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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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Kaufman scores career night in Titan win over Van Wert

OTTAWA, OH – Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman scored a career high 15 points Thursday night as the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans defeated WBL rival Van Wert for the fifth straight meeting between the two schools 56-29.

Ten players rushed in and out of the Titan lineup early in the contest and helped the home squad jump out to a 17-9 advantage at the end of the first period as six of the players seeing action recorded points.

Lexi Schroeder and Kylie White led OG with four points apiece in the opening eight minutes of action.

Van Wert 5’10 Sophomore Abby Jackson scored the only points from the field in the first quarter as she tossed in a pair of two point baskets before teammates Alexis Rupert and Reagan Priest, and Jackson herself took advantage of early Ottawa fouls for five markers from the charity stripe.

Jackson continued to be the lone scorer from the field for the Cougars in the second half as she accounted for the remaining four points she would contribute on the evening before seeing Cassidy Meyers and sister Ally Jackson hit from the field for a combined five points in the stanza.

Kadie Hempfling who finished the night with 10 points chipped in 8 of her scores in the second and led a high tempo Titan attack that again combined to outscore Van Wert 17-9 and take a 34-18 lead into the lockerroom.

Carri Johnson and Kaufman did the damage on the offensive end for OG in the third period as they each connected on a shot from behind the arc to increase their teams lead. Turnovers were the story of the game in the period as well as the Cougars turned the ball over a handful of times in the quarter and did not score until there was just 2:52 left in the quarter when Priest tossed in a two point field goal for two of her teams five points.

Entering the final period Erin Kaufman had scored 9 points, but quickly wasted no time as early in the fourth quarter she hit a pair of three pointers to finish with a game high 15 points to break her previous high of 13 on a trio of occasions.

Van Wert saw their only points of the final eight minutes come from deep as well as Ally Jackson hit on a pair from behind the three point line.

Eight Titans scored on the evening and three players (Kaufman, Hempfling, White) finished in double figures.

Ottawa Glandorf is now 11-0 on the season and will have a week off before they look to improve on their 3-0 Western Buckeye League record when Celina visits the Supreme Court on January 12th in a game broadcast live on WZOQ Radio starting at 7:30pm.

Van Wert falls to 1-8 overall, and 0-3 in WBL contests. The Cougars will return home on Saturday afternoon for a special afternoon non-conference tilt against Fort Recovery inside their previous incarnation of the Cougar Den at the Goedde Building inside the old high school.

Box Score:

OG (56):
Devon Warnecke 3
Carri Johnson 6
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 15
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Lexi Schroeder 8
Kylie White 10
Kadie Hempfling 10

FT: 4/5
3PT: 5 (Kaufman 3, Johnson 2, Warnecke)
TO: 18

Van Wert (29):
Ally Jackson 9
Cassidy Meyers 5
Abby Jackson 10
Alexis Rupert 1
Reagan Priest 4

FT: 5/8
3PT: 4 (Ally Jackson 3, Meyers)
TO: 28

JV: Ottawa Glandorf 45-16

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Riders dominate Cougars

VAN WERT, OH – St. Marys came in with a game plan to run at will against Van Wert and executed it to near perfection as the Roughriders saw four different rushers reach the Cougar endzone in their 46-6 rout to open WBL play Friday night.

Matt Patten’s block of an attempted Van Wert punt gave the Roughriders the football for the first time in the contest at their opponents 26 yard line, and the Riders wasted no time as they put the first points on the board.

Utilizing six plays and just under two minutes the Riders offense turned to Junior RB Chandler Gray who bounced in from two yards out for his first varsity rushing touchdown to put St. Marys up 7-0.

Following a 31 yard punt the Riders again found themselves with the ball in good field position, but used 5:13 and 12 plays to push their advantage to 14-0 with a Julius Fisher touchdown.

Seven plays after Grant Keith recovered a Cougars fumble the visitors added six more points to their lead when Senior signal caller Dustin Howell dove into the endzone from six yards out for his fourth score on the ground of the year, but Gabe Vandever’s extra point was deemed a miss so the lead stayed at 20-0 for St. Marys early in the second period.

Eric Spicer’s lone touchdown of the game on the ground, a 14 yard score pushed the Rider lead to 26-0 with 4:01 left in the first half but a muffed snap on the extra point kept the lead from going any higher.

