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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.

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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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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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Roughriders comeback ends in OT win

ST. MARYS – The Roughriders didn’t lead once in regulation but found themselves in the lead when it mattered most as they moved to 3-0 in Western Buckeye League play with a 35-34 overtime victory Friday night over visiting Shawnee.

After being forced to punt on their opening drive the Indians got their offensive machine rolling early on their second trip with the ball as they marched 56 yards in just over four minutes and on top of the scoreboard 7-0 when Quarterback Johnny Caprella connected on a 9 yard touchdown pass to runningback Javion Daniels.

As they would be forced to do for most of the contest the Roughriders would push one of their own scores across in response to an Indian marker. Led by big runs from the trio of Shannon Fowler, Sean Perry, and Braeden Dunlap the Riders found themselves quickly knocking at the door to achieve their first touchdown. Colin Clements second rushing touchdown of the season, this time from a yard out with 1:28 remaining in the opening period pulled St. Marys back to even at 7-7.

Shawnee tossed an interception that was secured by Drew Jacobs on an overthrown ball on their next possession, but would again find themselves in the scoring column as they capped off an 89 yard five minute plus drive following a 56 yard Trey Fisher punt that pinned the Indians at their own 11.

Having already scored on a pass reception, Daniels would add a rushing score to his resume on the evening as he jaunted four yards down the right sideline with 5:06 left in the half to make the game 14-7 Shawnee where it would stay throughout the halftime break.

If the first half was a defensive struggle then the second half could be best described as an offensive explosion between the two longtime WBL rivals.

St. Marys began the scoring explosion on the opening drive of the third as they moved themselves 63 yards in just under four minutes and to even at 14-14 when Dunlap connected with Ty Howell for a 25 yard pass and catch touchdown.

On the first play of the fourth quarter and on fourth and three to go the Indians pushed back ahead by seven points at 21-14 when Caprella sprinted down the right side and in to the endzone from 39 yards yard with just ten seconds gone in the period.

Similar to what they had done to open the half the Roughriders put together a quick strike drive that yielded the game tying touchdown with just 5:38 to go when Shannon Fowler scored on a six yard rush.

Not to be outdone by their hosts the Indians again scored quickly to retake the advantage just 2:20 later when Daniels scored for a third time in the game and for the second time on the ground on the evening with a 46 yard score to push Shawnee’s lead to 28-21 with 3:18 to go.

Eight plays and 68 yards is all it took for St. Marys to pull the ballgame back to even once again when the WBL’s second leading rusher Sean Perry scored for the first time on the night from 31 yards away to make it a 28-28 contest.

Despite being able to move the ball effectively thanks to quick feet from Caprella and screen passes to wideout Grant Wheeler the Indians were able to move to midfield with time winding down but were unable to score before the final buzzer of regulation and force the game to a first overtime period.

On their first and ultimately only possession in overtime St. Marys relied again on the duo of Fowler and Dunlap for their first lead of the game. With his second carry of the quick three play drive it was Ty Schlosser who pushed his team ahead 35-28 with a 1 yard touchdown run that utilized Gabe Vandever’s fifth extra point of the game to give the Riders a seven point lead.

Perhaps to the surprise of their opponents the Indians utilized four running plays and pulled within a point of tying the game when Caprella scored from five yards out.

Shawnee coach Frank Crea rolled the dice for his team and chose to attempt a game winning two-point conversion instead of possibly sending the game to a second overtime, but fell short when Caprella was stuffed near the goal line by the Riders who secured their sixth all-time overtime victory in ten chances.

Offensively Shawnee saw their QB Caprella rush for 143 yards on the evening in addition to throwing for 122 on 16/21 passing. Joining the Indian attack on the ground was Wheeler who carried 14 times for 120 yards.

Next week the Indians (2-2, 1-2) will be home as they take on the Van Wert Cougars.

