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Riders shutout Cats

ST. MARYS, OH – A dominating effort on both sides of the football Friday night not only gave the St. Marys Roughriders their 6th win of the season it also kept them unbeaten and atop the Western Buckeye League as the lone unblemished squad.

Despite not scoring on their opening drive of their 49-0 win when a fourth down screen pass resulted in a loss and a turnover on downs, the Roughriders would score on each of the rest of their three offensive drives in the first half and lead into the break 35-0.

Sean Perry got the scoring started for St. Marys following a turnover on downs by visiting Bath as he rushed in 34 yards and into the endzone for his lone score of the ballgame to make it 7-0 in his teams favor with 2:55 in the first period remaining.

Two plays on their second possession were both fumbles for Bath, but it was the second one of the two that was the most costly for the Wildcats as Braeden Dunlap scooped and scored from 15 yards away to run the lead to 14-0 St. Marys just 41 seconds after the Perry score.

71 yards on on 12 plays came to an end with another St. Marys score at the 9:21 mark of the second quarter when Dunlap did the damage again, this time on the offensive end as he raced to the outside and in for a score from 15 yards away to put the Riders on top 21-0.

After forcing their second turnover on downs of the opening two quarters the Roughriders offense went back to work with a short field, this time starting at the Bath 40 and picked up a pair of first downs before Bo Kuenning thundered in for a 7 yard touchdown that put the hosts on top 28-0 with 3:01 remaining in the opening half.

Another quick ending to a Bath offensive possession gave the Roughriders a short field to work with and ended with a quick score, this time a 9 yard touchdown run by Shannon Fowler to give the WBL leaders a 35-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

On the second play of the second half Bath backup QB Devon Kinyon who was thrust into action late in the second period when starter Kobe Burchett was knocked out of the game had his pass batted into the air and pilfered by St. Marys linebacker Christian Triplett who promptly returned it for a 25 yard score to continue the Rider onslaught and run the score to 42-0.

With the game quickly rounding down due to the running clock rule in a 30 plus point differential the two teams would trade a quartet of punts and a turnover on downs by Bath when Kinyon was sacked by the Riders on fourth down before the young players for St. Marys added the games final marker.

Starting from the Bath 40 the new look St. Marys offense led by QB Kurt Bubp pushed seven more points onto the left column of the scoreboard as 5’11, 160 pound Freshman rusher Hunter Fraley rushed in from 5 yards out and Parker Enoch added the extra point for good measure to close the scoring and the contest with a 49-0 Roughrider victory.

Offensively Bath (1-6, 0-6) accumulated just 37 total yards with 8 of those coming on the ground on 29 carries. The Wildcats will travel to take the Van Wert Cougars next Friday night seeking to end their 6 game losing streak since beating Allen East 19-9 to open the season.

St. Marys (6-1, 6-0) was led in rushing by Sean Perry who finished with 61 yards on the ground and also added a touchdown on the evening. Rushing the football as a team the Roughriders rushed 36 times for 241 yards and finished with a 266-37 advantage in total offensive yardage.

Next week the Riders will travel across Grand Lake to take on their rivals the Celina Bulldogs. With a win St. Marys will lock up at least a share of their second consecutive Western Buckeye League championship and 27th overall.

As of 1 A.M. Saturday Joe Eitel has the Roughriders listed as the 3rd highest computer point total in Division 4 Region 14 that can be found here: D4R14 Computer Rankings

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Riders stay perfect in WBL, blast Bulldogs

ST. MARYS, OH – Heading into Friday night’s WBL matchup with Elida, St. Marys mentor Doug Frye had never lost to the Bulldogs in his career as the head coach of St. Marys. Following Friday night’s game Doug Frye has still not lost to Elida in his career with the Riders as he moved to a personal mark of 15-0 with his teams 63-21 victory that keeps his team as the WBL’s lone unbeaten at 5-0 in league tilts.

A blue and gold offensive bonanza began on the first drive of the contest as the home squad moved 80 yards in 5:44 and into a lead they would never relinquish when Sean Perry blazed down the sideline for a 26 yard score and the first of his two scores on the evening to make it 7-0 St. Marys.

Points weren’t just coming from the offense in the sixth game of the year for the Riders, they came just as quickly on Elida’s first possession from the St. Marys defense when Jackson Harris pilfered an Isaac McAdams pass out of the air and rumbled 45 yards to push his team on top 14-0 with 4:14 left in the opening stanza.

Elida pulled to within 14-7 on their second possession of the game when McAdams was able to dive into the endzone to cap off a 12 play 79 yard drive with 1:53 but again their joy would be short lived as the Roughriders would quickly give themselves back a two score lead just moments later.

