FREMONT — Over the past five meetings, Ross had dominated the second-oldest rivalry in all of Ohio football, defeating Sandusky each time in convincing fashion.
Friday, the Little Giants continued to control the series, topping Sandusky, 34-7, in nonleague action at Don Paul Stadium.
“We’re still trying to improve and get better,” Ross coach Craig Yeast said. “We have a long way to go.”
Ross (2-1) took a 14-7 lead into halftime when Isaiah McDonald scored with 30 seconds left in the second quarter. The Little Giants, who had numerous players battling food poisoning from a team dinner on Thursday night, wasted little time picking up where they left off in the first half, as Tyler Grine sprinted 54 yards just 44 seconds into the third quarter for a 21-7 lead. The Blue Streaks (1-2) looked to strike back later, taking over at the Ross 40-yard line. Five plays later, Sidney Hearvey rumbled in from the Ross 11-yard line but fumbled just before he reached the end zone. Ross recovered the fumble for a touchback.
“That was probably one of the biggest plays of the game,” Yeast said. “That play … was a huge play.”
The score remained the same into the fourth quarter. Russ Yeast returned a punt 45 yards to the Sandusky red zone and five plays later, Uriah Haun scored a three-yard touchdown.
It was just 48 seconds later when Jarren Hampton stepped in front of a pass from Sandusky quarterback Javez Alexander and returned the interception 50 yards for the touchdown.
“We gave them too many big plays,” Sandusky coach Mike Franklin said. “Every time we got the momentum, we found a way to make a mistake. They’re too good of a football team to make that many mistakes.”
Yeast opened the game’s scoring with a 92-yard run in the first quarter before Jalen Gowdy tied the game for Sandusky with a 23-yard score with 2:32 left in the second quarter.
“We had a couple big plays but I thought we were stagnant on offense,” coach Yeast said of the first half. “We had a big run and we scored a touchdown later that was big for us.”
Yeast completed 4-of-9 passes for 24 yards while running 13 times for 117 yards while Ross held Sandusky to just 50 yards of offense and three first downs in the second half.
“We have a lot of things we need to clean up,” coach Yeast said. “We’ll come back next week, work on those things, and try to get that cleaned up.”
Ross (2-1) has now won the last six meetings by a combined score of 253-110 while Sandusky now leads the all-time series, 53-49-8.