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Perkins Has to Control Alexander

Perkins won its first football game last week and they travel to Oak Harbor to battle the Rockets in another cross over game in the Sandusky Bay Conference on Friday night.

After losing their first three, the Pirates scored four times in the first half on their way to a (38-7) win over Vermilion last week.

Coach Jason Ziegler says they finally got some momentum last Friday. “Things kind of went our way last week and it was positive for us. We took advantage of it. I was really proud of the way our team handled themselves. They have been fighting and I told them as long as they as they trusted their coach and their teammates and they trust the system they are going to get a win, they are going to be successful. Fortunately, that happened the other night,” said Ziegler.

The solid play was on both sides of the field and on special teams, according to Ziegler. “Our defense and offense and our special teams played really well the other night. We have to take that momentum going into this week and hopefully that continues. I am really happy and really proud of the way our young men played,” he said.

Oak Harbor (3-1) beat Toledo Woodward (27-0) last Friday. The Rockets three wins come against teams that have combined to win only one game this year.

Ziegler says the Rockets are solid up front and they have an outstanding quarterback in Jac Alexander that ran for 149 yards and a score last week against Woodward. “Their defensive and offensive lines are fantastic. They are tough, hard nosed kids, they are big and strong. Their quarterback is very much an athlete and does a lot with the football, he can run and pass. They have a couple of nice, really good, running backs. They run the jet sweep and they are well coached. This is going to be a difficult game,” he told Swankonsports.com on Sunday evening, “This a very good football team. Their only loss is to a very, very good Genoa team that we saw earlier. They were able to do some things against Genoa. This is going to be a game where we are going to have to physical up front. We are going to have to stay on our keys and we are going to have to stop the quarterback because he is definitely a weapon.”

When defending Alexander, Ziegler says the defense can not be overly aggressive or they will pay for it. “He can run, he can throw, he has great vision. It is one of those things where do you put somebody on him, do you spy him? If you do that you are leaving other things open. We are going to have to do some different things. Our kids are going to have to know they are going to have to maintain their keys and do their job. We he is good is when guys are trying to more than they are supposed to do. Our defense is relied on do your 1/11 th and you know the guy next to you is going to do his and you are going to have some success,” said Ziegler.

Published 9/17/18

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Perkins Must be Ready

Sandusky Perkins was not ready to play last week and coach Jason Ziegler says that will not happen again.

The Pirates (0-3) lost to Genoa (34-12) after trailing (27-0) at the half.
Ziegler says they were undisciplined. “It was tough with penalties and just some uncharacteristic things. It didn’t start off well. The second half we played a lot better and made some adjustments. We fixed some things at halftime and the kids responded. I felt like if we would have came out the way we did in the second half in the first half it would have been at least a respectable game,” he said.

Ziegler adds that the coaching staff, led by him, did not do the job last week in preparing the players for Genoa. He says they didn’t take what they were doing in practice to game night. “That is a little bit of it and that is on me. Practice was a little difficult last week. We had to adjust our practice because of the weather and didn’t do as much hitting as we usually do. With that begin said it comes down to me as a head coach that we aren’t jumping off and lining up in wrong formations. That was something that was unfortunate, but we are definitely going to fix that this week,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “We have had a grind. It has been a buzz saw the last three weeks. We have played three very good teams. Vermilion is a very good team, 2-1, so it doesn’t get easier and our kids have to realize that. We have to be on the top of our game with the schedule we have because if you make mistakes against great teams like we play they are going to make you pay.”

Perkins travels to Vermilion this week for a cross over game in the Sandusky Bay Conference. The Sailors (2-1) lost for the first time last week to Oberlin Firelands (21-19) in non-conference play.

Ziegler says there are going to be some unknowns about the Sailors due an injury to their starting quarterback. “They are spread team. They did lose their quarterback last week, so that is something we are going to have to adjust to. To me he was their best football player and he is injured and it looks like it was a season ending injury, which is unfortunate for them. They are a scrappy team. They run to the football defensively. Offensively, they have some big threats. They have two 6’5” receivers. They have another one that is pretty darn fast. The quarterback that they moved was their top receiver, a kid that is very good with the football in his hands. So, we are really going to have to contain him. I am not sure how well he is going to throw. He will probably throw it all over on us now. We only had a little sample of him throwing the football, so we will have to get a little bit more. I know the kid can run though and that is one of things we have to watch for,” said Ziegler.

Published 9/11/18

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Perkins Knows they Can do it

Perkins has lost both of its games so far, but the Pirates know the potential is there first a good season.

They lost a heartbreaker to Mansfield Senior (35-34) in triple overtime last Friday.

Coach Jason Ziegler says the loss was a bitter pill to swallow, but they have to learn from it. “It is tough. We had our opportunities. Mansfield is a very good football team, but we had missed two field goals and we failed to score two times inside the 10. I felt like we left a lot of points out there, but that is part of the game. The kids battled though, and I did see big improvement from week one to week two and that is kind of what you are looking for, but we have to finish,” said Ziegler.

