Sheffield's offense struggled in its home opener to the Kane Wolves on Saturday, suffering a 34-6 non-league District 9 loss.
Kane was able to take advantage of four first-half fumbles by the Wolverins to take a 21-0 lead into the locker room.
"The early mistakes got into our heads and we never recovered," said Sheffield head coach Dave Fitch. "It was a mental breakdown on in all areas, including coaching."
Times Observer photo by Cody Elms
Sheffield’s Jimmy Vile makes a tackle during Saturday’s District 9 football game with visiting Kane at Sheffield High School.
Kane running back John English put up the team's lone rushing touchdown on the Wolves' first drive of the game. Quarterback Kevin Cleer was able to connect with Logan Zuzek and Jeff Kocjancic in the second - Cleer's second TD pass of the quarter - to give Kane a 21-0 lead going into halftime.
The Wolves came out firing in the third, as Cleer threw for two more touchdowns, giving Kane a comfortable 34-0 lead, heading into the final quarter.
The Wolverines failed to put any points on the board until late in the fourth quarter. After Kane fumbled on its own five yard line, Sheffield's Tommy Reeves was able to power into the end zone on a five-yard run.
With the game essentially out of reach, the touchdown had little affect on the game, but meant much more for Fitch and the players.
"We had a couple drives falter because of turnovers," Fitch said. "We had to get into the end zone to give these kids confidence."
Fitch said this team is better than what it showed, and intends to improve at Elk County Christian on Friday.
"They're a power team," Fitch said of ECC. "They will come right at us. We will focus on fixing the mistakes we need to fix and play to our ability. If we don't let our heads take over, we can beat anybody."
Sheffield0006 -- 6
K-John English 1 run, kick failed; 9:36.
K-Logan Zuzek 12 pass from Kevin Cleer, English 2 pt. run; 9:19.
K-Jeff Kocjancic 22 pass from Cleer, Tyler Rolick kcik; 3:02.
K-Rolick 6 pass from Cleer, Dillon Mattis kick; 8:40.
K-Kocjancic 14 pass from Cleer, kick failed; 4:43.
S-Tommy Reeves 10 run, conversion failed; 5:00.
RUSHING-KANE, T. Rolick 8-86, English 11-54 TD, Shane Rolick 5-32, Jake Westerburg 2-22, Jame Lingenfelter 3-20, Evan Delong 2-12, Cleer 3-2. SHEFFIELD, Brandon Kipp 6-17, Reeves 3-19 TD, Jereek Jackson 5-12 Adam Higby 7- (minus 35).
PASSING-KANE, Cleer 17-26, 154, 4TD, 1INT. SHEFFIELD, Higby 3-12, 38, INT.
RECEIVING-KANE, Kocjancic 7-68 2TD, Andrew Pierson 6-55, T. Rolick 2-17 TD, Zuzek 1-12 TD, English 1-2. SHEFFIELD, Reeves 2-28, Noah Heeter 1-10.