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Titans rout Bulldogs

ELIDA, OH – Trailing 11-9 after the opening quarter of play Thursday night the OG Titans used back to back 22-5 quarters to move to 4-0 on the season with a 63-31 victory at Elida.

Shyah Wheeler and Hayleigh Bacome each connected on a three pointer and helped lead Elida (1-3, 0-1) to a two point lead at the end of the first quarter on the backs of a handful of Titan miscues turned directly into their own markers.

Reigning Western Buckeye League player of the year Kadie Hempfling took up the scoring mantle for visiting Ottawa Glandorf in the second period as she tossed in eight of her eleven first half points. Kasey Ellerbrock who would finish with a career high 8 points hit on a three pointer and a three point play in the stanza as she and Kelsey Erford helped the Titans anchor a 31-16 halftime advantage.

In the third quarter the Bulldogs would score on just one shot from the field, a three pointer from Wheeler who was responsible for all five of her teams scores in the stanza.

Ottawa Glandorf connected on four shots from behind the arc in the games penultimate period as Ashley Schroeder nailed a pair and assisted on makes by teammates Erin Kaufman and Mackenzie Meyer to push their lead out to 53-21 heading into the final 8:00.

Across the final period each team would utilize their bench players with the contest out of hand. Elida senior Destiney Owens connected on a pair of free throws and a pair of shots from the field to finish with 6 points. OG got scoring in the final minutes from 5 players, including a pair of free throws from Mylee Utrup to secure the 32 point win.

With the win the Titans begin with a successful defense of their WBL championship from a year ago and will attempt to move to 2-0 when they host St. Marys next Thursday night. Elida will return to action on Tuesday night in non-league action against Lincolnview at the Elida Fieldhouse.

Ashley Schroeder led all scorers as she tied her career high for points on the evening for OG with 14. The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Shyah Wheeler who finished with 13.

Scoring:

OG (63):
Ashley Schroeder 14
Kelsey Erford 4
Paige Sutter 6
Erin Kaufman 7
Mackenzie Meyer 5
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Kasey Ellerbrock 8
Jayla Balbaugh 2
Kadie Hempfling 11
Mylee Utrup 2

FT: 6/9
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Kaufman, Meyer, Ellebrock)

Elida (31):
Hayleigh Bacome 7
Destiney Owens 6
Erika Suever 1
Brooke Reese 1
Shyah Wheeler 13
Alyssa Doty 3

FT: 9/14
3PT: 4 (Wheeler 2, Bacome, Doty)

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Riders clinch share of WBL in rivalry win

CELINA, OH – “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens wrote these words in his 1859 classic “A Tale of Two Cities”, but it very well could have described Friday night’s at times back and forth match-up between rivals St. Marys and Celina.

In a contest to decide if the Bulldogs would be able to reach for an outside share of their first Western Buckeye League title since 1995 or if their cross lake foes would put themselves even further ahead in the race each team took their best shots at one another and seemed to have the game in their favor.

Right out of the gate to open the game the Roughriders offense found themselves clicking as they used just four plays to travel 67 yards and on top 7-0 when Sean Perry rushed though a pack of white jerseys and into the endzone from 19 yards away.

Following the Bulldogs first possession ending with a three and out the Roughriders put together a classic Doug Frye style drive as they utilized 15 plays and 6:59 to push ahead 14-0 on a 1 yard dive by Quarterback Colin Clements.

Another three and out for Celina would give their visitors their best field position, this time at the Bulldogs 47 late in the opening period before Clements pushed in from 2 yards out for his second tally of the evening to put his squad on top 21-0 with 8:03 remaining in the second quarter.

A pair of punts would pin each team deep on their next possession before a big return gave Celina life at their own 40 with :26 to go in the first half. What was quickly a promising drive that moved the home team down to the Riders 20 came to and end when the stadium clock reached 0:00 however and sent the two teams into the locker room with a 21-0 St. Marys lead.

In the third quarter a Celina offense that had been out-gained by a plethora of yards in the first two periods sprang to life and were able to cut into the St. Marys lead with their first touchdown when QB Brett Schwieterman connected with Kole Murlin for a 6 yard touchdown late in the games penultimate quarter to make it 21-7 St. Marys.

