Photos by Julie Overmyer: Oak Harbor's Tyler May hauls in a touchdown pass early in Friday's win over Port Clinton
OAK HARBOR – The Oak Harbor football team knew it was a lock for post-season action prior to Friday’s final regular season contest against rival Port Clinton.
The Rockets weren’t satisfied with just a playoff appearance, they also wanted to win the SBC Bay Division championship.
As has been typical of Oak Harbor’s season thus far, the defense led the way once again by forcing four turnovers as the Rockets dropped the Redskins by a score of 24-7 to move to 9-1 (4-0 SBC Bay) and claim the division title.
Oak Harbor’s conference championship was its first since 2006.
The first Port Clinton miscue came after it had stopped Oak Harbor on the opening series of the contest.
The Rockets punted the ball to the Redskins but Zayne Manning muffed the catch and the Rockets pounced on the loose ball at Port Clinton’s 36-yard line.
Oak Harbor quickly went to its bag of tricks as Jac Alexander handed the ball to Clay Schulte who reversed it to Hunter Wilkins.
Wilkins pitched the ball back on a flea flicker to Alexander who launched a 36-yard pass to Tyler May to give Oak Harbor a 7-0 lead with 9:54 on the first quarter clock.
The Redskins responded with its only score of the game in 3:14 seconds as Colton Klima marched Port Clinton down the field with his arm and with the hands of Nikolas Skoufos.
Skoufos completed Port Clinton’s scoring drive by bringing in a 12-yard reception for a touchdown with 6:40 left in the first to even the score at 7-7.
Skoufos finished the game with nine catches for 118 yards, which accounted for all of Klima’s passing yards in the game as Klima completed 9-of-22.
Alexander scooted across the goal line with 1:54 left in the first quarter as Oak Harbor grabbed a 14-7 lead.
Needing just 60 yards rushing in the game to reach the 1,000 yard club, Alexander came up with 81 yards on 25 carries as he now has 1,021 on the season.
Topping that, Alexander entered Friday’s game needing 75 passing yards to set the school’s season record for passing yards, a feat that the junior accomplished in the second quarter.
Alexander completed 7-of-16 passing for 93 yards in the game.
Hunter Wilkins, May, and Schulte teamed up for the seven receptions as Wilkins had three for 38 yards, May finished with two catches for 43 yards, and Schulte ended with two catches for 12 yards.
Defensively, Wilkins grabbed two interceptions in the contest to move to six picks on the season while Alexander came up with a late game interception to help damper any Redskins’ comeback plans.
Caleb Heintz booted a 23-yard field goal two minutes into the second quarter as the Rockets led 17-7 before the final score of a highly active first half came with 2:46 to go in the half.
That score came on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Alexander to Wilkins where Wilkins caught a short pass near the Redskins’ side line and then side stepped a defender and sprinted into the end zone for a 24-7 advantage at the half.
Port Clinton’s season ends at 6-4 (3-1 SBC Bay).
The Rockets held Port Clinton to 179 total yards of offense with 118 coming through the air.
Ian Willoughby led the Redskins with 26 rushing yards on 13 carries.
For Oak Harbor, Schulte led the Rockets with 91 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Oak Harbor now waits to find out who its first round opponent will be, a game that will be held next Saturday at 7 pm.