2018-10-10 / Sports

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Unbeaten ‘Skins can earn East title Friday
BY DALE BALL
SPORTS EDITOR


Craig Jacobson Craig Jacobson SANDUSKY – The Sandusky football team is undefeated, standing at 7-0 and are ranked in one state poll at No. 7 in Division 7. The Redskins are 5-0 in the GTC East with one game remaining.

That all sounds great, but there is still some to be done.

It first starts this Friday night at Harbor Beach (4-1, 6-1).The Pirates are the defending division champions.

The Redskins can claim an outright East championship with a victory against the Pirates. But, we all should know that Beach, and its fans, will be primed.

Coach Craig Jacobson of the ‘Skins knows his team will get a supreme test. And, it all starts in the preparation.

“This week will be no different than the previous seven weeks. We will prepare for our opponent, then look to come out on Friday night and execute our game plan,” said Jacobson, in his 6th season with the ‘Skins.

“The keys for us, once again, will be to not turn the ball over and eliminate costly penalties. We will have to win some one-on-one battles up front. A lot will be determined up front with the offensive and defensive lines and linebackers. And, special teams will also be important this week, so we need to win that hidden yardage game and field position. Our team is looking forward to the challenge, and will be ready to come out and compete for four quarters on Friday night.”

While Sandusky has rolled over every opponent since their early, 28-22, win at home against Ubly, Harbor Beach stumbled early in a loss to Marlette but have been on a roll since. The Pirates’ biggest win since came against Ubly, 36-28.

Jacobson would not reveal any specific ideas to get the biggest win of the season, on the road, and a juiced up team and its fans.

“We have been very pleased with our season up to this point in the season,” noted Jacobson. “We have prepared each week for our opponent, and have come out on Friday nights and executed the offensive and defensive game plans. We have done a very nice job of making adjustments during games, both players and coaches.

The players have stayed focused on the task at hand every week, not taking anything for granted or looking ahead to future opponents. We have battled injuries, and had to have players do an excellent job of stepping up to fill those positions.

“Our scout players on offense and defense,” he continued, “have also been suburb at giving us great looks at practice every week. I really could not ask more from what our players have giving us thus far this season.”

In the ‘Skins’, 44-0, rout of Memphis this past Friday night, they led, 38-0, at halftime. All six of their TDs on the night came on runs of 35 yards or more.

Sophomore Delorrin Wedge had runs of 39, 56, 50, and 49 yards. He finished the night with just six carries for 203 yards.

Senior Braxton Washe had the other rushing TD, a jaunt of 65 yards, and totaled 127 yards on just five tries.

Sandusky’s other touchdown came on a 35 yard punt return from Trenton Lee.

Overall, the ‘Skins had 430 yards on the ground. Memphis had a total offensive output of 129 yards.

On the defensive side for the ‘Skins, Caleb Heberling was in on a team-high 11 tackles. Washe and Casey Kirkpatrick were both in on nine tackles.

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