By Dave Fredrick
Tribune Recorder Leader
Heading in to the final two weeks of the regular season, the Sandusky Redskins knew if they took care of business against their final opponents, Memphis and Capac, they would not only clinch the GTC-East crown, they would also secure home field advantage in the first round of the play-offs.
Step one was accomplished Friday night before a large homecoming crowd when the ‘Skins steam rolled past Memphis 54-12 to clinch the league championship and remain undefeated at 8-0. They can finish 9-0 in the regular season this week with a victory over non-conference foe Capac who has a 1-7 overall mark.
Friday night, Sandusky wasted little time in taking charge, crossing the goal line four times to take an early 32-0 lead. Senior running back Chase Tucker punched it in three times in the first quarter, including a 60 yard punt return for his team’s third score of the night. He also scored on runs of three and 18 yards. The senior Redskin duo of quarterback Brandon Potter and wide receiver Danny Hale connected on a 52 yard pass play for the other score. Sandusky converted all four PAT attempts for eight more points.
Coach Craig Jacobson was able to play his reserves for much of the game, giving his starters some much needed rest heading into the post season. Joe Stone (three yards) and Wray DeVault (one yard) scored for the ‘Skins in the second quarter as the home team took a commanding 48-12 halftime lead. Trey Brown capped the Sandusky scoring on a nice 22 yard scamper early in the third quarter.
Casey Hyatt led the balanced Redskin ground game with 77 yards on seven carries while DeVault picked up 61 yards on 10 rushes. Tucker gained 34 on limited playing time and Stone had 32 yards. Coach Jacobson was able to utilize nine different running backs in the contest.
Sandusky finished the game with 356 yards of total offense with 297 coming on the ground. Besides Potter’s completion to Hale, Caleb Redman connected on a short pass covering seven yards to DeVault.
Following their game Friday night, the Redskins will join other area teams on Sunday, watching the Selection Show on Fox Sports (7 p.m.) where they will learn their next opponent. Although nothing is official, other teams in the Sandusky district may include Ubly, Cass City and a fourth team yet to be determined.