FOOTBALL: Sheffield overcomes early deficit, but falls to Brockway, 33-16
It was the third game of the season, and the third game in which the Wolverines were riddled with turnovers.
Unlike last week, Sheffield was unable to overcome its own mistakes, falling to the Brockway Rovers, 33-16, Saturday at Sheffield High School.
Rovers’ quarterback Alec Shaffer-Doan started his 308 yard day quickly on Wolverine Mountain, driving down the field in less than two minutes and finishing with a 36 yard touchdown pass to Brandon Morris.
On the ensuing kickoff, Sheffield was unable to hold onto the ball, and Brockway started its second drive of the day in Wolverine territory, where Shaffer-Doan would end up running in a two yard touchdown to give Brockway the early 13-0 lead.
“Three games in a row we started the same way,” said Sheffield Head Coach Dave Fitch. “I just don’t know what it is about our early mental mistakes. When we spot teams nine or fourteen points, it’s a tough hole to climb out of.”
Despite the rough start, the Wolverines were able to bounce back after a huge defensive stop on fourth down with a 13 yard touchdown on Dustin Holden’s first carry of the game. Holden added icing to the cake by running in the two-point conversion to pull the Wolverines within five.
With just under a minute left in the half, Sheffield’s Jereek Jackson powered in a six yard touchdown. Adam Higby connected with Noah Heeter on the two-point conversion, giving Sheffield its first lead of the game, 16-13 at the half.
“We spent a lot of energy climbing out of the hole, said Fitch. “Our energy carried us into half time, and we just didn’t quite come out with the same energy and enthusiasm.”
Brockway’s Anthony Benson, who had 106 yards receiving in the first half but no touchdowns, was determined to change that in the second half. Late in the third quarter, after a Sheffield fumble, Shaffer-Doan hooked up with Benson for nine yard score, giving the Rovers and 19-16 lead.
“When they scored to go up in the third quarter, we wasted all of that ‘dig’ coming out that early hole, there just wasn’t enough gas in the tank to climb out the second time,” said Fitch. “That’s on the coaches as far keeping them mentally prepared. So we’ll challenge the coaches to keep these kids believing in themselves.”
time,” said Fitch. “That’s on the coaches as far keeping them mentally prepared. So we’ll challenge the coaches to keep these kids believing in themselves.”
Benson’s next score came early in the fourth, when he broke several tackles to bust loose a 40 yard touchdown. Shaffer-Doan and Benson would again connect on the following drive for an 18 yard score.
Benson finished the game with 215 total yards and three touchdowns.
“Until this team fixes the turnovers, it’s going to be a tough road for us to climb,” Fitch said. “However, like I told them, by their play the last few weeks, I’d go to battle with anybody. It’s just a matter of playing mistake free football.”
The Wolverines (1-2) will look to get back in the win column when they travel to Cameron County next Friday for an AML North showdown with the Red Raiders.
B-Brandon Morris 7 pass from Alec Shaffer-Doan, 10:08, (Jarrett Esposito kick).
B-Shaffer-Doan 2 run, 9:20, (kick failed).
S-Dustin Holden 13 run, 6:25, (Huntoon run).
S-Jereek Jackson 6 run, :58, (Noah Heeter pass from Adam Higby).
B-Anthony Benson 9 pass from Shaffer-Doan, 3:37, (conversion failed).
B-Benson 40 run, 10:31, (Esposito kick).
B-Benson 18 pass from Shaffer-Doan, 7:22, (Espsoito kick).
RUSHING-B-Beson 10-82, TD, Shaffer-Doan 14-72, TD, Mike Martino 10-52, Jack Glasl 1-0, Anthony Isabella 2-(-1); S-Jackson 8-51, TD, Brandon Kipp 9-32, Holden 5-17, TD, Higby 5-5, Tommy Reeves 5-1.
PASSING-B- Shaffer-Doan 23-43-308, 2INT, 3TD; S-Higby 11-23-126, 2INT, Jimmy Vile 1-1-6.
RECEIVING-B-Benson 8-133, 2TD, Isabella 6-89, Morris 1-36, TD, Glasl 4-25, Martino 2-22, Chad Perrin 2-3; S-Heeter 4-51, Holden 2-38, Reeves 4-34, Kipp 2-9.