Throughout its 39-0 victory over Port Clinton, the Huron Tigers were able to run the ball with consistency, win the field position game with great punt returns and hold the Redskins' offense in check.
Huron running back Mauricio Vazquez opened the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown run and the Tigers made it a two-possession game when quarterback Cody Thompson connected with Dominic Maschari on a 12-yard touchdown. Vazquez scored from five yards out on the Tigers' next drive and Derek Daiglo returned an interception 40 yards for a score to make it 25-0 at halftime. Vazquez rushed six times for 73 yards and two scores as the Tigers were able to establish control at the line of scrimmage and control the tempo of the game.
With the win, Huron improves to 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Sandusky Bay Conference. The 'Skins, meanwhile, fall to 1-8 and 0-6 in the league.
Throughout the game, Huron was able to create a short field for itself because of quality punt returns.
Sophomore running back Keegan Lowe was one of the lone bright spots for the 'Skins, rushing for 98 yards. Port Clinton did move the ball into Huron territory a couple of times, only to see its drives thwarted at the end.
Since opening the season with a 35-14 win over Woodmore, the 'Skins, who have been decimated by injuries, have lost eight consecutive games. If not for a couple of bad breaks in several key games, Port Clinton could very well be 4-5 with a chance to finish with a .500 record for a third straight season. Regardless, the program is on the upswing and better things are on the horizon.
This week the 'Skins host Clyde (5-4, 4-2 SBC), the preseason pick to win the conference. Since losing to Perkins 35-13 two weeks ago the Flyers have been on a tear, outscoring their last two opponents by a combined 104-28. In their 68-21 win against Oak Harbor, Clyde stormed out to a 28-7 lead after one quarter before cruising to victory behind a school-record 378 rushing yards and six touchdowns from 2011 SBC Player of the Year Brad Smith. In the Flyers' 36-7 win over Edison, Smith was again dominant as he rushed for 170 yards on 22 carries and four scores.
Last season, Clyde beat Port Clinton in convincing fashion, 48-6, behind 140 rushing yards from Smith. In that contest, the Flyers took a 28-0 lead into the second quarter before Rospert connected with Andrew Leidheiser for a touchdown.