Following a kick return to the Elida 40 the Riders raced into the endzone behind the trio of Braeden Dunlap, Shannon Fowler, and ultimately Sean Perry who ended the three minute drive with a 5 yard score to run the score to 21-7 St. Marys.

Not to be outdone by the ball control of their opponents the Bulldogs ensuing drive covered 17 plays and six minutes before the WBL’s leading passer McAdams connected with Xavier Gilkey on a two yard score to pull Elida back to within seven points at 21-14 with 5:07 to go in the opening half.

Ty Schlosser’s first of four touchdown runs on the night came on a 4th down and 1 to go play at the Elida 5 when he rushed off right tackle and into the Elida endzone to finish off a 4:30 drive and give the Riders a 28-14 halftime advantage.

With Elida forced to punt away their opening possession of the second half the Roughriders ripped off another quick three minute drive and topped it up with Schlosser’s second touchdown, this time an 8 yard jaunt to push the score out to 35-14 St. Marys with 7:21 left in the games penultimate quarter.

Two straight turnover on downs on failed fourth down attempts gave St. Marys 14 more points on their next two drives as Schlosser rushed in for his third and fourth scores on the ground of the evening to give his team a 49-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. In scoring his fourth rushing touchdown of the night Schlosser equaled teammate Bo Kuenning as the only players this season to hit that mark for St. Marys.

Down to the final 9:39 of the contest the Riders began their fourth drive of the second half at the Elida 27 and utilized just a single rush from Shannon Fowler before his backfield mate Ty Howell ran for his first score of the season, a 25 yard journey that pushed his squad ahead 56-14.

Eddie Fowler’s first career touchdown run with 2:48 left in the fourth quarter gave the home team a reason to celebrate Homecoming weekend early as it topped off a 63-14 advantage for the blue and gold.

Despite being down big on the scoreboard it was the Bulldogs youngsters who picked up the games final score when freshman QB Carter Harsh scored from a yard out to provide the final points of a 63-21 win for St. Marys.

Elida sees their season record fall to 4-2 overall, and 3-2 in WBL play. The Bulldogs will next play host to Van Wert next Friday night.

St. Marys (5-1, 5-0) will entertain the Bath Wildcats next Friday night and look to keep their position at the top of the league in tact and unblemished.

Despite kicking eight extra points on the night following St. Marys touchdowns, Junior kicker Gabe Vandever came up just one XP short of tying the school record of 9 in a game set by Tom Waller against Shawnee in 1983.

In the first half the Roughriders were outgained by Elida 212-200 in total yards, but the second half saw a reversal of that stat as St. Marys finished the final two quarters by outgaining the visitors 271-59.

Offensively St. Marys was led on the ground by Sean Perry who rushed 21 times for 161 yards. Shannon Fowler finished with 96 yards on 9 totes of the football.

As of late Friday night according to Joe Eitel the Roughriders have moved up a spot from 4th to 3rd in Division 4’s Region 14 top 8 playoff chase: D4R14

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Kuenning, rushing attack pushes Riders past Van Wert

ST. MARYS, OH – St. Marys both started and finished with an offensive flurry as they raced paced visiting Van Wert and into the drivers seat in the Western Buckeye League with a 50-34 Week 3 victory Friday night.

Just as the schools all-time leading rusher Koby Frye had done nearly a decade ago on the night he broke the top rushing mark, Bo Kuenning stamped his name in Roughrider lore against the Cougars as he rushed for four touchdowns in helping his team to victory.

Kuenning’s first touchdown of the night put his squad on top for good where they would remain for the evening as he bullied his way in from three yards out on the opening drive of the contest and capped off a six play, 61 yard drive to make the game 7-0 in favor of St. Marys.

Early in the second quarter and beginning from the Cougars 49 the Riders again wasted no time as Sean Perry, Braeden Dunlap, Shannon Fowler and eventually Kuenning himself pushed their teams lead to 14-0 on his second score of the night.

Following defensive lineman Blake Kanorr’s first career interception the Riders only miscue of the night on special teams came when they attempted to add a field goal to their tally, only to see the kick from Gabe Vandever doink off the left upright with 7:06 left in the opening half.

Starting at their own 20 yard line the Riders fifth drive of the opening two periods ended just as their first and third had done, with a Kuenning score, this time from a yard out to push Doug Frye’s crew ahead by 21 late in the half.

Van Wert’s lone score of the half, on their ensuing possession and starting at the St. Marys seven was set up by a Jacoby Kelly kickoff return of 70 yards. Two plays and a penalty after it began the Cougars first scoring drive came to a quick fruitful ending when Nate Place’s pass found it’s way into the waiting arms of Drew Bagley.

