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District 8 Boys All-Star Game results

ELIDA, OH – Tuesday night the boys 2017-18 basketball season wrapped up in Elida as the District 8 All-Star games took place with the sides splitting the two contests.

Game 1: D1-2-3
East 114
West 94

East

Isaac McAdams (Elida) 13
Chad Frey (Bath) 20
Austin May (L. Benton) 6
Jacob Logsdon (Findlay) 22
BJ Miller (Lima Sr) 5
Will Poling (L. Benton) 14
Skyler Smith (Elida) 5
Daniel Unruh (Elida) 18
Mark Janowski (LCC) 6
Donte Johnson (Elida) 5

3PT: 22 (Logsdon 7, Frey 6, Unruh 4, Poling 2, McAdams, Johnson, Smith)

West

Alex Rode (D. Jeff) 9
Austin Wilker (St. M) 2
Derek Albers (Coldwater) 10
Jacoby Kelly (VW) 16
Bryce Schroeder (OG) 13
Jake Dible (OG) 6
Harrison Gough (Bath) 11
Jace Copeland (Wapak) 5
Jay Kaufman (OG) 14
Tyler Bratton (D. Jeff) 8

3PT: 10 (Kelly 3, Schroeder 3, Kaufman 2, Copeland, Rode)

Game 2: D4
West 94
East 85

West

Tyler Mescher (Marion Local) 9
Logan Kemper (Ottoville) 10
Cole Horstman (Ft Jennings) 15
Mark Kuhlman (Miller City) 10
Derek Stout (Crestview) 14
Richard Cocuzza (DSJ) 7
Tyler Schlarman (St Henry) 5
Caden Ringwald (Lincolnview) 8
Nathan Tinnerman (N. Knoxville) 15

Playing but not scoring: Brandon Wehri (Ft Jennings)

3PT: 15 (Tinnerman 3, Ringwald 2, Kemper 2, Kuhlman 2, Stout 2, Mescher, Schlarman, Cocuzza, Horstman)

East

Noah Howell (Temple Christian) 8
Jacob Rider (McComb) 2
Drew Johnson (PG) 14
Logan Schroeder (Grove) 8
Eli Phillips (PG) 14
Levi Squire (Arcadia) 6
Ethan Swaney (Ada) 4
Eric Ritter (Cory Rawson) 13
Logan Dray (Perry) 17

Playing but not scoring: Caleb Price (Arlington)

3PT: 19 (Dray 5, Johnson 4, Ritter 3, Howell 2, Schroeder 2, Squire 2, Phillips)

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Four Titans named All-WBL

Western Buckeye League Champion Ottawa Glandorf was well represented on this seasons All-WBL Girls basketball selections as the Titans nabbed four spots.

Future Bowling Green University Falcon Kadie Hempfling was named the league’s top honor of Player of the Year for the third straight season, an honor no one else has received in recent voting. With her selection this season the Titans have now captured four of the last five trophies for the conference’s top player. Last season Hempfling shared the honor with teammate Kylie White, a year after winning the award by herself as a Sophomore. Kristen Miller who plays her college ball at Indiana University East won the award for the 2013-14 season.

Hempfling who is averaging 14 points per game to go along with 9.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists was joined on the 1st Team by a pair of recent 1,000 point scorers in Defiance’s Emily Poling who will play college basketball at Ursuline University, and Elida’s Shyah Wheeler.

Also on the 1st Team squad were Bath guard Jaidyn Hale and future Ohio Northern University teammate Lexi Jacobs from Wapakoneta along with Shawnee’s Alissa Stahler.

Second team honors were bestowed upon OG sharpshooter Erin Kaufman who ranks third on her team in scoring at 8.4 points per game and was a third team selection last season in a year where she broke the schools three point record with 56. This season Kaufman, a Junior has led the Titans in scoring four times, including on Saturday night with 13 in a Sectional Finals victory over LCC.

