Defense, playmakers key Port Clinton’s 44-6 win over Rogers

Sep 22, 2021 | Sports | 0 comments

BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR

TOLEDO — Port Clinton’s reliable trio of Cam Gillum, Tyler Webb and Josh Hurst led the Redskins with 532 yards of total offense en route to an impressive 44-6 win on Friday night over host Toledo Rogers.

It’s Homecoming Week for Port Clinton, who will host the Edison Chargers (2-3) this Friday at True-Lay Stadium. In addition to traditional homecoming ceremonies with this year’s homecoming court, the homecoming game will also feature a wide range of Port Clinton Alumni Weekend activities.

In last Friday’s action against Toledo Rogers, Webb caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Gillum for the game’s first score, and following Andrew Hanson’s extra point, Port Clinton had a 7-0 lead.

Hurst had a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown, and Dagan Meyers scored on a 9-yard run to make it 21-0 after the first quarter.

The first score of the second quarter came on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Gillum to Anthony Aukerman. Hurst caught a 40-yard touchdown pass to make it 35-0.

Despite winning in convincing fashion, there are some things the ‘Skins need to clean up.

“It was a sloppy first half on our part. We didn’t execute particularly well, especially on the offensive side. But we were able to get points on the board quickly,” said Port Clinton coach Beau Carmon. “We started off stronger against Bowsher than against Rogers. Rogers has good athletes and tested our passing game. I think they could make some noise in the City League.”

Gillum completed 11-of-18 passes for 287 yards, Webb caught five passes for 117 yards and a touchdown and ran for a 48-yard touchdown and Hurst caught five passes for 80 yards and a score and led the defense with eight tackles. Hurst also caught his 10th touchdown pass of the season, breaking the mark held by Nathan Stubblefield.

“We’ve got a few downfield threats, and we’ve got two really good wide receivers who can make things happen. I was happy to see Anthony (Aukerman) get a touchdown. Josh broke our school record for touchdowns in a season for a wide receiver,” Carmon said. “It’s a team effort, and I think he would tell you it comes down to the offensive line and Cam trusting him.

“Some of the kids missed the route concepts, just things that you always want to work toward perfection. They were able to play strong enough to win the football game, and that’s what is most important.”

Defensively, the ‘Skins gave up 167 yards of total offense and forced two turnovers.

“We gave up a cheapie before halftime, it was a Hail Mary pass. We locked it down and did a great job in the second half,” said Carmon. “Cashes Jackson is doing a nice job. This is a special secondary that we have. Owen and Anthony provide us with depth. We were able to shut Rogers down in the second half.”

Port Clinton (4-1) will get tight end Adam Thorbahn and running back Garrett Cornell back for this week’s game against Edison, which is 2-3.

The ‘Skins find themselves ranked third in the Division IV, Region 14 standings with 8.29 points.

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