For the final score of the first half the Riders utilized a pair of runs by the Western Buckeye League’s all-purpose yardage leader Braeden Dunlap totaling 61 yards before Kuenning topped thundered over a Cougar linebacker to push the home lead to 28-7 near the halftime break. In total the Roughriders carried the ball 39 times in the opening 24 minutes of play for 270 yards.

At times the second half resembled an arena league football game with its fast paced offensive outbursts more than a high school football contest and began with Van Wert getting on the board on the third period’s opening drive with Place tossing his second touchdown of the night, an 11 yard strike to Tanner Barnhart that pulled the Cougars close at 28-14.

A series of mistakes and a punt in which punter Trey Fisher was buried by a trio of Van Wert defenders put the ball first and ten at the Riders 21. Place, the WBL’s leading touchdown rusher picked up his 5th ground score of the season to pull his troops to within 8 but saw the ensuing extra point attempt knocked away by St. Marys defender Reed Aller who burst through the line and timed his dive perfectly.

Two weeks in a row the St. Marys special teams have answered a score by an opponent with a score. Last weekend Dunlap broke the hearts of Ottawa Glandorf by returning a kick 91 yards early in the fourth, this week the honor against the Cougars belonged to Perry who scampered 87 yards to push the Riders lead back to double digits at 35-20.

Not ones to back down from an opponent score, the Cougars used just two plays to respond themselves as the duo of Place and Barnhart hooked up once again, this time from 63 yards out to make the score 35-26 after kicker Jake Lautzenheiser missed the extra point.

The fourth play of the following St. Marys drive looked a lot like the first play of the game as tailback Shannon Fowler sprinted 43 yards past the defense attempting to tackle him for a score. Fowler would also rush in on the two-point conversion to give the Riders a 43-26 advantage with 4:57 to go in the games penultimate stanza.

Starting with 3:19 left in the third quarter and from their own 37 the home team found themselves on a path the program has been known for, a long game breaking drive culminating in a score. Colin Clements QB sneak from a yard out touched off a 12 play drive and finished at the 9:19 mark of the fourth period with the scoreboard flashing 50-26 St. Marys.

Despite being sacked by Kuenning and Aller early on in the drive, Cougars signal caller Nate Place rebounded late in the same drive as he tossed a 15 yard pass in the back corner to Storm Pierce for a score. James Aquaviva, the WBL’s 9th leading rusher entering play was successful on the two-point conversion to get his team within 50-34 with 6:13 remaining.

Just as they had done on their previous drive the Roughriders took time off the Skip Baughman Stadium clock in bunches as they utilized carries by Fowler, Clements and Ty Schlosser to get inside the Van Wert five and milk the time off until the game reached the final whistle.

Not only did Van Wert (2-1, 1-1) see their unblemished record suffer its first setback, but the Cougars who ended a 10 game WBL losing streak last week by beating Wapakoneta 26-20 saw their losing streak against St. Marys move to four straight.

St. Marys (2-1, 2-0) was led by a career high yardage output from Shannon Fowler who finished with 16 rushes for 135 yards and a touchdown run. Bo Kuenning finished with 80 yards and four scores on 19 carries and helped the Roughrider ground attack finish with 447 yards on 68 carries.

Colin Clements finished 3/4 throwing the football for 67 yards. All three completions by Clements resulted in first downs for St. Marys who picked up 25 on the evening.

Next week the Roughriders will be in action at home against Shawnee and will honor the 1990/92/93 State Championship winning squads before the game while Van Wert will battle 1-2 Ottawa Glandorf at home looking to get back on the winning track.

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Jay sets record, scores 1000th in Rider win

LEIPSIC, OH – Derek Jay’s first and fourth quarters not only helped propel his team to a 62-47 road victory over Leipsic Tuesday night, they also helped put the St. Marys fourth year starter into rare company at St. Marys.

When the night began Jay needed to score 10 points to become the fifth player in program history to reach the 1,000 point plateau, a feat he nearly accomplished in the first quarter alone where he accounted for eight of his teams 18 markers. On the second three pointer the 2nd team All-WBL selection from a year ago collected in the opening period he overtook Garet Fledderjohann for first on the all-time Roughrider three point made list with 156 for his career.

Early in the fourth quarter it was the long ball again that helped Jay achieve a bench mark as he came off a screen and connected on a triple from straight away to run his high school total to 1,001 and received a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance and a hand shake from Leipsic mentor Chris Kuhlman.