Joining Kaufman on the second unit is Bath’s Lindsay Singhaus, Kenton’s Ellie Miller, Wapakoneta’s Sarah Pothast who just recently announced her intent to play college basketball at Edison State Community College.

The final member of the 2nd Team was St. Marys forward Makenna Mele who saved her best performance of the season for the biggest game of her Senior year where on Saturday night in the Sectional Finals at Spencerville she recorded a career high 27 points to help her Roughriders end rival Bath’s season and propel St. Marys into their first District contest in 9 seasons.

Members of the league’s 3rd Team included Ottawa Glandorf Junior and second leading scorer Ashley Schroeder, Layne Taylor from Kenton, Cassidy Meyers of Van Wert, Kennedy Replogle of Defiance, and St. Marys Sydney Cisco.

Cisco is the only girls player to ever have hit 200 plus three pointers in her career and sits just five triples away from breaking the schools single season record. The four year starter will enter this weeks District Semifinals at Paulding as the Riders 9th all-time leading scorer and just 35 points away from being the 9th member of the programs 1,000 point club.

Honorable Mention nods went to OG Junior Paige Sutter (4.7 ppg, 3.3 reb), Celina’s leading scorer Lauren Jackson, Defiance’s Morgan Wityk, Abby Jackson of Van Wert, Lauren Cisco from St. Marys, Bette Andrews of Bath, Ijah Austin from Shawnee, Amira Freeman of Elida, Kori Barrett from Kenton, and Makenzie Wilson representing Wapakoneta.

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Riders advance to finals

SPENCERVILLE, OH – St. Marys was unable count on their biggest weapon in the three pointer on Tuesday night but kept fighting and found a way to defeat Shawnee for the second time this season by a 38-34 margin and send the Indians into the offseason.

In the first quarter the Roughriders were held to just one basket, a Makenna Mele make with 1:53 to go in the opening stanza but connected on 3/6 from the line to find themselves down just 7-5 after the opening eight minutes.

Shawnee standout Alissa Stahler connected on 11 of her game high 17 points in the first half but was held relatively in check in the second half by a ferocious St. Marys defense.

Jill Schmitmeyer who led the Riders on the boards with 7 caroms for the contest tossed in all 6 of her points in the second period and even hit the free throw that tied the game at 17 all just moments before the break. On the evening Schmitmeyer would be a repeated pest for the Shawnee offense as she stepped into the Indian passing lanes and pilfered a handful of passes to set up her own teams scores.

Through the first half neither team was able to connect on a shot from outside, but in the games penultimate period it was the nights designated visitors who struck from downtown first and second behind the duo of Madison Peterman and Eliyana Floyd.

Three Roughriders in Mele, Sydney Cisco, and Lauren Cisco pushed the game into the fourth quarter tied at 25-25 as they each dumped in one or two buckets from inside the arc for their squad.

As she had done earlier on, Stahler put up a pair of made baskets off of offensive rebounds but was forced to become a spectator nearly half way through the final quarter when she picked up her fifth foul.

Free throw shooting and one timely three pointer by St. Marys 9th highest all-time scorer Sydney Cisco put the Riders up for good late in the ball game as she hit on 5/6 in the final period to help secure the victory and sectional finals date on Saturday night.

Shawnee sees their season come to an end at 11-12 as well as the career of their longtime head coach Jeff Heistan with the loss to St. Marys for the second time in four seasons inside the Walk-In Closet at Spencerville.

With the win the Roughriders senior class moves to 48-47 overall, and 10-13 on the year. St. Marys will travel back up Route 66 on Saturday for a battle with WBL mate Bath at 6pm.

