At halftime, things were looking pretty good for the Port Clinton Redskins.
Port Clinton was leading Rossford by two and wide receiver Nathan Stubblefield was the best player on the field, giving the Bulldogs fits.
But in the third quarter, Rossford (2-0) took control, outscoring the 'Skins by 16 points to win, 45-28. The Bulldogs took the lead for good early in the period when quarterback Kyle Sherman scored on a four-yard run to make it 20-14. Running back Eric Davis later scored on a five-yard run and Dylan Losiewicz caught a 31-yard touchdown from Sherman. In the third quarter, Rossford outscored Port Clinton, 23-7, after trailing 14-12 at the half.
“We didn't play well tonight,” said Rossford head coach Todd Drusback, “but we found a way to win. We'll need to play better in our next game.”
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 2-0 and the 'Skins fall to 0-2.
Despite being on the losing side, Stubblefield was magnificent, catching 10 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown and returning a kickoff 92 yards for a score. He also converted on all four of his extra-point attempts.
Quarterback Brandon Moore had the other two touchdowns for the 'Skins, scoring on two runs (1, 5).
Port Clinton took a 7-0 lead on a one-yard run by Moore in the first quarter. The score was set up by a muffed Rossford punt that was recovered by Tristan Mallory. Moore connected with wide receiver Noah Cross to convert a third down to keep the drive alive. Following a 10-yard touchdown by Davis that cut the deficit to 7-6, Stubblefield ran the kickoff back 92 yards to push the lead to 14-6. Davis would later score on a one-yard run to cut the deficit to 14-12 going into the half.
Moore finished the night with 193 yards passing and had 37 yards rushing.
Despite losing their second game, there is reason for the 'Skins to be optimistic. They played much better this time around and showed some signs of promise after losing to Woodmore, 55-7, in Week 1.
This Friday, the 'Skins host Genoa (2-0), which defeated Oak Harbor, 63-7, last week. The Comets have made it to the postseason in each of the last six years, going 9-6 during that span as they've established themselves as one of the state's premiere programs. Though it's early, there's good reason to believe that this will be one of Genoa's best teams.
Last season, the Comets beat Port Clinton, 49-7. In fact, Genoa has won the last eight meetings in the series, all by convincing margins.