Outside of Jay who finished with a game high 22 points on the evening the Riders saw their scoring supplemented by Jacob Grannon who scored 15 of his 19 in the third and fourth quarters and helped his squad outpace the Vikings 37-23 in the second half.

Offensively the Vikings were led in scoring by Grant Schroeder who shot 6/14 from the field and 5/7 from the free throw line for a team high 17 points.

Turnovers were a big problem in the game for the home squad as they were forced into 16 turnovers by a hounding St. Marys defense that also held them to just 18/45 shooting and 0/7 from behind the three point line.

St. Marys improves their record to 2-3 overall and will be home for the first of three straight games at the Horseshoe Friday night as they welcome New Knoxville to town.

Leipsic has dropped two out of their last three contests and sees their record rest at 4-2 overall. The Vikings will entertain Pandora Gilboa on Thursday night in Blanchard Valley Conference play for their second of four straight home contests.

Box Score:

Leipsic (47):
Cole Rieman 2
Chase Dunham 4
Grant Schroeder 17
Grant Rader 2
Dylan Schroeder 14
Alec Schroeder 1
Jordan Berger 7

FG: 18/45
3PT: 0/7
FT: 11/21
REB: 30 (Berger 8)
TO: 16

St. Marys (62):
Braedan Dunlap 5
Jacob Grannan 19
Ethan Mielke 2
Drew Jacobs 6
Colin Clements 2
Sam Young 4
Derek Jay 22
Bo Kuenning 2

FG: 23/46
3PT: 6/14 (Jay 5, Grannan)
FT: 10/13
REB: 27 (Jay 8)
TO: 14

JV: Leipsic 43-34

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Redskins shoot past Riders

ST. HENRY, OH – St. Henry used the deep ball early and often Friday night at home as they defeated visiting St. Marys 65-49 to open the home portion of their basketball schedule.

The Redskins didn’t score their first basket of the game from inside the arc until the second quarter clock showed 2:17 remaining in the period when Tyler Schlarman dropped in a layup for his squad.

Mitch Schwieterman began the Redskin barrage from deep in the opening stanza as he connected on a pair from behind the arc to help St. Henry lead 10-6 at the first quarter stoppage of the game.

Despite coming off the bench for coach Eric Rosenbeck, Parker Link tossed in four of the home teams seven three pointers in the quarter and ten in the first half as part of a 28-7 run to end the first 16 minutes of play and send the game to the locker room at 38-13 St. Henry.

6’3 Senior Derek Jay scored seven points in the first half of the contest for the Roughriders and then caught fire for his team in the third quarter as he connected on a pair of shots from deep and 10 of his game high 30 to help St. Marys crawl within 17 at the end of the period.

While Jay tossed his 13 more points in the final eight minutes of play for the visitors, the home squad did their damage from the free throw line as the Redskins six players hit on 11 of their 16 attempts to wrap up the final touches of their 65-49 victory.

St. Marys (0-1) was led by Jay’s 30 points while St. Henry (2-1) saw Link finish as their high man with 19 markers. The Roughriders will be in action on Saturday night as they travel to New Bremen while the Redskins will play host to Mississinawa Valley.

Box Score:

St. Marys (49)
Braeden Dunlap 4
Jacob Grannan 2
Ethan Mielke 2
Sam Young 3
Derek Jay 30
Bo Kuenning 6
Ethan Steger 2

FG: 15/45
3PT: 5/12
FT: 14/19
REB: 14 (6 OFF)
AST: 10
STL: 12
TO: 14

St. Henry (65)
Ryan Luttmer 4
Mitch Schwieterman 17
Ryan Bruening 7
Tyler Schlarman 12
Parker Link 19
Blake Hoyng 5
Clayton Heitkamp 3

FG: 18/37
3PT: 11/20
FT: 18/28
REB: 33 (11 OFF)
AST: 15
STL: 9
TO: 21

JV: St. Henry 57-29

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Riders win first ever postseason home game

ST. MARYS, OH – The 2016 version of the St. Marys Roughriders continue to do things that haven’t been done in a long time or ever, as this week the Riders were victorious for the first time ever in the history of the program at home on the Skip Baughman grass with their 42-8 defeat of Dayton Belmont.

Having won the coin toss the Roughriders decided to take the football and test their opponents defense early on. That decision would prove to be beneficial for St. Marys as the senior tailback and the WBL’s leading rusher Eric Spicer’s first two carries moved the football from their own 36 to the Belmont 7 before Dustin Howell scored from a yard out. Howell’s touchdown run was his 8th of the season and put St. Marys ahead for good just :54 seconds into the game.

