Oak Harbor edges Port Clinton in win
Oct 2, 2010 at 1:22 AM
Friday's statistics were in favor of Oak Harbor, which outgained Port Clinton in total yardage (270-173), ran 20 more plays (62-42), held the ball for nearly 28 minutes of play and won the turnover battle 3-0.
Despite dominating in those facets of the game, the Rockets had to work tirelessly just to squeak out a 10-7 victory over their rivals on homecoming night at Rocket Stadium.
With the win, Oak Harbor improves to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Sandusky Bay Conference. Port Clinton is now 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the SBC.
The biggest play of the game came when Oak Harbor senior Davey Burkett ran back the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, giving the Rockets an early 7-0 lead after Miles Backus' extra point.
"It was huge," Oak Harbor head coach Mike May said of Burkett's touchdown. "It was the difference. He's an explosive player and we had a lot of good blocks. It's an example of a senior captain stepping up and making a big play."
Port Clinton responded, tying the game at 7-7 on a 12-play, 75-yard drive that took 5:36.
Several times, the Redskins came up with big plays on the drive. On third-and-9 from their own 26, the Redskins ran a draw up the middle with Diante Laurel, catching Oak Harbor off-guard to gain 19 yards. Two plays later, Derek Colston hit Josh Graves for 32 yards down the right sideline, setting Port Clinton up at the Rockets 21-yard line. A defensive pass interference call on fourth-and-10 kept the drive alive, and Colston scored three plays later on a quarterback sneak from two yards out.
For the game, Colston was 10-for-19 passing for 119 yards, but threw three interceptions.
"Their kids played hard," said May. "They had a great game plan. They're well coached. My hat goes off to their program, their coaches and their players. They did a great job."
Port Clinton head coach Toby Hammond echoed May's sentiments.
"We got beat by a good football team," said Hammond. "To play like we did, I think we're gonna be a good football team, too."
Oak Harbor had a nine-play, 50-yard drive that ended with Backus kicking a 25-yard field goal with 11:15 remaining. The drive was set up by a Zach Priesman interception, his second of the game. Priesman, who also plays wide receiver, caught four passes for 57 yards.
"It's a win in the SBC. We'll take 'em any way they come," said May. "Every week you've got to be ready to play."
Oak Harbor actually had a chance to go into halftime with the lead, but Steve Young's quarterback sneak from the 2-yard line with seven seconds to play was stopped at the 1 and time ran out, leaving the game tied at 7-7.
Turnovers played a big part, as Oak Harbor had three takeaways and Port Clinton had none.
"We had two or three interceptions," said Hammond. "That's one thing that's kept us close and competitive is we haven't turned the ball over and we haven't made many mistakes. But good teams can do that to you.
"I couldn't be more proud of our kids. They gave it everything they had. As a coach, that's all you want, a shot to win. What else can you ask for against a good football team?"
PC 7 0 0 0 -- 7
OH 7 0 0 3 -- 10
OH -- Davey Burkett 88 kickoff return (Miles Backus kick)
PC -- Derek Colston 2 run (Addison Rospert kick)
OH -- Miles Backes 25 field goal
First Downs 10 16
Rushes-Yards 23-54 45-135
Comp-Att-Int 10-19-3 10-17-0
Passing Yards 119 135
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-Yards 2-23 4-40
Rushing -- (PC) Diante Laurel 15-45; Steve Wingo 2-20; Stephen Pastor 3-8; Derek Colston 3-(-19); (OH) Jake Scott 30-91; Kyle Mincheff 8-37; Steve Young 7-7
Passing -- (PC) Colston 10-19-119-0-3; (OH) Young 10-16-135-0-0; Scott 0-1-0-0-0
Receiving -- (PC) Josh Graves 5-70; Eric Reynolds 2-26; Wingo 2-14; Diante Laurel 1-9; (OH) Zach Priesman 4-57; D.J. Everett 3-45; Davey Burkett 2-24; Josh Warnke 1-9