Port Clinton jumps on Willard early, cruises to victory

BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR

WILLARD — Port Clinton controlled its game with Willard (0-8, 0-3 SBC Bay) throughout on Friday night, taking the lead for good on its first score and cruising to a 63-28 victory.

The Redskins scored seven touchdowns in the first quarter, the first coming on a 78-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Zach Weldon.

Cooper Stine added a 3-yard run, Tyler Webb caught a 36-yard pass from Colton Klima, Stine added another touchdown run from 16 yards, Caden Chapman had a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown, Jonah Sidney caught an 11-yard pass from Klima and Stine added a 41-yard touchdown run.

Three of the Crimson Flashes’ touchdowns came in the third quarter with the game out of reach. The Redskins (4-4, 2-1) got touchdowns from Westin Laird (30-yard run) and Cameron Gillum (15-yard run) in the third quarter.

“We were really successful in all three phases of the game,” said Port Clinton coach Beau Carmon. “It was another one of those games where we were able to do what we wanted to do, and get everybody in, try to get as many kids in the game as possible. They deserve it.”

Stine carried the ball nine times for 89 yards and two scores and caught one pass for 16 yards and a touchdown.

“He had three touchdowns and carried the ball nine times for 89 yards,” said Carmon.” Believe it or not, we really didn’t play that well up front. Cooper’s last touchdown before the half went for 41 yards, (and) he had around 50 yards until that run.”

Klima played well again, completing 4-of-7 passes for 97 yards and three touchdowns.

“He made smart throws. He’s got tremendous arm strength, and his accuracy has been average at best until this year. He’s on pace to break our single-season completion percentage record,” said Carmon. “I think that goes to a lot of our offense, the offensive line and the wide receivers. He’s shown a lot of maturity the last few weeks.”

This Friday, Port Clinton travels to Huron (6-2, 2-1) to face the Tigers, who they’ve beaten four straight times.

“Joey Brown is a good quarterback. He’s a running back that they put at quarterback; he’s a dual threat. They always have wide receivers over there, the same could be said about us,” said Carmon. “I kind of put them at the same level as Bellevue. They have tremendous tradition and play with an immense amount of pride. On defense, they run to the football and gang tackle. They’re not the biggest team, but they play hard.

“I think it’s going to be a really good football game. I hope people come out. It’s a great environment.”

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