Belmont’s first offensive drive saw the Bison move from their 38 inside Riders territory thanks to a 41 yard scamper, but was short lived as a fumble found its way into the hands of defensive lineman TJ Mele at the St. Marys 6 and ended their second possession.

Following a punt and a turnover on downs for the two squads on their respective ensuing possessions the Riders put themselves ahead 14-0 on a long drive that spanned across two quarters. A timely penalty for a facemask against Belmont gave St. Marys a first down early on in the drive, and a 32 yard run from Spicer late in the drive once again pushed the Riders into the Bison redzone. A 6 yard run on third down put St. Marys at their foes 10 and then saw Spicer score his 12th rushing TD of the year with 8:46 left in the opening half.

St. Marys third score came off of a special teams miscue by Belmont on a blocked punt that was picked up by Grant Keith who promptly returned the ball a couple of yards into the endzone for the Riders first non-offensive touchdown of the season and ran the score to 21-0.

Jackson Harris’ fumble recovery at the Belmont 30 gave the Roughriders a short field that they took just :42 to turn into points, this time it was a Spicer 27 yard touchdown run for a 28-0 home team advantage 4:16 before the half.

28 points went up on the board for St. Marys in the second quarter on Saturday night and finished with 1:25 to go before the break when Dustin Howell’s second rushing touchdown of the night push their lead to 35-0 as both teams sprinted to their locker rooms.

In the first half the Roughriders rushed 24 times for a total of 204 yards.

Belmont faced two opponents in the second half in the Roughriders and the running clock. On their first possession to start the third quarter the Bison were able to move the football from their own 17 out deep into St. Marys territory on the back of a 47 yard jaunt from their tailback but were forced to give away the ball when they couldn’t complete a fourth down conversion at the St. Marys 9.

91 yards in just under eight minutes is what the Roughriders accomplished on their first drive of the second half, as they once again crossed over two quarters en route to a score. Bo Kuenning’s fourth touchdown run of the season, a 2 yard blast off left tackle pushed the St. Marys lead even further and gave the hosts a 42-0 lead with 11:06 to go.

On a drive that was started by an Eric Spicer interception, the Riders offense found themselves unable to pick up a first down with just over eight minutes to play and decided to attempt a 50 yard field goal. Despite hitting from 40 plus yards in pregame and possessing the big left leg of Seth Vorhees however the Roughriders were unable to add three more points as Vorhees kick came up short and was downed for a touchback by Belmont.

Starting from their own 20 the Bison were able to pick up not only five first downs, they were able to put up their only points of the contest when quarterback JJ Young connected on an 11 yard touchdown pass to J’Juan Briggs. A successful two point conversion run by Young himself made the final score 42-8 and secured the first home playoff win in St. Marys history.

Eric Spicer’s 175 yards on 14 carries led the way for St. Marys who racked up 332 yards on 39 carries on the evening. With the big night against the Bison, Spicer moved ahead of Mike Dzalamanow and Bo Frye into 3rd place in school history with 3,478 rushing yards for his career.

Belmont’s offense that has accounted for 330 yards per game this season picked up 296 total yards on the night. With the loss the Bison see their season and second straight playoff appearance come to an end with a 7-3 record.

St. Marys improves to 10-1 on the year and moves on to the second round of the playoffs next Saturday night where they will take on #1 seeded Franklin, a school the Riders beat for their first ever playoff victory back in 1989. The two teams will square off beginning at 7pm on Saturday night at a yet to be determined location released on Sunday afternoon by the OHSAA.

Listen live as St. Marys takes on Franklin on K94.3 FM: K94.3 FM Celina

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Titans nab WBL share

ST. MARYS, OH – Ottawa Glandorf followed their gameplan to near perfection Friday night and forced St. Marys into four turnovers in a 13-7 win that clinched a share of the WBL title for the Titans.

With the OG win over St. Marys, the Titans, Roughriders, and Wapak Redskins will each snag a piece of this seasons Western Buckeye League crown.

Jay Kaufman, OG’s 6’4 Junior signalcaller engineered the first score of the game on his squads first possession of the contest as he led his team on a 49 yard drive and finished off the score with his 20th touchdown pass of the season by hooking up with Richie Knowlton for a 27 yard score to make it 7-0 visitors.

Unlike the way the Roughriders have gone all season long as they have led the WBL in turnover differential at +15, St. Marys would commit their first turnover of the game two possessions later in the contest as Connor Niese snagged a pass from Dustin Howell and returned the ball to the Titan 44 to set his squad up.

Kicker Tristen Ball accounted for the rest of the points in the first half and helped OG stretch their halftime lead to 13-0 as he connected on a 21 and 35 yard field goal attempt.

