Run game powers Sandusky, but mistakes dampen Hometown Showdown
Sep 3, 2011 at 1:40 AM
Field position and penalties proved to be both a disappointment and annoyance in the third annual Hometown Showdown between visiting Perkins and host Sandusky at Strobel Field at Cedar Point Stadium.
The Blue Streaks rolled to their first win of the season, beating the Pirates 27-0 behind the running of senior Marquis Winston.
Winston scored all four touchdowns and ran for 245 yards, but it helped that the Streaks spent most of the first quarter in Perkins territory. After the Pirates recovered a fumble at their own 6 on Sandusky’s opening drive, the offense stalled and punted from it’s own end zone.
Dameyion Smith returned the ball 15 yards to the Perkins 19, setting up a Winston scoring run a play later. After the next Perkins punt, Sandusky took over at the Pirate 38. In all, the Blue Streaks never spent a moment of the first quarter in their own territory.
“They say you see the most improvement from Week 1 to Week 2, and I thought our kids did a good job,” Sandusky coach Mike Franklin said. “They prepared better during the week and the kids I think realize the importance of preparation.”
Meanwhile, penalties were an issue for both teams.
Sandusky had two potential scores called back on holding penalties before it fumbled the ball away, and a procedure penalty right before both plays. The Pirates had two procedure penalties on the first two plays of the game.
All told, there were 17 combined penalties called (two declined) for 131 yards, including eight in the first quarter for a total of 76 yards.
Perkins (0-2) is at Norwalk (2-0) next week while Sandusky (1-1) travels to Ashland (0-2).