Van Wert’s only points of the ballgame came with :18 before the break as Sophomore QB Lawson Blackmore hooked up with Nate Place for the second time this season for a touchdown to send the game to the half at 26-6.

The only completed pass of the game for St. Marys came on the seventh play of the Riders opening drive in the third quarter when Howell hooked up with last seasons leading receiver in Eric Spicer for a 39 yard marker to make it 33-6 after the extra point.

Chandler Gray who had just a pair of rushes for 10 yards last week in a win over Sidney showed his speed on a first play of the drive handoff after St. Marys took over at the Van Wert 26 following a bad punt by the Cougars and sprinted to the endzone to cue the +30 point running clock when the score became 39-6.

With subs working their way in and out of the Roughrider lineup the visiting squad turned to 5’10, 185 pound Junior Keegan Sawmiller for their final scoring play of the contest as he jaunted in from two yards out to put St. Marys up 40 points at 46-6.

Van Wert has now dropped both games this season and sees their record fall to 0-2, and 0-1 in Western Buckeye League play. The Cougars will travel to Titan Stadium in Ottawa next Friday night to take on a 2-0 Titans squad that defeated them 26-25 last season.

St. Marys improves to 2-0 on the season and picks up their first WBL win and will be on the road next week as they take on the 0-2 Shawnee Indians in a contest broadcast live by WKKI K94.3 FM K94.3 FM Celina with pregame beginning at 6:30pm and kickoff shortly after 7:00pm.

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63rd open season with victory

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Post 63’s first game of the season came with its fair share of challenges at times but when the darkness began to set in and the top of the 8th inning wrapped up the Fighting 63rd had outscored Troy 13-8.

Coming off of an 8-12-2 season and with just four players returning from last seasons squad the 63rd opened their first contest with a new lineup and opportunities to shine for their young club.

Kalida’s Brady Laudick got the start for Ottawa on the mound and surrendered four walks in the first inning, but saw just one turned into a run as he got a strikeout and a groundout from the bottom of the Troy order to help limit the damage against his team on the new scoreboard installed at Memorial Park.

Eight batters came to the plate for the home squad in the bottom of the opening frame and three would find themselves crossing home plate in the inning. Jackson Lammers (Miller City) got things going first as he doubled to the left field wall. Corbin Niese (Miller City) was issued a walk and Austin Swift (Kalida) singled to drive in a run. Ryan McCracken’s (Van Wert) RBI ground out to short and Austin Klausing’s (Kalida) sacrifice fly brought in the remaining two runners.

Troy Post 43, coming off of a 41-18 season last year that saw them reach the Great Lakes American Legion National Regional for the first time since 1970 came out swinging in the second inning as they plated five runs of their own to take a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the second.

Ten batters came to bat for Troy in the top half of the inning that began with a single from Frank Gnuca and ended when Gnuca grounded out to Lammers at short following every one of his teammates having had their turn on the offensive end against relief pitcher Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee) who came in with one out in the inning.

Following a pair of scoreless innings on both side the visitors punched across a run in the fourth to take a 7-3 lead in the game.

Ottawa responded to their opponents marker in the fifth and sixth innings as they tallied eight runs to take an 11-7 lead into the seventh led by a triple and a double by Swift and McCracken to start the fifth, and a trio of singles by Niese, Swift, and Van Wert’s Ryan Stoller that followed up a leadoff double by Ada’s Brayden Sautter in the sixth.

Braden Nesbit (Tipp City Bethel/Muskingum) added the last run for Troy as he smacked a ball over the right centerfield wall to cut the Ottawa lead to 11-8 in the seventh before his next six teammates would be retired in order to end the game.

Corbin Niese singled to open the bottom of the seventh, Austin Swift was hit by a pitch on a 3-2 count, and McCracken singled in a run as all three would come around to score in the final Ottawa at bat before their turn came to an end.

McCracken finished the day 3-5 at the plate and with 4 RBI for the victorious Fighting 63rd (1-0) while Van Wert High School teammate Stoller finished 2-4 with a run scored and a walk on the day.

Lima Senior Junior Josiah Shoemaker (1-0) snagged the win for his squad while Noah Roswell (0-1) took the loss for Troy (2-3).

