2014 Sharon Football Preview

2014 Sharon Tigers’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 6-5 (5-2), Region 3
Head Coach: Jim Wildman, 27th season (214-83-6)
Class: AA
Last District 10 Title: 2010
PIAA Playoff Record Since 2000: 3-3
District Playoff Record Since 2000: 12-6
5-Year Winning Percentage: 51.7%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – at Jefferson, 7
Sept. 5 – at Hickory, 7
Sept. 12 – Titusville, 7
Sept. 19 – at Corry, 7
Sept. 26 – Warren, 7
Oct. 3 – at Grove City, 7
Oct. 10 – Northwestern, 7
Oct. 17 – at Slippery Rock, 7
Oct. 24 – Greenville, 7

Returning Leaders
Rushing Yards: Jeremiah Norris, 145
Passing Yards: Andrew Tomko, 977
Receiving Yards: Jonathon Williams, 37

Year in Review: In Jim Wildman’s return to the sidelines, the Tigers registered a winning season and a trip to the district playoffs. Sharon began the season with a 3-2 mark as they fell to Farrell (12-0) and Greenville (21-16). The Tigers made an impressive second half push in regards to their schedule as they were able to defeat West Middlesex (20-6), Wilmington (35-21) and Grove City (34-15) in successive weeks. However, the evening before their playoff game against Girard was to take place, tragedy struck Sharon as two student-athletes were killed (Corey Swartz and Evan Gill) in a traffic accident which also took the life of a Brookfield man (John Zdelar). Two other Sharon student-athletes were injured (Craig & Greg Osmon) in the accident.

In January, a decision was made to allow Kennedy Catholic students’ to play football at Sharon in a cooperative agreement which eliminates the Golden Eagles’ program beginning with the 2014 season. Kennedy’s football team had fallen on hard times as they were only able to manage a 6-60 record which translated into a 9% winning percentage over the past seven years. Prior to that stretch, the Golden Eagles made back-to-back trips to the post-season and won 9 games in 2005.

Sharon returns to the field on Friday, August 29 when they travel across the border to take on the Falcons of Jefferson.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 26.7 (25th in Area)
Rushing Offense: 221.7
Passing Offense: 88.8
Points Allowed Per Game: 15.4 (9th in Area)

3 Things to Watch in Sharon
Steel Bowl Discontinued.
For the next two seasons, the Steel Bowl will be discontinued due to the football co-op agreement between Sharon and Kennedy Catholic. It’s kind of hard to believe that Sharon will not be playing Farrell this fall.

Tomko at quarterback.
Andrew Tomko completed 56.5% of his passes (61-108) as a sophomore while throwing for 977 yards and 9 scores. Most of his favorite targets (Trent Mosley, Carnell Hawkins, Dan Vanderslice, Dustin Austin) have all graduated. Junior Jonathon Williams is back after catching 3 passes for 37 yards in 2013.

Improved play on both sides.
Coach Wildman saw his team improve upon many numbers that the Tigers posted in 2012. Most notably, Sharon’s scoring on offense and defense. Offensively, the Tigers saw an increase of 8-points (8.3) per game. Defensively, an improvement of 16.4 points from the previous season was quite a move in the right direction for a team which finished 3-17 over their prior two seasons.

Recent Offensive Leaders
Passing Yards
2013: Andrew Tomko – 977
2012: Jesse Rodgers – 1033
2011: Jason Ondic – 710
2010: Jason Ondic – 531

Rushing Yards
2013: Carnell Hawkins – 1617
2012: Jesse Rodgers – 579
2011: Jason Ondic – 453
2010: Marc Martell – 1566

Receiving Yards
2013: Trent Mosley – 294
2012: Carnell Hawkins – 407
2011: Dallas Rodgers – 279
2010: Steven Bittler – 310

Fact Finder: Sharon has lost their last five season openers…The Tigers had won just two of their past eighteen games before last year’s 6-5 mark…Since 1998, Sharon has won the most District 10 Class AA championships with 5 (1998-2001, 2010).

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