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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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