Perkins lost (31-7) to Huron on week one, but Ziegler says the performance against a very good Mansfield Senior team is more indicative of what the Pirates are about. “I have been saying this all along. You take week one out of the equation. W did some things that were uncharacteristic and things we haven’t seen all summer or in two a days, but our kids learned from that. They came in and they played aggressive and they battled for three overtimes. Having the opportunity there a couple of times with fourth and long in overtime and having our chances,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “They came up with some big plays. I give Mansfield a lot of credit. They made the plays when they needed to. I saw the improvement and this is a very good football team. Our non-conference schedule is tough with week one with Huron, week two with Mansfield and Genoa is very good. They are (2-0) and probably one of the better teams in division five.”

Perkins (0-2) plays at Genoa on Friday night against Comets, who have wins over Columbus Bishop Ready (28-0) and Oak Harbor (34-14) over the first two weeks.

Ziegler is impressed with the Comets play in the trenches. “They are physical. Their running back is a sophomore. He is just a big bruiser. Kind of an old school type fullback that runs downhill. Their quarterback is very athletic and looks to run a lot more than throw. They have a division one tight end that is 6’5” and way over 200 pounds. What impresses me the most I think is their line, both on offense and defense. They are not very big, but they come off the ball and they get in your ankles. I kind of used the example that they are kind of like little chiwawas that just keep biting on you. They are just tough and nasty. We are going to have our hands full up front. We have to do a better job than we did last year and we have to improve from what we did last week,” said Ziegler.

Published 9/07/18

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Perkins Has to Fix Things

The first half was a disaster last week and the Perkins Pirates know they have to be better if they are going to win games.

They host Mansfield Senior (0-1) in a non-conference game on Friday night.

They lost (31-7) to Huron last week in their opener, giving up all 31 points in the first half.

Coach Jason Ziegler says their special teams were especially bad and they have to improve a lot in that phase of the game. “I think one thing is special teams. That really hurt us. Going in to it, it was one of the things that you hope works because that is hard to practice. It is really hard to practice special teams live. You don’t do it in scrimmages and I think it showed. We had a bad fumble, a bad snap, we had a shanked kick, and we let them return one. Basically, it cost us 17 points,” he told Swankonsports.com on Sunday evening, “They had a short field the entire half. The next thing you know we are down the at the half big. It is just unfortunate. Our kids have to learn from that. I have to learn from that as a coach and get those guys better at it. Figure out some different ways to get them better at it.”

Most seasons you make your most improvement from week one to week two, but that doesn’t just happen. Ziegler says they have to make that work. “You have to put the time in and this weekend we put a lot of time in to figure out ways to execute better than what we have. Every minute counts to make sure we are being precise in what we are doing practice plan. Our kids have to get after it. I think our kids understand that. The second half of the other night we didn’t give up any points. We drove the ball. We did things that were what we saw in preseason. I think we take that experience, we take those mistakes, we learn from them and get better,” said Ziegler.

Mansfield Senior had a similar game in many ways in trailing (35-0) at halftime and losing to Norwalk (42-21) last Friday.

Ziegler expects the Tygers to be vastly improved against them and that has to be their goal too. “Norwalk is a good team, so I think that was one of the things. We noticed on film that the quarterback is a heck of an athlete. He is a kid you are going to have to contain. He can throw the ball, but his feet are what scares me. They have a big time receiver that was are going to have to try and contain. We have to execute, we can’t make the mistakes we did the other night. They made some mistakes also, but they are going to come back better. Somebody is going to get their first win Friday night and hopefully it is us,” he said.

Published 8/27/18

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Perkins Must be Sound

Sandusky Perkins has the building blocks for a good football team, but that still has to be proven on the field of play.

They get their first chance in a real game on Friday night when they travel to Huron to meet the Tigers.

Coach Jason Ziegler thinks they can take some very good momentum from preseason camp. “We had three fantastic scrimmages and a I felt we got better each week in those scrimmages. I felt our offense was clicking about as well as it has in a long time. I am feeling confident. There are a few little things we have to tweak and fix from what we saw in our scrimmage last week against Port Clinton. If we get those things fixed up and fine tuned and get some kids back I feel pretty confident,” he said.

Offensively, Ziegler thinks they have the potential to put some points on the board, something they have not done a really good job of over the last couple of seasons. “I really do think we can score some points and I’m hoping I am not just shooting myself in the foot. With this offense, I think our kids are really figuring it out. Our coaches put in a lot time in the off season fine tuning things we haven’t been able to do in the past. I feel very good about our offense. Defensively, I love the attitude our kids and our coaching staff has on getting to the football and kind of playing that black hat type football that we have done in the past,” said Ziegler.

