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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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Spencerville surges late past Elida

SPENCERVILLE, OH – It took a total team effort and almost all four quarters, but the Spencerville Bearcats kept their record perfect on the young season as they defeated visiting Elida 43-32.

Early in the first quarter behind a strong opening period from 6’4 junior post Alex Carter, the Bearcats jumped out to a 7-0 lead in their home gym. With 1:12 left in the stanza Elida found themselves on the scoreboard for the first time when their leading scorer Shyah Wheeler connected on a two point basket to cut the lead to 7-2.

Nelaya Burden who would lead all scorers with 16 points on the evening for Spencerville totaled 5 of her first half 7 points in the second quarter, but it was again Wheeler who would help lead the visitors back and ultimately into the lead. With 1:23 left in the opening half of play the 5’10 senior connected on a three pointer to put Elida on top 16-14. Three pointers by Hayleigh Bacome and Cienna Kuhn helped to give Elida an 18-17 halftime advantage.

One of the games biggest stories began to come together in the second half of play as each team would see their leading scorers and defenders be given extended time on the bench due to foul trouble.

A free throw to complete an and one opportunity for Burden gave Spencerville a 19-18 lead early in the period and helped to lead her squad to a 10-7 quarter and a two point lead at the third quarter stoppage.

With foul trouble beginning to deeply plague both squads, each team would get to show their skills at the free throw line. For their part the Bearcats were able to connect on 9 of 11 from the charity stripe to help secure their victory.

Jayden Smith led the home team from the stripe and on the floor in the final period as she ended the contest by hitting a key three pointer and 5/6 from the line for 10 points.

Shyah Wheeler led the Elida attack with 11 points, 3.5 under her average through the opening pair of games. The Bulldogs see their season record fall to 1-2 overall and will begin Western Buckeye League play on Thursday night when they play host to defending conference winner Ottawa Glandorf.

Spencerville sees their record move to 2-0 and will travel to Paulding for the start of Northwest Conference play on Thursday night before again hitting the road on Monday night to take on Lima Central Catholic in non-league action.

Scoring:

Spencerville (43):
Kaiden Grigsby 4
Jenna Henline 3
Abbygayle Satterfield 3
Jayden Smith 10
Melanie Keonig 2
Nelaya Burden 16
Alex Carter 5

FT: 12/17
3’s: 3 (Grigsby, Smith, Henline)

Elida (32):
Hayleigh Bacome 9
Cienna Kuhn 7
Shyah Wheeler 11
Amiah Jones 3
Alissa Cuffy 2

FT: 9/14
3’s: 3 (Bacome, Kuhn, Wheeler)

JV: Elida 36-27

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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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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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Riders roll to 5-0

ELIDA, OH – For the second straight season the St. Marys Roughriders will find themselves at 5-0 when Week 6 of the regular season kicks off as they traveled to and defeated Elida 35-7 Friday night in a WBL tilt.

St. Marys wasted no time getting on the scoreboard on their opening drive as they traveled 70 yards on eight plays and found themselves on top 7-0 when Julius Fished rumbled past Bulldog defenders and into the endzone for a six yard score with just 2:45 coming off the first quarter clock.

Seth Warniment’s interception of a redirected pass from Elida QB Isaac McAdams would set the Roughriders up at their opponents 46, and again the visitors would waste little time as the Western Buckeye League’s leading rusher and scorer Eric Spicer burst in from 17 yards out to give his squad a 14-0 advantage with 4:53 to go in the opening stanza.

Three punts and a turnover on downs by the two teams slowed the scoring down in for a while in the game but McAdams draws on fourth down and moments later on a 23 yard touchdown run untouched up the middle cut the home team deficit to just 14-7 with 3:55 before the halftime break.

With all three timeouts and 65 yards to go before the half the Roughriders quick strike offense used :26 before upping their advantage to 21-7 at the break when Dustin Howell connected with Spicer on a screen pass that was turned into a 51 yard marker for St. Marys.

Just as it had happened on three straight possessions in the first half, three straight punts came and went before the Riders were able to add another score on the board.

Starting at their own 43 with 6:03 to go in the games penultimate stanza, St. Marys totaled 11 plays and finished with a Dustin Howell one yard touchdown run coupled with the ensuing extra point by Gabe Vandever to make it 28-7.