Scoring:

St. Marys (38):

Sydney Cisco 11
Makenna Mele 13
Lauren Cisco 6
Jill Schmitmeyer 6
Haley Felver 2

FG: 13/49
3PT: 1/12 (S. Cisco)
FT: 11/20
REB: 28
TO: 14

Shawnee (34):

Samya Wright 2
Madison Peterman 3
Alissa Stahler 17
Tessa Jordan 4
Eliyana Floyd 8

FG: 13/46
3PT: 2/14 (Ma. Peterman, Floyd)
FT: 6/8
REB: 37
TO: 23

Game 2: Elida defeats Van Wert 61-44 and will face Defiance on Saturday

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OG remains unbeaten with win over St. Marys

OTTAWA, OH – A strong team performance from multiple players and a career high 15 points from Ashley Schroeder helped keep the OG Titans unbeaten Thursday night as they handed visiting St. Marys their third straight loss on the season.

With their 71-35 win over the visiting Roughriders the Titans notched their eighth straight win in the series which represents the most by either school in their 44 meetings.

Kadie Hempfling, the reigning two-time WBL Player of the Year had a big night for the Titans as she pushed across eight of her 14 points in the first period to help her team take a 12-0 lead midway through the opening stanza. On the evening the future Bowling Green State University Falcon would tally 11 rebounds and hand out 7 assists in the victory for OGHS.

St. Marys first points of the ballgame came with 3:11 left in the first quarter from the hands of sophomore Ally Will who was able to connect from behind the arc to pull the Riders within 12-3 of the hosts. Sydney Cisco added a basket late in the period for St. Marys as well but found her squad trailing OG 18-5 when the opening eight minutes fell off the scoreboard.

Senior Makenna Mele had a strong second quarter for the Roughriders as she snagged a handful of rebounds on the offensive end and was able to get Hempfling sent to the bench with a pair of fouls for Ottawa Glandorf by getting herself to the free throw line. Mele finished the first half by hitting 3 of 4 from the line in addition to adding a pair of two-point baskets for 7 of her 9 markers on the evening.

Ottawa Glandorf surged out to a 35-18 lead at the end of the first half behind a trio of players in Kelsey Erford, Brianna Schimmoeller, and Kasey Ellerbrock who all connected with a three pointer. Junior post and first year starter Paige Sutter chipped in for the Titans offense on the boards and with all eight of her points in the opening two quarters to help OG build their advantage as well.

Despite being held to just seven points on the evening by a hounding OG defense that forced 25 Rider turnovers, Sydney Cisco connected on a three pointer in the third period and tossed in five of her points to help keep the St. Marys offense moving.

Before being injured in the middle of the games penultimate stanza it was Rider senior Madi Howell who paired a set of rebounds with points to help keep her team within striking distance of OG. Just as they had done in the opening half, the Titans turned to the three ball in the third period to up their advantage when Ashley Schroeder and Mackenzie Meyer connected to make it a 53-29 OG score after three periods.

Off of a pair of outlets from Hempfling in the opening moments of the final stanza Schroeder struck for two of her three baskets in the final period to help break her previous career high of 14 points set most recently in the Titans last game against Elida a week ago.

Eleven players found themselves in the scorebook for OG, led by Schroeder with 15. The 71 points scored by the Titans are the most by either team in the series since a 2015 meeting when OG defeated the Riders 76-46.

St. Marys (3-4, 0-2) was led by Makenna Mele who tallied 9 points on the evening to go with a handful of rebounds. The Roughriders are off until next Thursday night, December 21st when they welcome Sidney to town for a non-league battle.

OG has now won 15 straight home games and are 35-2 in the last three years at the Supreme Court. The Titans will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when they welcome Arlington to town for a 1:30pm varsity start that can be heard live on WZOQ Radio.