Celina continued to stymie the St. Marys offense in the early part of the fourth quarter and pulled themselves to within 21-14 with just 9:57 remaining when tailback Kyle Zizleman raced in from 20 yards out for his 8th score of the season.

Despite Celina having the momentum in their favor the Rider offense was able to push the lead back out to a pair of scores and begin to deflate the Bulldog enthusiasm when Sean Perry, who finished with a career high 211 yards on the evening raced 59 yards down the sideline to put his team first and goal from the Celina 8.

Ty Schlosser’s 7th touchdown run of the season, an 8 yard jaunt gave the Riders a 28-14 lead with 8:55 remaining in the contest and all but assured his team would stay as the leagues lone unbeaten.

Two straight incomplete passes on third and fourth down for Celina and Schwieterman would force the Bulldogs to relinquish the football on their ensuing possession before St. Marys again put together another long drive to put the final touches on their second straight win in the series.

Starting from the Celina 48 the Roughriders utilized 9 plays and a key offside penalty on the Bulldogs inside the 10 to get Colin Clements his third rushing touchdown of the evening, a 1 yard plunge that provided the games final score and margin of 35-14.

Celina saw their final chance with the football come to an end as an errant pass found its way into the waiting hands of St. Marys defensive back Sean Perry and allowed his offense to take a pair of kneel downs to run out the remaining time in the contest.

With the loss the Bulldogs see their season record fall to 5-3 overall and 5-2 in Western Buckeye League play. Celina will be on the road next week as they will travel to take on Van Wert.

For the first time since the 2003 and 2004 seasons the Roughriders will lay claim to being at worst Co-WBL Champions. A win next week at home inside the friendly confines of Skip Baughman Stadium against Defiance would mean St. Marys (7-1, 7-0) would be the outright Western Buckeye League Champions for the first time since capturing the 2003 crown when they finished 9-2.

On the evening the Roughriders #1 ranked rushing offense picked up 366 yards on 59 rushes and held Celina to a total of 282 yards on 63 total plays. Leading the St. Marys attack was Sean Perry’s 211 yards on 24 carries. Ty Schlosser added 17 totes for a total of 90 yards, his second such rushing yardage contest of the season.

All-time St. Marys is now 64-29-6 against their lake counterparts, including 13-2 under current head coach Doug Frye who moves to a personal mark of 6-1 at Celina Stadium.

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Wildcats shut down Bulldogs, remain perfect in PCL play

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Friday night the Kalida Wildcats used a combination of their bats and Columbus Grove errors to remain perfect in defense of their Putnam County League title with a 10-0 five inning victory over the Bulldogs.

It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to get on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning as Brady Decker and Derek Buss reached via a one out error and a hit by pitch. Trevor Lambert’s sacrifice fly to left field put the visitors on top 1-0 before the bases were again loaded by virtue of Kevin Hamburg being plunked with an Alex Schnieder offering. The third Kalida player, Owen Recker’s bases loaded walk pushed across the second run of the contest before the inning game to an end for the defending league champions.

Three up and three down would be the way things would go for the home squad in their first time through the lineup as all nine players were sent down in order via strikeouts, ground balls and fly outs by southpaw Trent Siebeneck.

Three more runs went up on the visitors half of the scoreboard in the second inning in the same fashion as the first as the Wildcats were again able to reach via walks, errors and by virtue of being hit by pitches thrown by Schnieder until he was relieved by shortstop turned pitcher Reid Stechschulte with a pair of outs in the inning after Jeffery Knueve’s sacrifice fly brought home a run.

Bases loaded walks to Kevin Hamburg and Owen Recker gave Kalida a 5-0 lead heading to the bottom of the second frame.

On the evening the Bulldogs were able to put four baserunners on against their opponents with the first of those in Grant Schroeder reaching via an error on a dropped flyball on the edge of the grass in the second. Schroeder would terminated from the bases moments later on a flyout doubleplay.

Knueve who finished the ballgame with a trio of runs batted in pushed across his last two in the third inning as he smacked a first pitch offering from Stechschulte to the right field wall and cruised into third bases with a triple to help give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead after the visiting teams third time at the bat.