One of the longest drives of the season happened near the end of the game as the Roughriders began with 9:48 left in the fourth quarter at their own five. Utilizing five different ball carriers the Riders marched 95 yards and connected on a fourth down attempt on an 18 yard touchdown run by Eric Spicer who blazed past the orange and black defenders for the games final score to push the advantage to 35-7.

On the evening the Roughriders totaled 458 yards on 72 plays from scrimmage to 41 plays and 177 yards for Elida.

Rushing the football the visitors carried 68 times for 384 yards led by Spicer (16/162/2 td), and Julius Fisher who capped off his fifth game of the season of over 100+ yards with a 120 yard effort on 20 totes to go with his touchdown jaunt.

Dustin Howell completed 4/6 of his passes on the evening for 66 yards and a touchdown, the 51 yard connection with Eric Spicer in the second quarter to run his school record total to 18 for his career.

Elida sees their record drop to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in Western Buckeye League play and will travel to Van Wert to take on the 0-5 Cougars next Friday night.

St. Marys is now 5-0 on the season and sits tied with Ottawa Glandorf and Wapak at the top of the WBL standings at 4-0 in league contests. The Roughriders will look to avenge their first loss of last season next Friday night as they travel to take on the Bath Wildcats (1-4, 0-4).

Listen live to St. Marys vs Bath with myself and Phil Schumann on the call with the pregame beginning at 6:30pm here:K94.3 FM Celina

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West sweeps girls D8 games

ELIDA – The 40th annual District 8 All-Star games took place Monday night at Elida with the West squad winning both contests. In the Division 1-2-3 outing the West outscored their Eastern counterparts 72-69 while the Division 4 game saw the West roll to a 64-30 victory.

Tied at 69-69 with seconds left to play in the game Ottawa Glandorf’s Dani Ellerbrock, who will play her college basketball at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University connected on a free throw to give the West a one point advantage before picking the pocket of Bath’s Brittany Ulmer and connecting on a layup for the games final score.

Future Bowling Green Falcon Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) led the east in scoring as she tallied 17 points in the game while teammate Heather Heiby of Celina joined her in double figures with 15, hitting on five three pointers in the loss.

Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) was the games leading scorer with 18 points in her final contest before traveling to Indiana for her collegiate ball at St. Josephs. Maddi Stiles (Wapak/Heidelberg) tallied four three pointers and finished with 15 points while Ellerbrock chipped in with 10.

Scoring:
D 1-2-3 West (72):
Sara Smarkel (Findlay) 9
Marissa Wintrow (Findlay) 2
Kendra Siefring (Fort Recovery) 7
Nicolette Devincentis (Liberty Benton) 18
Dani Ellerbrock (OG) 10
Erika Angstman (St. Marys) 6
Riley Culver (Wapak) 5
Maddi Stiles (Wapak) 15

Playing but not scoring: Lindi Cisco (St. Marys)
Unable to attend: Lynea Diller (Columbus Grove)

D 1-2-3 East (69):
Brittany Ulmer (Bath) 5
Haley McGillvary (Celina) 5
Kelly Stahl (Celina) 4
Heather Heiby (Celina) 15
Denise Schwieterman (Coldwater) 4
Brooklyn Miller (Defiance) 4
Bailey Kuhn (Elida) 6
Essence Cowan (Lima Senior) 9
Rion Thompson (Lima Senior) 17

The Division 4 game featured the West squad led early by the hot shooting of Alyse Clune (New Bremen) and three pointers from five different players. With the East unable to score early on they found themselves behind at the halftime break 26-17. Marion Local’s Emily Mescher gave her West squad plenty of opportunities for extra chances in the half as she pulled down rebound after rebound.

LeAnn Huelsman of Minster and Clune combined to hit four threes in the second half and lead a defensive effort that held their counterparts to just 13 points in the second half en route to the 64-30 victory.

Huelsman and Clune led the way in the contest with 12 points apiece while Natalie Snider of Lima Central Catholic tossed in 8 points to lead her East squad.