After forcing OG into a punt on their first possession of the second half the Roughriders found themselves beginning their drive just short of mid-field at their own 49. Seven plays and 51 yards after the start of their drive, St. Marys put their only points of the game on the Skip Baughman Stadium scoreboard as Dustin Howell hooked up with Bo Kuenning on a 17 yard toss to cut the OG lead to 13-7 with 7:57 in the games penultimate period.

A pair of St. Marys fumbles would put an end to two drives in which the Roughriders found themselves driving deep into Titan territory, but neither was more costly than the one that came with under 1:30 remaining in the game that gave OG the football at their own 36 and forced St. Marys to use their timeouts in an attempt to stop their opponents from trying to run out the clock.

Ottawa Glandorf has now beaten St. Marys for seven consecutive seasons, the longest such streak in the history of the series that dates back to their first meeting in 1967.

Offensively the Titans ran 57 plays and accumulated 215 total yards on the night. Through the air Jay Kaufman connected on 14/24 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 41 yards on 23 carries on the ground.

Eric Spicer shouldered the load for St. Marys as he toted the football 27 times for 154 yards but was unable to dent the endzone in the contest. Julius Fisher rushed 15 times for 59 yards as the Riders as a team totaled 233 yards on 48 carries against one of the top defenses in the league. Through the air Senior QB Dustin Howell was 9/13 for 77 yards but was intercepted for the second time this season.

Next week both teams will find themselves in the playoffs and with home games as OG (9-1, 8-1) is currently seeded second in Division 4’s Region 14 and will host Bellevue on Friday night at Titan Stadium according to Joe Eitel (D4R14 Rankings )

St. Marys will return to the playoffs for the first time since they last shared a WBL title back in 2008, and will host just their third home game and first since 2003 as they welcome Dayton Belmont to Skip Baughman Stadium for a 7pm Saturday night kickoff that can be heard live on WKKI K94.3 FM. (D3 Region 12 rankings)

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St. Marys posts 3rd straight shutout

DEFIANCE, OH – Another week and another shutout for the St. Marys defensive record books as the Roughriders jumped on Defiance and stayed on top Friday night and cruised to a 41-0 victory. The three shutouts for St. Marys is their most consecutive since the 1982 team blanked four consecutive opponents to open the year en route to a 9-1 campaign.

Behind another dominating performance from the offensive line the Roughriders quickly raced out to a 7-0 lead on their first drive in the first quarter as Bo Kuenning sprinted past the Bulldog defenders for a 17 yard touchdown run.

Following the second of four straight punts to open the contest by the home team the Roughriders tallying another score, this time through the air when Dustin Howell fired a pass through a pair of Defiance defenders and into the waiting arms of Julius Fisher for a 12 yard score to push their squads advantage to 14-0 with 1:05 to go in the opening stanza.

St. Marys 36th rushing touchdown on the season moments later capped off a four play 62 yard drive as Fisher rumbled and sidestepped his way 43 yards into the endzone early in the second period of play to put the Riders up 21-0.

Fisher’s second touchdown run of the contest put him into a tie for first in the Western Buckeye League with teammate Eric Spicer as he bullied his way in from 9 yards out to make it 28-0 vistors at the 4:59 mark of the quarter.

With everything seemingly going their way following the fifth consecutive punt of the game by their opponents, St. Marys added their final tally of the first half when Grant Keith recovered a Dustin Howell fumble in the endzone. Just as he had been on the four previous kicks, Gabe Vandever split the uprights to make it a 35-0 Rider lead with 1:13 to go. Drew Jacobs picked off a Bulldog pass at the three yard line but saw his team take a knee on their ensuing possession and put an end to the opening two quarters up 35-0.

Thirteen plays, 57 yards and 8:40 came off the running clock on the opening possession of the games penultimate period for St. Marys and came to an end as Colin Clements tossed a 2 yard pass to Seth Vorhees. Unfortunately for St. Marys they would not be able to add another point as the extra point would be missed wide left and their lead would remain at 41-0.

Five different backs for St. Marys including a duo of Freshman tailbacks carried the ball on the final drive of the game but the Roughriders would let the time elapse once they reached the shadow of the goal line and run out the clock with their third straight shutout and a 41-0 victory.

Defiance (1-7, 1-6) offensively was held to under 125 yards on the evening and will next travel to Van Wert next Friday night to take on the winless Cougars.

Division 3’s seventh ranked team St. Marys will play host to state ranked Wapak who was victorious 31-21 over Ottawa Glandorf and sets up a battle of unbeaten squads and will be for the WBL Championship that the Roughriders will look to lock up for the first time since they shared it in 2008.