Stechschulte began the bottom of the fourth with a single for the first hit of the game for the home Bulldogs but it was not to be in the inning as they would come up empty once again.

Three runs would come in to provide the final markers of the game for Kalida all in the top of the fifth inning as Siebeneck, Buss and Trevor Lambert would come around to score on a single and a pair of fielders choices to move the game to 10-0 Wildcats.

Adam Birkemeier walked with one out but was erased on a Nick Woods fielders choice in the bottom of the fifth inning. Wyatt Siebert provided the second hit of the contest for his squad but would see the game come to an end via the run rule in Ohio high school baseball just two pitches later when Emilio Delarosa popped out to end the contest.

Kalida now leads the all-time series with Columbus Grove 43-42 and has won 16 straight Putnam County League contests dating back two seasons ago when their only loss was to eventual league champion Miller City.

Trent Seibeneck (1-1) was the winning pitcher for Kalida (7-6, 4-0), while Alex Schnieder (1-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs (7-5, 4-2).

Key Performers:
Brady Decker (Kalida): 2/4, 2H, 3R
Jeffery Knueve (Kalida): 1/3, 3 RBI, 1 3B
Kevin Hamburg (Kalida): 0/1, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Owen Recker (Kalida): 0/1, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Reid Stechschulte (Grove): 1/2, 1H

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Titans finish unbeaten at home, snag WBL share

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf played 14 players on Thursday night and saw all 14 players score on their way to a 77-27 victory that clinched the Titans at least a share of their second straight Western Buckeye League title.

It seems only right the Titans were led by their senior class in scoring as they wrapped up the home slate of their schedule with a perfect 13-0 record on senior night with their 21st victory of the season and with a season high offensive output.

Kylie White finished the game with 24 points and 8 rebounds and inched her way closer to becoming just the third 1,000 point scorer in Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans history. White took over early in the first quarter in her last go round at the Supreme Court as she accounted for nine of her points and a handful of rebounds. Fellow seniors Lexi Schroeder, Devon Warnecke, and Courtney Bockrath combined to score eight of the Titans first quarter markers and help the home team out to an 18-7 lead after the opening stanza.

Elida leading scorer and 2nd team Northwest District pick Shyah Wheeler pumped in all of her team high 11 points in the first half, including a shot from deep behind the three point line in the first quarter. Outside of Wheeler however the Bulldogs (7-15, 3-6) were held to just a pair of points each from Cienna Kuhn and Hope Carter in the opening 16 minutes and trailed 40-17 when the halftime buzzer rang out.

Seconds before the end of the first half and with her team already leading by 21, Mackenzie Meyer banked in a shot for the Titans to help push their lead on the visiting Bulldogs.

Eight Titans scored in the third period including Kadie Hempfling, the Northwest District Player of the Year who knocked in her only two of the contest. Behind a handful of steals the Ottawa Glandorf offense was able to put point after point on the scoreboard via the fast break as the home team outscored Elida 22-3 in the period led by five from Lexi Schroeder.

The lone basket of the third period for Elida came with 52.8 seconds left as Trinity Koger drilled a triple deep from the right wing.

Trailing 62-20 at the start of the fourth quarter and seeing a revolving door of young players from their opponents, the Bulldogs would connect on just a pair of shots from long distance from Koger and Jaydon Hollstein for their only two makes from the field in the final eight minutes of the game.

On the evening the Titans hit on 15 of 26 tosses from the free throw line, but it was White who did the most damage from the line in the fourth as she connected on 4/5 tosses before taking a seat for the final time with tears streaming down her face and hugs from her teammates on the OG bench waiting.

When the final horn hit the Titans found themselves on top of Elida for the 9th straight time and 18th in the last 19 meetings.

OG will travel to Wapakoneta on Saturday afternoon to finish off the regular season portion of their schedule as they take on the Redskins with the outright WBL championship on the line. The JV tips off at 2pm with the varsity to follow on WZOQ Radio.

