Oak Harbor blanks Vermilion on Homecoming, 42-0

BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR

OAK HARBOR — Oak Harbor had little trouble with Vermilion, defeating the Sailors, 42-0. The Rockets (6-0, 1-0 SBC Bay) scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and put the game away by scoring four in the second.

Clay Schulte, Jac Alexander and Tyler May accounted for the scores, with Schulte scoring on two runs (6, 13) in the first quarter. In the second, Alexander scored on a 23-yard run and Schulte had a 33-yard rushing touchdown.

Alexander and May hooked up twice in the second quarter with the first one covering 13 yards and the second covering 25 yards.

“It was good overall effort by our entire team. We played well on offense, defense, and special teams. The offensive and defensive lines played physical and our skill position players on offense made some big plays,” said Oak Harbor Coach Mike May. “It was also great to see our younger players get some playing time under the lights.”

The Rocket defense held the Sailors (0-6, 0-1) to just 106 yards of total offense and six first downs while forcing three turnovers.

“Our defense had another solid performance against Vermilion,” said May. “They play well together and take great pride in pursuing to the football. Our defensive line was dominate in stopping the run and also in pressuring the quarterback. Clay Schulte had another excellent game with 10 tackles in the first half.”

Alexander completed 8-of-10 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns and ran eight times for 73 yards and a score. Schulte, meanwhile, carried the ball six times for 77 yards and three touchdowns. May caught six passes for 92 yards and two scores.

On Friday, the Rockets travel to Huron (5-1, 1-0) to face the Tigers. Huron is coming off a 45-6 win over Willard.

“Huron is always well coached and they are a disciplined football team. Their offense is explosive. They have a very athletic group of receivers and a running back that can take it the distance at any time,” said May. “The quarterback is a dual threat and is very similar to our quarterback. Huron’s defense is athletic and do a great job of pursuit. They also always have excellent special teams.

“For us to be successful, we will need to prevent big plays on defense and take care of the ball on offense. We must also win the special teams battle because their special teams are so good.”

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