive after the opening scoring drives. It looked as though Wayland would have a chance to close the gap late in the fourth quarter, taking it from their own 27 into Sharon territory – until Kushner and senior Adam Banks came up with a huge sack forcing Wayland into a fourth and 15.

When it looked like the Warrior’s drive had been halted, Sharon’s Schiff was flagged for pass interference. Two plays later, Wayland found themselves just 30 yards out from the end zone. With Goddard out of the game, Wayland had sophomore Robert Jones under center and on 1st down, Schiff atoned for his penalty with a huge interception – his first career pick.

“We knew that was the nail in the coffin,” Morse said. “Schiff is an all-state caliber player. He’s made plays all year. That is his first career interception and it came at a big time.”

Schiff took full responsibility for the pass interference call that kept Wayland’s drive alive but made up for two plays later with his interception.

“That was my fault,” Schiff said. “You gotta move on

Sharon drained the clock some on their next play, but timeouts and stout run defense gave Wayland another shot. Jones found Roby Williams, who lateraled it to Dayleon McKenzie who tossed it to running back Robert Williams (17 carries, 98 yards). The speedster took it all the way to the Sharon 11, good for 43 yards.

However, the Eagles defense stood strong again, Jones was unable to connect on four straight throws with Schiff disrupting the fourth down toss into the end zone.

Sharon took a knee and watched as the seconds ticked away to win their first Super Bowl. For the seniors on the team, it’s a sweet feeling after where the program was when they first started at Sharon.

“This is always our goal,” Schiff said. “We strive for it year after year. I never thought we would make it this far, but that’s what happens when you put in the work and time – you get where you want to be.”

Sharon – 0 - 6 – 6- 0 --- 12
Wayland – 0 – 0 – 3 – 0 --- 3

Second quarter
S – Sean Asnes 4-yard pass from Sean O’Neill (kick failed)

Third quarter
S – Asnes 71-yard run (kick failed)
W – Eric MacLean 30-yard field goal

Recap: Sharon 7, Pembroke 6

November, 28, 2012
BRAINTREE, Mass. -– Sharon was far from an offensive juggernaut, but was extremely opportunistic and composed when it mattered in the program's first playoff appearance last night.

Forcing a red zone fumble on a punt-return for the winning score and stuffing a late conversion attempt, Sharon (9-3) edged Pembroke (7-4), 7-6, at Braintree High to advance to the Division 3 Super Bowl, its first Super Bowl berth in school history.

The Eagles, who combined for only 20 yards in the second half, will play Wayland (9-3) on Saturday.

“We have been preaching all year for a big play to happen on special teams and we have not had it yet,” said Sharon coach Dave Morse. “They stayed in their lanes and did their job. It was their time to shine.”

Sharon's Brad Schiff forced the important fumble on a reverse attempt by Pembroke which fellow senior Tobenna Modebelu recovered on the Titans' five-yard line. Senior Sean Asnes finished a four-yard sweep two plays later for a 7-0 Sharon lead at 5:14 in the third.

“We do situational football in practice to prepare for these different situations,” said Morse. “We have a lot of good weapons on offense. They kept their composure throughout and made plays when they had to.”

With Sharon pinned on its goal line with 5:40 remaining in the game, Pembroke forced a punt to start its final drive on the Eagles' 31-yard line. Junior quarterback Corey Brandon hit a seven-yard bootleg screen-pass to teammate sophomore Jake Coughlin to cut the margin to 7-6 with 1:09 remaining.

However, a short post-pass conversion attempt by Brandon fell off the hands of fellow junior Tom Johnson.

“We faked off tackle (on the score) because defensively you have to play for the run,” said Pembroke coach Bob Bancroft. “Coughlin catches the ball he just does extra stuff with it. We always hand off on (punt returns).”

After a 48-yard punt return by senior Nick Burns put the Titans on the Eagles 32-yard line with 34.2 seconds remaining in the third quarter, an illegal substitution set Pembroke up with fourth down and goal line on the Sharon 13-yard.

Titans' Senior Brian Tinkham scrambled 12-yards on a dive play, but fell just short as he hit Sharon defensive wall along the one-yard line.

Fall of the Titans: Pembroke looked to score with four minutes left in the first quarter when junior quarterback Corey Brandon nailed senior Nick Burns for a 23-yard streak pass in the endzone. However Burns was called for a 15-yard pass interference penalty while scrapping the receiver to kill the 39-yard drive.

The Titans drove 48-yards on its next drive to reach the Eagles'12-yard-line, including a pair of option pitches to seniors Brendan Morse and Nick Burns for 15- and eight-yards, respectively. After dropping three yards on a quarterback keeper, Brandon overthrew a corner pass toward a double-covered Burns in the endzone on a fourth down and 13 yards with 1:27 left in the first half.

Repeat Mistakes: Pembroke looked to avoid the mistakes they made in the program's first playoff appearance in a 20-12 loss to Oliver Ames last year.

However they dropped 35-yards on five penalties mostly in big moments and turned the ball over twice.

