For the second week in a row, Port Clinton faced one of northwest Ohio's best teams and suffered a tough loss, falling to the Genoa Comets, 49-7.
Genoa dominated throughout, taking a 28-0 lead into the half and outscored the Redskins 21-7 in the second half before the game was called with seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter because of lightning.
Genoa's All-Ohio running back Kyle Nutter ran 13 times for 169 yards and two touchdowns and broke the school's all-time rushing record. Wide receiver Casey Gose also scored twice, once on a 30-yard reception and the other on an 85-yard kickoff return.
Port Clinton's lone touchdown came on a nine-yard run by quarterback Addison Rospert with 4:38 left in the third quarter. The score was set up after the 'Skins recovered a fumble on a Genoa punt return.
Rospert finished with 34 yards on 16 carries and running back Cody Smith led the team with 11 carries for 38 yards. Brock Moore contributed with three receptions for 13 yards as Port Clinton's offense was held in check.
Despite the tough loss, Port Clinton head coach Toby Hammond was able to take some positives away from the game.
“We did some things well, and that's what you're trying to build off of,” Hammond said. “I told the kids, 'We just played the two best teams on our schedule. You know what it takes to be able to compete on that level. Now it's up to you to compete on that level during practice.'”
This week, the 'Skins travel to Milan to face the Edison Chargers as they open conference play. Edison is 2-1 on the season and features a triple-option offensive attack that is devoted to running the football.
The Chargers struggled to a 4-6 mark last season, but returns the vast majority of their starters. Last season, the 'Skins defeated Edison, 20-6, but the Chargers appear to be much improved from last season.
Hammond spoke of how his defense must defend the option.
“You start with being very disciplined,” Hammond said. “You've got to be very assignment-oriented. You make sure someone's got the dive and the quarterback and the pitch. If two guys jump one, then you leave one guy open. (Edison has) everyone back and they're using some different formations this season.”
For the 'Skins, it is a chance for them to start the conference season off on the right foot after suffering two tough losses.
“It's probably more important for the kids to realize that (we're starting the conference season off),” Hammond said. “I think it depends on your senior leadership. We've got a good senior class and for a lot of kids, this is their third year playing — the offensive line, Rospert, Smith and Chris Stokes.”