An amazing performance by senior wide receiver/defensive back Tyler Dix carried Perkins to a 41-13 Sandusky Bay Conference victory over Oak Harbor Friday.
All Dix did was handle the ball on 13 occasions, and average26.6 yards each time he hadpossession. And, remember, he is not a running back and did notofficially carry the ball from theline of scrimmage.
However, he dazzled the fanswith his electrifying runs and catches to the tune of five touchdowns and 34 total points in the Pirates' fourth win in five endeavors.
Dix returned a pair of interceptions 39 and 91 yards for scores, caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Spencer Bryant, and hauled in a halfback pass from Adam Tinker, a former quarterback, for yet another touchdown.
Then came the coup de gras, a return of an Oak Harbor punt for 54 yards on the second play of the fourth quarterback to complete his scoring.
When it was said and done, Dix had 321 yards in all-purpose yardage, 130 on the interceptions, 58 on two punt returns and 133 on eight receptions.
The 91-yard theft established a school record, breaking the old mark of 90 yards by Todd Downing.
Dix talked about the big plays.
"On the first pick (39 yard return), I read it perfectly and then tried to take it to the house and my buddies on defense helped me out," Dix said. "As for the touchdown pass from Spencer, it was a new route we put in this week and I noticed the defender played off me and I got behind him and the pass was right there. So was the pass that Adam (Tinker) threw. We caught Oak Harbor by surprise on that one and I managed go get behind the defender and again, the ball was right there."
That came on the first play after linebacker Tyson Moore intercepted an Oak Harbor pass at his own 38 and raced 34 yards before he was tackled at the Rockets 28.
On the 91-yarder, I played behind the guy and when the quarterback's arm went up I waited until he threw the ball, stepped in front to get the pick and started down the sidelines and once again I had a bunch of teammates ahead of me," Dix continued.
"On the punt return, I just started looking for daylight and once I reached the hash mark, it was open and Ryan Krumlauf leveled the punter at the 30 and I was home free," Dix said. "My teammates really helped we on those returns," Dix said.
Perkins coach Gary Quisno, who came over after 30 years at Oak Harbor, said bout the game, "it was a little strange looking out and seeing the red and green. I let a great bunch of kids,".
"We wanted to make them throw the ball and our goal was to stop (Dustin) Hernandez who is a very good back. We did that and our athletes made the big plays, especially Tyler Dix. What a game he had," Quisno said.
"We also felt we could spread them out and create holes in the secondary and we did that tonight," Quisno said. "A 4-1 start is good and I'm pleased with the momentum we have going into the next game which is with St. Mary's," Quisno said.
Oak Harbor coach Mike May felt his team was in the game until Dix's 91-yard return.
"We were moving the ball and had a chance to score jut before the half, but we made another mistake, and each time we did that, we paid for it," May said. "We wanted to run the ball like we have in the past, but they took us out of our element and the huge mistakes were just too much to overcome," May said after the Rockets fell to 1-4 overall, and 0-2 in the SBC.
Oak Harbor's score came on a 36-yard burst by Hernandez at the 3:48 mark of the first period, but the Rockets missed the PAT and trailed 7-6. Perkins scored the next three touchdowns, all by Dix, and it was 27-6 at the half. Dix's 91-yard return came with 19 seconds on the clock.
Perkins came out of the block in the second half and drove into score on a 58-yard, six-play drive capped off by a six-yard Paul Priestas run. Dix boosted the fourth of his extra point.
Oak harbor blocked a 54-yard field goal try by Dix later in the third period, and Jordan Cannett not only blocked the try, but recovered and proceeded to run 47 yards before he was taken down at the Perkins seven.
Oak Harbor scored on third down when Matt Klippstein barreled his way in from one-yard out and Tom Tabbert booted the PAT.
Oak Harbor 6 0 7 0 -- 13
Perkins 14 13 7 7 -- 41
Perkins -- Tyler Dix, 39 pass interception return. (Dix, kick).
Oak Harbor -- Dustin Hernandez, 36 run. (kick failed).
Perkins -- Dix, 22 pass from Spencer Bryant. (Dix, kick).
Perkins -- Dix, 28 pass from Adam Tinker. (Dix, kick).
Perkins -- Dix, 91 pass interception return. (kick faile).
Perkins -- Paul Priestas, 6 run. (Dix, kick).
Oak Harbor -- Matt Klippstein, 1 run. (Tom Tabbert, kick).
Perkins -- Dix, 54 punt return. (Chris Baxter, kick).
First downs 8 17
Rush-pass-pen 6-2-0 11-5-1
Rushes/yards 40/172 40/132
Pass yards 59 166
Att-com-int-tds 14/5/3/0 14/11/0/2
Penalties/yards 2/20 4/35
Fumbles/lost 1/0 3/2
Rushing -- Perkins -- Finn 7/40; Tinker 7/34; Priestas 9/27; Krumlauf 4/24; Allen White 3/15; Oak Harbor _ Hernandez 17/80; Harder 7/52; Mincheff 3/32; Perry 3/minus 24; Klippstein 2/2.
Passing -- Perkins _ Bryant 10/13/138/0/1; Tinker 1/1/28/0/1; Oak Harbor -- Perry 3/9/44/0/3; Young 2-5/15/0/0.
Receiving -- Perkins -- Dix 8/133; Priestas 2/18; Caponi 1/15; Oak Harbor -- Lattimore 3/42; Priesman 1/11; Sharp 1/8.
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