“I thought we would stay away from those mistake being our second time here,” said Bancroft. “However it was not like we were committing unsportsmanlike (penalties).”

Day for the Defense: Sharon senior Sean Asnes totaled 1,020 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season, but was held to 10 carries for 34 yards and one touchdown and one catch for 21 yards.

Tinkham (1,728 rushing yards this season) was held to eight yards in the first half and took nine total carries for 46 yards.


PEM (7-4) 0 0 0 6 -- 6
SHA (9-3) 0 0 7 0 -- 7

SH -- Sean Asnes 4 run (Eric Lesser kick)
PB – Jake Coughlin 7 pass from Cory Brandon (Pass failed)

Recap: Oliver Ames 34, Sharon 8

November, 24, 2011

SHARON, Mass. -- Coming into Thanksgiving morning, Oliver Ames football controlled their own destiny.

After a dominating 34-8 victory over rival Sharon, it appears that destiny was on their side.

With the win, the Tigers clinched the Hockomock League Davenport division championship and will make their first playoff appearance since 1964, the year they won their last state championship.

“This game just meant everything for us, we haven’t been to the championship, we haven’t even been to the playoffs since 1964 so this is really big for this program and for the next couple years to build the program from,” senior captain cornerback Brian Crosby said.

The Tigers came out swinging in the opening seconds of the game. Junior cornerback/wide receiver Ryan McMillan intercepted Sharon senior captain Caleb Piltch-Loeb on just the second offensive snap of the game.

On OA's ensuing offensive play, senior quarterback Jared Schneider hit McMillan on a go route for a 43-yard touchdown. The play was literally written out in the mud.

“To be honest, we didn’t practice that specific play all week,” OA head coach Jim Artz said. “But when we saw them doing what they were doing [in warm-ups], I said we have something right here at the first play and literally kind of drew it in the mud over there with the linemen.”

“[Coach Artz] came up to me and said, ‘I want you to pump on the bubble and then we’re gonna throw the go,'" Schneider said. “I threw it and he made a great catch and ran it in for a touchdown.”

The Tigers brought a balanced offensive attack all game rushing for 166 yards while Schneider completed 10 of 18 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown.

“We actually came in trying to run the ball down their throats,” said senior captain Jake McDougall. “We came out and Jared was having a great game so we just kept letting him throw the ball.”

The Oliver Ames defense forced a three and out on the Eagles’ next offensive drive and didn’t stop their barrage of offense. Senior running back Sam Langston took his first hand off of the game for 46 yards and scored on an eight yard run just two plays later.

After each team exchanged turnovers, Langston took another handoff in for a 17-yard touchdown. A converted two point conversion to senior captain Alex Tepper made the score 24-0 at the half. Langston finished with 118 yards on 12 carries and one reception for 12 yards.

The Tigers defensive game plan was simple, to stop junior running back Sean Asnes, who has over 1000 yards rushing on the season.

“He’s a very talented back and we had to preach very physical play to the whistle defense,” said Artz.

OA limited Asnes to 38 yards on 10 carries. The Eagles were limited to 162 total yards on offense and only allowed one passing completion. The Tigers have struggled against the run all year, but were able to limit big plays and stuff the run with gang tackling, only allowed five plays over 10 yards.

“Defensively we just came in, we were going to pressure them and make them make plays and we were able to stop them when we needed to,” McDougall said.

The Eagles have come a long way from last season’s 1-9 finish. The Eagles finish the season 4-6 and could have clinched a playoff berth with a win over OA and a Stoughton loss.

OA forced their third turnover of the game on an interception from Crosby, returned for 40 yards. Senior running back Carlton Williamson ran in a 17-yard touchdown to go ahead 34-0.

Sharon broke the shutout early in the fourth quarter when Jake Rotman took a pitch six yards in for a touchdown. Perhaps the strangest play of the game came on the Eagles’ extra point attempt. The ball was snapped over the holder’s head, recovered by junior kicker Eric Lesser at the 30, and thrown for a successful 2-point conversion.

Senior Robert Kaszanek lead the Eagles in rushing with nine carries for 53 yards. Piltch-Loeb finished with eight carries for 40 yards and one completion for 10 yards.

The win for Oliver Ames pushes them into the first round of the state tournament; the Tigers will play Pembroke on short rest Tuesday night.

“We’ve got to find some quick way to get our legs back and nurse the bumps and bruises,” Artz said. “Hopefully we’ll keep that fine line of keeping our edge, but also getting our rest.”

“I think our coach said we’re gonna have practice in the pool to get our legs back, have a little fun with it.,” Schneider added. “We gotta watch a lot of film, get back, get our bodies back ready to go.”

--This win marks the first conference title for Oliver Ames since 1968.

--Schneider was named the team’s Thanksgiving game MVP, while Tepper won best lineman and Langston was named best back. Jordan Owen was named MVP for Sharon, while Piltch-Loeb was named best back and senior David Zhang was named best lineman.