Troy will return home Friday night to begin WOL play as they take on Greenville while the Fighting 63rd are in Kalida for exhibition action against the Lima Locos at Holy Name Ballpark beginning at 7pm. Lima vs Ottawa can be heard live on: Zsportslive.com

Box Score:

Ottawa:

Jackson Lammers (Miller City): 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 Runs
Corbin Niese (Miller City): 2-4, 1 BB, 3 Runs
Austin Swift (Kalida): 3-4, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3 Runs, HBP
Ryan McCracken (Van Wert): 3-5, 2B, 4 RBI, 3 Runs
Ryan Stoller (Van Wert): 2-4, BB, Run
Brady Laudick (Kalida): BB
Jordan Tovarnak (Shawnee): 0-1
Josiah Shoemaker (Lima Sr): 0-2
Noah Howell (Temple Christian): 1-1
Austin Klausing (Kalida): 1-5, 2 RBI
Nate Arrington (Ottawa Glandorf): 0-4, BB, RBI
Matt Bowden (Bluffton): 1-2
Brayden Sautter (Ada): 2-2, 2B, SB, RBI, Run

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Four schools earn state titles

COLUMBUS, OH – Hundreds of schools began the 2015-16 OHSAA boys basketball season with hopes of hoisting the State Championship trophy but only four were successful in their quest that ended inside the Value City Arena on Saturday.

The opening contest saw the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds (28-1) capture their 3rd state title in school history as they were victorious in the Division 3 Finals against Cleveland Villa Angela St Joseph 66-44.

In earning the crown this season the T-Birds avenged a loss to VASJ in last seasons final game and gave Head Coach Frank Kill his second championship as the teams mentor.

LCC Senior Tre Cobbs who finished just 2/9 and with 5 points in the loss to the Vikings last season accounted for 24 of his teams points this time around on 9/14 shooting (4/5 from 3), in addition to snagging 6 rebounds. Dantez Walton, a Senior headed to play at Northern Kentucky University pumped in 20 points and pulled down a game high 11 rebounds. Ethan O’Connor’s 11 points helped to pace the Thunderbirds against the VASJ attacking defense.

Gene Higgins was the lone scorer in double figures for Villa Angela (23-6) on the afternoon as he finished with 15 points on 5/14 shooting.

Complete box score: LCC vs VASJ

Game two of the afternoon session featured the Akron St. Vincent St. Mary Fighting Irish, ranked #3 in the final Associated Press poll of the season taking on the top ranked school New Concord John Glenn for the Division 2 title.

While SVSM was struggling to connect from the field in the first half, John Glenn continued to light up the Ohio State University scoreboard as they built a 15-7 lead after the opening stanza.

Things didn’t get much better for the Irish in the second quarter either as they finished the period 6/27 and limped into the lockerroom trailing 34-23 and with one of their leading scorers in Jayvon Graves 0-11 with just a pair of markers from the free throw line.

In the second half Graves would connect on 7/13 opportunities from the field and finish with 18 points on the night but it was not enough to counteract the John Glenn second half scoring output and the Irish would be defeated 76-72 despite making it a close game in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.

John Glenn, who was honored by the presence of their namesake before the contest finishes the season at 28-1 while SVSM ends at 26-4. The Muskies were led in scoring by Drew Rackley who finished with 25 points in the game.

Northwest Conference Champion Lincolnview, making their first State Finals appearance since 1997 took on Cornerstone Christian in the third game of the night and fell to the Patriots 74-52.

The Lancers fell behind early to the running game of Cornerstone Christian and trailed 19-12 at the end of the opening eight minutes of play. Lincolnview mustered just six points in the second quarter against a tenacious Patriots defense led by Michael Bothwell who finished with a team high 14 points.

Trailing by as much as 26 late in the 3rd quarter, the Lancers were able to cut their opponents lead down to 18 but not any further despite outscoring the Patriots 19-11 in the games final quarter.

Cornerstone Christan finished the year at 17-12 and with a title in their first trip to Columbus while the Lancers season came to an end at 27-2. Both Lincolnview losses on the season came to teams who finished as State Champions as their only other loss came to the Division 3 Champion LCC Thunderbirds.

Trevor Neate led all scorers in the game with 16 points for the Lancers while Bothwell and Jeremy Owens tallied 14 apiece for Cornerstone in the victory.

In one of the most anticipated matchups of the tournament the Lima Senior Spartans, making their 5th appearance in Columbus took on the Wildcats of Westerville South.

