Huron 14, Clyde 7
The Tigers have scored points in bunches this season, but questions remained about their newly installed defense.
They got some answers Friday night.
Huron built a 14-0 lead with an explosive offense and special teams play in the first half, then turned it over to the defense, which made its stand for a 14-7 victory at Clyde in the Sandusky Bay Conference opener for both teams.
Perkins 54, Clyde 7
It was business as usual for the Perkins football team Friday night at Firelands Regional Medical Center stadium.
Hosting crosstown St. Mary Central Catholic in the Sandusky Bay Conference opener, the Pirates ran for 363 yards and seven touchdowns in a 54-7 win.
Perkins improved to 3-1 overall (1-0 SBC), while SMCC fell to 1-3 (0-1).
It was a one-possession lead for Perkins through the first 15 minutes of play, but the Pirates scored four touchdowns in the final nine minutes of the first half to open up a commanding 33-0 lead at halftime.
Edison 21, Port Clinton 18
Rushing was a key factor in Edison's 21-18 win over Port Clinton Friday in Sandusky Bay Conference action.
Charger quarterback Tommy Gerbracht only completed two passes in the game, but came up big in rushing while making the defense miss all night with 115 yards rushing and a touchdown on 17 attempts.
In the first quarter, Port Clinton went to punt on its own 9-yard line, but a poor snap caused a safety to give Edison the lead 2-0.
However, the Redskins bounced back with a drive down the field that led to a 15-yard touchdown pass from Addison Rospert to Brock Moore, marking the first touchdown of the night.
Oak Harbor 42, Margaretta 20
Physical football is a trademark in the Sandusky Bay Conference, and Oak Harbor played that role to near-perfection Friday in the conference opener at Margaretta.
The Polar Bears struck first -- on a beautiful 69-yard run by quarterback Tyler Hilton that featured superb downfield blocking by his teammates. That came with only 85 seconds elapsed.
However, it was all Oak Harbor from that point on in the first half, as coach Mike May's club responded with 35 unanswered points on the way to a 42-20 victory at the Duck Pond.
Toledo Start 28, Sandusky 7
It could have been just what the doctor ordered.
With an opponent coming onto the turf at Strobel Field Stadium struggling just as much as they were, Sandusky had the opportunity against Toledo Start to find the elixir needed to cure the ills of a season off to a bad start.
Instead, the Spartans (1-3) scored a touchdown in each quarter during Friday's 28-7 non-league contest for their elusive first win. Meanwhile, the Blue Streaks (0-4) must keep searching for answers. With tough Northern Ohio League play just around the corner, Sandusky coach Mike Franklin said his inexperienced Streaks just need to get into the win column.
For more information on these games and others, see Saturday's Register.