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St Marys dominates Defiance, claims outright WBL crown

ST. MARYS, OH – With their dominating 50-0 win on Friday night against visiting Defiance the St. Marys Roughriders can call themselves outright Western Buckeye League Champions for the first time since 2003 when they claimed the crown with an 8-1 league mark.

According to computer points projections from Joe Eitel the Roughriders not only clinched the league title they also sewed up a Week 11 first round playoff home game at Skip Baughman Stadium when the postseason begins on Friday, November 3rd.

St. Marys got things rolling early on their first drive of the contest as they opened the game by finishing off a quick five play drive with QB Colin Clements fourth rushing touchdown in the past seven days to go on top 7-0 after an extra point from kicker Gabe Vandever with just 1:36 coming off the clock.

Four punts and a turnover on downs by St. Marys after the games opening salvo it was again the Roughriders who struck the scoreboard quickly. A three play drive covering 75 yards led entirely by rushes from RB Ty Schlosser finished in a 13-0 advantage for the home squad when the tailback blitzed in from seven yards out.

The ensuing extra point to Schlosser’s score for the Riders pushed across a bit of history for St. Marys as Vandever’s extra point flew threw the uprights for his 41st consecutive make of the season and gave him one more than former record holder Jeff Hughes who hit on 40 consecutive extra points during the 1992 State Championship campaign.

Despite beginning in St. Marys territory following a big return on their next opportunity to touch the ball and beginning inside the home squads territory, the Bulldogs would be forced to punt away the ball for the fourth time in the game.

Beginning at their own 29 with exactly 10:00 left in the first half the Roughriders coupled a 31 yard run by Braeden Dunlap with a 15 yard penalty on Defiance before sending Schlosser into the Bulldog endzone with 9:40 to go in the first half from 26 yards out for his second score of the first half to make the score 21-0 St. Marys.

Defiance and Sophomore QB Caden Kline were able to move the ball well on their following drive, but a pair of incomplete passes would again force them to punt away the football. Sean Perry fielded the Defiance punt at his own 15 yard line and quickly sliced and diced his way through the heart of the Bulldogs special teams and into the endzone for an 85 yard punt return score for St. Marys.

Perry’s return pushed the home teams lead to 28-0 with 5:16 to go in the opening two quarters and fell just a yard short of tying Chip Cisco’s 1975 punt return against Bath as being the longest in school history.

On their sixth attempted punt of the first half the Bulldogs found themselves victims of a double punt block by the duo of Reed Aller and Trey Fisher that gave the Roughriders the ball for the first time starting on their half of the field at the 10.

Normally a defensive stalwart, it was Reed Aller who put up the next score of the evening to push the game to 35-0 in St. Marys favor when he caught a six yard touchdown pass from Colin Clements with 2:51 remaining before the half.

In accordance with OHSAA rules, the second half began with a running clock due to the 30+ point differential.

Braeden Dunlap would take the snaps at QB for the Roughrider offense to begin the second half, and would take just four plays to toss his third touchdown pass of the season when he hooked up with Sean Perry on a 2 yard throw that ran the differential to 42 in his teams favor.

A second blocked punt by the duo of Aller and Fisher seemed to lead to St. Marys taking over possession of the football with 6:48 remaining in the third quarter, but was ruled a safety by the officials when it was deemed Defiance fell on the ball in their own endzone.

Leading 44-0 following the safety and a pair of traded possessions the Roughrider substitutes put the final score of the game on the Skip Baughman scoreboard when Eddie Fowler cashed in on a three yard run for his second score of the season. Parker Enoch who entered the contest to attempt the extra point after Vandever had connected on all five of his attempts of the evening never got the chance to kick the football as it sailed away from the holder and he was quickly tackled once he picked it up with a 50-0 lead.

Defiance who falls to 1-8 overall, and 1-7 in Western Buckeye League play has now not scored on St. Marys in eight straight quarters as they were shut out at home last season 41-0. The Bulldogs will end their season next week seeking their first road win of the 2017 campaign as they take on the Van Wert Cougars.

Week 10 will see the Roughriders hit the road themselves as they look to finish unbeaten in WBL play for the first time under head coach Doug Frye when they do battle with the 6-3 Wapak Redskins.

Dunlap led the Riders on the ground in the contest as he carried 6 times for 92 yards. In all the St. Marys Roughriders outgained their opponents 313-112, including 39 rushes for 295 yards from a dozen ball carriers.