St. Marys was led on the ground by Sean Perry who toted the football 15 times for 120 yards on the night. The Roughriders (3-1, 3-0) will travel to Kenton to take on the Wildcats in Week 5 next Friday night.

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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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2017 St Marys Football by the numbers

ST MARYS, OH – When the Roughriders kick off their 2017 season next Friday night at Sidney they will do so for the first time since 2009 as the defending Western Buckeye League champions as they finished in a 3-way tie for the title during their 2016 run to the Regional Finals and an 11-2 record.

By virtue of their WBL title last season the Riders have now placed 23 conference championships for football in the trophy case at Memorial High School, the most in the league (Van Wert is next on the list with 18 all-time trophies).

This season the Riders will look to replace not only a lot of their leadership but also some of the most productive players in school history and break in new players to the starting lineup.

Week 1 will see St. Marys travel south to Sidney to continue their opening round battle against the Yellow Jackets. Last season the Riders survived a scare from a talented Sidney squad and emerged 43-39 winners after rallying from a 19 point deficit with a Julius Fisher score to secure the victory.

All-time against Sidney the Riders sport a 34-23-4 record, including wins in their last three contests in the series by a combined 154-88 margin. Three seasons ago St. Marys hung a school record 71 on the Yellow Jackets, but will find a high paced offense led by Northwestern commit Isaiah Bowser and dual threat QB Andre Gordon hungry to hand them an opening game loss.

When Week 2 rolls around the Riders will be looking to become the first WBL school to record 400 wins in conference play as they travel to Ottawa to tangle with the team who beat them last in league play and snatched a share of the league title in the OG Titans. QB play was a big positive for the Titans in their 13-7 win at Skip Baughman last season, but OG will be missing starter Jay Kaufman this season due to injury. St. Marys leads the all-time series 34-15-1, but have not beaten Ken Shriner’s crew since winning in Ottawa in 2009 21-13.

Weeks three and four of the season will welcome Van Wert and Shawnee to Skip Baughman. Van Wert who finished winless last season has not beaten the Riders at home since 2013 when they posted their only victory of the season there 41-32. Overall the Roughriders find themselves 53-37-6 against the Cougars.

Shawnee finished 2016 with just a single victory, 28-26 at Van Wert and will break in a new QB after the departure of last seasons starter Ray Manley and attempt to end their two game skid against St. Marys who they have beaten just 19 times overall in 55 opportunities.

Kenton’s Wildcats play host to the Riders in week five as they venture away from home for just a single game in the middle of a four game homestand. Two seasons ago St. Marys ended a 7 game Kenton series winning streak by rallying back from a 17-0 Wildcat lead and scored a 42-23 win behind a school record tying 3 touchdown passes from Dustin Howell. Overall the Riders hold a 54-25-2 advantage in the two teams meetings.

A two game home stand against two teams from Lima in Elida and Bath highlights weeks six and seven at Skip Baughman. Last season the Riders defeated both squads on the road and improved their records against them all-time to 39-8 (Elida), and 34-18 (Bath).

The Battle of Grand Lake St. Marys takes center stage in week eight as the Riders travel to take on their rivals the Celina Bulldogs. Last season the Riders were victorious at home but they will no doubt be looking to erase memories of a 28-21 loss to the green and white that kept them from a possible playoff berth. Overall the Riders have dominated the series with a 63-29-6 lead.

As the season winds down the Roughriders will return back to the confines of the blue and gold colored stadium they’ve called home for the past 80 plus years to take on a Defiance squad they dominated last season, but have struggled with historically and hold just a 29-21 series lead against.

There’s no telling how the playoff race will have shaken out for the first nine weeks when the Riders travel to Wapak to take on the Redskins in the seasons final regular season game, but recent history suggests no matter what it will be a playoff type atmosphere at Harmon Field. St. Marys picked up a 13-7 victory last season at home in Week nine and owns a 67-40-5 record against the Redskins.

