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Port Clinton falls to Huron, 48-8

Photos by Bill Migala

On Friday night, Port Clinton went up against one of the Sandusky Bay Conference's best teams and found out just how difficult it is to defend a player like Cody Thompson.

The senior quarterback, who is headed to the University of Toledo next year on a football scholarship, had 203 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns in leading the Tigers to a 48-8 victory at Kalahari Field at Huron Memorial Stadium.

At first, though, the Redskins were able to move the ball and showed some promise before a couple of key mistakes set them back. Port Clinton took the game's opening drive 31 yards in nine plays to Huron's 38-yard-line, only to see the drive stall on a couple of miscues that forced them back to the 46 before punting the ball away. Unfortunately, the punt was partially blocked by the Tigers' Danzell Harris, giving Huron the ball at the Redskins' 41 to set them up with great field position.

Huron (6-2, 4-1 SBC) scored on its first possession and controlled the game throughout. The Tigers' first drive covered 59 yards in seven plays, culminating in a touchdown when Thompson scored on a 6-yard run on second-and-goal to give Huron the lead for good at 7-0 with 4:24 left in the first quarter.

On Port Clinton's next play from scrimmage, Huron recovered a fumble at the Port Clinton 34, and four plays later, scored on running back Tommy Bogden's 10-yard run to push the lead to 14-0.

After forcing another punt, the Tigers drove 59 yards in four plays, scoring when Thompson hit Spencer Maddox from 30 yards out to make it 20-0 early in the second period. Huron would add three more touchdowns in the quarter to make it a 41-0 score at halftime.

Thompson finished 8-of-11 for 166 yards and two touchdowns and rushed five times for 37 yards and a score. He spread the ball around to six different receivers, none of whom caught more than two passes.

Port Clinton did show some signs of promise in the second half, scoring on its first drive of the third quarter. The 'Skins (0-8, 0-5 SBC) took it 82 yards in 12 plays, converting on three third downs before Brandon Moore found Nathan Stubblefield in the left flat for a 4-yard touchdown.

"There are some things that we need to learn how to fix in the last two games," said Port Clinton head coach Beau Carmon. "It's been eight games and we're still making some of the same mistakes. (But) we won the second half. We're not quitting out there. We had some tremendous efforts from some guys tonight, and we had some guys make plays on defense.

"I didn't like the way we came out in the first half. Huron's linebackers are pretty fast and we weren't able to throw the ball like I wanted to. But (Huron) is a good team and they made it tough for us tonight."

Moore had a nice game for the 'Skins, accounting for 231 yards of total offense. He completed 18-of-23 passes for 135 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and rushed 19 times for 96 yards. Stubblefield caught a school-record 13 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Aidan Rospert contributed as well, catching three passes for 49 yards, including a key 38-yard reception that helped to set up Port Clinton's lone touchdown. Running back Tristen Mallory carried it 11 times for 45 yards to help pace the rushing attack.

"Beau's trying to put in his packages and run a new system," Huron head coach Tony Legando said of the Redskins. "They play a lot of young kids."

Currently ranked fifth in the Division V, Region 16 computer rankings, the Tigers are looking like a playoff team that has a chance to make some noise in the postseason.

"After eight games, the table is set pretty well for us," Legando said. "We've got two good football teams that we've got to play. Defensively, we're becoming a much better football team. Offensively, I think we are utilizing a lot of different people. A lot of guys caught passes and touched the football. The offense is playing better because of that."

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