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Oak Harbor trounces Margaretta in SBC opener, 42-20, by Yaneek Smith



Behind a solid running attack and a defense that held Margaretta in check, Oak Harbor defeated the Polar Bears, 42-20, to improve to 3-1 and 1-0 in the Sandusky Bay Conference.


Running back Mark Konieczny had another fine performance, running 29 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Rockets. Quarterback Austin Wiegand was magnificent, completing 10-of-12 passes for 141 yards and two scores.
“Mark is our workhorse and will run as many times as we want him to,” Oak Harbor head coach Mike May said. “Austin was on target when we went to the passing game and he did a nice job of running our two-minute offense before the half to get us a few scores.”
On the game's third play from scrimmage Margaretta quarterback Tyler Hilton ran a naked bootleg and, after breaking two tackles, raced 69 yards down the sideline to put the Polar Bears up 6-0.
Oak Harbor, however, responded, scoring 42 unanswered points, including 28 in the second quarter, to take control of the game. The Rockets dominated, gaining 22 first downs to Margaretta's nine, outgained the Polar Bears in rushing yards (298-174) and total yards (439-250) and won the turnover battle 3-0.
Oak Harbor's first two scores came on drives that went the length of the field.
Oak Harbor's first drive covered 63 yards in 11 plays and culminated with Konieczny scoring from two yards out to take a 7-6 lead on Jourdan Maguire's extra point. The offensive line was able to create holes for Konieczny, who carried the ball eight times for 53 yards on the drive.
After forcing a punt, the Rockets proceeded to take it 80 yards in 14 plays, scoring on a one-yard run by Konieczny to make it 14-6. McGuire, who kicked the extra point, was 6-of-6 on PATs and is perfect in 22 attempts for the season.
This week, the Rockets host cross-town rival Port Clinton. If Oak Harbor is to win, it will have to hold Redskins quarterback Addison Rospert in check, both on the ground and through the air. Last season, the Rockets defeated Port Clinton, 28-7. In 2010, Oak Harbor edged the 'Skins, 10-7, in a hotly-contested affair.




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