Perkins is in the Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference and Huron is in the Bay Division, so this is a cross over game if you will.

Ziegler says the Tigers have a lot of good players on both sides of the ball. “This is one of best Huron teams we have seen in the last couple of years, which is scary. Their quarterback is very athletic. He can run and throw, which makes him a double threat, very dangerous. They have two or three, 6’2”, 6’5” receivers that can catch and run. Their line is very aggressive, they are physical up front. I like their running back he runs the ball hard,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “Defensively, you can tell they are well coached. They have 11 guys that run to the football. Their linebackers stand out, we better block those guys. Then they have a safety that is another linebacker. It is a very good defense we are going to have to stay on our keys. We are going to have to be sound. We are going to have to block to the whistle or it is going to be a long night for the Pirates.”

Published 8/21/18

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Perkins Changes Approach; Sees Results

Sandusky Perkins was just (2-8) last season and they know things have to change if they are going to be successful in the rugged Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference.

Coach Jason Ziegler says it began with their weightlifting program that they put into place this past winter. “We had a fantastic summer. We actually changed our weightlifting program around last winter and kind of kept it going on through the summer. We have seen major gains. I love what I see from our seniors. They have really bought in. We are excited about this up coming season, so we will see how it goes. Everybody likes what they have to start. Right now, I feel comfortable with a lot of what we are doing,” he said.

Ziegler says they didn’t try and reinvent the wheel. He says they looked at the things other successful programs were doing and tried to copy that strategy. “What we look at and I have had a change of heart over the years. That is what we would have wanted, we would have loved to have some guys that are looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger, big strong, muscular guys. What we have done this year, this past year, after football season was over, met with some strength guys around the state. Some other schools that are very similar to our size and what they were doing. What good coaches do is they take what other programs are doing, what’s working for them, and they basically steal it. That’s what I did. I talked with coaches that would talk to me that we felt looking at their kids they were strong and physical and we stole their program and it’s worked,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “We want kids that are going to go in there and push themselves and are going to see those major gains. That is kind of what we had this off season. It is one of the best off seasons that we have had just in terms of strength and speed. We really hit our legs with the deadlift this year that we really haven’t hit in the past. The schools that I am talking to that are successful are really into the dead lift and I think that helped us.”

The Pirates did win two of their last three last fall. Ziegler says they are trying to build some confidence and then go from there. “It is a confidence thing. When kids go in the weight room and they are seeing results. It took a little more time for myself. We had the kids write it down and the program tells them what to do. I watch and I take the computer and fix everything for them and if they go up we are showing that. When kids see results they are becoming a little more confident. When they are confident they start feeling a little better about themselves and when they start feeling better about themselves we see more results. That is what we have this year in our weight room program in the off season. Kids were seeing those results and seeing their body change. They were seeing those weight gains. They want to try and get better, better and better. So, that is what I see with this team right now is everyday they are trying to get better with something and as long as they can see it we have got a better shot,” said Ziegler.

Published 8/01/18

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Perkins Trying to Get Ready for Tournament

Sandusky Perkins is now out of the Lake Division race in the Sandusky Bay Conference, so their focus is on the tough division two district, which starts in a couple of weeks.

They play Norwalk in a first round game.

The Pirates play a pair of non-conference games at home against Margaretta on Friday and at Norwalk St. Paul on Saturday.

Last Friday, Lake Division leader Sandusky pounded them (75-53) to put them two games back.

Coach Scott McVeigh says, first, Sandusky is good and second they were far too inconsistent. “We went over to Sandusky and boy they played well. We did some nice things early on in the game, first quarter, third quarter, it was those second and fourth quarters that really did us in. First quarter I thought defensively we did a nice job. In the third quarter we made a run at them. We had it down to a three possession game going into the fourth. They shot it well, they shot 69 percent and we shot it awful, when you add those two things in and the fact that they are good. They did us in that’s for sure,” said McVeigh.

Perkins (10-9) plays at home against Margaretta (8-10) on Friday night. The Bears beat Port Clinton (64-40) on Tuesday night. McVeigh says the Polar Bears have a nice mix of players and they play good defense. “They do a nice job defensively. They have held some good teams down in the 30’s this year. They are solid, they have some size to them, they have some nice guard play, some nice shooters. The Kimberlin kid is probably one of the best players in the Bay Division. They are solid. Steve (Keller) does a nice job with them. They have been battle tested. They have played a lot of close ones. It is a cross over game, it is not a league game anymore, but these kids all know each other and it should be an interesting matchup on Friday night,” he said.

McVeigh says their goal is to use the remaining regular season games they have to get ready for the tournament. “It is a weird week for us looking at Friday and Saturday and not playing a league game. It becomes prepping for the tournament. We are in the middle of February and it becomes that grind and trying to get better every day. That is what we continue to do. You look at our district and it is unbelievable. There really isn’t and easy game out there. There are only three teams with losing records. Just the competition, our whole Lake Division is in there, that in itself is tough,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “It is going to be tough. We have Norwalk, who is playing a lot better than they were earlier in the year and we split with them regular season. Anytime you play somebody three times you are very familiar with them. It is going to come down to a couple of possessions.”

