WRENTHAM — King Philip and Sharon came into Friday’s game with 5-0 records, but the host Warriors quickly proved to be the superior team, dominating the Eagles, 43-0.
Sharon had trouble generating anything on offense thanks to a King Philip defense that allowed only one first down.
“It doesn’t matter what kind of offense you are running if nobody is moving the ball against you. [The defense] certainly made it easy because our offense looked out of sorts at times, so it was nice,” said King Philip coach Brian Lee.
The Warriors got on the board on the game’s first drive. On first and goal from the 17-yard line after a holding penalty, King Philip quarterback J.J. Dillon rolled to his right on play-action and found Joseph Cochrane in the end zone on a post route to make it 7-0.
“J.J. did a nice job coming out of play-action, seeing it, and Joey made a great catch. It got us ahead and got us on the board,’’ said Lee. “You are in a game, it’s homecoming, there are a lot of emotions going on, it’s 5-0 versus 5-0, and to get the jump-start there is huge.”
After King Philip forced a punt, the Warriors’ offense started on its 48 with 4:43 left in the first quarter. The Warriors drove down the field and, on the first play of the second quarter, Ryan Dunn ran untouched for a 4-yard touchdown.
Much like the first half, King Philip didn’t waste time getting on the board after the intermission. After stopping Sharon on its first drive of the third quarter, the Warriors marched 47 yards in 2½ minutes, with Joseph Johnston running 29 yards for the score, breaking two tackles before finding the end zone.
He would do more of the same on the next drive. On second and goal from the 8, Johnston ran up the middle, bulldozing two tacklers and eluding another to make it 27-0.
Johnston finished with 77 yards on 18 carries.
“He works really hard, he runs hard, he doesn’t want to go down,” said Lee.
Dunn also contributed to the rushing attack, carrying nine times for 37 yards, including a couple of third-down runs that kept the chains and the clock moving in the third quarter.
“Our fullbacks, when we needed to get something going in the second half, did a nice job of getting some positive yards,” said Lee.
With a four-touchdown cushion, the Warriors’ backups got into the game in the final quarter.
Sophomore Mark Glebus ran 8 yards for one touchdown and fellow sophomore Kyle Loewen added a 22-yard touchdown run to cap the scoring.
It doesn’t get any easier for Sharon, which next week faces unbeaten Stoughton on Saturday. King Philip travels to Mansfield (4-2).