Overall against this seasons regular week opponents the Roughriders sport a 442-235-25 record. On the road at the aforementioned venues St. Marys is 77-35, and 80-29 at home.

2017 Season Schedule
8/25 at Sidney
– Series record: St. Marys leads 34-23-4
– St. Marys at Sidney: St. Marys leads 12-5
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

9/1 at OG
– Series record: St. Marys leads 34-15-1
– St. Marys at OG: St. Marys leads 16-6
– Current streak: OG won last season

9/8 vs Van Wert
– Series record: St. Marys leads 53-37-6
– St. Marys home vs VW: leads 19-7
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

9/15 vs Shawnee
– Series record: St. Marys leads 35-19-1
– St. Marys home vs Shawnee: St. Marys leads 13-4
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 2 meetings

9/22 at Kenton
– Series record: St. Marys leads 54-25-2
– St. Marys at Kenton: St. Marys leads 15-8
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 2 meetings

9/29 vs Elida
– Series record: St. Marys leads 39-8
– St. Marys home vs Elida: St. Marys leads 19-3
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

10/6 vs Bath
– Series record: St. Marys leads 34-18
– St. Marys home vs Bath: St. Marys leads 15-7
– Current streak: St. Marys won last season

10/13 at Celina
– Series record: St. Marys leads 63-29-6
– St. Marys at Celina: St. Marys leads 19-6
– Current streak: St. Marys won last season

10/20 vs Defiance
– Series record: St. Marys leads 29-21
– St. Marys home vs Defiance: St. Marys leads 14-8
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

10/27 at Wapak
– Series record: St. Marys leads 67-40-5
– St. Marys at Wapak: St. Marys leads 15-10
– Current streak: St. Marys won last season

All games this season can be heard live starting with pregame at 6:30pm on K94.3 FM with myself and Dennis Cisco.

*Records and numbers compiled with help of Paul Sadler and Roughrider Football History Website

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Riders football runs to record year

ST. MARYS, OH – Despite their season coming to an end last weekend in the Regional Finals, the 2016 version of St. Marys football rushed themselves into the schools record books in a multitude of ways.

Before this season it had been eight full years since the Roughriders found themselves with a share of the Western Buckeye League as they did this season with an 8-1 record. In the 2008 season St. Marys finished with a 7-2 result of their conference slate and shared the championship four ways with Shawnee, Kenton, and Defiance. Overall the Roughriders were able to pick up their WBL leading 23rd conference championship, no other team outside of Van Wert (18) has reached double digits in that category.

By ending their regular season at 9-1 the Riders also found themselves back in the playoffs and with the opportunity to host a first round playoff game for just the third time in school history, and for the first time since 2003 when they fell to Cincinnati Wyoming 18-16. This years Riders found their opponents to be the Dayton Belmont Bison when the seedings were finalized and had little issue with their opponents as they defeated the Bison 42-8 for the first home playoff win in program history.

Offensively St. Marys finished as the second highest scoring unit in a single season as they racked up 474 points for an average of 36.5 points per game that also ranks in the top 10 for a single season at 6th.

Against Sidney in the 2016 season opener the Riders survived a strong Jackets attack for a 43-39 win and also set a pair of records in the process as they rushed 77 times (previous record was 75 times in a game vs Sidney in 2000), and totaled 84 total offensive plays to break the previous mark of 81 vs Sidney in the same 2000 contest mentioned above.

Individually the Riders saw a handful of individual records fall or would see players rise quickly up the ranks. Quarterback Dustin Howell leaves his football eligibility behind as the schools all-time leading yardage passer as the first QB in school history to throw for over 2,000 yards as he finished with 2,052. Howell also leaves as the leader in passing touchdowns with 20 scoring tosses. On the ground Howell also finished with 25 rushing scores in his time under center. There have been eight instances of a QB throwing for three touchdowns in a single game, three times that feat has been accomplished by Howell, including most recently this season as he tossed a trio of scores at Shawnee.

