On a day where the rushing attack could steal the headlines, the Bay Village defense more than held up their end of the bargain in the Rockets’ 35-0 shutout of the Vermilion Sailors.
Bay (5-3, 3-1 in the Great Lakes Conference) got off to a rocky start even before the game began, drawing a delay of game penalty before the opening kickoff, but regrouped quickly. After receiving a Vermilion punt, the Rockets went to work on the ground. Senior running back, Shawn Chambers got his team on the board quickly with a 72 yard touchdown run. After the initial big first play, the Rockets moved to a slower paced rushing attack for the remainder of the half. The game plan paid off, with two touchdown drives in the second quarter, both ending with goal line plunges from Junior running back Trey Psota.
Entering the second half with a 21-0 lead, the Rockets opened up their rushing attack, even though they would lose Psota only two plays into the half. This allowed Bay to open up their bench on Senior night at Bay Memorial Stadium. Sophomore Fullback Matthew Cover added a 59 yard touchdown scamper of his own, and Senior Fullback Jimmy Hoke finished off the scoring effort with a 56 yard run.
One of the bright spots for the Sailors was Linebacker/Running Back Cane Zannoni. The Junior did all he could leading his team with 10 tackles on a day that Bay gave Vermilion all they could handle defensively. Zannoni added 27 yards on the ground on 12 carries. Sophomore Jonah Pfiel added 51 yards on 5 carries against a Rocket defense that controlled the line of scrimmage from whistle to whistle.
Up next Bay will continue their playoff push when they take on take on Valley Forge at Byers Field in Great Lakes Conference action. Meanwhile, Vermilion (2-6, 0-4 in the Sandusky Bay Football Conference) will take on Oak Harbor.