Port Clinton's Nathan Stubblefield gets ready to fend off a Kenton defender.
Photo by Bill Migala.
The final score wouldn't indicate it, but the game between Port Clinton and Kenton was quite competitive for the first 24 minutes of play.
But, ultimately, several key Redskin miscues cost them and what should've been a close game at halftime turned into a 21-point lead for the Wildcats, who later put the game out of a reach with a dominant performance in the second half of their 49-14 victory over Port Clinton in the first round of the Division IV State Playoffs.
Kenton, which advances to play Wooster Triway in the regional semifinals, got on the board early, scoring on their first possession after forcing a punt. Quarterback Trent Hites found Kollin Stollar for a four-yard touchdown on third-and-goal with 9 minutes, 43 seconds left in the first quarter to start the scoring, and Chris Deardorff's extra point made it 7-0. The score was set up on the first play of the drive when Hites found Deardorff on a 49-yard pass down the left sideline, moving the ball to the Redskin 9-yard-line.