Head Coach: Beau Carmon, 1st season
Last Year: 1-9 (0-7 SBC)
Outlook: Beau Carmon is hoping to change the culture at Port Clinton.
Though the Redskins were able to do some good things under former head coach Toby Hammond, they were never able to get over the hump and establish themselves as consistent winners in the Sandusky Bay Conference. In fact, Port Clinton hasn't had a winning season since 1993.
Carmon spoke about trying to turn things around within the program, which, he said, starts with investing time in the weight room during the offseason.
“I really think a culture change (is needed),” Carmon, said. “Until our kids prove otherwise, I'm going to continue to call out how tough we are. I'm not sold that we've made a commitment to the weight room. It's got to be better. I know, firsthand, you can get by with good athletes, but it can only get you so far. We really need to put an emphasis on conditioning and our offseason effort when we aren't playing a sport. And even when we are playing a sport (during the offseason), it's important to get into the weight room.”
The 'Skins will run a spread offense that features a variety of looks with anywhere from 2-4 wide receivers seeing the field at once. But Carmon insists that running the football is what he considers paramount, regardless of the formation.
“We'll try to be 60/40 run-first offense,” he said. “I certainly want to try to establish the run.”
Sophomore Brandon Moore will start at quarterback with the Lowe Brothers, Keegan and Emerson, serving as the primary running backs. By the end of last season, Keegan was the starting tailback and, according to Carmon, Emerson, a freshman, has a bright future ahead of him.
Aidan Rospert and Jack Warner will start at wide receiver with Cole Araguz and Nathan Stubblefield manning the slot positions. Warner, a junior, will also see some time at tight end. The offensive line, which starts three sophomores, includes, from left to right, Trenton Williams, Andrew Cline, Cameron Rodriguez, Eric Wheeler and Stone Scott.
The defense, which operates out of a 4-2-5 format, features Scott, Cline, Will Rollins and Keegan Lowe on the line.
The linebacking core includes Araguz, Preston Keck and Tristan Mallory with Cal Laurel serving as a hybrid between safety and linebacker. In the secondary, Stubblefield and Cory Beal will start at cornerback with Jesse Escobedo serving as the free safety.
“On defense my coordinator, J.T. Bates, is much more aggressive than I used to be. J.T is pretty creative with his stunts and his blitzes. I think we will be a risky defense; we will take chances, I think we have to. We're not as big and strong as a lot of teams.”
Carmon, who also served as the head coach at Fostoria High School for three years, spoke about what lies ahead for his club.
“We've had good practices, and we've had some tough practices,” said Carmon, who served as the defensive coordinator at Tiffin Calvert last season. “We're a young team, and our play in the scrimmages has shown that. We expect some consistency and some maturity out of these guys on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. I think we've gotten better and we've no doubt improved. We just need to develop some consistency.”