Rushing the football St. Marys accounted for 4500 plus yards behind the Senior dominated lineup of 1st Team WBL Offensive Tackle Garrett Lauth, 1st Team WBL Center Jonathan Peterson, 2nd Team WBL Guard Aaron McGraw, Tyler Miller, and the conference Lineman of the Year Joey Morlino.

With many holes to run through Eric Spicer finished his career as the Riders 3rd all-time leading rusher by running for 1,620 yards during his Senior year (4th best single season mark), and 3,647 yards on the ground in his career. Spicer, who finished as the WBL Back of the Year and was a 1st Team All-NW District selection reached the endzone 31 times via rush and 38 times overall (6 receiving/1 kick return).

Alongside the damage Spicer did on the ground this season he was joined by Julius Fisher who opened the season with six straight 100+ yard games and finished with 1,220 yards rushing. With their combined total of 2,840 yards the Riders Senior duo finished just 6 yards from being the highest gaining twosome in a single season in school history (Shawn Lamb/Adam Kerns & Bo Frye/Justin Nagel each finished with a 2,845 combined total).

Defensively the Riders not only found themselves giving up just 11.0 ppg, St. Marys surrendered 166 points in 13 games and also posted their first shutout almost a decade to the date of their last shutout with both coming against Bath. In all the Riders would finish the season by blanking three straight opponents (Bath/Celina/Defiance) and accomplishing that streak for the first time since 1982 when they opened the season by shutting out their first four opponents of the year.

Five Roughrider defenders finished the season with over 100 tackles, led by Junior and 1st Team WBL LB Austin Giesige who tallied 136 tackles. Grant Keith’s 133 stops put him as the second highest tackler for St. Marys while first year starting linebacker Jackson Harris nabbed the bronze with 120 tackles. Rounding out the 100+ stops club for the #1 ranked defensive unit in the WBL were 1st Team DB Dustin Howell with 111 stops, and the conference’s Defensive Lineman of the Year Matt Patten with 100 tackles.

During their last WBL Championship season in 2008 the Roughrider offense picked up 242 first downs. This seasons Riders finished with 22 first downs in the Regional Finals against Trotwood-Madison and eclipsed the 2008 team in that statistic as they finished by earning 257 first downs on the year.

Sophomore kicker Gabe Vandever not only broke the school single season record for Field Goals made by finishing with 9, he also broke the career record previously held by Tom Walter during the 82 and 83 seasons in which he made 4 and 6 respectively.

Perhaps the biggest number of all to fall for St. Marys came this season for their long time head coach Doug Frye. With the Riders 43-7 victory at Shawnee in Week 3 of the season the Roughriders mentor collected his 200th career win and became just the second coach in school history to do so following in the footsteps of the legendary Skip Baughman who racked up 272 victories in his storied career.

Though the 2016 season might have come to an end, this years crop of players will live long into what is a vast and storied history of St. Marys football as they had a record year that saw the team finish with more then 10 wins for the 12th time in school history.

*Records compiled with the help of Paul Sadler, Rider Football Stats crew, St. Marys HS and their fantastic record keeping located here: Rider Football History

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D3R12 Regional Final Preview

PIQUA, OH – Saturday night at Piqua Alexander Stadium and Purk Field the St. Marys Roughriders will take on the Trotwood Madison Rams at 7pm with a trip to the Division 3 State Semifinals on the line.

For the past six seasons the Rams have dominated the Region and have made seven overall trips to the State Semifinals but have come away with just one trophy (2011).

St. Marys is seeking their first trip to the State Semis since they 2004 when they finished as State Runner-Up to Benedictine.

On the season both teams have featured high powered offenses as Trotwood is averaging 41 points per game while the Roughriders are the third highest single season offensive attack in school history with 447 points (37.3). Defensively the Riders are surrendering just 11 points per contest while their opponents from Trotwood have given away just 103 markers on the season (8.6).

