Oak Harbor, Port Clinton mayors put down wager

In this year of uncertainty, any sign of normalcy is fully embraced by all. 
High school football is one such tradition that stirs up positive feelings for so many in Port Clinton and Oak Harbor. Those feelings seem to be amplified in the days leading up to that one Friday night, each year, when a long-standing Oak Harbor/Port Clinton gridiron rivalry is renewed.  
 Mayors Quinton Babcock of Oak Harbor and Mike Snider of Port Clinton have agreed to once again set a friendly wager on the outcome of the annual Rockets’/Redskins’ pigskin classic. The mayor of the losing school will serve pizza to the opposing team’s senior class members while dressed in the victorious school’s colors.  
 “It is hoped that the mayors will be permitted to watch the first half of the game from the bleachers of the opposing teams, crossing over at halftime to rejoin their hometown team and cheer them on for the remainder of the game,” said an Oak Harbor press release. 
 Mayor Snider is looking for a better outcome for this year’s matchup. 
“I felt really good last year. The ‘Skins had the home field advantage, and, yet, I still had to deliver pizzas, soda and cookies to OHHS. I just hope, this year, Mayor Babcock can keep the pizza warm when he has to make that journey down State Route 163,” Snider said.
 Mayor Babcock has a slightly different perspective on the game and the possible outcome.
 “The Rockets have been working hard. Our boys have a very hearty appetite, and I’m sure the extra pepperoni will be added motivation for them. Besides, after last year, Mayor Snider is quite familiar with the route to OHHS. I look forward to his return trip after the game.” 
 Friendly banter aside, both mayors agreed, the bet is about recognizing the history of this rivalry and the meaning this game has to both communities and their respective fan base.
 This year’s Oak Harbor/Port Clinton football game will take place at Rocket’s Football Field in Oak Harbor on Friday, October 2, with a 7 p.m. kick-off. Current COVID-19 protocols limit attendance to 15 percent of the stadium’s posted seating capacity.
After three weeks, Oak Harbor is 1-2 with a 30-0 Sandusky Bay Conference Bay Division win over Vermilion, Bay Division loss to Huron, 35-21, and non-league loss to Bellevue, 14-7. PC is 2-1 with Bay Division wins over Edison, 28-7, Vermilion, 58-13, and a non-league loss to Tiffin Columbian, 31-7.
Oak Harbor’s offense is led by quarterback Ashton Schroder, who has completed 36 of 57 passes for 410 yards (63 percent) and one touchdown, which was scored by Collin Favuer.
Fauver leads the team in rushing with 205 yards on 45 carries and four touchdowns, plus he has caught nine passes for 95 yards. Schroeder has 121 yards on 41 rushing attempts, Ryan Ridener has 65 yards on 15 carries, and Dalton Witter has 51 yards on seven carries.
Tyler Wadsworth has caught eight passes for 97 yards, Hayden Hower has six catches for 83 yards Nick Wirkner has three catches for 61 yards and Gannon Duty has seven catches for 55 yards.
On defense for the Rockets, Ridener has a team-leading 34 tackles followed by Wirkner (18), Dylan Schiets (17), Fauver (16), Jack Zeitzham (15) and Schroeder (13).


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