On the season the Roughriders offense has amassed 330 points, their biggest output during a campaign since scoring 324 during the aforementioned 2008 season when they also went to the playoffs last and fell in the Regional Finals.

Listen to Wapak/St. Marys beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame and a 7:00pm kickoff here: K94.3 FM Celina

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St. Marys blitzes past Kenton, moves to 4-0

ST. MARYS, OH – Through the first three weeks of the season the St. Marys Roughriders have been the Western Buckeye League leaders in points scored and did nothing to hurt themselves in that category Friday night as they rolled to a 58-14 home win over league rival Kenton.

The last time a Roughrider team put up 58 points or more, the current group of seniors donning the blue jerseys were 10 years old as they watched Coach Doug Frye’s WBL Champions hang 677 yards rushing and 68 points on Elida.

Behind a dominating performance from the starting offensive line unit of Junior Garrett Lauth and Seniors Joey Morlino, Jonathan Peterson, Adam Wicker, and Aaron McGraw the Roughriders rushed the football 58 times for 499 yards against a Kenton defensive unit who gives up an average of 181 yards per contest on the ground.

Kenton won the toss and chose to give St. Marys the football first to begin the game and the home squad wasted no time making their opponents pay for their choice as Eric Spicer jaunted in from 33 yards out to put the Riders ahead 7-0 with 9:46 remaining in the opening quarter.

As he did last week against Shawnee, Grant Keith picked off a pass and gave his offense good field position they once again wasted no time capitalizing on as Bo Kuenning bulled in from eight yards out to make it 14-0 St. Marys.

Trent Hites, an Honorable Mention selection at QB for Kenton last season responded when his team was in possession of the ball next and engineered a 74 yard play over the course of eight plays and hooked up with the WBL’s receiving yardage leader Chris Deardorff for a touchdown to trim the lead to 14-7 in the middle of the opening period.

Starting from their own 41 yardline the Roughriders again called on their Senior tailback in Spicer and again he delivered as he bounced to the outside and dove to pay dirt to make it 21-7 St. Marys.

On their next possession the Wildcats incurred a pair of intentional grounding calls against Hites, but it was the second one that was deemed to have taken place in the endzone that proved the most costly as it resulted in a safety and a 23-7 St. Marys lead with 2:28 in the first stanza.

With the ball coming their way via a free kick after the safety, the Riders traversed 51 yards south to the Kenton goal line before Dustin Howell called his own number and rushed in from a yard out for his fifth touchdown run of the season and pushed the score to 30-7 early in the second quarter.

Seven plays and 71 yards the Wildcats used on their ensuing drive to cut the Roughrider lead to 30-14 with 9:10 remaining before the halftime break as Hites connected on a nine yard hookup to Austin Buroker, but that is as close as they would come on the evening.

Fifteen seconds and 68 yards is all it took on the games next play from scrimmage for Eric Spicer to push the lead out to 23 at 37-14 as he scored for the third time in the first half with a touchdown that saw him knife through the heart of the Kenton defense and outrun everyone in his way for the final points in the opening two quarters.

Seconds after Hites had the ball fall out of his hands to the Skip Baughman Stadium grass, Matt Patten just as quickly scooped up the pigskin and gave his team their first offensive opportunity of the third quarter at the 50 yardline.

Both of the plays run on the following drive for St. Marys would see Julius Fisher, who entered the night with the second most rushing yards in the league pick up three yards and then 47 and a score to push his teams lead to 30 at 44-14 and cue the running clock for the rest of the game.

Another strong Kenton drive would follow the Roughrider touchdown but ended in a punt as Hites was sacked on third down. Following the punt the Riders began at their own 21 but wouldn’t stay there long as they would send Sean Perry into the endzone from seven yards out on his third carry of the drive and add another Gabe Vandever extra point for a 51-14 lead.

A pair of incomplete passes for Kenton brought another drive to an end minutes later and put St. Marys with the ball at their own 47. Using just under three and a half minutes the Riders put their final touchdown of the night on the board as Freshman Ty Schlosser scored on a 26 yard toss play with 52.8 seconds remaining and secured a 58-14 victory.

With their victory the Roughriders move to 4-0 for the second straight season and see their WBL record improve to 3-0. Kenton now sits at 1-3 overall after suffering their second straight loss and see their league mark fall to 1-2 on the year.

On the evening the Wildcats were held to -7 yards on 12 carries and finished with 54 offensive plays for 225 yards. Trent Hites, the WBL leader in passing yards/touchdowns/interceptions coming into the evening completed 27/42 passes for 232 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception while hitting wideout Chris Deardorff 12 times for 108 yards.