Published 2/14/18

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Perkins Tangles With Sandusky

It’s a huge game for both as Sandusky Perkins travels down the street to face Sandusky in a Lake Division game in the Sandusky Bay Conference on Friday night.

Right now, Sandusky and Norwalk lead Shelby, Perkins and Clyde by a game in the boys’ basketball standings.

“I think it is everything everybody thought it would be at the beginning of the year. It is always good to play in very meaningful games towards the end of the season going into the tournament. Just about everybody in the league has a shot at the league title still,” said Perkins coach Scott McVeigh.

Keith Williams is a tremendous guard for the Blue Streaks, and one of the leading scorers in the league, but McVeigh says Sandusky has a couple of other perimeter players that are talented. “Obviously, Keith leads them and he does a nice job on both sides of the ball, but you look at their point guard Staveskie and he does a nice job. He is quick, he can shoot it, he is just a tough guard. He takes care of the basketball,” he told Swankonsports.com on Tuesday, “You look at the Jones kid, another sophomore, probably one of the better shooters in the league. He can drain it. He can put it on the floor a little bit. He is athletic. When you look at Sandusky those three guys are the key. They work well off of each other. They have gotten better as the year has gone on. They are very athletic, very quick, and they like to get up and down.”

McVeigh says normally you don’t get a lot of full court pressure our of the Streaks, but they are all over you in the half court. “They are not so much a get up in your face, full court pressing team when we have played them or anytime I have seen them live or on tape. In the half court they really extend. They will put a lot of ball pressure on your guards and extend on the wings. They do a nice job of getting offense from their defense because of how athletic they are. They get you playing fast. Looking back at the first time we played them we have to take care of the ball. We played an awful first half. We turned it over 24 times and still had a chance to win it baring a tip in. That is the biggest thing we just have to take care of the ball against them,” said McVeigh.

Sandusky beat Perkins (60-59) in overtime in the first game between the two back on January 4 with a tip in at the horn.

McVeigh says they have to be disciplined and make those little plays in order to win. “These kids know each other. We are so close to each other. In the first game they played really well in the first half and we played really well in the second half and overtime. You can’t give many teams three shots at the basket like we did them at the end of overtime. We just have to be disciplined and do the little things better and it should be a heck of a game,” he said.

Published 2/07/18

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Perkins Playing as a Team

Perkins is the right there in the tough and balanced Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference. They trial division leader Sandusky by just a game.

They had lost their last three division games to Sandusky (60-59) in overtime, Shelby (54-53) and Clyde (74-51) last Thursday before beating Bellevue (64-51) last Friday.

Coach Scott McVeigh says it was a win they had to have and he points to a couple of factors. “I was impressed with our defensive effort. It seemed we recommitted ourselves. We had five guys on the court on the same page and played very good team defense. I think that was the difference and we shared the ball. We had our high in assists with 23 assists I want to say. I think only three or four of our buckets were unassisted. I was happy because it was a total team effort and that was nice,” he said.

Shelby and Norwalk also trail the Blue Streaks by a game and really everyone but Tiffin Columbian is part of the race. McVeigh says there are no nights off in the Lake Division. “It is very balanced. I think we thought that from the start. You have to bring your “A” game every night. You have to do the little things better and sometimes it comes down to one or two possessions as we have seen. Two of our losses are at the buzzer. Sandusky, we give up a tip in at the buzzer and one to Shelby, which the Schwemely kid hits a tough shot that we had defended pretty good. You can do everything right for the most part and sometimes come out on the losing side. It is a battle, it’s a grind and it makes us better,” said McVeigh.

Perkins (8-6,5-3) plays at home against Norwalk (6-7,4-3) on Friday night. The Truckers played some excellent basketball last week with wins over Columbian (67-32) and Clyde (65-61) in division games and Willard (56-35) in a cross over game.

Perkins win the first matchup (49-44) and McVeigh thinks the Truckers are playing better basketball right now. “Seems like they are shooting a lot better. They are good, they are good. They are no slouches that’s for sure. When you have a kid like Haraway that is very talented he is a difference maker as he seemed like he was when they played Clyde the other night. We scored 11 points in a row or something like that. He is big and he is physical. He is good off the bounce,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “They have some shooters out there with him. The Roth kid is a very good shooter. They have some size with Chapin. They are dangerous. They are well coached and obviously Steve (Gray) does a great job. He had his win 400 this past week and that says something. They are solid. We have to bring our game and our effort to be able to be in it.”

Published 1/23/18

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Perkins Will Need to Execute

Perkins and Norwalk are two pretty good teams out of the Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference and they meet at Norwalk on Thursday night.