South jumped out to a 19-12 advantage after the first quarter as the Wildcats connected on a trio of triples. Lake Erie signee Jordan Humphrey gave his team a 22-12 lead in the opening moments of the second period with the fourth three point goal of the half.

Lima Senior would respond however in the second quarter behind Xavier Simpson, Rico Stafford and Ruben Flowers to cut the halftime lead to 31-28 with Flowers connecting on a putback as the buzzer sounded and the clock ran out.

With future OSU Buckeye Kaleb Wesson on the bench after committing his third foul of the game early in the third he was sent to the bench for South. In the time the 6’9 Junior was on the pine the Spartans took over behind Flowers and used a 15-14 scoring output to climb within two of the lead 45-43 heading to the final stanza of the season.

Through the first three quarter Ruben Flowers had connected on all seven of his shot attempts (5 field goals and 2/2 free throws).

Wesson picked up foul 4 early on in the fourth quarter and was again sent to the bench to not end his penultimate season by fouling out, but it was then his brother Andre who gave his team a 53-51 lead by connecting on a deep three pointer and forcing a Senior high timeout with 2:30 remaining.

Rico Stafford’s layup with :28 seconds remaining tied the game at 55-55, but Jordan Humphrey put Westerville South on top for good with a runner in the lane to procure a 57-55 victory and the State Championship in Division 1.

Lima Senior (29-1) was led in scoring by Mr. Basketball Xavier Simpson who finished with 17 points while Flowers (12) and Stafford (10) joined him in double figures.

Westerville South (26-5) was led in scoring by Humphrey who led all scorers with 19. Andre Wesson was the only other player in double figures for his team as he finished with 14 on 5/10 shooting.

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Riders bounce Cougars

SPENCERVILLE, OH – St. Marys combined staunch defense with timely shooting Tuesday night as they advanced themselves into the Sectional Finals on Saturday night with a 48-27 win against Van Wert.

Despite a 9-9 deadlock at the end of the first quarter the Roughriders were able to force the Cougars into a multitude of turnovers and just six points while scoring 37 points the rest of the way for the victory that will earn them an 8:00pm tilt with Wapakoneta in the Sectional Finals at Spencerville for the right to move into district play.

Shania Taylor and Erika Angstman each led the way for St. Marys on the evening as the duo tossed in 13 points apiece. Joining the duo in double figures was 5’3 Sophomore sharpshooter Sydney Cisco who connected on two of the three shots for her team from deep and finished with 11 points in the game.

Van Wert was led in scoring by Ella Butler and Abby Jackson with 7 points each.

St. Marys improves their record to 14-9 on the season and will match up with a Redskins squad that was the last to defeat them, 60-48 just a week ago.

The youthful Cougars see their 2015-16 season come to a halt at 0-22 as they were defeated by St. Marys for the second time this season.

Scoring:

St Marys (48):

Sydney Cisco 11
Makenna Mele 3
Jill Schmitmeyer 2
Quincy Rable 6
Shania Taylor 13
Erika Angstman 13

2PT: 15/35
3PT: 3/16 (S. Cisco 2, Angstman)
FT: 9/19
REB: 30
TO: 14

Van Wert (27):

Cassidy Meyers 3
Ally Jackson 2
Ella Butler 7
Abby Jackson 7
Morgan Magowan 4
Reagan Priest 4

2PT: 9/33
3PT: 1/11 (C. Meyers)
FT: 6/12
REB: 26
TO: 24

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Titans dominate Cougars

VAN WERT, OH – Despite missing their leading scorer in Kadie Hempfling, the OG Titans were able to force Van Wert into 25 turnovers en route to a 54-22 win Thursday night to improve to 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in WBL play.

Ottawa Glandorf Junior Kylie White got off to a quick start in the first quarter as she scored 6 of the Titans 16 first quarter points. In addition to White, OG got a pair of baskets from Sophomore Carri Johnson, a steal and score from Senior PG Dani Ellerbrock and a three pointer from 5’5 Freshman Erin Kaufman as they headed to the quarter break leading the home squad 16-7.

Six different Titans etched scores in the second period as they pushed their halftime lead to 31-9 and held Van Wert to just a lone basket from Sophomore guard Cassidy Meyers. Turnovers to scores were the norm for OG in the stanza as the visitors routinely made quick work of their opponents miscues by stuffing them into the basket on the offensive end.

