By Dave Fredrick
Tribune Recorder Leader
It was a far different style of game last week when Sandusky and Ubly collided on the football field. In the first four games of the season, the Redskins high powered offense scored early and often in rolling to a 4-0 start of the season. In Ubly, the league leading ‘Skins played a ball control style of game, with the same results. Thanks to a solid defensive performance and several players stepping up, Sandusky scored a 21-0 shutout win over the Bearcats to take sole possession of first place and move to 2-0 in GTC-East action. They are 5-0 overall.
“That is a very good team (Ubly),” admitted Sandusky coach Craig Jacobson. “Our kids beat a good team and for us, it was a great team effort. Everyone stepped up, did their jobs and played probably our best football of the season to this point. It was another great defensive effort and we scored a couple of times. They had some mistakes that we took advantage of and scored.”
After the two teams played to a 0-0 first quarter stand-off, Casey Hyatt put the ‘Skins on the board with a 10 yard run around the let end. Chase Tucker bulled his way in from two yards out just before the first half ended as Sandusky went on top 14-0. Following a Danny Hale interception deep in their own territory thwarted a Bearcat scoring drive, Sandusky drove the length of the field and capped it off with Hyatt’s second score of the night. His TD run covered 16 yards. Sure footed senior Brandon Potter booted all three extra point kicks to remain perfect on extra point kicks this season.
Tucker finished the night with 129 yards and a score while Hyatt and his two TDs and gained 104 yards. As a team, the Redskins tallied 264 yards on the ground while the defense limited Ubly to 149 total yards (62 rushing) and caused three turnovers. Hale had an interception and caught a Potter pass, good for 29 yards.
Jacobson noted, “This group of guys are committed to each other and to the team. We all get along great together, certainly winning helps that. We have good senior leadership. We’ve had some kids come up a little sore or hurt and others have stepped up and did a fine job. We did some different things defensively against Ubly, gave them a different look than we normally do and it worked out for us. We contained them pretty well.”
While they are 5-0 overall and in good position to lock up a play-off position and potentially home field advantage with continued success (not to mention winning a conference title) Coach Jacobson maintains, “all we see is Marlette (Friday night) in front of us. No one talks about anything else. Not the players and certainly not the coaches. We take are of business one game at a time and see where we are at the end.”
Sandusky will be looking to make it two in a row in spoiling homecoming games for their opponents. After ruining the Bearcats festive events, they hope to do the same in Marlette this week. The Red Raiders are coming of a tough loss to Brown City.