BY YANEEK SMITH, BEACON CONTRIBUTOR
TOLEDO — Oak Harbor rushed for 261 yards and held Toledo Woodward to just 75 yards on the ground on Friday as the Rockets defeated the Polar Bears, 41-0.
Oak Harbor scored less than four minutes into the game when Dalton Witter had a 1-yard touchdown run. The Rockets added Jaqui Hayward scoring on a 12-yard touchdown scamper on the final play of the first quarter.
Three Rocket touchdowns in the second quarter broke the game open. Carson Ridener scored on a 15-yard run, Hayden Buhro caught a 3-yard touchdown pass and Keegan Durdel hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass with 1:32 to play in the first half.
Hayward carried the ball nine times for 119 yards and a touchdown and completed 7-of-9 passes for 40 yards and three scores to lead the Oak Harbor attack. Witter carried the ball eight times for 82 yards and a score and Ridener had three carries for 39 yards and a touchdown.
The Rockets (2-2) rushed for 250 yards.
“I’m excited that Jaqui has gotten better every single week,” said Oak Harbor coach Mike May. “He rushed for 119 yards and was 7-of-9 passing for just 40 yards, but he threw three touchdowns. I can see our confidence growing. He’s doing a good job leading our offense.”
The offensive line of Dylan Schiets at center, Parker and Garrett Lindsey as the guards and Zach Clune and Ryan Snow as the tackles, opened holes throughout the game for Hayward and Witter.
“We had to shuffle some guys around,” said May. “The guys did a really good job in the game.”
Buhro caught three passes for 14 yards and two touchdowns.
The Rocket defense held the Polar Bears (0-4) to just 84 yards of total offense.
“Defensively, I thought we played really well. The No. 1 thing we were concerned about was preventing big plays,” said May. “I thought we ran to the ball really well. We didn’t let them get anything going offensively, so I was really impressed with our defense.”