Port Clinton true freshman Emerson Lowe takes a pitch and heads upfield early in last Friday's loss at Woodmore.
Redskin junior Tristan Mallory found the going tough up the middle against Woodmore.
Port Clinton quarterback, sophomore Brandon Moore, turns his shoulders upfield to fire a pass on a rollout.
PC Quarterback Brandon Moore stands strong in the pocket to deliver a pass against Woodmore.
A young Port Clinton team knew that tough games like this would be coming.
They just didn't expect it to be this bad.
In their opener against Woodmore the Redskins were defeated, 55-7, to fall to 0-1 on the season.
For such a young team that's replacing a number of key seniors, it was expected that some growing pains would be part of the season, but this loss was especially difficult to swallow.
“We played their game,” Port Clinton head coach Beau Carmon said. “It turned into a track meet (and) it seemed like they were on offense the whole game.”
Carmon was referring to the Wildcats' spread offense. The offense was led by quarterback Jake Matwiejczyk, who was 15-of-23 for 247 yards, rushed 16 times for 122 yards and was responsible for a number of touchdowns. Evan Ulinski led the way with six catches for 86 yards. Woodmore was dominant throughout, establishing its will and controlling the flow of the game.
Early in the second quarter, the 'Skins had a chance to cut a 14-0 deficit in half, only to fumble the ball at Woodmore's 3-yard-line and squander any chance of getting back in the game. Oddly enough, the Wildcats' first touchdown came on a fumble recovery in the end zone when Matwiejczyk lost the ball, only to be bailed out by his teammate, Dan Sprinski.
Tristen Mallory scored the 'Skins' lone touchdown on a 1-yard run.
“We had a few bright spots,” Carmon said. “Offensively, it wasn't a very good night. It was embarrassing. I've been on both sides of games like this. I've been on the winning side and the losing side. We just need to be more consistent.”
This Friday, the 'Skins welcome Rossford (1-0) to True-Lay Stadium. The Bulldogs defeated Bowling Green, 13-7, behind two touchdown passes from quarterback John Allen. Rossford, which runs the zone-read rushing attack on offense, went 6-4 last season. Under fourth-year head coach Todd Drusback, the Bulldogs, who play in the Northern Buckeye Conference, have steadily improved, going from 0-10 to 1-9 to 6-4 in his first three seasons, and provide a formidable challenge for Port Clinton.