Scoring:

OG (71):
Ashley Schroeder 15
Kelsey Erford 5
Erin Kaufman 2
Mackenzie Meyer 7
Brianna Schimmoeller 9
Kasey Ellerbrock 6
Jayla Balbaugh 2
Peyton Warnecke 1
Kadie Hempfling 14
Paige Sutter 8
Mylee Utrup 2

FT: 5/8
3PT: 6 (Ellerbrock 2, Schroeder, Erford, Schimmoeller, Meyer)
TO: 14

St. Marys (35):
Carly Caywood 2
Ally Will 7
Clare Caywood 2
Sydney Cisco 7
Makenna Mele 9
Lauren Cisco 2
Madi Howell 6

FT: 3/10
3PT: 2 (Will, S. Cisco)
TO: 25

JV: Ottawa Glandorf 50-20

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Redskins move to 3-0

ST. MARYS, OH – Despite not scoring for a nearly 6 minute span between the third and fourth quarters the St. Henry Redskins downed the St. Marys Roughriders 43-32 Friday night in non-league action at the Horseshoe.

St. Marys senior Drew Jacobs opened the scoring for the home squad as his marker put the Riders on top 2-0 early. The WBL members lead would prove to be short lived unfortunately as it would mark his teams only points of the first period. A pair of three pointers for the Redskins from Curtis Ulenhake and Ryan Luttmer coupled with an 0-8 shooting performance by St. Marys would give the visitors a 10-2 lead at the end of the opening stanza.

In the second quarter it was Luttmer again who cashed in from beyond the arc, this time joined by junior Ethan Thieman from deep to help engineer a 14 point quarter to give St. Henry a 24-13 lead heading into the break.

With strong quarter performances both offensively and defensively in the third quarter, the Roughriders pulled to within 29-22 at the next stoppage. Sam Young who finished the night with 7 points connected on a three pointer and a shot from inside the arc to help pull the Redskins lead back into double digits for St. Marys. For their part the visitors were held to just one made basket from the field, a three point goal by Luttmer to go along with a pair of free throws made by sophomore Caden Niekamp.

The final eight minutes of the contest saw a slow down between the two teams and a pair of big performances by St. Henry senior Tyler Schlarman and St. Marys senior Austin Wilker.

Schlarman who entered the contest through the first weekend of the season averaging 19 points per game was held to just 11 and picked up an intentional foul call late in the game exploded in the fourth quarter offensively for 7 of his markers.

Wilker would finish the night with a total of 8 points, but 6 in the final period. On the evening the 6’2 Wilker would help his team with the clock stopped as he connected on 6/6 from the free throw line.

St. Henry moves to 3-0 on the season and will be back in action on Saturday night as they travel to Lima to take on another Western Buckeye League squad in Shawnee.

St. Marys is now 0-3 on the year and has dropped 11 straight games dating back to last season. The Roughriders will welcome New Bremen to town for another WBL vs MAC showdown Saturday night before they begin conference play next Friday night at home against Ottawa Glandorf.

Scoring:

St. Henry (43):

Curtis Ulenhake 6
Ryan Luttmer 11
Ryan Bruening 2
Tyler Schlarman 11
Parker Link 4
Ethan Thieman 3
Caden Niekamp 6

FG: 14/33
FT: 9/16
3PT: 6/18 (Luttmer 3, Ulenhake 2, Thieman)
REB: 23 (Huelskamp 6)
TO: 10

St. Marys (32):
Braeden Dunlap 6
Sam Young 7
Austin Wilker 8
Ethan Mielke 3
Drew Jacobs 8

FG: 11/43
FT: 8/10
3PT: 2/13 (Young, E. Mielke)
REB: 30 (Dunlap 10)
TO: 13

JV: St.Henry 65-32

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Riders stave off Rangers

NEW KNOXVILLE, OH – The old adage of free throws win games was never more evident than it was at New Knoxville Thursday night when with just 5.9 seconds remaining, St. Marys senior Sydney Cisco connected on two from the line to give her team a 53-51 road victory in non-league action.

The charity tosses capped off a huge night for Cisco as it represented the last two of her game high 27 markers. Overall on the evening every point Cisco would be responsible for would come from either the free throw line where she finished 11 of 12, or from behind the arc where she hit on 5 of the 6 St. Marys three point goals.

The first nearly three minutes of the contest featured no score from either side. New Knoxville’s Tayler Doty gave the Rangers their first and only lead at 1-0 with 5:02 remaining in the opening quarter until midway through the third period when she connected on one of her to free throw attempts.