A 16-7 third quarter for OG in which they got scores from just four players would help to push their advantage to 47-16 at the end of the period and allow the Titans to sub out their starters for the rest of the contest.

Devon Warnecke, a 5’6 Junior guard for Ottawa Glandorf scored 5 of her 8 points in the game in the fourth quarter including her second three pointer of the half to account for all but a pair of her teams fourth quarter markers, Courtney Bockrath would score the others and help OG secure a 54-22 victory. On the evening 19 of the 54 points for Head Coach Troy Yant would come from his bench.

Van Wert sees their record fall to 0-7 on the season and 0-3 in Western Buckeye League play, they will next take on the 5-0 Minster Wildcats in non-conference action this weekend while OG (7-0, 3-0) will travel to Ottoville and tangle with the undefeated Big Green on Saturday afternoon.

Ottoville vs OG can be heard live on www.zsportslive.com as can all Lady Titan games this season beginning at 12pm on Saturday.

Scoring:

OG (54):

Devon Warnecke 8
Carri Johnson 6
Dani Ellerbrock 6
Erin Kaufman 7
McKenzie Meyer 2
Kylie White 15
Lexi Schroeder 6
Courtney Bockrath 4

FG: 25/42
FT: 4/6
TO: 18

Van Wert (22):

Cassidy Meyers 4
Ally Jackson 4
Megan Moonshower 3
Abby Jackson 2
Regan Priest 7
#32 – 2

FG: 8/41
FT: 5/7
TO: 25

JV: OG (4-3) 19-10
Ashley Schroeder (OG) 11 points

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All-WBL Football selections announced

The WBL Champion Wapak Redskins who will play this Friday night against Trotwood-Madison in the Division 3 Regional Finals landed 10 players on the 1st team offense and defense in the league teams announced today including WBL Offensive Player of the Year Cameron Lauck, Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year Corey Crawford (also won Defensive Lineman of the Year), and Kicking Specialist Tristan Meyer.

Joining Lauck and Crawford on the 1st team offense were teammates John Bourne (Center), Cody Klosterman (Guard), Kais Chiles (Tight End), and Colin Smith (Flex). Defensively the Redskins 1st teamers were Lauck (DB), Crawford (DE), Cort Merricle (Defensive Line), Jared Cockerell & Landon Hall (Linebackers).

Joining the Redskins on the 1st team were Bath Guard Tyler Shobe, Van Wert Tackle Nolan Smith, Elida QB Logan Alexander, St. Marys RB Eric Spicer, and Ottawa Glandorf WR Logan McDermott.

Defensively the 1st team was rounded out by Bath’s Kyle Lhamon, Kenton’s Aarin Tillman, and OG’s Connor Blossom on the Defensive line. The Bath Wildcat duo of Tyler Shobe and Bo Gross both made the team as a Defensive End and Linebacker respectively. In the secondary the WBL’s 1st was represented by Van Wert Senior Ryan Stoller and Bath’s Chase Clark. The Flex position was nabbed by another Bath defender in Dylan Burkholder.

With the exception of OG’s Bryce Utrup at WR the entire 2nd team offense was represented by a cat or dog mascot as 3 Bath Wildcats (Tackle Easton Rudasil, TE Dylan Burkholder and RB Bo Gross) joined 4 Elida Bulldogs (Center Tristan Edwards, Guard Tyler Kanitz, RB Cole Harmon and WR Brian Upshaw), 1 Defiance Bulldog (TE Abram Smith) and a pair of Celina Bulldogs (QB Caleb Hoyng/Guard Mitch Mabry).

The 2nd team defense consisted of Celina Freshman Seth Huston, Elida Sophomore Dan Tullis and Shawnee Junior Mitchell Shirk. Senior Defensive Ends Mitch Mabry (Celina), and Gavin Cross (Van Wert) joined Linebackers Zach Marks (Celina), Jack Cavanaugh (OG), and Evan Williams (Van Wert). Rounding out the 2nd team were Defensive Backs Jacob Stolly (Celina), Jay Garcia (OG), and Randy Slife of St. Marys who finished with a team high 5 interceptions.

