Tristen Mallory breaks through the Genoa defense for a nice gain up the middle
Photos by Bill Migala
Last Friday, Port Clinton played one of the best teams in the state of Ohio in the Genoa Comets.
And Genoa proved its worth, defeating the Redskins, 84-13, at True-Lay Stadium.
The Comets, who have qualified for the playoffs six straight times, took control from the outset, scoring three touchdown in each of the first two quarters to take a 41-0 lead into the half.
Running back Jake Wojciechowski led the way, rushing seven times for 181 yards and scoring two touchdowns (80, 77) in the first half. Quarterback Logan Scott ran for two touchdowns in the first half, too, as the Comets built a 41-0 lead after two quarters.
Keegan Lowe spurts through a small hole in the rugged Genoa defensive line
Port Clinton did score twice in the second half, once in the third quarter and another time in the fourth.
Freshman Emerson Lowe, who had five receptions for 147 yards, caught two touchdown passes (80, 39) from backup quarterback Jesse Escobedo. Noah Cross had two catches for 17 yards and starting quarterback Brandon Moore finished with 20 yards rushing.
Brandon Moore reads the Genoa defense on an option play while Keegan Lowe waits for a pitch
“Genoa plays very, very good defense,” Port Clinton head coach Beau Carmon said. “It's hard to move the ball on them. We showed some signs (of promise) on offense — we'd run out of gas or turn it over.”
Carmon was pleased with the fact that, despite being down 61-0 in the third quarter, his team did not fold.
“That was our guys not giving up,” he said of them scoring their 14 points in the second half. “I don't know if it built any momentum, it was just more about our guys not giving up. It's nice to score a couple touchdowns. It was nice to get some points on the board (but) we're not where we want to be offensively or defensively.”
This Friday, the 'Skins host cross-town rival Oak Harbor (1-2). The Rockets have lost two straight games by a combined 119-14 against Genoa and Eastwood, respectively. Oak Harbor, which has won the last three contests with Port Clinton, has a run-based offense that focuses on ball control and playing good defense.
“As far as Oak Harbor is concerned, they're bigger than us and more physical,” Carmon said. “They might be able to go toe-to-toe with our skill guys. Our line guys have to pick it up – we've got to be able to run the ball and stop the run. Our defense hasn't stopped anyone and that's a concern. That's not the type of team we are — we don't have the offensive firepower to get into a shootout. I think the jury is still out on our defense.
“It's hard to tell where we are. We've given up 184 points in three games and that's absolutely absurd. That's not acceptable. That's something we take pride in and defensively, we made a few personnel adjustments, and hopefully, we'll respond (this week).”