‘Skins drop heart-breaker to Harbor Beach
The Sandusky Redskins played their best game of the season Friday night in front of a large homecoming crowd and under summer-like conditions with game time temps in the upper 80s. But in the end, it was a matter of inches that prevented them from earning a hard-fought win as they fell to GTC-East rival Harbor Beach 28-24.
“I’m proud of our guys,” said a disappointed Sandusky Coach Craig Jacobson following the heart-breaking defeat. “We played well for three quarters. We beat them for more than three quarters. In the end, it was a matter of do they put their hands up (officials, for a touchdown) or don’t they? They saw it one way and obviously, we felt otherwise.”
After playing a great first half, including an impressive 14 minute, 22-play, 85 yard drive that consumed the entire first quarter and two minutes of the second quarter, the Redskins built a 16-8 halftime lead. Trey Brown capped the length of the field drive, scoring from three yards out early in the second quarter.
The Pirates responded when they used just two plays to score on a 67-yard pass to tie the game on their first possession of the game. Quarterback Ryan Campbell later hit Bryan Ross in stride along the far sidelines with a 30-yard scoring pass to help Sandusky regain the lead.
Harbor Beach made halftime adjustments and came out and scored two quick touchdowns to take the lead for the first time early in the third quarter before the Redskins mounted what they had hoped would be a game-winning rally. Jack Sheridan scored on a one-yard dive into the endzone to make it a 28-24 game and Sandusky’s defense stood tall, getting the ball back for the offense and one last shot at a dramatic win.
“We did what we had to,” Jacobson recalled. “We scored, got the ball back after playing some great defense and gave ourselves a shot to win it there at the end. We managed the clock, got it down to where we could score….it just didn’t happen, they said.”
The Redskins drove the ball down the field with time running out in the game and were poised to punch in the game-winning score. With 0:11 on the clock, they thought they had scored to win it, but there was no indication given by officials.
The Redskins finished the game with 141 yards rushing and added another 127 yards passing. Sheridan led the ‘Skins rushing attack with 38 yards and Ross added 31. Trenton Lee hauled in six passes for 68 yards.
Sandusky now plays three of their remaining four games on the road, beginning at league-leading Ubly Friday night.
With their 2-3 overall record, the ‘Skins need to win out to assure themselves of a spot in the post season, or finish with five wins and hope the state play-off point system lifts them into the play-offs.
Peck scores win over Owen-Gage
In a move than was related, in part, to the extreme heat at game time last Friday night, the Peck Pirates left Owen-Gage with a 36-6 victory, for just a half of game played. Officials with the Bulldogs’ school district met with Peck representatives who agreed to call the game after Owen-Gage lost one player to a possible concussion and another to sign of heat exhaustion. The Bulldogs only fielded nine players for the game with the Pirates.
The outcome of the game was never in doubt as the Pirates, now 3-2 overall, scored early and often. Quarterback Garrett Overstreet led his offense down the field at will. Overtsreet had a solid performance, rushing for 126 of the Pirates 234 yards.
Caleb Potter,one of Peck’s running backs, added 52 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns, including two in the first quarter. He scored on runs of three, 35 and 10 yards. Aaron Booth added a 50-yard TD sprint for the Pirates other touchdown.
The Pirates host Akron-Fairgrove this week and need to keep winning if they are to make the post season. They have four games remaining and need to win three of the four to automatically qualify. After the Akron game, the Pirates play two tough league battles in a row, at North Huron and home with Deckerville. They finish the regular season at home against New Haven Merritt Academy.
Other scores from around the area include:
Harbor Beach 28 Sandusky 24
Brown City 70 Memphis 12
Ubly 70 Marlette 36
USA 36 Bad Axe 0
Reese 28 Vassar 21
Laker 20 Cass City 14
Millington 70 Essexville-Garber 38
Frankenmuth 47 Bridgeport 42
Caro 14 West Branch Ogemaw Heights 13
Birch Run 47 North Branch 0
Almont 35 Armada 0
Algonac 34 Cros-Lex 27
Yale 29 Imlay City 21
Richmond 34 Capac 12
Madison Heights Madison 28 Marine City 24
Marysville 49 Clawson 27
PH Northern 27 Eastpointe 24
Fraser 31 Port Huron 14
St. Clair 21 St. Clair Shores South Lake 18
Thursday – Deckerville 58 Dryden 12
Kingston 64 Lawrence 42
Mayville 50 Burton Madison Academy 0
Morrice 40 Flint International Academy 0
Peck 36 Owen-Gage 6 – called at halftime
Bay City All-Saints 59 Akron-Fairgrove 14
North Huron 46 Carsonville-Port Sanilac 6
New Haven Merritt Academy 2 Caseville 0 – forfeit