Honorable Mention selections went out to 40 players, 4 from each school:

Bath: Tre Tenny, Kaden Sullivan, Jon Lieurance, Troy Korkate
Celina: CJ Kimmel, Ryan Harter, Austin Boeckman, Dussel Vondenhuevel
Defiance: Alex Gonzalez, Cole Allman, Jorden Scott, Kohle Clellan
Elida: Dylan Holcomb, Noah Mosley, Scott McDonnel, Noah Meeker
Kenton: Tyler Heintz, Austin Buroker, Trent Hites, Mason Crabtree
Ottawa-Glandorf: Zac Unterbrink, Connor Niese, Noah Recker, Jay Kaufman
Shawnee: Jalen Bagley, Austin Allison, Noah Hanjora, Spencer Jordan
St. Marys: Julius Fisher, Dustin Howell, Jonathan Peterson, Aaron Alexander
Van Wert: Justice Tussing, Gavin Gardner, Josh Braun, Jacoby Kelly
Wapakoneta: Cole Hogan, Aaron Huffman, Dylan Kuehl, Drew Voll

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Riders rally past Kenton

KENTON, OHIO – It didn’t start off as a banner night for the St. Marys Roughriders as they found themselves down 17-0 in the opening half, but it sure ended as one as they outscored Kenton 35-6 in the second half to end a losing streak dating back to 2007 against the Wildcats.

Junior signalcaller Dustin Howell tied a school record held by 5 other QB’s in Roughrider history that first dates back to a 1959 contest against Kenton as he tossed a trio of touchdowns on the night. Bob Brown (vs Kenton 1959), Greg Ulrich (vs Celina 1971), Derek Turner (vs Bath 1987), Derek Dunlap (vs Elida 2007), and Jake Taylor (vs Defiance 2008) are the only other passers to have accomplished the feat before Howell on this night.

Kenton’s offense jumped out to a 3-0 lead on their opening drive as Chris Deardorff’s 25 yard field goal and pushed their advantage to 10-0 on their second drive on a 3 yard touchdown run from QB Trent Hites with 6:52 remaining in the opening stanza. After St. Marys Logan Maze was stripped of the football at midfield, Kenton pushed the score to 17-0 as under immense pressure, Hites fired a strike from 34 yards out to Deardorff for a score just in front of the outstretched hands of the defense.

On the games ensuing kickoff the Riders got a 68 yard return from Seth Vorhees that gave them their best field position to begin a drive at the Kenton 21. Using just a trio of plays the offense got on the scoreboard for the first time as Howell tossed his first of three scores on the evening, in the back of the endzone to Randy Slife to cut the Kenton lead to 17-7 with 6:45 to go in the second quarter.

Trailing by the same margin to begin the games penultimate quarter, the Riders offense again turned the ball over as a bad exchange to Howell was recovered by the home squad near the 50 yard line.

A pair of drives later and on the heels of the sixth Kenton punt of the game the Roughriders began their run of points in the second half with Howell’s second touchdown pass, a 66 yard effort caught by Eric Spicer.

With Kenton failing on their next drive to convert on a short fourth down play, St. Marys again took over as they looked to go ahead for the first time in the game and starting from the Kenton 38. On the drives 9th play Howell tied the aforementioned touchdown passes in a game record as he hooked up with Jase Green to go ahead 21-17.

In front of a suddenly nervous home crowd, the Wildcats next drive would end in a quick 3 and out. Despite failing to pick up a first down on their own next drive, St. Marys caught a break when a Jacob James punt was muffed by the Wildcats and gave the visitors new life at their opponents 35 with 9:06 left in the contest.

Even though he had to check out of the game earlier on after taking a big hit from the defense, Rider halfback Eric Spicer scored the first of his two remaining touchdowns on the ground from 35 yards out to run his teams lead to 28-17.

Kenton quickly responded to cut the lead to 28-23 in the game when less than a minute later Hites pass was hauled in by Deardorff for the second time in the game, this time from 4 yards out for a score. Down 5 and with time running out, the Wildcats went for two but an incomplete pass fell short of its intended target to keep the contest 28-23 with 8:19 left.

An unsuccessful onside kick from the Wildcats gave the Roughriders the football at their own 39 after being picked up by Julius Fisher, a Junior who played brilliantly on both sides of the ball in the contest.

Touchdown runs of 25 yards from Spicer and 16 yards by Fisher (following an interception of Hites by Austin Tester) were the final two scoring plays of the game as they resulted in a 42-23 win for St. Marys, their first in the series since beating the Wildcats 28-14 at Robinson Field in 2007.

