Senior running back Sean Asnes took his position in the backfield, ready to dash left as soon as the ball was snapped.
But when he saw a flag thrown for offsides, he reversed his direction and broke to the opposite side of the field, diving at the right pylon for a 9-yard touchdown with 10 seconds left to give Sharon a 16-14 win over Stoughton Saturday.
“[Asnes] just took advantage of the free play,” said Sharon coach Dave Morse.
Asnes finished with 214 yards on 19 carries to lead the Eagles, who trailed, 14-3, at halftime.
Sharon (6-1) improved to 2-0 in the Hockomock Davenport division to claim the top spot, knocking Stoughton (6-1, 1-1) to second place.
“Whenever you play in your division, you have to come out with a win,” Morse said. “It’s basically a playoff game. Stoughton’s a very good team. ”
Stoughton capitalized early on Sharon’s turnovers and jumped to a 14-0 lead, using an interception and a fumble to set up short-field drives.
Black Knights running back Frank Morris scored on an 11-yard run to get his team on the board, and Aaron Mack followed with a 4-yard score in the second quarter.
But before the half expired, Sharon chipped into Stoughton’s lead with a 27-yard field goal from Eric Lesser.
“That was crucial to get that field goal,” Morse said. “[At halftime], we just told the kids to keep doing what they were doing. We emphasized that we were giving some points away and we had to hold onto the football.”
In the third quarter, Asnes pounded in a 1-yard touchdown to make it 14-10 before delivering the winning score.
Norwood 28, Weymouth 7 — Senior quarterback John Nardelli threw for 102 yards and a touchdown to lead the Mustangs (2-5).
Merrimack Valley (Div. 1)
Lowell 56, Billerica 34 — Jack Galvin rushed for two scores for the Red Raiders.
Central Catholic 28, Chelmsford 21 — The No. 17 Raiders (6-1) trailed heading into the fourth, 21-14, but touchdowns by D'Andre Drummond-Mayrie and Santino Brancato helped Central Catholic escape with the victory.
Bridgewater-Raynham 32, Xaverian 27 — Quarterback Jordan Cohen and fullback Ryan Murphy connected on three touchdown passes.
Dual County (Large)
Waltham 32, Newton South 7 — Hawks senior running back Jacob Duffrene ran for four touchdowns.
Franklin 44, Attleboro 41 — With 12 seconds left and the game tied at 41, Mike Carden kicked a 41-yard field goal to propel the Panthers (6-1). Nick Zucco had three touchdown passes.
Merrimack Valley (Div. 2)
Tewksbury 38, Lawrence 20 — Running back Ed Matovu rushed for three touchdowns to lead the visiting Redmen (3-4), while James Sullivan chipped in two scores.
Lexington 22, Arlington 21 — The Minutemen’s Cody Myers blocked a go-ahead field goal attempt with 22 seconds left. Senior Kevin Li rushed for 153 yards and two scores on 27 carries.
Nauset 7, Marshfield 6 — Gabe DeStefano scored a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Zach Altneu’s extra point preserved the Warriors (7-0) record.
CAL/NEC (Division 2)
Beverly 35, Danvers 13 — Isaiah White ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns, Dave Rollins was 7 of 12 passing for 89 yards, and No. 12 Beverly improved to 7-0.
Dighton-Rehoboth 36, Old Rochester 34 — Quarterback Nathan Kowalski powered the Falcons (5-1) to a thrilling three-overtime victory, passing for four touchdowns and rushing for another.
CAL/NEC (Division 4)
Hamilton-Wenham 43, Manchester Essex 13 — Senior Trevor Lyons racked up 169 yards rushing on 14 carries and scored four times.
Abington 34, Mashpee 7 — Brandon Cawley threw four touchdowns, two to Joe Buckley and two to Tim Ferguson, to lead the Green Wave (7-0).
Governor’s Academy 29, St. Mark’s 7 — Tate Jozokos accounted for all four Governor’s Academy’s touchdowns, throwing passes to Austin Smith and Dan Healey and rushing for two more.
Belmont Hill 35, Brooks 7 — Greg Plumb had two touchdowns (one rushing, one interception return) .
Nobles 35, Roxbury Latin 34 — The Foxes scored and went for the winning 2-point conversion with a minute to go, but Nobles broke up the play, securing a victory. Ryan Vultaggio threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score for the Bulldogs.