It's been a tough season for the Port Clinton Redskins thus far, and Friday didn't make things any easier.
Going up against the Perkins Pirates, Port Clinton fell 46-0 to the top team in the Sandusky Bay Conference. Perkins was able to dictate the flow of the game and score a number of points in its dominant victory.
With the win, the Pirates improve to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the SBC while the 'Skins fall to 1-7 overall and 0-5 in the league.
Perkins quarterback Brandon Smith completed 15-of-20 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns. As a team, the Pirates rushed for 184 yards. Austin Sparks had 71 yards on the ground and one touchdown and Mitch Benkey added 60 yards and two scores.
Port Clinton's offense was held in check, accounting for only 73 yards. Quarterback Addison Rospert, who suffered a thigh bruise last week against St. Mary CC, was limited by his injury Unfortunately, injuries to several key players have held the 'Skins back this season.
“I think we see progress and once you start to get excited about things, someone else gets hurt,” said Port Clinton head coach Toby Hammond. “It's just tough on the kids. They're not stupid, they know we're losing some of our better players and we're forced to play kids that aren't ready to play Friday night, they're more used to Saturday morning, but that's all we got.”
“It was fun – the kids played hard, they took to the coaching and they gave it everything they got. I was really proud of the way the kids played.”
Hammond, whose squad has played against the likes of Genoa and Delphos St. John's, a Division VI powerhouse, said that Perkins may very well be the best team the 'Skins have faced all season.
This week, the 'Skins host Huron, who is 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the SBC. The Tigers, who defeated Margaretta 35-0 last week, run a spread offense that is led by quarterback Cody Thompson. Thompson, who can cause damage in the air and on the ground, threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another on the ground this week. Wide receiver Aaron Driftmyer, one of Thompson's primary targets, had touchdown receptions of 41 and 56 yards, respectively.
“We're out-manned and it's going to be very difficult to beat them,” Hammond said, “but we can compete.”