Foul trouble would find itself as a big key to the outcome of the contest and began to manifest itself when St. Marys senior Makenna Mele picked up her second foul in the first half and was forced to become a spectator until the beginning of the third stanza.

5’10 senior Madi Howell, playing with four guards for Riders coach Jon Burke and in place of Mele paced her teams inside game with a solid first half as she scored 8 of her 14 points in that time to help give St. Marys a 14-12 lead after the first quarter and a 24-20 halftime advantage.

New Knoxville sophomore Megan Jurosic put the Rangers on top of St. Marys at 31-30 with 3:16 to go for the first time since the first quarter connected on one of her two charity tosses. Not to be outmatched however, the Roughriders stormed back in to the lead at the 1:51 mark remaining in the stanza when Cisco hit on two of two from the line for her only points in the quarter to make it a 34-33 ballgame.

In the fourth quarter with the game beginning to grind down through the final handful of minutes each team would lose key players as the Rangers would be forced to part with Jurosic and junior sharpshooter Erin Scott. St. Marys post duo of Mele and Howell were both casualties of the number of fouls called as well as they were sent to the bench in the final minutes as well.

Following a basket by New Knoxville to tie the contest at 51-51 and a turnover by the Roughriders, Sydney Cisco stole a pass and then was fouled to set up the games winning charity tosses. New Knoxville ended with the basketball and one last opportunity out of the ensuing timeout but were unable to connect from deep for the win and saw their record fall to 1-2 on the season while St. Marys improved to 2-1 on the year with the victory. As a team the Roughriders helped their own cause in the win as they went 21/28 from the line.

Sydney Cisco led all scorers with 27 points and was joined in double figures for St. Marys by Madi Howell who tossed in 14. The Rangers ended the night with 3 in double figures led by Jurosic’s 17 points while teammates Tayler Doty and Morgan Leffel each ended the contest with 10.

Scoring:

St. Marys (53):
Ally Will 2
Sydney Cisco 27
Makenna Mele 4
Lauren Cisco 3
Jill Schmitmeyer 3
Madi Howell 14

FG: 13/41
FT: 21/28
3s: 6/12 (S. Cisco 5, L. Cisco)

New Knoxville (51):
Tasia Lauth 6
Tayler Doty 10
Morgan Leffel 10
Erin Scott 8
Megan Jurosic 17

FG: 19/42
FT: 10/16
3s: 2/8 (E. Scott 2)

JV: 19-12 New Knoxville (2 quarters)

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6 Riders named All-Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH – Following a successful season that included a trip to the playoffs and an unbeaten Western Buckeye League championship run, 6 St. Marys Roughriders were named to the Division 4 All-Ohio teams on Monday afternoon by the OPSWA.

First team selections went to offensive lineman Garrett Lauth and defensive lineman Reed Aller.

Lauth, a 6’2, 310 pound senior offensive lineman and multi-year starter on the front line for coach Doug Frye helped lead a Roughrider rushing attack that finished as the best in the WBL with a 323.9 per game average. In addition to his All-Ohio honors, Lauth was voted this season as the conference lineman of the year and a first team Northwest District pick.

Defensive lineman Reed Aller, a 6’1/245 pound senior and returning letter winner for the Riders ended the season with 55 tackles and was named as the WBL and Northwest District’s lineman of the year before being named 1st team All-Ohio this afternoon and was a key member of a defense that surrendered just 14 points to opponents during the last month of the regular season on their way to posting a trio of shutouts.

3rd team mentions went to runningback Sean Perry and linebacker Jackson Harris, a pair of dynamic players that helped the Riders to back to back playoff appearances.

Perry, a 5’10/170 pound junior was a 1st team Western Buckeye League pick and led the St. Marys rushing attack this season as he finished with 1,210 yards and 9 touchdowns. Catching the ball the elusive Perry finished second on the team in receiving with 87 yards and a touchdown. Nearly never leaving the field, Perry finished with 114 tackles and 3 interceptions in addition to nearly 500 return yards on special teams and an 87 yard return for touchdown as well.

