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St. Marys rolls past Highland into Week 12

ST. MARYS, OH – For the second straight year the St. Marys Roughriders earned a home playoff game based on the strength of their regular season, and for the second straight year the Riders thumped their Week 11 opponent in said game.

Behind 41 first half points and a dominating defensive effort St. Marys rolled through the running clock to a 48-8 opening round victory Friday night in what could possibly be their last home game at Skip Baughman Stadium by downing visiting Highland.

After failing to score on their opening possession, the Roughrider offense wasted no time on their second chance with the football and pushed ahead for good at 7-0 when Junior Sean Perry scampered 9 yards virtually untouched into the endzone with 3:29 remaining in the opening quarter to give his team the first points of the contest.

In what would come to be a precursor to the rest of his night, Drew Jacobs picked off a Highland pass and set his team up at the Fighting Scots 38 yard line. Following a pair of touches by Ty Schlosser that resulted in a first down, QB Colin Clements tossed a 52 yard scoring strike to Braeden Dunlap to push the St. Marys lead to 14-0.

Highland’s next possession began with great field position at the Roughrider 47 thanks to a big kick return but got stopped almost as soon as it got started as they were unable to pick up a fourth down conversion and were forced to give the ball back to the home squad at their 32 midway through the second stanza.

Over the course of 2:08 the top ranked offense in the Western Buckeye League marched 62 yards to put themselves ahead by a trio of scores as Dunlap this time did the work himself on the ground and scored his third rushing touchdown of the season with an 11 yard jaunt.

Drew Jacobs second of three interceptions on the evening put a stop to another Highland drive just two plays after it got started once the defensive unit found its way back to the field and gave St. Marys the football at their opponents 22 yard line with 5:53 left in the opening half.

Entering Friday nights game St. Marys TE Wyatt Barhorst had caught just a pair of passes in his career for 14 yards. On Friday night Barhorst got his first of two opportunities to celebrate a touchdown reception as he caught a laser from Colin Clements to push his team ahead by a 28-0 margin from 19 yards out for his first career score.

Starting their next drive after forcing another Scots punt the Riders again wasted no time putting points on the board as Dunlap rushed in from 30 yards out for a score to run the lead to 34-0 with 4:40 remaining in the half.

Perhaps the only thing to go wrong in the first half for St. Marys followed immediately after the touchdown as kicker Gabe Vandever who had connected on a school record 71 consecutive extra points in his career and 50 straight on the season missed right on his 5th attempt of the evening.

The final score of the first half for St. Marys came with just :20 left before the halftime break when Barhorst caught his second touchdown pass of the night, a 25 yard tally on a fake field goal and pass from Clements. In scoring his second receiving effort of the night, Barhorst became the 12th Roughrider to have accomplished that feat in a single game and sent his troops into the locker room up 41-0.

Behind a running clock in the second half both teams were forced to pick up the tempo of their offenses which had already been in high gear pace wise in the opening two quarters.

Having picked up just 56 yards on 27 plays in the first half the Scots were looking to get things going their way in the third quarter but saw their time with the ball be short lived as Christian Triplett picked up a fumble at their 35 for St. Marys.

Three plays is all it took for Dunlap to strike again, this time from 25 yards away and provide the last Roughriders score at the 7:31 mark of the third period.

An overthrown pass by Highland QB Reese Weissenfluh found its way to the waiting arms of Jacobs again with 4:29 remaining in the third quarter and gave the Riders the ball at their own 5 and put a stop to the Scots deepest drive of the contest to that point.

With 19.9 seconds remaining the Roughriders chances of posting their first playoff shutout since 1993 when they blanked Uniontown Lake to win the State Championship came to an end when Weissenfluh raced in from 11 yards out for just his second rushing touchdown of the season. Brody Matthews added the two point conversion for Highland before time ran out in the contest to make the final score 48-8 St. Marys.

Highland, who finished as KMAC Champions this season sees their 2017 campaign come to an end at 8-3 in the first playoff appearance since the 2010.

St. Marys (10-1) has won 10 straight games and 7 straight now at Skip Baughman Stadium dating back to last seasons 42-8 opening round playoff win over Dayton Belmont. The Roughriders will move on to week 12 to do battle with the 11-0 Shelby Whippets and Minnesota bound signal caller Brennan Armstrong on Friday night at 7:30pm at Marion Harding High School.

Braeden Dunlap led the St. Marys rushing attack with his first 100 plus yard effort of the season as he finished with 10 carries for 107 yards and a pair of scores. Sean Perry picked up 72 yards and a touchdown as well. In all the Roughriders rushed 38 times for 252 yards while using three players tossing passes that finished 5/10 for 124 yards and three scoring efforts in the victory.

Historical note: Heading into Week 12 this years team has scored 423 points which puts them as the 5th highest scoring offense in school history by points scored.

By connecting on 6/7 extra points on the night, Gabe Vandever broke the schools all-time extra points record previously held by Jeff Hughes with 119 successful attempts. Vandever has now hit on 124 in his career heading into next weekends contest with Shelby.


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


Flyers soar to finals

LIMA, OHIO – Marion Local turned in another dominating performance on their way to a 4th straight state title game at Spartan Stadium Saturday night as they downed Columbus Grove 55-7 in the Division 7 State Semifinals.

Hunter Wilker of Marion Local got the scoring started in the first for the Flyers as he threw his first pass of the season, a halfback toss to a wide open Kyle Homan to put his team on top 7-0.

Following a Wilker interception of Bulldogs Sophomore signalcaller Reid Stechschulte, the MAC Offensive Player of the Year Jacy Goettemoeller scored the first of his three touchdowns on the night from 44 yards out to put the defending champs ahead 14-0 just 1:08 after their first score.