For his part in the win, Eric Spicer finished with 24 carries for 160 yards and a pair of touchdown runs. Fisher finished the night with 33 yards on the ground and a touchdown, his second of the season and in as many weeks. Freshman Kicker Gabe Vandever continued to stay perfect in the extra point department as he successfully converted on 6/6 post touchdown chances.

St. Marys (4-0, 3-0 WBL) stays undefeated on the season and sees their first 4-0 start since 2008 when they finished at 9-3, as WBL Champions and as a Regional Semifinalist. The Roughriders will next be in action on Friday, September 25th at 7:00pm for their Homecoming game against the Elida Bulldogs (2-2, 1-2) that can be heard live on K94.3 FM or online at www.k943.com with myself and Dennis Cisco on the call beginning with the pregame show at 6:30pm.

Kenton sees their record fall to 1-3 on the season, and 1-2 in the Western Buckeye League. The Wildcats will return to action next week as they travel to Van Wert to take on the 2-2 (1-2) Cougars.

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Riders move to 2-0 with late rally

ST. MARYS, OHIO – There have been monumental victories on each side of the Van Wert/St. Marys rivalry but none will make the Roughrider faithful as happy as the one that took place for their squad Friday night.

Trailing by a 20-0 margin with 3:35 remaining in the first half and knowing their opponent would get the ball on the other side of the halftime break, the Roughriders knew they had to get a score on the board. With field position at their own 20 yard line to begin their drive, the Riders utilized 15 plays to hit pay dirt as Seth Vorhees reception from 2 yards out from Junior QB Dustin Howell as time expired cut the Cougar lead to 20-7 at the half.

After forcing an incomplete pass and a turnover on downs to open the games penultimate quarter, the Roughriders took over at their own 32 to begin their first drive of the second half. Five plays, all runs totaling 68 yards quickly turned into 6 points as Eric Spicer outraced the Van Wert defense 46 yards across the goal line to make the game a 20-14 affair in favor of the visitors. For his efforts on the night, Spicer finished with well over 100 yards rushing behind an offensive line that gave him plenty of time to do so throughout the contest.

The next opportunity to take the lead for St. Marys after a Van Wert punt was thwarted by the Cougars defense as they stood up the Riders on a 4th and 1 play to force another turnover on downs.

Van Wert’s possession of the football would be short lived however as on their fourth play of the drive a fumble that was recovered by St. Marys defender Grant Keith gave his squad the ball at their own 32 with 4:26 remaining.

To their credit once again, the Van Wert defense rose up and forced a third turnover on downs on the ensuing St. Marys drive, and took over at their own 25.

Behind on the scoreboard 20-14 with less than 3 minutes remaining, the Roughriders would force a punt that would change the complexity of the game. Following a big return and after almost coming away with a blocked punt, St. Marys took over at their own 49 yard line with a pair of timeouts and 1:37 remaining.

Two big pick ups of 28 and 19 yards through the air from Howell, who finished 14/20 for 162 and 1 touchdown, 1 interception put the home team with a golden opportunity. Under center and with the clock running, Howell called his own number and went in from a yard out to pick up the points needed to tie the contest at 20-20 with 32.1 seconds left. Freshman Kicker Gabe Vandever’s extra point connected on the games next play and put his team up 21-20 with the kickoff upcoming.

A pair of kick returners in Keagan Hardmon and Jacoby Kelly misplayed a ball near their own 10 yard line and caused a fumble that the Riders quickly pounced on to close out the contest.

Cougars QB Colin Smith had a good night for the visitors as he scored the games first touchdown, a 7 yard jaunt, and threw for a touchdown to Josh Braun to make it 14-0 early in the second period. Justice Tussing, a Senior runningback also added a touchdown run of 4 yards for the visitors in the loss.

With the win the Roughriders up their record to 2-0 overall, and 1-0 in Western Buckeye League play, they will next be at home for a 7:00pm kickoff next Friday night as the Shawnee Indians come to town for a league contest. You can hear that contest live with myself and Dennis Cisco on www.wkki.net or on your radio by tuning in to 94.3FM.

Van Wert sees their record fall to 1-1, 0-1 WBL and will head home to Eggerss Stadium for a conference tilt with Ottawa Glandorf (2-0).

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