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.


Second half run fuels Rider blowout

ST. MARYS, OHIO – St. Marys snapped their two game losing streak Friday night with a fast start and a furious finish against Defiance, downing the Bulldogs 50-12.

After seeing Defiance move the football from their own 30 to the St. Marys 1, the Riders defense rose up and stopped the Bulldogs from getting into the endzone on three straight run plays. On fourth and goal Defiance QB Alex Gonzalez’ pass fell incomplete as the home squad’s goal line stand forced a turnover on downs.

With the ball resting inside their own 1 yard line the Roughriders went to work as Dustin Howell who began the drive with a four yard rush finished it off with an 8 yard touchdown run to put his team on top 7-0 with 4:56 to go in the first quarter.

Defiance found themselves down just a point at 7-6 following their own long drive and touchdown, an 8 yard pitch and catch from Gonzalez to 6’2 Senior wideout Abram Smith that capped off a 74 yard drive over 2:56 midway through the second period.

Austin Tester’s 47 yard scamper on the ensuing drives 5th play for St. Marys set the stage for backfield mate Eric Spicer’s 10th rushing touchdown of the season 2:18 later that pushed the Rider lead to 14-6 following a successful Seth Vorhees extra point.

Another punt from Defiance would give St. Marys the football at their own 25 and they would exhaust just 1:38 in moving 75 yards to paydirt as Howell rushed for his second touchdown of the game and 5th of the season, this time from 21 yards out to push the lead to 21-6 where it would stay heading into the halftime break.

On the opening drive of the second half, the Bulldogs would pull within nine points of the Roughriders as Gonzalez traversed 33 yards for a score through the heart of the defense and into the endzone. With the score sitting at 21-12, Defiance would be forced to go for a two point conversion but see their pass fall incomplete and thwart their attempt to add a pair of points to their score.

Sometimes injuries to key players forces teams to give opportunities to players in situations they might not normally get a chance to do so in, and that was never more true than tonight as St. Marys gave many players the opportunity to carry the football. One of those players that made the most of his opportunity Friday night was 5’10, 190lb Junior TJ Mele. In addition to his 81 yards rushing on the night, Mele would add the next St. Marys touchdown as he bowled over defenders on his way to the score, a 20 yard jaunt that gave his team a 27-12 lead with 9:43 to go in the third quarter. Dustin Howell’s ensuing successful two point conversion pushed the advantage to 29-12.

Following a third Defiance turnover on downs on the evening the Riders upped their lead to 36-12 when Jase Green caught his second pass and second touchdown of the season, from 9 yards out from Howell.

Randy Slife’s team leading third interception of the season not only put an end to the Bulldogs next drive, it also gave his offense terrific field position at their own 49 to begin their next drive.

Eight plays and 3:09 is the amount of plays and amount of time the Riders would need to cash in for their next score as Howell’s third touchdown run of the game upped the home team advantage to 43-12 as he scampered in from four yards out. As the Roughriders had taken a 30+ point advantage, the running clock was triggered for the final quarter following the score.

The games final touchdown came with just 3:31 remaining as Sophomore RB Shannon Fowler split through the Defiance defense and cashed in on a 37 yard touchdown run on just his second carry as a varsity runner.

As the clock hit 0:00 the Roughriders found themselves on the winning side of a 50-12 margin that gave them win #6 on the year against just a pair of losses. Defiance with the loss sees their record drop to 1-7 overall and 0-7 in WBL play.

St. Marys (6-2, 5-2) will travel to Wapak to take on the 8-0 (7-0 WBL) Redskins on October 23rd in a game that will be broadcast live on K94.3 FM beginning with the pregame at 6:30pm with myself and Dennis Cisco on the call, while Defiance goes home to take on Van Wert (4-4, 3-4 WBL) at 7pm.

For the second week in a row the Roughriders gained over 400 yards on offense, led by Eric Spicer who went over 1,000 yards on the season by picking up 145 yards on 18 carries. For his part in the offense, TJ Mele added 81 yards, including a 57 yard scamper that set up one of the Howell touchdown runs.

Defiance gained 238 yards in the first half of the football game and finished with 369 yards in the contest. Unfortunately for Defiance they finished their night be giving up 50 points for the second week in a row in the loss.