BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR
With the departure of one of its greatest senior classes in program history, Oak Harbor would appear to be a rebuilding football squad.
But the media and coaches both picked the Rockets to finish third in the Sandusky Bay Conference’s Bay Division, a sign of the respect both have for the team. In the media vote, Huron was first by a comfortable margin, accumulating just four points. Port Clinton was second with 11 points, followed by Oak Harbor (12), Edison (13), Vermilion (20) and Willard (24).
The coaches, meanwhile, have the Tigers, Chargers and Rockets within one point of each other at the top of the division. Huron had six points, Edison had seven and Oak Harbor finished with eight, followed by the Redskins (13), Sailors (17) and Crimson Flashes (24).
Port Clinton is coming off a tough season, one that saw the ‘Skins go 4-6 and 2-3 in the league. The Rockets had one of the best seasons in school history, going 13-1 (5-0) and winning both a league and regional championship. The Tigers (7-3, 3-2) had a good season but failed to make the playoffs and the Chargers (7-4, 4-1) lost in the first round of the playoffs to Shelby, 31-21. Vermilion (0-10, 0-5) did not win a game and Willard (1-9, 1-4) won just one game, defeating the Sailors, 26-14.
“We return 17 lettermen. We have nine starters back on offense and six starters back on defense,” said Port Clinton coach Beau Carmon. “All five of our offensive linemen started at least two games last year.
“We gave up the most points since 2013 last year. We were hit by injuries. We lost running back Cooper Stone and quarterback Colton Klima. We have 45 kids in grades 9-12, so we are down numbers-wise. We feel like we have a pretty good football team. I think it’s going to be a great year for the SBC.”
Oak Harbor coach Mike May is now in his 13th season coaching the Rockets.
“We were fortunate to have a nice season (last year). We’ve been able to build some momentum. Our numbers are up and I think that has to do with the pandemic,” said May. “We have 12 seniors, 11 juniors and we’ll probably end up with 60 players in grades 9-12. I’m excited for our senior class. We have a lot of kids that played a lot of football the past few years.
“Defensively, we have five starters coming back, and seven started some games because of injuries. We have guys like Dylan Schiets, who tore his ACL last year, and Ryan Ridener, Jack Zeitzheim, Ashton Schroeder and Collin Fauver. On offense, Ridener is our H-back and Fauver is our running back. We feel like we have some good size in our offensive backfield.”
Port Clinton Redskins 2020 Schedule
Aug. 28 at Bellevue
Sept. 4 at Rossford
Sept. 11 vs. Norwalk
Sept. 18 at Clyde
Sept. 25 at Villa Angela
Oct. 2 at Edison
Oct. 9 vs. Vermilion
Oct. 16 vs. willard
Oct. 23 vs. Huron
Oct. 30 at Oak Harbor
Oak Harbor Rockets 2020 Schedule
Aug. 28 vs. Fostoria
Sept. 4 at Genoa
Sept. 11 vs. Rossford
Sept. 18 vs. Woodward
Sept. 25 at Bowsher
Oct. 2 vs. Vermilion
Oct. 9 vs. Huron
Oct. 16 at Edison
Oct. 23 at Willard
Oct. 30 vs. Port Clinton