2017-09-13 / Sports

Injuries costly in ‘Skins’ loss

SANDUSKY – The Sandusky Redskins have just 19 players on the varsity squad this fall. Three of those, all starters, were injured Friday night, and it probably had an effect on the outcome.

After leading the entire game, the Redskins saw the Unionville-Sebewaing Area Patriots rally to force overtime and then pull out a, 30-22, overtime victory in Friday night’s GTC crossover battle at Woodard Field.

The ‘Skins will head into their GTC East opener at home against Memphis this Friday night with a 1-2 overall record, and hoping the wounded will return.

“It was a tough battle (against USA). We had some adversity and fought through it,” commented Craig Jacobson, ‘Skins’ head coach. “We moved the ball very well and executed pretty well. But, at times, we were limited, and it affected us.”

Sandusky built a, 16-0, lead by early in the second quarter on TD runs of four and 12 yards from Trey Brown. Brown added the two-point conversion after the first score and Ryan Campbell converted following the second TD.

The Patriots scored a TD before the half to pull within 10, 16-6, and then closed it to two, 16-14, early in the third quarter.

Campbell, a senior, put the ‘Skins back up by eight, 22-14, with a one-yard run later in the quarter.

USA, though, was relentless. The Patriots tied the game in the fourth quarter on a three yard run by Alan Rabun and two-point conversion by Cramer.

After Sandusky was stopped on their next possession, USA marched down to the one-yard line and were stopped on a fourth down play that eventually led to OT.

The Patriots had the first possession in the overtime and scored on a touchdown pass from Cramer to Brendan Prime. Lang added the two-pointer for the final scoring of the night.

Sandusky, on its OT possession, was stopped at the four-yard line.

Jacobson, who feels his team can compete for a GTC East crown, beginning this Friday night, credited his team for its effort against USA.

“Overall, I’m really proud of the kids after losing three starters. We just came up a little short.” He then added, “We have a lot of season left. We’re a good football team. We fought our tails off and just came up short.”

While Rabun led all rushers with 127 yards on 26 carries, Sandusky, which netted 222 yards rushing and 53 passing, was led by Bryan Ross with 76 yards on the ground (14 carries) and Braxton Washe with 69 yards (11 carries).

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