When Trotwood Madison has the football they will rely on a pair of All-GWOC selections in Junior RB Raveion Hargrove and South Division Co-Athlete of the Year in QB Markell Stephens-Peppers. Hargrove who finished with over 3,000 yards rushing as a Sophomore last season has accounted for 1186 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns while Stephens-Peppers has thrown for 1624 yards, 20 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions.

During their 12 games this season the Rams are giving up just 76.0 yards rushing per game which is second in the entire GWOC behind Wayne’s 65.8 yards allowed. Trotwood is led by Kobe Vinegar (103 tackles, 3 sacks) and James Parker (83 tackles) and have allowed more then 10 points only 5 times this season while also posting a pair of shutouts along the way.

Last week the Rams were victorious 47-10 over New Richmond in a contest they found themselves ahead 41-3 at halftime. In the win Trotwood accumulated 400 total yards and held New Richmond’s offense to 216 total yards. Hargrove scored the contests opening touchdown as he rushed for a 63 yard gain, and later added a marker from 4 yards out on his way to 117 yards on just 8 carries for the evening. Stephens-Peppers connected on 5/9 passing for 184 yards and a trio of touchdowns, including a 62 yard strike to Caleb Johnson that resulted in the Rams second score of the game.

In their 55-31 victory over Region 12’s top ranked Franklin Wildcats the Roughriders rushed for 450 yards as a team and just missed having three rushers finish with 100 plus yards on the evening (Eric Spicer 15/174, Julius Fisher 22/125, Sean Perry 11/98). St. Marys finished the contest with 650 all-purpose yards and were led by Spicer who in addition to his ground gain returned a 96 yard kickoff return for a touchdown just moments after a Franklin score.

Defensively the Roughriders gang tackling efforts saw seven players finish in double digits in tackles, led by Grant Keith’s 15 stops. On the season the Riders have three players (Austin Giesige 125, Keith 121, Jackson Harris 110) with triple digits in total tackles and two more within a pair of tackles from hitting that mark.

A big weapon for the Roughriders during their playoff run and through the course of the season has been their kicker Gabe Vandever. Last week Vandever connected on 7/7 extra point attempts and on both of his field goal attempts. On the year the St. Marys Sophomore has broken a pair of school records with 7/7 effort on field goals and is now the school single season leader and career leader for field goals made.

St. Marys Head Coach Doug Frye on the Rams offense: “They’ve been the team in the region to beat. Their QB play has been very good if not great, their QB has done a terrific job. This is the best Trotwood offense I’ve seen over the years. We just need to play great team defense and tackle a little better than we have in the past couple of weeks”.

What: Division 3 Regional Finals
Who: St. Marys (11-1), Trotwood Madison (10-2)
Where: Alexander Stadium, Purk Field (Piqua, Ohio)

Listen live: WKKI Radio 94.3 FM (6:30pm Pregame, 7:00pm Kickoff)

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Roughriders roll into Regional Finals

HUBER HEIGHTS, OH – St. Marys on paper might have come in as the underdog but they surely did not play like one Saturday night in Huber Heights as the fourth seeded Roughriders eliminated top seeded Franklin from the Division 3 playoffs 55-31.

Having won the opening kickoff the Riders decided to take their chances on offense first, and just as it had last week at home against Belmont that decision would pay off again as they put points on the board to end their first chance with the football.

Starting from their own 32 the Roughriders utilized a trio of runners in Eric Spicer, Julius Fisher, and Sean Perry as they moved quickly into Franklin territory before being forced to settle for a Gabe Vandever 31 yard field goal and a 3-0 lead.

Franklin and their big play offense were able to move the ball effectively on their opening possession, but saw it come to an end when a pass from Junior QB Braden White found its way into the hands of St. Marys defender Drew Jacobs.

