Port Clinton falls late to St. Mary CC, 44-37

Port Clinton's Keegan Lowe tries to shake free of a shirt tail tackle against St. Mary's
Photos and gallery, photo credit Bill Migala

So close, yet so far.

For the third time this season, the Port Clinton Redskins lost a game that they were leading in the second half, falling to St. Mary Central Catholic, 44-37, on Friday at True-Lay Stadium.

Nathan Stubblefield kicked a 37-yard field goal to put Port Clinton ahead, 37-36, with 6:44 to play before the Panthers rallied to win it when running back Lucas Will took a pitch and raced 25 yards for a touchdown less than two minutes later.

The 'Skins opened the scoring by taking the opening kickoff and driving 65 yards in 13 plays, scoring on a 4-yard run by Keegan Lowe on fourth-and-2.

SMCC responded, going 80 yards in eight plays and scoring when Trevor Fitzthum found Hayden Snow on a 13-yard pass to tie the score.

It would be a sign of things to come as the score was tied at 14 before the Panthers took a 22-21 lead in the second quarter. From there, the lead would change hands five times.

Quarterback Brandon Moore finished 7-of-14 with 132 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also carried the ball 17 times for 98 yards and a score. Stubblefield, who returned from injury, caught six passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on an 82-yard run that came on a reverse.

Lowe finished with 70 yards on 17 carries and a score and Tristan Mallory ran eight times for 49 yards. 

SMCC is now 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the Sandusky Bay Conference and the Redskins are 0-6 and 0-3 in the league.

Head coach Beau Carmon was certainly pleased with his offense, but understands that if Port Clinton is to become a contender in the SBC, it'll have to play better defense. 

“We haven’t stopped anybody yet,” Carmon said. “The old adage is that you win with defense. That’s the third game where we’ve had the lead going into halftime. We can’t finish the game we want to. Everybody is improving, but we just haven’t been able to capitalize when we need to. The things we do during the week have not transferred to Friday night. We work on tackling in practice, but we’re certainly not tackling and wrapping up the way we coach it. 

“We have four games left — Perkins, Huron, Clyde and Edison. We need to step our game up in the next few weeks. We’ll prepare our kids and you’ll not see them quit. There is no quit in them. 

“We’ve got to stop somebody because we don’t have an offense that can get into a shootout. Our goal is to score four touchdowns, and you should be able to win high-school football games with that.”

This Friday, the 'Skins travel to Sandusky to take on the Perkins Pirates. Perkins, which is 6-0 on the season is ranked sixth in Division III. The Pirates employ the Wing-T offense and possess a stout rushing attack along with a defense that allows just 14.2 points per game.

Port Clinton vs. St. Mary's football 2013

Redskin QB Brandon Moore gets a pass away despite heavy pressure from a St. Mary's player

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