Pizza on line in Oak Harbor-Port Clinton rivalry on Friday
Dating back to 1925, with a few occasional lapses in play (1961-66, 68-73, 77-83), the Port Clinton Redskins-Oak Harbor Rockets high school football game has often been a clash of generational proportions.
When the teams knock heads at Bassett’s Field at True Lay Stadium in Port Clinton on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., the Redskins face a powerhouse in Oak Harbor, a convincing winner of all nine of its games this season. Port Clinton is 4-5 on the year after a slow start. Oak Harbor also holds a substantial overall lead in the series with 45 wins, 26 losses and 5 ties.
After a minimum of trash talking, Mayor Quinton Babcock of Oak Harbor and Port Clinton’s Mayor Mike Snider have announced a friendly wager on the outcome of the 77th annual Oak Harbor-Port Clinton game.
The mayor whose team loses will provide plenty of pizza for the senior players on the winning squad. To put a little more pizzazz in the wager, the losing mayor will have to deliver the pizzas wearing the winning team’s colors.
Each mayor will watch the first half of the game from the bleachers of the opposing team, crossing over at halftime to rejoin his football squad and cheer them on in the second half of the game.
“As starting center on the victorious 1987 Redskin squad, I understand how hard the teams prepare for this game,” said Mayor Snider. “More importantly, I know how much a victory means for the players, coaches, fans and community.”
Mayor Babcock agreed.
“This game is always exciting for both communities. The Rockets have been working hard and I think we will continue to see the results in this game,” he said.