Eleven plays and close to five minutes came off the board for St. Marys on their second drive of the game as Coach Doug Frye’s troops reeled off four first downs including a 46 yard scamper from Spicer. Julius Fisher’s first touchdown of the evening put the Roughriders ahead by a 10-0 margin heading into the second quarter.

Behind 10-0 early in the second stanza the Wildcats finally were able to dent the scoreboard in the contest as White connected on a 10 yard touchdown pass to Jared Kinzer to cut the Rider advantage down to just three.

Just one play after seeing teammate Julius Fisher pick up a 10 yard gain on first down it was again Eric Spicer’s turn for the big play as he jaunted 65 yards through the Franklin defense for his 14th rushing touchdown of the season to push the Riders lead back to double digits at 17-7.

On the ensuing kickoff the Wildcats found themselves behind the benefit of a 15 yard penalty against their opponents for hit to the head and set up shop near midfield. Despite having worked the ball inside the St. Marys red zone the home team was forced to settle for a 25 yard field goal to get within 7 as they fumbled the ball on third down and were backed up six yards.

As he had done the previous time that Franklin came away with a score, Spicer against pushed the Rider lead back to where it had been as he returned a kickoff 95 yards for his second touchdown of the game.

Julius Fisher’s second touchdown run of the first half came on the Riders last possession of the quarter that began at the Franklin 27 following a bad punt by the Wildcats and he blitzed in from two yards out to make it a 31-10 St. Marys lead heading into the halftime break.

In the first half Spicer accounted for 332 all purpose yards and helped his team accumulate 251 yards on the ground with his 9 carries for 156. Total offense for the first half of play had the Riders out gain their opponents 251-246.

Ryan Montgomery, the dynamic Junior all-purpose threat for Franklin started the second half with a 22 yard touchdown run for his squad that cut the lead down to 31-17 just two minutes into the third quarter.

A fumble on the first play of the next St. Marys drive hit the turf and found its way right back into the arms of a waiting Roughrider. Following the fumble recovery in which they actually gained three yards of field position, the Riders would be faced with a third down and be forced to throw their first pass since Week 10 against OG. On their first and only passing play of the contest, Dustin Howell connected with Julius Fisher for a 15 yard gain that gave St. Marys a first down and new life on a drive that almost came to an end on two different occasions. Just as he had done two times previous, Fisher was again the work horse and rumbled in from 12 yards out for a score that put his team on top 38-17.

With Dustin Howell stopped on a third down rushing attempt for no gain on their next drive, the Roughriders were forced to settle for a second Vandever field goal, this one from 25 yards away to extend their advantage to 41-17 with 10:46 remaining in the game.

Franklin cut the St. Marys lead to 41-25 on the next drive when White not only hooked up with Kinzer for a second time in the game, but also ran in a two point conversion just 1:23 later.

Defensively the Roughriders did to White just as they had done to Franklin QB’s in the 1989 game and that was send them repeatedly into the turf all night long. Despite Franklin starting at the St. Marys 49 and moving near the 30, the Riders forced a pair of sacks on third and fourth down to give their offense new live and good field position to begin their next drive.

Riding the momentum of what their defense had been doing all night long in keeping their opponents from scoring, the offensive unit utilized Fisher again and he responded for his fourth touchdown run of the night to make it 48-25 with 3:49 left.

Braden White who would finish 23/28 on the night passing and actually catch a pass himself from Montgomery on the night tossed his fourth touchdown pass of the contest as he connected on a 4 yard score to Noah Kremer to cut the Rider lead down to 48-31.

Starting from their opponents 45 and with 2:27 remaining after a failed onside kick attempt, St. Marys began to milk the clock with their running game. Dustin Howell scrambled up the middle on the drives fourth play and found nothing but 40 yards of Wayne HS field in front of him as he waltzed into the endzone with just :42 left and put the finishing touches on a 55-31 Rider victory.