Jackson Harris finished his career at St. Marys with back to back 100+ tackling seasons, including a team high 137 this season. The 6’3/195 pound senior was an integral part of a Riders defensive unit that ended the season surrendering 18.6 per contest in their 12 games this season and was also a 1st team selection at linebacker in the WBL.

Honorable Mention All-Ohio honors were given out to a pair of Riders as kicker Gabe Vandever and defensive lineman Austin Giesige picked up the nods.

Vandever, the 5’10/155 pound junior record setting kicker finished the year as one of the top scorers in the Western Buckeye League and broke a handful of school records on the way. During the course of the season Vandever connected on a school record 50 straight extra point attempts and 71 consecutive overall dating back to his sophomore season before his streak was snapped. Not only did he eclipse the schools career total for extra points but Vandever is also the St. Marys leader in all-time field goal makes heading into his senior season next August when the Riders return to the field.

Austin Giesige, a 6’1/215 pound senior finished his final high school season with 77 tackles. Giesige who started and earned all-league accolades at linebacker as a junior was moved to the defensive line this season where he utilized his speed on the front line to help keep opponents at bay and flourished at the new role as he helped keep opponents to just 3.9 yards per rushing attempt on the year.

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Whippets end Riders run

MARION, OH – Minnesota bound Shelby QB Brennan Armstrong’s strong second half led his Whippets not only to 12-0 for the first time in school history, but also into the Regional Finals next weekend as they defeated St. Marys 47-7.

Shelby possessed the football five times in the second half and saw four of those drives end the exact same way, with Armstrong in the endzone for a score. Touchdown runs of 32, 2, 3, and finally 36 yards put the finishing touches on a final two quarters in which the Whippets also forced a trio of Roughrider turnovers in accomplishing their twelfth running clock in as many games played.

Armstrong and tailback Devon “Shorty” Brooks led an offense that rolled up 404 yards on the ground while holding the Western Buckeye League Champions and leading ground gainers on the season to just 160 yards on 48 rushes of the football.

In the first half of the contest the visiting Roughriders were forced to punt away the football on four occasions and saw another end in a missed field goal attempt.

One positive for St. Marys came with 4:50 remaining in the second quarter but down 20-0 when Bo Kuenning picked off an Armstrong toss at the Shelby 38 yard line and returned it to his opponents 11. Following a trio of rushes from Ty Schlosser that resulted in ten yards and a first down the Roughriders turned to their own QB Colin Clements who rushed in from a yard out to cut the Shelby lead to 20-7 with 3:27 remaining in the half.

After a pair of first down pick ups from the Whippets offense, the Roughriders picked off another errant Armstrong pass as this time around Braeden Dunlap nabbed the football at his teams 10. Unfortunately for St. Marys fans however the Roughriders were unable to move the football past the midfield stripe and saw the half come to an end with no further scoring on their teams part.

Despite being the first team to hold the Whippets from beginning the second half with a running clock this season, the Roughriders finish their season with a loss and at 10-2 overall.

Offensively the St. Marys offense was led by junior and 1st team WBL pick Sean Perry who carried 16 times for 80 yards, but was relatively held in check outside of a 21 yard scamper for a first down against a strong Whippets defense.

For Shelby it was Devon Brooks who led the rushing attack with 210 yards on 15 carries and a score while Armstrong who was held to just 46 yards passing and a score on 3/11 rushed for 4 touchdowns and 173 yards on 21 rushes, mostly out of the shotgun on zone read option plays.

With the win the Whippets will move on to the Regional Finals to take on a Bellevue squad they defeated 46-0 earlier this season next weekend at a site to be determined.

Though their season might have come to an end on Friday night the Roughriders finished the season with 430 points scored which is good for 5th best in school history in a single season and with a second straight Western Buckeye League Championship in their possession which includes their first unbeaten league mark since 1993.