Scoring:

OG (77):
Ashley Schroeder 4
Devon Warnecke 5
Carri Johnson 5
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 11
Masie Utrup 4
Kylie White 24
Courtney Bockrath 6
Kadie Hempfling 2
Brianna Schimmoeller 2
Kasey Ellerbrock 1
Peyton Warnecke 1

FT: 15/26
3PT: 2 (Johnson, L. Schroeder)
TO: 12

Elida (27):
Hope Carter 3
Cienna Kuhn 4
Jaydon Hollstein 3
Shyah Wheeler 11
Trinity Koger 6

FT: 5/10
3PT: 4 (Koger 2, Wheeler, Hollstein)
TO: 20

JV: OG 51-26

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Titans keep WBL record perfect

DEFIANCE, OH – Ottawa Glandorf might have started slow on the road at Defiance on Thursday night but the Titans kicked it into gear in the games middle quarters and kept their WBL record perfect at 6-0 with a 49-30 victory over the host Bulldogs.

It took two minutes for the first score of the contest for either team before OG Junior Kadie Hempfling stole a pass and turned it into a 2-0 Titan advantage. Hempfling would finish the opening quarter with 5 of her squads 8 points but it was Sophomore Erin Kaufman whose three pointer provided the 8-6 lead at the quarter break.

Defiance Senior Morgan Porter scored seven of her team high 13 points in the second quarter, but it was her jumper with 4:58 left in the opening half that gave her team their first lead at 12-11.

Ottawa Glandorf’s pressure defense in the first half would force the Bulldogs into 15 turnovers, many of which OG turned directly into markers in their scorebook. Three point baskets in the stanza from Ashley Schroeder and Kaufman helped to push the Titan advantage, but it was a seven point run from Lexi Schroeder and Hempfling that helped OG amass the final points of an 18-10 second quarter and lead by 10 at 26-16 when the halftime buzzer sounded.

In the second half the Titans defense helped the defending Western Buckeye League champions push their lead further as the Bulldogs were unable to find a scoring option in addition to the duo of Emily Poling (7 second half points), and Morgan Porter (4 second half points) outside of a three pointer in the third period from Laney Baldwin.

With depth on their side Ottawa Glandorf used 11 players on the floor in rotating fashion and saw four of those players reach the scoring column. Led by Hempfling who finished the game with a season high 21 points the Titans led by 16 at the end of the third quarter and pushed their advantage to 19 at the end of the contest.

Defiance (11-5, 3-3) sees their 3 game winning streak come to and end. The Bulldogs will play host to Fairview Sherwood on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference affair.

#1 ranked Ottawa Glandorf (17-0, 6-0) has now defeated Defiance 8 straight times. The Titans will have six days off before they welcome the Kenton Wildcats to town for a WBL showdown on Thursday, Feb 2nd at the Supreme Court.

Box Score:

OG (49):
Ashley Schroeder 3
Devon Warnecke 2
Erin Kaufman 6
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 10
Kylie White 5
Kadie Hempfling 21

3PT: 5 (Kaufman 2, L. Schroeder 2, A. Schroeder)
FT: 9/16
TO: 15

Defiance (30):
Morgan Wityk 2
Ma’Kayla Allen 2
Laney Baldwin 3
Emily Poling 10
Morgan Porter 13

3PT: 3 (Poling 2, Baldwin)
FT: 3/4
TO: 25

JV: OG 43-28

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Titans run away from Celina

OTTAWA, OH – #2 ranked Ottawa Glandorf got up early on visiting Celina Thursday night at the Supreme Court and raced away from the Bulldogs to a 47-16 victory to remain unbeaten on the season and move to 4-0 in Western Buckeye League play.

In the 43rd all-time meeting between the two schools the Titans used their defense to create their offense as they jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kylie White tallied 6 of OG’s opening period points and was part of a stout defense that allowed the Bulldogs to only take a pair of shots from the field and that routinely forced Celina into turnovers.

Bailey Exman’s 10 foot jumper gave Celina their first points of the game with 6:38 remaining in the first half and cut the Titan advantage to 14-2. Behind one of three of the triples from Carri Johnson and seven points from Kadie Hempfling the home team pushed their advantage to 20. Celina’s second field goal of the game came just moments before the end of the opening two quarters from Junior Kassidy Fark but wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs as they trailed the defending league champions 26-4 at the break.

Three pointers were the way for the Titans in the third quarter as Johnson and Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman each connected on a pair from beyond the arc for the only OG points in the quarter (outside of a Hempfling free throw). Coach Troy Yant found himself at this point able to work in more players off the bench, while pushing their advantage to 41-11 at the end of the third.

