ELIDA, OH – For the second straight season the St. Marys Roughriders will find themselves at 5-0 when Week 6 of the regular season kicks off as they traveled to and defeated Elida 35-7 Friday night in a WBL tilt.
St. Marys wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on their opening drive as they traveled 70 yards on eight plays and found themselves on top 7-0 when Julius Fished rumbled past Bulldog defenders and into the endzone for a six yard score with just 2:45 coming off the first quarter clock.
Seth Warniment’s interception of a redirected pass from Elida QB Isaac McAdams would set the Roughriders up at their opponents 46, and again the visitors would waste little time as the Western Buckeye League’s leading rusher and scorer Eric Spicer burst in from 17 yards out to give his squad a 14-0 advantage with 4:53 to go in the opening stanza.
Three punts and a turnover on downs by the two teams slowed the scoring down in for a while in the game but McAdams draws on fourth down and moments later on a 23 yard touchdown run untouched up the middle cut the home team deficit to just 14-7 with 3:55 before the halftime break.
With all three timeouts and 65 yards to go before the half the Roughriders quick strike offense used :26 before upping their advantage to 21-7 at the break when Dustin Howell connected with Spicer on a screen pass that was turned into a 51 yard marker for St. Marys.
Just as it had happened on three straight possessions in the first half, three straight punts came and went before the Riders were able to add another score on the board.
Starting at their own 43 with 6:03 to go in the games penultimate stanza, St. Marys totaled 11 plays and finished with a Dustin Howell one yard touchdown run coupled with the ensuing extra point by Gabe Vandever to make it 28-7.
One of the longest drives of the season happened near the end of the game as the Roughriders began with 9:48 left in the fourth quarter at their own five. Utilizing five different ball carriers the Riders marched 95 yards and connected on a fourth down attempt on an 18 yard touchdown run by Eric Spicer who blazed past the orange and black defenders for the games final score to push the advantage to 35-7.
On the evening the Roughriders totaled 458 yards on 72 plays from scrimmage to 41 plays and 177 yards for Elida.
Rushing the football the visitors carried 68 times for 384 yards led by Spicer (16/162/2 td), and Julius Fisher who capped off his fifth game of the season of over 100+ yards with a 120 yard effort on 20 totes to go with his touchdown jaunt.
Dustin Howell completed 4/6 of his passes on the evening for 66 yards and a touchdown, the 51 yard connection with Eric Spicer in the second quarter to run his school record total to 18 for his career.
Elida sees their record drop to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in Western Buckeye League play and will travel to Van Wert to take on the 0-5 Cougars next Friday night.
St. Marys is now 5-0 on the season and sits tied with Ottawa Glandorf and Wapak at the top of the WBL standings at 4-0 in league contests. The Roughriders will look to avenge their first loss of last season next Friday night as they travel to take on the Bath Wildcats (1-4, 0-4).
Listen live to St. Marys vs Bath with myself and Phil Schumann on the call with the pregame beginning at 6:30pm here:K94.3 FM Celina