On the evening three St. Marys rushers went over the century mark as Eric Spicer led the way with 15 carries for 174 yards. Julius Fisher finished with a four touchdown night and went over the 1,000 yard barrier for the season and was joined by Sophomore Sean Perry who in just his second start carried for exactly 100 yards on the evening.

943 yards of total offense was accumulated by the two squads during the contest with St. Marys out gaining their counterparts from Franklin 475-459. The Roughriders rushed 53 times for 460 yards and connected on 1/1 passing for 15 yards while the Wildcats gained 172 on the ground and 287 through the air.

Franklin sees their season come to an end at 11-1 while the Roughriders who scored the second highest amount of points in a playoff game in school history improved their record to 11-1 on the year.

St. Marys will now take on defending region champion Trotwood Madison (10-2) who were victorious over New Richmond 47-10 in their Regional Semifinal contest Saturday night.

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Riders return to postseason

ST. MARYS, OH – Despite their loss last weekend to OG that cost them the outright Western Buckeye League title, the St. Marys Roughriders three-way champions in their league will return to play in a Week 11 game for the first time since they last shared the WBL and reached the postseason in 2008. 

Coach Doug Frye and crew will not only return to the postseason for the first time in eight years, they will also play host to the contest inside Skip Baughman Stadium for just the third time in school history when Belmont (7-2) comes to town Saturday night.

Leading the St. Marys offensive attack are a pair of rushers who finished in the top ten in the conference in rushing in the form of the WBL’s leading rusher Eric Spicer (154 carries, 1168 yards, 11 touchdowns), and Julius Fisher (166 carries, 966 yards, 11 touchdowns). Spicer, a senior who was first team All-WBL last season moved from 12th to 8th on the school all-time rushing list with a 155 yard performance against the Titans in the regular season finale last week and sits just outside of 100 yards on the ground from reaching the top 5.

Defensively the Roughriders are led by a senior dominated group that have been starters for a couple of seasons now and have been playing well this season, giving up a league low 9.8 points per game.

Austin Giesige leads a talented defensive unit with 98 tackles while both Grant Keith and Jackson Harris are not too far behind with 88 tackles each. On the year the Riders have forced 10 interceptions and are led by Eric Spicer who has pilfered 3 passes by opposing quarterbacks.

Belmont is coming off of a 1-0 forfeit win over CMAC conference mate Dunbar and an interesting scenario to end up as the opponent for St. Marys as the Bison were not slated to play the Riders until Dunbar was forced to vacate a pair of wins due to an ineligible player taking part in both their Week 9 and 10 contests.

The Belmont offensive attack is responsible for tallying 345 yards per game on the ground and is led by the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference’s leading rusher Elijah Malcolm, junior tailback who rushed for 1290 yards and reached the endzone 20 times this season. Joining Malcolm in the CMAC’s top 10 rushers is fellow runningback Dawson Martin who finished with 793 yards and 9 touchdowns.

While the Bison offense has racked up 37.3 points per game, they have given up just 18.8 per contest and will come into the game as winners of 6 straight.

Sophomore Rayjee Warden leads the Belmont defense with 41 tackles and 3 sacks on the season while the trio of Martin, Jadon Furlow, and Chris Hunt lead the defense with two interceptions each.

If the contest turns into a passing game St. Marys would be the more experienced of the two teams, as the Roughriders have connected on 51/82 passes for 595 yards and 9 touchdowns. Belmont has tossed the football just 22 times on the season and completed 7 when they have decided to put the ball in the air for 140 yards and a score.

St. Marys is making their 16th all-time playoff appearance (20-12 record) while Belmont is making their 3rd showing in the postseason (0-2). Roughrider Head Coach Doug Frye is making his 8th trek into Week 11 and has won 7 while also losing the same amount.

With the kickoff slated for 7:00pm on Saturday night the pregame coverage on WKKI K94.3FM will begin at 6:30pm with myself and Dennis Cisco on the call: K94.3 FM Celina

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