For the second time in three weeks the Port Clinton Redskins lost a game as a result of a flukish break that went the way of their opponent.
With the game tied at 14 midway thru the fourth quarter, Margaretta Polar Bears punter Austin Moore, who normally plays wide receiver, fielded a poor snap that bounced on the ground. He then ran 37 yards to give his team momentum and a new set of downs. The line of scrimmage on the play was the Margaretta 43-yard line and Moore's run set up the Polar Bears at the Redskins' 30. Two plays later quarterback Tyler Hilton hit Moore on a 21-yard route to make it 20-14, putting Margaretta ahead for good.
Two weeks ago, with Port Clinton holding a 10-8 lead against Edison, the Redskins suffered a tough break when a punt bounced off a Port Clinton player and was recovered by the Chargers. Shortly thereafter Edison scored and took the lead for good.
After falling behind 14-0 against Margaretta, the 'Skins rallied and cut the deficit in half on a three-yard run by quarterback Addison Rospert with 38 seconds remaining in the first half. Rospert's extra point made it 14-7. Port Clinton later tied it early in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass from Rospert to tight end Trey Gluth.
Rospert had a great game for the 'Skins, running 23 times for 91 yards and a score. He was 12-of-27 passing for 149 yards and a touchdown. Brock Moore had three receptions for 45 yards and Chris Stokes had two catches for 36 yards.
For much of the game, the Polar Bears were able to establish control at the line of scrimmage, running for 211 yards on 48 carries. Midway thru the first quarter, Stephen Freeh put Margaretta up 6-0 on a 26-yard run and Dylan Bailey's PAT pushed the lead to 7-0. Early in the second quarter, Hilton connected with Moore for their first touchdown from 25 yards out to make it 14-0 before the 'Skins mounted a comeback.
The main attraction for the evening was The Ohio State Marching Band, which made an appearance at the game on its way to East Lansing, Michigan, for Ohio State's game with Michigan State on Saturday. The Buckeye band members performed the national anthem with both the Margaretta and Port Clinton bands before the game started. Self-proclaimed as The Best Damn Band in the Land (TBDBITL), the Buckeyes visited Oak Harbor for a football game six years ago. The director of the band, Jon Waters, is actually an Elmore native who graduated from Woodmore High School in 1994.
The week the 'Skins travel to Sandusky for their final road game of the year as they face the St. Mary CC Panthers. SMCC, which is 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the SBC, has lost three straight games and has been outscored 170-14 in the process.
Led by running back Brandon Green, the Panthers feature an offensive attack that is predicated on running the ball and using their success on the ground to set up the pass.