Columbus Grove cut the Flyer lead to 14-7 with 3:16 to go in the first stanza as Stechschulte tossed his 15th touchdown pass of the season to Senior wideout David Bogart who outran the Marion Local defensive backs for a 66 yard score.

Goettemoeller would see his number called again on the ensuing drive for Marion Local as he capped off a 9 play 80 yard drive that used 4:39 with an 18 yard touchdown run, his 29th on the ground this season that pushed the margin to 21-7 Flyers with 10:37 to go in the first half.

After their 3rd three and out of the first half Grove was forced to punt the back to Marion Local who took over at their own 47 yard line. Touchdown number three on the night for Goettemoeller would follow for Marion Local as on the 5th play of the drive Jacy would add an 8 yard touchdown run to his impressive first half that saw him pick up 177 yards and 3 scores.

Both teams traded turnovers for the rest of the half as Flyer safety Dustin Rethman picked off a Stechschulte offering but saw his teams following drive stall on the 6th play as Enoch Jones and Andrew Nichols converged and recovered a fumble for the Bulldogs.

Grove was forced to punt after their 4th 3 and out of the half and saw Marin Local get a 35 yard touchdown pass from Rethman (his 25th of the season) to Wilder (2nd of the game, 10th of the season) and head to the break leading 35-7.

A gamble not to take the football after winning the toss and giving Marion Local the football to open the contest had paid off as the Flyers used just three plays before punting on their opening drive, this would give Columbus Grove the ball to start the 3rd quarter but unfortunately for the Bulldogs offense that came in averaging 24.5 points per game they were quickly forced to punt it away after securing just 1 first down. Joey Warnecke who was held to just 11 yards in the first half matched that total on the drive as he scampered for an 11 yard gain and the aforementioned first down.

Hunter Wilker picked up his 4th rushing touchdown of the game on the first play of the next drive for Marion Local as he scampered 69 yards to give his team a 42-7 advantage and cue the running clock with 9:54 to go in the 3rd quarter.

From their own 29 yardline, Columbus Grove elected to go for it on 4th and short but were unable to pick up the yard needed and turned the ball back over on downs to the Flyers. With some of the Flyer starters resting with a 35 point advantage, the backups began to get work with what was left of the first team offensive line. Using just under 3:30 the Flyers upped their lead to 49-7 on a 4 yard Jack Homan touchdown run with 3:25 left in the penultimate stanza.

The Bulldogs could only muster 4 yards of offense on their following drive with the football before Warnecke was forced to punt for the 5th time in the game. With the ball at their own 48 and :31 left in the 3rd, the Flyers offense would march 52 yards over 4:59 and put their final marker on the scoreboard as Nate Moeller finished off a 10 carry 60 yard half with a 6 yard plunge.

Marion Local with the 55-7 win improves to 14-0, sees their win streak reach 36 games and will play next Saturday at 10am for a chance at their 4th consecutive championship trophy inside the Horseshoe in Columbus against Norwalk St. Paul, 41-13 winners over Glouster Trimble.

Columbus Grove sees their season and 6 game winning streak come to an end as they finish the followup to a 2-8 campaign last season at 9-5 and as the schools 4th state seminifinalist in program history.


Bulldogs lead Mustangs but not Mother Nature

Columbus Grove was in a celebrating mode Friday night with it being Homecoming, but Mother Nature was not as she got the contest between the Bulldogs and Allen East Mustangs to come to a screeching halt with 4:03 remaining in the 3rd quarter and Grove on top 19-0.

Before the game itself got started the Bulldogs crowned their 2014 Homecoming King and Queen in Joey Warnecke and Rachel Kohls respectively.


Once the game started, the Bulldogs were all business as they wasted no time off the opening kickoff driving 80 yards in just over four minutes behind 4 first downs before the offense turned it over on downs with a pair of incomplete passes from Sophomore QB Reid Stechschulte.

Punts from both sides on the next three possessions of the game gave the ball back to the Bulldogs and this time they were able to finish off a scoring drive that saw Stechschulte slide in from 3 yards out to give his team a 6-0 lead with 7:54 to go in the 1st quarter.

Following another big performance on defense by the Bulldogs and a handful of tackles from both Enoch Jones and Andrew Nichols, Columbus Grove added a 2nd score to the board as this time Stechschulte utilized his arm to connect with Aidan Fortman on a 49 yard touchdown pass to make it 12-0 Grove with 4:05 to go in the first half.

Grove’s final possession of the 1st half saw Allen East defensive back Caleb Smelcer intercept a pass and set his team up at midfield, but his Mustangs were unable to cash in before the halftime break and went into the lockerroom down 12-0.

Lightning threatened to delay the start of the second half but failed as the referees decided to give both teams a shot to get the ballgame in. Fortunately for Columbus Grove they were able to stave off an 11 play drive that saw Allen East drive from their own 23 yardline inside their own 20 yard line before forcing another turnover on downs in a display of bend but don’t break for Coach Andy Schaefer’s defensive mentality.

Columbus Grove’s next drive started on their own 23 yardline, and saw the Bulldogs use 8 plays to go 77 yards in 3:03 to run the score to 19-0 when Reid Stechschulte ran one in from 5 yards out this time for his second score of the day to give Columbus Grove a 19-0 lead following the made extra point by Warnecke.

Play was stopped just moments later as lightning was spotted in the area that became just too close to ignore. The contest was stopped with 4:03 to go in the 3rd quarter with Grove on top 19-0. Play is scheduled to resume on Saturday, September 6th at 3pm at Clymer Stadium in Columbus Grove.