Perkins (4-1,2-0), #5 in the Swankonsports.com boys’ basketball coaches poll in the large school division, is coming off a (55-51) win at home over Bellevue last Friday.

Coach Scott McVeigh says they did the job on defense against a Bellevue team that has been very explosive on offense this season. “Honestly they make you better. It was a very good win Friday at our place against a very good and dangerous Bellevue team. We just did a nice job, I thought, I was pleased especially with our kids at the defensive end the last 16 minutes of that game because you look at Bellevue they are dangerous. They have a lot of guys that can fill it up, especially when you look at Trey Ruhlman, one of the better players in the league. It makes us happy. Anytime you get a league win we will take it,” said McVeigh.

Norwalk (2-3,2-0) shares first place in the league with Perkins and Shelby. They beat Clyde (53-48) in a division game last week and now have their best players Brandon Haraway back in the lineup. McVeigh says the Truckers come at you from a lot of angles. “Steve (Gray) does a tremendous job obviously at Norwalk. He does a lot to just put them in position to be successful. Especially, having Haraway back, he does a nice job and I think everything starts with him. You look at them and they can hurt you in many different ways, his dribble penetration, they have shooters on the wings and corners there,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “They have a little bit of size this year, which, Steve haven’t had in the last three years. You know what you are going to get when you play Norwalk, a very disciplined team that is going to be sound and play hard and is going to exploit your weaknesses. We always walk out of the Norwalk game knowing what we have to work on.”

Gray is famous, or infamous, depending on your prospective, for running a lot of offensive sets and McVeigh says they will have to be ready for that. “They run the sets so well. They will run a multitude of sets and they are very good at the flex. They are good at spreading you out and they are dangerous. You have to kind of pick and choose with them what you want to try and take away. You can’t sit and let them run their stuff because they are so good at it. We have to be sound and fundamental and have to be very disciplined defensively,” he said.

Published 12/21/17

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Perkins and Bellevue in Lake Division Game

Sandusky Perkins and Bellevue are two schools trying to find out if they are competitors in the Lake Division in the Sandusky Bay Conference.

They play each other on Friday night at Perkins.

The Pirates are coming off a very good weekend, which included a (72-71) overtime win over Clyde last Friday and then beat Huron (54-47) in an interdivisional game on Saturday.

Jacob Voight made two free throws with a second left to beat Clyde and coach Scott McVeigh says it was a quality win. “It is a good win. Clyde did a nice job the second half of really being the more aggressive team and somehow we snuck out of Clyde with a win. Any league game, especially on the road and we will take it. We played Huron the night after and that was three games in five nights. It is going to be a little weird having just a single game this week against Bellevue,” he said.

Perkins (3-1,1-0) also beat Bowling Green (45-36) last Tuesday. McVeigh says it is kind of nice to concentrate on just Bellevue this week. “It has been kind of a weird week we didn’t get to practice (Wednesday) and we got a real good practice (Thursday.) It is nice because you usually talk about teams and tendencies if you are playing back to back, what they share. We will focus just on Bellevue this week. We know we are going to have our hands full there. They are playing well and had a nice, big win over Sandusky to start their season and then they gutted one out against Willard Saturday night, so we are looking forward to it. We know it is going to be a dogfight. We know it is going to be a battle. Ultimately that is how you get better,” said McVeigh.

Bellevue (2-0,1-0) beat Sandusky (77-60) in their first game of the season last Friday. Trey Ruhlman had 27 points and McVeigh says he is an outstanding player and the Redmen have a lot of good players around him. “They have some nice players. They will get up and down. They will shoot the three. When you look at Bellevue everything starts with the (Trey) Ruhlman. He has done nothing but improve from his freshman year to his sophomore year and it looks like he has made as a much of a jump going into his junior year that he did last year. Everything starts with him, he is one the better guards in the area. He is very dangerous. He is quick, he can shoot it. I think he made 16 free throws against Sandusky. So, he is very, very aggressive.,” he told Swankonsports.com on Thursday, “You throw (Kayden) Vogel out there and you throw (Jake) Waskielis out there. They have some shooters. Then you throw the (Caleb) Marshall in there I think he had 18 rebounds and numerous blocks. They are very athletic and very dangerous. We relate them a lot to Clyde with how offensive minded they were. It is going to be a tall task.”

Published 12/15/17

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Perkins Opens With Edison

Perkins has developed into one of the more consistent boys’ basketball programs in North Central Ohio.

They open the season against Edison in a inter-divisional game in the Sandusky Bay Conference on Saturday night.

