SANDUSKY — Most nights, two receiving touchdowns and one on the ground, and an interception would earn St. Mary Central Catholic’s Adam Guerra a game ball.
But the Panthers’ Brandon Green ran for 240 yards Friday and added 116 yards on three kickoff returns as SMCC topped Port Clinton 34-20 in a Sandusky Bay Conference game.
“We just call it beast mode,” Guerra said. “That’s Brandon. He doesn’t take a day off. He fought through an injury this week and you couldn’t tell (Friday). It starts with the offensive line.”
Green scored from eight yards out after returning a kickoff to the Redskins’ 39 to give the Panthers the lead for good at 20-13 in the second quarter. He added an 18-yard touchdown run in the third after Guerra stripped the ball and SMCC recovered the fumble.
“All the credit goes to the line and perimeter blockers,” Green said. “They did their part and I did mine.
Green most frequently powered to break tackles or pushed the pile forward, but also showed off some shifty moves.
“You can’t turn the ball over like we did,” Redskins coach Toby Hammond said. “They had a short field. (Green) ran right through us. We didn’t tackle very well.”
Port Clinton (1-6, 0-4 SBC) lost a fumble before Alex Guerra connected with Adam Guerra for a 39-yard touchdown and 12-7 advantage two plays later in the first quarter. The two hooked up for a 60-yard scoring play earlier in the game.
“My mindset is to do my 11th as a senior leader,” Adam Guerra said.
The Redskins scored first as Chris Stokes took the fourth-down snap and kept the ball from the 1. He successfully executed the same play from the same distance to cap a drive that started at Port Clinton’s own 20 for a 13-12 lead in the second quarter.
Hammond often had Stokes under center and Addison Rospert took several pitches for a running start. Rospert scored from seven yards out for a 27-20 deficit with 3 minutes, 29 seconds left in the third quarter and finished with 130 yards on the ground on 30 carries.
Stokes had two catches for 38 yards during the scoring drive. Rospert ran for 56 yards during Port Clinton’s first scoring drive and 68 during the second.
“We’ve worked on that the last couple weeks,” Hammond said. “We’re just trying to find different ways to get Addison the ball.”
Adam Guerra capped SMCC’s next possession with a 28-yard touchdown run with Green blocking out in front of him. Guerra ran for 66 yards on five tries while Green had 240 yards on 34 carries.
Rospert picked up a loose snap on his own 42 and found Trey Gluth wide open near the 20 for a 42-yard touchdown and 34-26 deficit with 5 seconds left in the third quarter. Corey Beal knocked away a fourth-down pass in the end zone, but the Panthers recovered a fumble and returned it to Port Clinton’s 22 three plays later.
SMCC intercepted a pass on the Redskins’ next possession and returned it to Port Clinton’s 26 before ultimately running out the clock.
The Panthers intercepted two passes and recovered two of the Redskins’ six fumbles as it rained steadily for the entire game. Jessee Escobedo scooped up a Green fumble on SMCC’s first possession and Keegan Lowe forced Alex Guerra into an intentional grounding call on fourth-and-4 from Port Clinton’s 13 in the third quarter.