After having some trouble with St. Mary Central Catholic for part of the game, Oak Harbor took control in the third quarter before sustaining control of the contest to defeat SMCC 49-14.
The turning point came early in the third quarter when Oak Harbor, holding a 21-7 lead, dodged a bullet and gained momentum of the game.
On the Rockets' first possession of the second half, they fumbled the ball inside SMCC's 15-yard-line. It appeared that the Panthers had recovered the ball, but the ball came loose and Oak Harbor tight end Cliff Biggert secured possession for the Rockets. On the very next play, Oak Harbor quarterback Austin Weigand rolled out and hit Cecil for a 10-yard touchdown. Jourdan Maguire's PAT pushed the lead to 28-7. From that point forward, SMCC was never able to seriously threaten.
With the win, the Rockets improve to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the Sandusky Bay Conference while the Panthers fall to 2-7 and 1-5 in the league.
Oak Harbor running back Mark Konieczny ran 29 times for 252 yards and five touchdowns. On top of that, Konieczny broke the single-season rushing record of 1720 yards that was held by J.D. Bergman, a 2003 OHHS graduate. Konieczny's five rushing touchdowns also tied the team's single-game record.
Fullback Ben Genzman finished with 16 carries for 105 yards and a score to help pace the Rockets rushing attack. Throughout the season, Genzman has done a fine job serving as Konieczny's lead blocker and has consistently served as a second option in the running game.
“I thought we came out and played physical,” Oak Harbor head coach Mike May said. “We got back to playing Rocket football. I think we controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides. We just kept running the ball at them, which we wanted to do. Our seniors have put us in a position to play for a piece of an SBC championship.”
Quarterback Austin Wiegand went 5-of-5 for 67 yards and a touchdown. Cecil had four catches for 39 yards and a score and also set a single-season record for receiving yards, breaking the 16-year-old mark held by former Rocket great Josh Osborne. Cecil also had an interception that set up an Oak Harbor touchdown.
In the first half, Oak Harbor's offensive line was able to exert its will on the line of scrimmage, running the ball with regularity as Konieczny rushed for 94 yards and scored three touchdowns. Genzman ran for 58 yards to take some of the pressure off Konieczny as the team had 173 yards on the ground in the first two quarters.