Coach Scott McVeigh says they kind of got a wake up call in a scrimmage last week and that was what they needed. “It has been pretty good. We have been plugging away trying to get better every single day. We had some nice scrimmages and getting after it a little bit. We played Midview and North Royalton on Wednesday and I don’t think we played really well. I think we came out of it with what we wanted to come out of it out last scrimmage with a lot of question marks knowing that we had to work harder and put a better effort in and have better focus. It was a good last scrimmage as an eye opener. Other than that we have been solid working hard and getting after it in the gym and we are getting ready to get it tipped off,” said McVeigh.

Perkins is now part of the Lake Division of the Sandusky Bay Conference with former “NOL” members Shelby, Bellevue, Tiffin Columbian, Norwalk, and Sandusky, plus Clyde.

McVeigh feels it will be competitive from top to bottom. “It is different in that we were so used to the old “SBC.” We played every team in the “NOL” besides Ontario the last couple of years, so I think it has been kind of nice to segway into that with teams you have already played. It is going to be a very competitive league, especially in the Lake Division it is going to be real competitive,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “I think there are a lot of teams that are even that going in night in, night out you have to bring your “A” game to be able to compete knowing you can beat anybody on a given night, but also knowing you can get beat on any given night. I think ultimately it will be very balanced and competitive. You have very good athletes and very good coaches. I think it is going to be fun we just have to make sure we bring it every night.”

Edison should be a good challenge on Saturday night. McVeigh thinks it will be a battle in the post. “You look at the last two years and they were a regional team, that is one thing there that sticks out to me. James Hill is finally a senior. It seems like he has been there for seven years, but probably one of the best post players in the area. He just has a real nice game to him. Then you throw in Bryce Roberts, a senior, and again it seems like he has been there forever. I think everything starts with those two guys. They are very athletic, they are big, they are strong. They can both put it on the deck. They are shooting it a lot better and they can extend you a little bit. They have some nice younger guards coming in. I think that was one thing they struggled with last year was their guard play. They are well coached Kyle (Hammond) has done a nice job with that program,” said McVeigh.

Published 11/28/17

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Perkins Closes Season With Tough Task

At one time Sandusky Perkins was 0-7, but they have won their last two and will close their season with a Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division game at unbeaten Sandusky on Friday night.

The Blue Steaks need the win in order to earn an outright Lake Division title.

Two weeks ago, Perkins beat Norwalk (20-7) and last Friday it was a field goal at the horn to beat (23-21) Tiffin Columbian and Lake Division games.

Coach Jason Zeigler says it is all about confidence for the Pirates. “I think it just confidence. The last two weeks I think are kids are just really believing they can win. They are not folding and putting their heads down when bad things happen. I think that has probably been the biggest thing. They are trusting their keys, they are running to the football. It has taken a little while. I think they are believing a little more,” he said/

Zeigler says they have been telling the kids to concentrate on the play at hand and that seems to be working. “I see it all of the time with kids. They make one bad play and they let that affect the next play. We have been preaching, especially the last couple of weeks, about it’s not the last play, it’s not the next play, it’s the play at hand. You have to play that play the best you can and then move on to the next one. Our kids are really starting to buy in. We are playing some good football. It’s unfortunate we are in week 10 now and we are playing on the better teams we are going to see all year,” said Zeigler.

Sandusky (9-0,4-0), #2 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the large school division, beat a solid Bellevue team (49-35) last week to take sole possession of first place in the division. They had beaten Clyde (42-28) the week before.

Zeigler says the Blue Streaks offense is scary good. “What’s not good about them? They have athletes all over the place. They have a division one quarterback going to Michigan State on full ride. He can run and he is very actuate at throwing the ball. He has all of those intangibles that you want in a field general out there. They have a running back that is a sophomore that is one of the faster kids I have seen. He has great vision and can take it to the house at any time,” he told Swankonsports.com on Sunday evening, “Their line is big and strong. That is just on the offensive side. They have two receivers that will go up and get the ball and will run by you. Just saying that is kind of scary.”

On the defensive side of the ball, Zeigler says Sandusky is pretty good there too. “Defensively they are fast. They move to the football. They have two down lineman that are big and strong and quick. They are enormous. Their linebackers run to the football. Their safety is good. There are not a lot of weaknesses on this team. We are going to have to go down to Sandusky, which is just a two minute drive for us, and we are going to have to play our best football, but I think our kids are ready for the challenge,” said Zeigler.

Published 10/23/17

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Perkins Must be Physical

Clyde is likely the biggest rival for Sandusky Perkins on the football field and the Pirates hope that helps them toward their best performance of the season and they will need it.

They play at unbeaten Clyde it the first Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division game of the season for both on Friday night.

Last week, the Pirates (0-5) were humbled by Oak Harbor (37-0) in an inter-divisional game in the “SBC.”

Coach Jason Ziegler says the Rockets were more physical. “It went the exact way we didn’t want it to go. It is unfortunate because they beat us up front. I haven’t seen our team do that is a long a long while. We just got physically handled last Friday up front. We are playing a lot of young kids. We have some injuries. That is no excuse we still have to have kids that need to go out there and take it to them and we didn’t do that. So, we showed the film and we talked about it and that is going to change this week. We are playing a team that is always physical and big up front,” he said.