Scoring:

D4 West:

Emily Bauer (Crestview) 3
Lexie Hayes (Delphos St. Johns) 3
Kylie Jettinghoff (Ft. Jennings) 7
Emily Mescher (Marion Local) 5
LeAnn Huelsman (Minster) 12
Hannah Schmitmeyer (Minster) 6
Alyse Clune (New Bremen) 12
Debbie Paul (New Bremen) 8
Rachel Leffel (New Knoxville) 5
Nicole Kramer (Ottoville) 3

D4 East (30):

Sydney Faine (Ada) 5
Rachel Wildman (Ada) 2
Brittany Kahle (Kalida) 5
Kylie Osterhage (Kalida) 4
Allison Recker (Kalida) 2
Natalie Snider (LCC) 8
Cassie Niese (Miller City) 4

Playing but not scoring: Micheala Curtis (Hardin Northern), Sara McFadden (Ridgemont), Chloe Kromer (Vanlue)

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Titans claim sectional crown

LEIPSIC, OH – Ottawa Glandorf jumped out to an early lead and turned that lead into an even bigger advantage as they forced 28 turnovers and downed WBL rival Elida for the second straight game, this time eliminating the Bulldogs from the OHSAA Tournament with a 42-26 triumph.

Elida’s first three turnovers were quickly taken from one end of the Leipsic court to the other and deposited for baskets by the duo of Dani Ellerbrock and Lexi Schroeder in the opening minutes and forced the Bulldogs to call a timeout to attempt to regroup. Bailee Kuhn gave Elida their first and only point of the first period with 2:53 remaining in the opening stanza but the Bulldogs found themselves trailing 22-1 when the buzzer sounded to the Western Buckeye League champs.

Offensively Ottawa Glandorf was held to four points in the second quarter, all by Sophomore and conference player of the year frontrunner Kadie Hempfling that included a spinning layup to push the Titan advantage to 26-2. Mallory Etzler gave the visitors on the scoreboard their first make from the field with 2:43 left in the opening half to cut their opponents lead to 26-4.

Lexi Schroeder scored five of her game high 12 points in the third period as she connected on one of two triples for the Titans and helped her squad to a 35-12 lead at the end of the third.

Shyah Wheeler, the leading scorer for Elida on the season at 12.4 points per game scored eight of her team high 10 points in the final minutes of the game but was aided by just a pair of baskets from the field in the quarter from teammates Destiney Owens and Shelby Mowery and a free throw by Abby Smith in the scoring column.

With the 42-26 win the Titans (21-2) move on to play 13-10 Celina for a second time this season on Thursday at 8pm at Paulding High School in a game that will be broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.

Elida sees their season come to an end with 6 wins on the campaign and just one in WBL play.

Scoring:

OG (42):

Devon Warnecke 5
Carri Johnson 2
Dani Ellerbrock 6
Erin Kaufman 6
Kylie White 5
Lexi Schroeder 12
Kadie Hempfling 6

3PT: 2 (Warnecke, Schroeder)
FT: 2/12
TO: 21

Elida (26):

Destiney Owens 2
Cienna Kuhn 3
Shyah Wheeler 10
Shelby Mowery 3
Mallory Etzler 3
Bailee Kuhn 4
Abby Smith 1

3PT: 2 (Wheeler 2)
FT: 5/16
TO: 28

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Titans clinch 8th WBL title in win over Elida

ELIDA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf got up early on their opponent in the first quarter for the second game in a row and forced a myriad of turnovers en route to a 59-32 win over Elida Thursday night. With the win the Titans clinched their 5th outright Western Buckeye League championship in school history and first since 2006.

OG jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the opening minutes behind a trio of buckets from Kadie Hempfling and forced Elida into a timeout midway through the first period. Elida’s first basket of the contest came with :52 remaining in the opening quarter from Cienna Kuhn that put a stop to a 12-0 Titan run. Shyah Wheeler, the Bulldogs leading scorer on the season at 12.2 points per game connected on a runner at the horn that sent the game to a stoppage at 14-4 with the visitors in the lead.

Senior point guard Dani Ellerbrock scored six of her eight points in the game in the first half, including 4-4 from the free throw line as she helped push the Titan lead to 23-8. With 3:07 remaining in the second quarter the Bulldogs got themselves in double figures as Junior Lauren Alexander notched her only points of the game on a three pointer from the wing.

Kylie White, Kadie Hempfling, and Lexi Schroeder, the three top scorers in the game for OG accounted for 25 of their teams 31 points in the opening pair of quarters and 44 of the 59 overall.

The Titans outscored Elida 28-18 in the second half en route to the win led by seven different players etching their names in the scoring.

