It's a feat to which the Redskins aren't all that familiar. But with two games left in the season, Port Clinton isn't ready to end the most successful chapter in program history after a 35-7 win on Saturday at Strobel Field.
With a win against St. Mary CC, the Redskins are 5-3 for the first time since 1990 -- the last time that program had a winning season -- with two games against Perkins and Huron.
Just don't expect head coach Toby Hammond to walk around Ottawa County grinning from ear-to-ear for eternity; There's still work to be done.
"I don't think about it and we shouldn't think about it," Hammond said, already turning his attention to Friday's game against the Pirates, who topped previously unbeaten Clyde in overtime, 20-17. "That was a great win last night by a good Perkins team."
Derek Colston ran for two touchdowns and threw scoring passes to Josh Graves and Steve Wingo as Port Clinton (5-3, 3-2 SBC) put up the game's first 35 points in three quarters.
"(Derek is) a big key to our offense. He probably ran tonight more than he has the entire season," Hammond said. And with Wingo, Graves and Reynolds on the end of his passes, it's given the coaching staff freedom to let Colston make adjustments at the line. He finished the game with 175 yards passing on 13-for-21 passing.
St. Mary CC got a late touchdown from sophomore Alex Guerra, avoiding a shutout for the second straight week. The Panthers (1-7, 0-5) have not won a Sandusky Bay Conference game sine beating Port Clinton on Oct. 18, 2008.
"We're disappointed with the execution on offense and defense," first-year SMCC head coach Ryan Wikel said. "We weren't in the right spots a few times with our alignment. I think we took a step back when we hoped to move forward."
Colston's first-quarter scores were set up with good field possession on both drives. The Redskins fielded the opening kickoff at their own 39, and Colston completed a 41 yard pass to Josh Graves. Two plays later, Colston improvised with a 16-yard scramble to the right corner of the end zone for a 7-0 lead after Addison Rospert converted the extra point.
"They key was getting a score on the first drive," Hammond said. "It's good to come out and know that we can do some things and put a score on the board."
The second drive, which started at the Port Clinton 47, needed nine plays as Colston went over from a yard out that made it 13-0. Rospert's kick missed.
Early in the second quarter the Redskins put together an 11-play drive that started at their own 31. Colston was 7-of-7 passing on the drive -- mostly with short passes in the flat -- and he connected with Graves for the final 16 yards with a high pass in the corner of the end zone for a 21-0 lead.
The Panthers got their initial first down of the game with 3:12 remaining in the second quarter on Pat Sennish's pass to Andrew Carruthers for eight yards on third-and-8. They picked up another first them down, but punted after three straight incompletions stalled the drive.
"The kids played hard. But they're getting frustrated with not having anything to show for a reward," Wikel said. "We've got two more opponents to do it. We hope the team at practice this week is the ones that shows up on Friday night (at Edison)."
SMCC picked up two first downs to start the third quarter before Wingo's interception gave Port Clinton the ball. The Panthers got it back after a fourth-down pass fell incomplete. Referees picked up a flag on that play, ruling that a pass-interference penalty cannot take place behind the line of scrimmage.
Once Port Clinton got the ball back, Colston connected with Wingo on short slant pass that Wingo took 59 yards for a score.
After the Panthers turned the ball over on the next drive, Diante Laurel had runs of 14 and two yards -- the latter for a touchdown -- to cap a short 17-yard drive.
"We thought we could take advantage of the short passing game. We caught the ball better in the second half and made some yards after the catch," Wikel said.
The zone read play, which allowed Guerra to reach the end zone on his 8-yard scamper, worked a little better, but it was "too little, too late," Wikel said, as the Redskins had put second-team players in the game.
"It's great to see Toby Hammond and his staff have a successful season," Wikel said. "Hopefully that's us taking that step (in the future)."
Port Clinton 13 8 14 0 — 35
St. Mary CC 0 0 0 7 — 7
PC — Colston 16 run (Rospert kick)
PC — Colston 1 run (kick failed)
PC — Graves 16 pass from Colston (Leidheiser PAT run)
PC — Wingo 59 pass from Colston (Rospert kick)
PC — Laurel 2 run (Rospert kick)
SM — A. Guerra 8 run (Weiss kick)
First downs 15 10
Rushes-Yards 34-142 29-43
Comp-Att-Int 13-22-0 14-24-0
Passing yards 181 98
Penalties-yards 4-35 3-27
Fumbles-lost 2-1 0-0
Port Clinton — Andrew Leidheiser 7-33; Diante Laurel 9-29; Derek Colston 2-17; Stephen Pastor 11-45; Jimmy Digby 4-7; Joe Escobido 1-11; SMCC — Andrew Carruthers 1-(-4); Ethan Sennish 1-3; Patrick Sennish 6-(-30); Alex Guerra 7-22; Jon Sciarappa 2-3; Jared MacDonald 2-0; Gharrett London 1-1; Brandon Green 9-48
Port Clinton — Derek Colston 12-21-173-2-0; Addison Rospert 1-1-8-0-0; SMCC — Patrick Sennish 10-17-49-0-1; Alex Guerra 4-7-49-0-0
Port Clinton — Steve Wingo 4-90; Andrew Leidheiser 2-8; Zach Auxter 1-8; Josh Graves 4-65; Eric Reynolds 1-5; Addison Rospert 1-5; SMCC — Andrew Carruthers 3-15; Adam Guerra 1-0; Ethan Sennish 2-14; Denarius Harris 8-69