Clyde (5-0), #3 in the Swankonsports.com football coaches poll in the large school division, and number two in the computer region, belted Port Clinton (49-3) last week.

Ziegler says this a typical Clyde team and that means they are really good. “Clyde is solid all around. Coach Carter does a great job. Their kids have bought in for years. They have 11 kids that are always going to run to the football. They will punch you, they will knock you around up front and they will also chuck it deep. They are one of the most solid teams we will see. They are one of the more solid programs in the State of Ohio year in and year out,” he told Swankonsports.com on Monday, “They are going to come after you. It is always fun playing them because you know you are in it for four quarters. Their kids aren’t going to give up they are going to fight. We have been there for years. It is not working that way right now, but this is our first league game. Everybody in the league is 0-0. We have the opportunity here to start something and get something going.”

It is the rivalry factor that makes this more of a game than it looks like on paper. Ziegler says they have to play with both emotion and execution. “That is what we are hoping. There is a history there. We have played each other during the regular season and in the playoffs. They are always tough, hardnosed, drag out games. Hopefully this week is different. We are hoping to come out on top. We are going to have to play sound football and physical football in order to beat these guys and our kids know that. We have had the turnover problems. That happened last week with another four turnovers. We have 20 turnovers in five games and that equates to an 0-5 team. We keep stressing hold on to the darn ball, run to the football on defense, and good things will happen. At some point the kids have to buy in and I think this is going to be the week,” said Ziegler.

Published 9/26/17

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Line of Scrimmage Big For Perkins

The Perkins Pirates made some steps forward last week, but they have to mare a few more they hit the road for Oak Harbor on Friday night.

It was a loss last week to Vermilion (35-12,) but coach Jason Ziegler says he saw some good things that maybe he hadn’t seen previously. “It’s hard to say losing and you are heading in the right direction, but I feel like we did. We corrected a lot of our mistakes from the previous two weeks. Just the ball exchange and getting the ball to the quarterback. That got fixed. I think our offense we moved the ball. We had over 300 yards rushing and close to 100 yards passing. The biggest thing we need to correct from last week is we were inside the five three times and only came away with three points,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “That’s a big deal and that is something we need to correct. We you get that close to the end zone, when you get inside the ten, you have to come away with six, so our kids understand that. That is what kind of caused our downfall against Vermilion.”

No matter the level of football you have to score when you get down close. Ziegler says that was part of their discussion on Saturday morning. “We kind of talked to our players about how you march it all of the way down there and get inside the five at the point in time it is man on man, it’s who wants it more is those types of situations. That is why I love this game so much it is situations like that where we are going to see who the better man is. Unfortunately, on Friday night their kids stepped up a little bit more. I do give our kids credit it was a great practice week and so far this week it has been a great practice week and our kids are still fighting. They understand they are still playing for something. We haven’t started our league play. I tell our kids this is actually our last preseason game. After this week, we start playing in the Lake Division, which is the last five game,” said Ziegler.

Oak Harbor (2-2) beat Tiffin Calvert (10-0) last Saturday to get to the .500 mark.

Ziegler says the Rockets are a pretty good team that is physical in the trenches. He says they have to win the point of attack. “They are coached very well. Their offensive and defensive lines are probably the best we have seen. They are big, they are strong and this game is going to be a battle up front. If we can control the line of scrimmage we are going to have an opportunity to win. If we get pushed back and pushed around in the trenches we might as well just cash it in. I think our kids are understanding that challenge and not taking it lightly. They are coming in saying we are going to win up front and we are going to stop their best player,” said Ziegler.

Published 9/21/17

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Perkins Looking to Rebound

Perkins got routed last week and they have to get a lot better if they are going to start winning games.

Their next chance is Friday night at home against Vermilion. Perkins is in the Lake division of the Sandusky Bay Conference and Vermilion is in the Bay division.

Last week, Genoa drilled the Pirates (52-14) in a non-conference game.

Coach Jason Ziegler says they didn’t play well at all and they are working to improve. “We have got to be better. I sit here and say it can’t get any worse, but I know better than to say that. We definitely have to be better than last week. It was a combination of penalties and just not doing key assignments. It was one of those things where we had to sit back down and watch film and get together as a team and refocus on where we are at and just talk about getting better every play and every day,” he said.

Adversity is something all teams must deal with. Ziegler says their reaction to last week must be positive. “That is why this game is so great it teaches life lessons. We talk to our football players all of the time about the game of football is like life you are going to get punched, you are going to get hit and things are going to happen that you don’t expect or foresee. What you do after that, those reactions is what is going to make you a better person and a better man. I think our kids understand that,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “I still say this is a great team. I love these guys they are hard workers and it is a pleasure to coach them and I think they are capable of taking this day by day and understand what we are talking about.”

