What a difference one year makes.
Genoa walloped Port Clinton 84-13 a year ago. On Friday night, Port Clinton reversed things with a 27-19 win over the Comets.
Entering the season on a 19-game losing streak, Port Clinton has opened 3-0 overall. Meanwhile, Genoa (2-1) had won 70 of its previous 72 regular-season games dating to 2007.
The Comets, who outgained Port Clinton 357-194 in total offense, had taken a 19-7 lead by halftime but were blanked after the break.
"Right when I think I can't be more proud of my kids, they continue to boggle my mind," Port Clinton coach Beau Carmon said. "This is a result of blood, sweat, and tears in the offseason. These guys are just resilient. This is huge. We will enjoy this."
SCOREBOARD ON FIRE: Applecreek Waynedale's Brevin Riebe passed for a school-record 373 yards, including 10 completions for a Bears' record 303 yards and five touchdowns to teammate Nick Strausbaugh — and still lost.
Parker Carmichael helped Wooster Triway rally for a 74-47 victory as he threw for 600 yards and six touchdowns, while running for another 110 yards and five scores last Friday.
The Titans (3-0) eclipsed the school records they set in the opener against West Holmes for points (65) and passing yards (487) in a game they trailed 26-13 early in the second quarter. Waynedale (1-2) led 40-34 after Strausbaugh caught his final scoring pass of the night with 8:25 left in the third quarter, but Triway outscored the Bears 30-7 to close the game.
The teams combined for 1,305 total yards, with Triway winding up with a 746-559 edge.
"I've never been around a group like this," said Triway coach Tony Lee, after the epic 3 1/2 hour game. "It's fun and it's exciting, especially being the guy who's calling the plays."
BIG YARDS: Tre Roberts of Grove City Christian rushed for 332 yards on 16 carries with five touchdowns and also returned an interception 45 yards for a TD in a 43-32 victory over Portsmouth Notre Dame; Oxford Talawanda's Maurice Thomas ran 29 times for 304 yards and three TDs in a 27-10 win over Eaton. Thomas, a Miami University commit, has 690 yards and seven TDs on 83 carries through three games; Vanlue's Jason Summers carried 37 times for 300 yards and scored all five TDs as the Wildcats snapped a 30-game losing streak with a 34-14 win over Fostoria St. Wendelin; Garrett Crall had 35 carries for 257 yards and three touchdowns, hit 11 of 19 passes for 84 yards and one TD and returned an interception 55 yards for a score in Hicksville's 52-34 win over Edon; and Piqua's Trent Yeomans had a two-season streak of eight straight games of 200-plus rushing yards snapped in a 62-20 loss to unbeaten Lima Senior (going for 144 yards and 2 TDs), but still has 643 yards (9.9 average) and seven TDs on the season.
TANDEMS: Pandora-Gilboa's Jacob Basinger (25 carries, 251 yards, 5 TDs) and Josiah Basinger (23, 206, 4) combined for 457 yards and 9 TDs in the Rockets' 61-27 win over Riverdale. Ridgemont also had two 200-yard rushers in its 62-21 win over Hardin Northern, with Justice McGue gaining 255 yards and Cameron Smith 232, each scoring four rushing TDs.
TURNAROUNDS: Hamilton New Miami, 1-9 last season, is off to a 3-0 start; Fostoria Senior, with alum and former Mr. Football Derek Kidwell now as head coach, ended a 21-game skid with a 36-14 win over Oregon Stritch; Doylestown Chippewa beat Massillon Tuslaw 42-16 to start 3-0 for the first time since 1992; Millersport has recovered from a 48-game losing streak with their first 3-0 start since 2005; and after rushing for a school-record 740 yards in a season-opening win that snapped a 21-game losing skid, St. Marys Memorial has gained just 246 yards in its next two games, both losses.
PASSING FANCY: Van Buren's Riley Adolph completed 35 of 50 passes for 418 yards and four TDs, including a 23-yarder to Braxton Fasone to win it in overtime, in a 34-31 win over McComb; West Chester Lakota West's Blake Darland is 45 of 85 for 795 yards and nine TDs through three weeks; and Proctorville Fairland's Chance Short completed 26 of 42 passes for 601 yards earlier this season in a wild 79-69 loss at Pomeroy Meigs.
THEM AGAIN? Defending Division VII champion Marion Local looks ready to win a fourth straight state title, outscoring teams 130-6 in the opening three games.
STILL KICKING: Grant McKinniss is continuing the legacy of outstanding kickers at Findlay High School, which has had at least a punter or placekicker get AP All-Ohio recognition in 13 of the last 17 years, including Nick Lotz (Pitt), Josh Huston (Ohio State) and Brandon Walker (Notre Dame). McKinniss booted 11 field goals a year ago and kicked a school-record 53-yard field goal in Findlay's 45-14 win over Sylvania Southview last week.
LEAGUE IN TRANSITION: With one school (Dola Hardin Northern) leaving the league and three new schools coming in the Blanchard Valley Conference began its 50th season under a new 12-team two-division format. The new guys were not given a warm welcome: Bascom Hopewell-Loudon was beaten 55-14 by Arlington, Mt. Blanchard Riverdale lost 61-27 to Pandora-Gilboa, and North Baltimore fell 35-14 to Leipsic.
NOTEWORTHY: For the ninth straight year, the Danville Blue Devils claimed the Devil-Dog trophy in a 41-7 victory over the rival East Knox Bulldogs; Beloit West Branch's Kip DeShields had a school-record 13 receptions for 200 yards and three TDs, but the Warriors lost 37-34 to Niles McKinley; Jack Hemmelgarn, making his first varsity start with reigning Division V offensive player of the year Brody Hoying recovering from a leg injury, went 15 of 28 for 195 yards and three TDs and Chris Post ran for 152 yards and a score as defending Division V state champ Coldwater improved to 3-0 with a 28-17 win at Minster; Glouster Trimble's Austin Downs caught seven passes for 231 yards and a TD and also rushed for two scores to lead Glouster Trimble to a 41-12 win over Crown City South Gallia.
STILL ROLLING: Trotwood-Madison has a different coach — former Ohio State receiver Jeff Graham — but is still 3-0.
Maurice Douglass left to be the head coach at Springfield, with Graham taking over. Under Douglass, Trotwood played in four straight state title games and won the Division II state championship in 2011.
SOUTH POINT AFTER TOUCHDOWN: South Point had to go to great lengths for one of its extra points in a 42-6 victory over Sciotoville East. Thanks to a variety of penalties, Jordan Overstreet converted the kick from 42 yards.
"I'm going to have to fire the special teams coach," said coach Rick Marcello. "That's me."
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