FINAL: Oak Harbor 35, SMCC 13
Oct 23, 2011 at 12:22 AM
A quick recap of Oak Harbor's 35-13 win Saturday against St. Mary CC in Sandusky, as the Rockets snapped a two-game losing streak and the Panthers saw their skid extend to five straight.
TURNING POINT: The Panthers' first possession of the second half after the Rockets scored to make it 28-7, when they fumbled the ball away at the Rocket 14 on the 12th play of the drive. SMCC was moving the ball until that point and needed an asnwer to stay in the game. From there, the next two SMCCdrives ended on the first play on a pair of interceptions as it turned the ball over four times.
STAT OF THE GAME: 15 of 20, as Oak Harbor QB Brian Mallernee threw short passes on bubble screens, and went to the flat or downfield on playaction to pile up 172 yards and two TDs through the air.
He was smart with his reads, went short when nothing long was available, and ran the ball (89 yards rushing) when his receivers were covered. The play action passes kept SMCC from bringing nine players into the box against the run.
BEST PLAYER IN THE GAME: Austin Wiegand caught seven passes for 55 yards and a TD for Oak Harbor, he scored on a short TD run, and he intercepted two passes in the second half.
He was Oak Harbor's best all-around player. Yes, tailback Mark Konieczny ran for 108 yards on 16 carries, but he didn't score a TD; Yes, Mallernee threw for 172 and added 89 more on the ground and had three TDs, but Wiegand added defensive presence for Oak Harbor, something sorely missing in the last two losses to Clyde and Huron.
BEST CALL: The decision to roll the dice and go for it on fourth down with less that a minute left before half. Oak Harbor had fourth and goal and the SMCC 3, and instead of sending out the special teams, the coaches called a reverse off a the speed option.
Mallernee and Konoeczny went to the left, and Wiegand, lined up in the slot, came back to the right, took the pitch and ran around the right end for the score and a 21-7 lead with 19 seconds before halftime.
SMCC coach Ryan Wikel said it put momentum back in the Rockets' corner after the Panthers drove to make it a 14-7 game.
NEXT WEEK: Oak Harbor (5-4, 4-2 SBC) vs. Perkins (2-7, 2-4 SBC); St. Mary CC (3-5, 1-5 SBC) at Margaretta (2-7, 0-6 SBC)
For more on this game, pick up a copy of Sunday's Register.