Vermilion (1-2) lost for the first time last week (21-14) to a very good Firelands team.

Ziegler says they the Sailors do a lot of good things. He is impressed by kids on both sides of the ball. “They are a good football team. They have a new coach and he is doing a great job. They lost last week to Firelands, who is a very good football team and they were right there. Firelands beat Edison, who is one of the better teams in the area. So, to me they are a very good football team and we are going to have to play sound football to beat them. Their quarterback is very good. They have a nice running back. Defensively, their linebackers are pretty darn good. Their safeties are ballhawkers. They are going to come up and stop the run. We are going to have to execute. That is going to be keep coming off the ball, executing, and doing our jobs,” said Ziegler.

Published 9/14/17

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Perkins Has to Eliminate Mistakes

Sandusky Perkins had trouble with Mansfield Senior’s speed last week, but more than that they kept shooting themselves in the foot and that has to stop.

They host Genoa this week in a non-conference game.

Mansfield Senior beat the Pirates last week (39-6) as Jormell Manns, a Minnesota recruit, scored twice. Perkins coach Jason Ziegler says it was a match-up problem for them. “We knew going into it they are a very athletic team. They have a lot of D-one athletes on there. Speed is hard to coach up. Our kids came in there punching and swinging. What hurt us early was our penalties. We had numerous false starts and it started from the center,” he told Swankonsports.com on Wednesday, “We had to make a change at halftime. We fell behind and in the end we couldn’t contain the Manns kid. He is a special athlete. For the effort and the grand scheme of things I was real proud of the kids effort and we are just trying to get better and get after Genoa this week.”

In high school football mistakes kill you and Ziegler says they have to reduce those penalties. “We are starting a game and we go three and out. Our center is twitching the ball twice and now we are first and 20, we get 16, 17 yards and we are punting the ball. That happened numerous times where we are not snapping the ball on time. It’s a first year player at center with a guy at nose over him. I think he just had the jitters and he just didn’t react like we thought he was going to. With that being said they are football players, they are still young men, they are still kids. He is going to get better. We are going back to the drawing board with the backup center and see who can do the job and get it done,” he said.

Genoa (2-0) and a winner over Oak Harbor (35-20) last week will be at Perkins on Friday night.

Ziegler says this will be a battle of wing-T teams. “They are another great football team. They were picked to win their conference. Their quarterback is a junior, he is a division one athlete, he is good. They come off the ball real well. Their offensive line is fantastic. They have two running backs. They run an offense very similar to us. They run a wing-T. So, they are going to give it to their fullback, they are going to give it their halfback, and they have a tight end they like to flank out at times and throw it to him, he is about a 6’6”, 6’7” kid. We match up a little better with them than do with Mansfield, I’ll put it that way. We are a better run stopping team than we are a pass stopping team. We will see how it goes,” said Ziegler.

Published 9/07/17

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Perkins Looks to Battle Back

Perkins got beat almost at the horn last week and they know their execution has to better as they travel to Mansfield Senior to play the Tygers in non-conference play on Friday night.

Lucas Critelli scored with 1:02 left Friday night and Huron rallied to beat Perkins (27-21) on week one. The Pirates held a (14-0) lead in first half, but coach Jason Ziegler says they made some mistakes and it cost them in the end. “It is one of those things were we started off fast. We got up 14-0 and we had all of the momentum in the world,” he told Swankonsports.com on Sunday evening, “There was a blown coverage and they score one. We have an off sides penalty and they get the momentum and it was just one of those things where we couldn’t get it back. They are a good football team and they fought and our kids fought and we came up short. I was proud of the effort we just have to get better.”

There is generally a lot of improvement between weeks one and week two and Ziegler says considering the opponent they need to show a lot of improvement in order to beat the Tygers. “I would love for the week two opponent to be not maybe as talented as Mansfield. That would kind of help a little bit, but your greatest gain is in between week one and week two. We are going to have to make some big strides in order to beat Mansfield. They are a very good team. They are a well coached team. They have talent and speed all around. We know we are in for a battle,” he said.

Isaac Grude ran for 79 yards on Friday night out of the Perkins wing-T offense.

Mansfield Senior made a number of big plays on both sides of the ball and they beat Columbus Northland (42-14) on week one. Minnesota recruit Jonell Manns ran for 170 yards and four scores.

Ziegler says Mansfield Senior has speed and talent, but they feel they put together and excellent game plan for Friday night. “You can see it on film. It is not one of those things were you are watching film as say yeah he looks fast. You put the film on and they stand out. That is something that definitely is worrisome for us. We have a plan. Our kids are going to try and execute that plan and that is all we can ask. We are excited about the challenge. It is one of those things where we have to play our game and we have to get better and that is what our plan is,” said Ziegler.

Published 8/28/17

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