Sophomore Bulldog starter Maddy Luebke scored all five of her squads points in the fourth quarter and finished as her teams leading scorer with 7 points on the evening. Mackenzie Meyer’s two free throws coupled with a career high 4 points from Masie Utrup were the only Titan markers of the final period as OG moved their record to 12-0 with a 47-16 victory, their fifth straight against Celina once the final buzzer sounded.

Celina (1-11, 0-4) has a week off before they travel to Defiance to take on the Bulldogs.

OG (12-0, 4-0) was led in scoring by Kaufman’s 13 will be in action next on Saturday afternoon against Lima Senior before heading to Berlin, Ohio for Classic in the Country where they take on Tuslaw at 10am on Monday, Jan 16th.

Box Score:

OG (47):
Ashley Schroeder 2
Carri Johnson 9
Erin Kaufman 13
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 2
Masie Utrup 4
Kylie White 8
Kadie Hempfling 7

FT: 5/9

Celina (16):
Kassidy Fark 2
Lauren Jackson 3
Brooke Robbins 2
Bailey Exman 2
Maddy Luebke 7

FT: 2/4

JV: OG 29-6 (*JV contest was just 2 quarters)

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Late free throw keeps Titans record unblemished

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – For the third straight game the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans have faced and handed a previously undefeated squad their first loss of the year.

Kadie Hempfling finished the night with just 5 points but scored the biggest marker of the game when it counted most as the Junior made a free throw with 6.6 seconds remaining Thursday night to give her team a 45-44 road victory over Columbus Grove.

Trailing 9-8 with just seconds to go in the first quarter the Titans turned to the same place they have during their streak of doling out first losses, Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman who connected on a three pointer to give OG an 11-9 lead at the first break in the action.

Both teams went inside early and often to their post game in the second quarter in an attempt to slow down the others point output with varying results. Grove 6’0 Junior Paige Bellman scored six points in the second period but saw her squad held to just one basket from a teammate (Rylee Sybert) find its way into the net. Kylie White’s big quarter of 8 points coupled with a second three pointer from Kaufman and a jumper from Lexi Schroeder helped OG enter halftime with a 24-17 advantage.

Bellman, a 1st team Putnam County League selection last season who entered play averaging just under 18 points per contest through her teams first six contests this year continued her big night in the third quarter as she provided seven of the 11 markers her squad added to the board.

Midway through the stanza with her team struggling to find offensive opportunities against the 2-3 zone the Bulldogs were sitting back, Lexi Schroeder hit a pair of three pointers to help give OG a 33-29 advantage heading to the last eight minutes of the game.

Three pointers were the shot of the moment in the fourth quarter as both teams combined to hit on six from behind the arc.

Each time Columbus Grove needed a big shot in the final moments they turned to Senior Macy McCluer and watcher her deliver as she connected on three straight from deep to help the Bulldogs regain the lead on two different occasions. Carri Johnson, Erin Kaufman, and Lexi Schroder each knocked down a triple in the quarter to help keep the Titans even with their hosts in the waning moments of the game before Hempfling’s free throw sealed the win for the defending WBL Champions.

Ottawa Glandorf with the win begins their season at 9-0 for just the third time in school history. In 2005 the Titans began their campaign with 24 consecutive wins before falling in the postseason, and in 2003 OG started 18-0 before falling to Kalida in their 19th game of the year.

Both teams will be off until the new year when OG welcomes Perrysburg to town while Columbus Grove (6-1) dips into NWC play where they are the defending conference champions by taking on visiting Delphos Jefferson on January 5th.

Box Score:

OG (45):
Carri Johnson 3
Erin Kaufman 9
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kylie White 16
Kadie Hempfling 5

FT: 4/10
3PT: 6 (Kaufman 3, L. Schroeder 3)
TO: 15

Columbus Grove (44):
Macy McCluer 15
Rylee Sybert 4
Jade Clement 6
Paige Bellman 19

FT: 3/6
3PT: 5 (M. McCluer 5)
TO: 18

JV: 25-24 Columbus Grove

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Stechschulte to guide Kalida boys basketball

KALIDA, OH – Replacing a legend is never an easy thing to do but Kalida has found the man they believe to be capable of it as they have chosen and will hire Ryan Stechschulte as their next boys basketball coach.

