It just wasn't a good night for the Port Clinton Redskins last Friday.
In their final game of the season, Port Clinton lost, 74-6, to Clyde to finish their season with a 1-9 overall record and an 0-7 mark in the Sandusky Bay Conference. However, in the early going, things weren't as bad as they looked.
The Redskins' first two drives were substantial, but both came away with nothing as there were missed opportunities.
The first drive, which began at the 30-yard-line, lasted 10 plays and encompassed 54 yards before the Fliers came up with a critical stop. On its following drive, Port Clinton marched 47 yards into Clyde territory before Flier safety Paul Cullen came up with a key interception.
Following both possession, Clyde responded with scoring drives of their own, both on touchdown runs by Brad Smith, to go ahead 14-0.
In the second quarter, the Fliers built their lead to 34-0, scoring on a 8-yard run by Damian Coburn. Coburn then returned an interception 88 yards for a touchdown and, after forcing a punt, Smith scored from 49 yards out. In all, Smith finished with 21 carries for 403 yards and four touchdowns.
After winning five games in each of the last two seasons, the Redskins struggled mightily this year as they won just one game, a 35-14 victory over Woodmore in the season opener. The primary reasons for Port Clinton's struggles this season came down to two key factors: (1) injuries and (2) bad fortune.
The 'Skins suffered a number of injuries, many of them to key players. And to make matters worse, the breaks certainly were with the opposition this season. In games against Edison and Margaretta, Port Clinton suffered tough breaks. A muffed punt cost the 'Skins dearly and changed the fortunes for the worse in their loss to the Chargers and, in the loss to the Polar Bears, a botched snap on a Margaretta punt midway thru the fourth quarter turned out to be a blessing in disguise as they were able to convert on the fourth-down play before taking the lead for good.