St. Marys accumulated 523 yards on 60 plays on the offensive end and were led in rushing by Spicer who toted the ball 16 times for 245 yards and a trio of scores. Julius Fisher’s 15 carries resulted in his fourth straight 100+ yard game to open the season as he picked up 121 yards and a touchdown.

Passing the ball the Roughriders were 2/2 from Dustin Howell and finished with 24 yards on the evening.

Kenton will head home for a date with 0-4 Van Wert next Friday night while St. Marys will begin their two week tour of Lima as they travel to Elida to take on the 2-2 Elida Bulldogs.

Hear St. Marys vs Elida beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame show here: St. Marys vs Elida Broadcast

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Riders blowout Indians, Frye gets 200th win

LIMA, OH – St. Marys hadn’t won at Shawnee Stadium since knocking off the then undefeated Indians in a 10-0 win in 2006 but came out swinging on Friday night as they moved to 3-0 with a 43-7 victory to give head coach Doug Frye his 200th career victory.

Roughriders senior Quarterback Dustin Howell continued his personal trend of setting offensive records against the over matched Indians defense as he tossed a trio of touchdown passes and connected on 6/7 passes for 129 yards on the evening. With his second quarter touchdown to Seth Vorhees of 20 yards that made the score 36-0 St. Marys, the third year starter broke the school record for career passing yards of 1,420 previously held by Derek Turner. On the next possession for the Riders, Howell broke the career touchdown pass record of 16 previously held by Derek Dunlap when he tossed a 33 yard score to Demarcus Fountain that gave his squad a 43-0 lead with time remaining in the first half.

Eric Spicer who this week was named to the Blue/Grey All-American Bowl that will be played in January in Jacksonville, Florida had a big night as well as he led the Riders in receiving yards in addition to toting the football five times for 68 yards on the ground. Spicer caught a pair of 38 yard passes from Dustin Howell on the first drive of the ballgame with the second accounting for the first points of the evening for the visiting squad.

Seconds after their first touchdown the Roughriders started their second possession at their opponents 45 yard line due to a botched attempt at fielding a short kick by Shawnee giving them back the football. Following a 33 yard run by the WBL’s second leading rusher in Julius Fisher, Eric Spicer scored his second touchdown in :47 by jaunting in from nine yards out. Further proving how well things were going for St. Marys on the evening, the Riders fumbled the extra point snap but had it land perfectly into the hands of kicker Gabe Vandever who walked into the endzone for the two-point conversion to push the advantage to 15-0.

Following a Grant Keith interception of Shawnee starter Ray Manley, the St. Marys offense utilized a six play 65 yard drive to go up 22-0 with 4:39 left in the opening stanza when Bo Kuenning scored his first touchdown of the season on a one yard touchdown run.

On fourth down and short and inside St. Marys territory the Indians decided to attempt to pick up yardage on their next possession, but were stopped when a screen pass failed to yield enough yardage to move the markers. Seven plays and 72 yards later the Roughriders found themselves ahead by 29 as Spicer struck again, this time from 39 yards out to run the lead to 29-0 with 5.8 remaining.

Another Shawnee long drive was stymied by the Rider defensive unit on the next possession before Howell and crew picked up the aforementioned scores and rode into the halftime break with a 43-0 on the road.

In the second half the game began with a running clock and allowed the Riders to sub in a lot of their younger players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and get them some varsity experience under the lights on Friday night.

The only score of the second half gave Shawnee just their second touchdown of the season when Grant Wheeler made tracks all over the field and 45 yards into the endzone with 5:45 remaining in the contest to provide the final margin of 43-7.

For the game the Roughriders finished with 326 yards rushing on 47 attempts while collecting 455 total yards against the Western Buckeye League worst statistical defensive unit.

Wheeler led Shawnee in rushing as he ran 16 times for 93 yards and a score while Julius Fisher accumulated 102 yards on the ground just as he did last week at Van Wert for St. Marys.

Ray Manley finished his evening 9/19 for 67 yards and a pair of interceptions against the Roughriders who forced 3 Shawnee miscues on the evening.

Shawnee (0-3, 0-2) will head to Van Wert next week to take on the winless Cougars who themselves fell to Ottawa Glandorf tonight by a 42-0 score.

St. Marys begins their second straight season at 3-0 and will play host to a Kenton squad that was defeated at home by Wapak 31-10 Friday night and has dropped their last contest against the Roughriders 42-23 a year ago.

Kenton vs St. Marys can be heard live as it happens on WKKI K94.3 FM next Friday night beginning with Pregame starting at 6:30pm and also online at K94.3 FM Celina

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