The 2011 NWC Co-Coach of the Year amassed a 67-33 record in his four seasons behind the Columbus Grove bench and was at the helm of four straight sectional championship squads from 2012-2015.

In his four years as the Bulldogs head boss Stechschulte finished with a record of 20-8 in Putnam County League contests, including winning the league in 2012. Despite not winning a Northwest Conference championship at Columbus Grove, his teams finished with a 24-10 conference mark during his tenure.

This past season Stechschulte served in a smaller role for the program while former Grove standout Eric Maag acted as the day to day head coach.

Next season the Wildcats will have six players returning from a team that finished at 13-10 and as PCL Champions. Of the returning half dozen to be seniors, the leading scorers from last years campaign were Noah Lambert (3.3 ppg), and Trent Siebeneck (2.4 ppg).

Stechschulte is the third coach hired in the Putnam County League in the last week as Leipsic named Chris Kuhlman their new bench boss on Monday, while Pandora Gilboa tapped Joe Braidic to replace Logan Smith who resigned the position back in March. In Braidic the Rockets have high hopes that he will guide PG back to the success they enjoyed under him from 1998-2009.

Related Story: Kortokrax resigns

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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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Riders shut out Grand Lake rivals

ST. MARYS, OH – For the second straight week the St. Marys Roughriders defense held a WBL opponent to no points and under 200 total yards. In their 30-0 win over rival Celina the Riders accomplished a feat last done a decade ago by shutting out their second straight opponent.

Offensively the Roughriders got things going a few minutes later than they have been used to in the past month but still put up a touchdown in the first quarter when Eric Spicer streaked down the sideline on a 30 yard run from a pitch out of the hands of Braedan Dunlap for the games first marker.

Defensively St. Marys forced a pair of fumbles and turnover on downs in the opening quarter and a half but were unable to run their advantage any higher until the beginning of the second stanza when Spicer added to his WBL lead in touchdown runs with a 36 yard effort to make it 14-0 Roughriders.

A 13 play drive for Celina would stall at the Rider goal line when the visiting Bulldogs were stood up on four consecutive plays by the dominant defensive line of their opponents.

With just 9.9 seconds left in the first half the Roughriders turned to their Sophomore Kicker Gabe Vandever who connected on a 28 yard field goal, his third in two games to give his squad a 17-0 lead at the half for the second straight week.

Celina Sophomore QB Bret Schwieterman’s pass on the Bulldogs second drive of the third quarter floated past an intended target and into the hands of Spicer on the sideline to give the Roughriders the ball at their 39 yard line.

On the seventh play of their ensuing drive the Riders once again turned to their Senior tailback and watched as he ripped off a 25 yard run into the endzone for his third trip of the night and give his team a 24-0 lead with 11:31 left in the final period.

Austin Giesige’s second fumble recovery of the game put his squad in great field position once again at their own 45 yard line with 5:05 remaining in the contest. As they had done on three previous trips the Riders utilized a short amount of time before adding to the scoreboard on Julius Fisher’s ninth touchdown run of the season to mark the games final score of 30-0 and keep St. Marys unbeaten.

Before the game started the St. Marys Homecoming Queen for 2016 was named with Senior Attendant Taryn Swander receiving the honor.

Celina (3-4, 3-3) totaled 172 yards on 48 plays from scrimmage on the evening and was led by Ryan Harter who rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries, including a 41 yard scamper through the Rider defense. The Bulldogs will be home next weekend as they play host to the 0-7 Van Wert Cougars.

St. Marys (7-0, 6-0) has now outscored WBL opponents by a 246-34 margin and will travel next Friday night to take on the 1-6 Defiance Bulldogs in a game broadcast live on K94, WKKI.

Eric Spicer led the way on the ground for his blue and gold attack as he turned 19 carries into 182 yards and 3 scores. Julius Fisher was held under 100 yards rushing in a game for the first time this season but still accumulated 58 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries as the Roughriders rushed 51 times for 279 yards and totaled 366 yards on 60 plays.

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