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St. Marys rolls past Highland into Week 12

ST. MARYS, OH – For the second straight year the St. Marys Roughriders earned a home playoff game based on the strength of their regular season, and for the second straight year the Riders thumped their Week 11 opponent in said game.

Behind 41 first half points and a dominating defensive effort St. Marys rolled through the running clock to a 48-8 opening round victory Friday night in what could possibly be their last home game at Skip Baughman Stadium by downing visiting Highland.

After failing to score on their opening possession, the Roughrider offense wasted no time on their second chance with the football and pushed ahead for good at 7-0 when Junior Sean Perry scampered 9 yards virtually untouched into the endzone with 3:29 remaining in the opening quarter to give his team the first points of the contest.

In what would come to be a precursor to the rest of his night, Drew Jacobs picked off a Highland pass and set his team up at the Fighting Scots 38 yard line. Following a pair of touches by Ty Schlosser that resulted in a first down, QB Colin Clements tossed a 52 yard scoring strike to Braeden Dunlap to push the St. Marys lead to 14-0.

Highland’s next possession began with great field position at the Roughrider 47 thanks to a big kick return but got stopped almost as soon as it got started as they were unable to pick up a fourth down conversion and were forced to give the ball back to the home squad at their 32 midway through the second stanza.

Over the course of 2:08 the top ranked offense in the Western Buckeye League marched 62 yards to put themselves ahead by a trio of scores as Dunlap this time did the work himself on the ground and scored his third rushing touchdown of the season with an 11 yard jaunt.

Drew Jacobs second of three interceptions on the evening put a stop to another Highland drive just two plays after it got started once the defensive unit found its way back to the field and gave St. Marys the football at their opponents 22 yard line with 5:53 left in the opening half.

Entering Friday nights game St. Marys TE Wyatt Barhorst had caught just a pair of passes in his career for 14 yards. On Friday night Barhorst got his first of two opportunities to celebrate a touchdown reception as he caught a laser from Colin Clements to push his team ahead by a 28-0 margin from 19 yards out for his first career score.

Starting their next drive after forcing another Scots punt the Riders again wasted no time putting points on the board as Dunlap rushed in from 30 yards out for a score to run the lead to 34-0 with 4:40 remaining in the half.

Perhaps the only thing to go wrong in the first half for St. Marys followed immediately after the touchdown as kicker Gabe Vandever who had connected on a school record 71 consecutive extra points in his career and 50 straight on the season missed right on his 5th attempt of the evening.

The final score of the first half for St. Marys came with just :20 left before the halftime break when Barhorst caught his second touchdown pass of the night, a 25 yard tally on a fake field goal and pass from Clements. In scoring his second receiving effort of the night, Barhorst became the 12th Roughrider to have accomplished that feat in a single game and sent his troops into the locker room up 41-0.

Behind a running clock in the second half both teams were forced to pick up the tempo of their offenses which had already been in high gear pace wise in the opening two quarters.

Having picked up just 56 yards on 27 plays in the first half the Scots were looking to get things going their way in the third quarter but saw their time with the ball be short lived as Christian Triplett picked up a fumble at their 35 for St. Marys.

Three plays is all it took for Dunlap to strike again, this time from 25 yards away and provide the last Roughriders score at the 7:31 mark of the third period.

An overthrown pass by Highland QB Reese Weissenfluh found its way to the waiting arms of Jacobs again with 4:29 remaining in the third quarter and gave the Riders the ball at their own 5 and put a stop to the Scots deepest drive of the contest to that point.

With 19.9 seconds remaining the Roughriders chances of posting their first playoff shutout since 1993 when they blanked Uniontown Lake to win the State Championship came to an end when Weissenfluh raced in from 11 yards out for just his second rushing touchdown of the season. Brody Matthews added the two point conversion for Highland before time ran out in the contest to make the final score 48-8 St. Marys.

