BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR
PORT CLINTON — Offense, defense, special teams.
Port Clinton dominated in all three phases in its 61-12 victory over Toledo Bowsher on Friday Night at True-Lay Stadium.
The Redskins took control of the game midway through the first quarter and piled it on, with nine players scoring touchdowns for Port Clinton.
The ‘Skins’ first drive took seven plays and covered 50 yards before Garrett Cornell scored on a 6-yard touchdown run and Andrew Hanson’s extra point made it 7-0, giving Port Clinton (3-1) the lead for good.
The Blue Racers (0-4) responded on the next play from scrimmage when Caleb Rowell broke a tackle and raced 71 yards down the right sideline for a touchdown, but the PAT was missed.
The ‘Skins’ next four possessions began in Bowsher territory, and all resulted in touchdowns. Tyler Webb scored on a 41-yard touchdown run to make it 14-6, Owen added to the lead with a 2-yard touchdown scamper, Josh Hurst caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Cam Gillum to make it 28-6 following one quarter, and Colton Yarbrough caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Gillum early in the second quarter.
“We wanted to make a statement tonight,” said Port Clinton Coach Beau Carmon. “We had a number of seniors score touchdowns — Cashes (Jackson), Colton (Yarbrough), Tyler (Webb) and Josh (Hurst). We were able to do some things on offense.
“Part of our offense is getting the ball out on the perimeter and letting our skill guys make things happen. We can run the ball between the tackles, too. Cam’s gotten smarter, and we ran some RPOs (run-pass options).”
Port Clinton was coming off a heartbreaking, 21-20 loss to Perkins, a game that saw them make critical mistakes at key junctures of the game.
“It was all about redemption,” said Carmon. “It was a good rebound from last week. There are no moral victories. It’s worse to lose by one point than it is to lose by 40 points.”
Gillum completed 11-of-12 passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns. He found Hurst five times for 70 yards and two scores and Webb caught three passes for 42 yards and scored on a 41-yard touchdown run. On defense, Hurst and Webb each had an interception.
The ‘Skins are now ranked fourth in the Division IV, Region 14 standings with 6.4 points.
On Friday, Port Clinton travels to Toledo to face Rogers, which is 1-2.