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All-WBL Football selections announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Riders move to 2-0 with late rally

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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