Ottawa Glandorf was led in scoring for the 9th time this season by Hempfling who finished with 20 points to go with 7 rebounds and 5 steals. White finished with another double double as she accounted for 15 markers, 12 rebounds and 5 thefts of her own.

With the win the Titans finish the regular season at 20-2 for the second consecutive regular season. The #1 seed in the Division 2 Paulding District, the Titans will open their tournament run on February 20th at 6:15pm in Leipsic against either Bryan or the same Elida Bulldogs in a game that will be broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.

Elida finishes their regular season at 5-17, and were led in scoring by Bailee Kuhn who accounted for 11 points.

Scoring:

OG (59):
Dani Ellerbrock 8
Mackenzie Meyer 2
Nina Brown 2
Kylie White 15
Lexi Schroeder 9
Kadie Hempfling 20
Courtney Bockrath 3

TO: 15
FT: 13/20
3PT: 2 (Schroeder 2)

Elida (32):
Lauren Alexander 3
Cienna Kuhn 6
Shyah Wheeler 9
Mallory Etzler 1
Bailee Kuhn 11
Abby Smith 2

TO: 17
FT: 4/9
3PT: 2 (Alexander, Wheeler)

JV: OG 41-33 (Titans finish 9-13 in JV action this season)

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Riders rush past Bulldogs

ST. MARYS, OHIO – Three different backs recorded 100+ yards for St. Marys as they improved to 5-0 on the season by downing Elida 35-21 on Friday nights Homecoming Game inside Skip Baughman Stadium.

With a couple of backs banged up and still on the sideline for his team, Roughrider Head Coach Doug Frye has utilized a “next man up” mentality in at times to fill their holes. In the previous two contests one of those hole pluggers has been Julius Fisher. Coming into the contest with 8 carries for 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the season, Fisher had a career night running the football as he toted the ball 14 times for 114 yards and a score from 3 yards out.

Offensively the Roughriders had no problems moving the ball up and down the gridiron against the Elida defense as they racked up 495 yards on 62 plays from scrimmage, an average of 7.9 yards per play.

Starting from their own 23 yardline to begin the game, St. Marys took 4:20 off the clock and put themselves up 7-0 as Dustin Howell tossed his 6th touchdown pass of the year, a dart over the middle to wideout Austin Tester.

Eric Spicer, who finished the contest with 17 carries for 194 yards scored the Riders second touchdown of the game on their next drive as he jaunted in from 26 yards to finish off a quick 61 yard drive with 3:19 to go in the opening stanza.

Elida’s Logan Alexander, the WBL’s leading rusher coming into Week 5 got the visitors on the scoreboard and down just 14-7 on the following drive as he bullied himself into the endzone from a yard out with 11:01 remaining before the half.

Julius Fisher’s 3 yard touchdown run pushed the lead back to a pair of scores at 21-7 and finished off a 15 play 89 yard drive that spanned four and a half minutes.

Despite having thrown just one touchdown pass on the season, Alexander regained the form that saw him throw for 269 yards last season as he hit wide receiver Noah Mosely across the middle for a 33 yard score to close the gap to 21-14 heading to the halftime break.

For the second time in the game and with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter, Spicer waltzed into the endzone, this time from 35 yards out to give his team a 28-14 lead.

The final score of the game for Elida came from Alexander as he brought his team within 7 at 28-21 near the end of the third, from 3 yards out to finish off a 9 play 57 yard drive.

Dustin Howell’s touchdown run of a yard following a Randy Slife interception at the Elida 19 added the final touches on the contest for St. Marys as it pushed the final margin to 35-21 with 9:42 to go.

One of the best drives of the season would come for Elida on their last time handling the football as they utilized 5:29 and drove from their own 32 to the St. Marys 20 before seeing Grant Keith put an end to the scoring opportunity with an interception in the back corner of the endzone to seal the contest.

St. Marys second leading rusher on the season Logan Maze finished the ballgame with 108 yards to add the third 100+ yard rusher on the evening.

With the win the Roughriders improve to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the Western Buckeye League. The first Friday in October will see St. Marys play host to the Bath Wildcats in a contest you can hear live on www.k943.com with the pregame beginning at 6:30pm.

Elida sees their record fall to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in WBL play, they will next play host to Van Wert (3-2) next Friday night.

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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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