Highland, who finished as KMAC Champions this season sees their 2017 campaign come to an end at 8-3 in the first playoff appearance since the 2010.

St. Marys (10-1) has won 10 straight games and 7 straight now at Skip Baughman Stadium dating back to last seasons 42-8 opening round playoff win over Dayton Belmont. The Roughriders will move on to week 12 to do battle with the 11-0 Shelby Whippets and Minnesota bound signal caller Brennan Armstrong on Friday night at 7:30pm at Marion Harding High School.

Braeden Dunlap led the St. Marys rushing attack with his first 100 plus yard effort of the season as he finished with 10 carries for 107 yards and a pair of scores. Sean Perry picked up 72 yards and a touchdown as well. In all the Roughriders rushed 38 times for 252 yards while using three players tossing passes that finished 5/10 for 124 yards and three scoring efforts in the victory.

Historical note: Heading into Week 12 this years team has scored 423 points which puts them as the 5th highest scoring offense in school history by points scored.

By connecting on 6/7 extra points on the night, Gabe Vandever broke the schools all-time extra points record previously held by Jeff Hughes with 119 successful attempts. Vandever has now hit on 124 in his career heading into next weekends contest with Shelby.

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Riders roll by Wapak to finish 9-0 in WBL

WAPAKONETA, OH – For the first time since 1993 and the first time ever under head coach Doug Frye the St. Marys Roughriders finished their Western Buckeye League season undefeated at 9-0 with a 10-0 shutout win over rival Wapak on Friday night.

On a rainy and miserable night both teams started off slow offensively until St. Marys second possession of the first half when the Roughriders started at the Wapak 44. With 4:03 remaining in the opening quarter the visitors punched in the only touchdown of the contest when tailback Sean Perry scampered off the right end and into the endzone from 13 yards away to put his squad on top 6-0 before a Gabe Vandever extra point pushed the lead to 7-0 Roughriders.

A trio of punts and a turnover on downs gave St. Marys control of the football at their own 25 with 8:48 remaining in the opening half of play. On the 19th play of the drive the Roughriders would be forced to turn the ball over on downs as Perry, who carried the ball 14 times on the drive was stopped near the goal line on his attempt to push the lead to a two score advantage.

Leading 7-0 at the halftime break the Riders would begin the third quarter with the football and add the games only other score, a 20 yard field goal by Vandever to cap off a 13 play drive that emanated from their 30 and gave their fans a 10-0 lead to cheer for.

Defense was the word of the day in the second half as each team would stop the other from putting anything in the scoring column for the rest of the contest.

Wapak’s best chance to dent the score column came early in the 4th quarter as they utilized a 25 play drive that began at their own 4 yard line with 10:41 and ended near the Roughrider 15 when Blake Kanorr snagged a Brady Erb pass out of the air and gave his team a chance to run out the clock with 2:13 remaining in the game.

After being forced to punt away the football with just 1:48 remaining when they were unable to pick up 10 yards on their three plays, the Roughriders ended the Wapak hopes of winning as Sean Perry jumped in front of an intended Wapak target in the endzone and came away with the game clinching interception that allowed his team to take a knee and run out the final :33 of the win.

With the loss, Wapak will finish the season at 6-4 overall, and 6-3 in Western Buckeye League play. According to Joe Eitel projections the Redskins will miss the playoffs for the first time under 4th year head coach Travis Moyer.

St. Marys (9-1, 9-0) according to Joe Eitel D4R14 projections will be at home for Week 11 and play host to a yet to be determined team.

The Roughriders shutout of Wapak is their 27th in their 114 meetings and the first of the Redskins since a 13-0 win in 2001 at Wapakoneta.

Leading St. Marys offensively was Sean Perry who carried the football 28 times for a game high 153 yards and the games lone touchdown. Overall the Roughriders rushed 60 times for 258 yards while holding Wapak to just 104 yards on 35 carries, and 198 yards total.

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