It is not often that a stripper plays a significant role in a high school football game but that is what happened last Thursday at Sharon.
With the final minute ticking away and the Vineyard sitting on a seven point lead, 29-22, Robert Kaszanek, the Eagles go-to guy, was given the ball and sent into the line where he met, among others, the Vineyard’s Ken Handy who stripped him of the ball, snatching it out of his grasp and, in effect ending any doubt as to the denouement.
The Islanders were dominant in the first half and reached the midway mark ahead, 14-0. Brian Montambault’s plunge from six yards out, capped an 80-yard drive at the end of the first quarter. Montambault scored again in the second quarter on a 25-yard scamper. MV was up 14-0 at the break.
Sharon’s Sean Asnes returned the kick beginning the second half for 85 yards, cutting the MV lead in two. But the Vineyard responded with a 72-yard drive, climaxed by a 12-yard scoring jaunt by quarterback Randall Jette: 21-7.
Sharon scored the next two touchdowns, first on a 12-yard run by Jordan Aronson. Then, after recovering an onside kick on the MV 39, Aronson ran to pay dirt again, making the score 21-20. Spurning a tie, Aronson ran the ball into the end zone for a two-point conversion and the lead, 22-21.
The final TD would be the Vineyard’s, Jette guided the Islanders 63 yards for the game’s final score, accounting for the final 23 yards himself on a keeper. The game’s final two points were by way of a pass from Jette to Michael Araujo. 29-22.
The Eagles were not through. At game’s end they were within reach of the Vineyard’s end zone, setting the stage for Handy’s larceny.