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Rams eliminate Riders in shootout

PIQUA, OH – Two of the top ten teams in the final Associated Press rankings in Division 3 put on a contest for ages Saturday night Piqua for the right to go to the State Semifinals. Fans in attendance at Alexander Stadium were treated to a tightly contested game that in the end was won by the six time defending region champion Trotwood Madison Rams 34-27 over St. Marys.

St. Marys fired the first shot across their opponents bow in the opening stanza as they capped off a 70 yard drive when the Western Buckeye League’s Back of the Year Eric Spicer jaunted in from 27 yards out to give his team their first lead at 7-0 following a successful extra point by Gabe Vandever.

Having not trailed but just a few times during the season the Trotwood offense went back to work on their ensuing drive and marched 75 yards into the Rider endzone when Junior tailback Raveion Hargrove scored on a 16 yard run from scrimmage. Trotwood would look to throw the football on their two point conversion attempt but failed to connect as Spicer knocked away the pass in the front corner of the endzone to keep his team ahead 7-6.

Despite QB Dustin Howell hooking up with Sophomore back Sean Perry for a 40 yard gain on their next possession to put them inside Rams territory the Roughriders were unable to put points on the board once the football was returned to them as Julius Fisher was hit hard and fumbled the football at the Rams 13 and saw his opposition recover the ball to start their next drive.

One play, 87 yards, 17 seconds is what Trotwood needed on their next possession to put points on the board and pull ahead 14-7 because the All-Ohio back in Hargrove blitzed down the left sideline and into the endzone for a touchdown.

Behind superb blocking from the offensive line of four Seniors (Garrett Lauth, Jonathan Peterson, Joey Morlino, Aaron McGraw) and a Junior (Tyler Miller), the Roughriders evened the score at 14-14 as Spicer rushed for his 28th career touchdown just seconds into the second quarter.

Trotwood Madison QB Markell Stephens-Peppers sixteenth touchdown pass of the season, a 34 yard scoring strike just past the hands of the Riders secondary to Caleb Johnson gave the Rams a 20-14 advantage. Stephens-Peppers attempted to run in the two point conversion but was stopped by the St. Marys defensive line before he could do so.

Starting with 9:01 and at their own 20 yard line the Roughriders moved the football inside the Trotwood 20 but were forced to settle for a 23 yard Gabe Vandever field goal that cut the Rams lead to 20-17 a minute before the halftime break. In an attempt to ice Vandever, Trotwood head coach and former 11 year NFL veteran WR Jeff Graham took all three of his timeouts in succession whenever the Riders Sophomore kicker lined up to attempt his kicks.

Just as they had done to end the first half the Roughriders milked over seven minutes off the clock to open the second hald and utilized a 1 yard Julius Fisher touchdown burst to finish off a 15 play, 64 yard drive and go ahead of Trotwood 24-20.

On the second play of the next offensive drive for the Rams they were forced to hold their collective breath as they lost Hargrove to an apparent left leg injury when he was tackled for no gain by many members of the Rider defense. Four plays after the injury the Rams found themselves unable to connect on another two point conversion following a touchdown as backup tailback William McDaniel sliced his way 32 yards through the St. Marys defense to put his team back on top 26-24 with 2:55 to go in the third.

Another 23 yard field goal for St. Marys gave the Roughriders back the lead and came at the end of a long drive that saw the offense stopped on a third down play and made the score 27-26 in the WBL Champions favor with 10:00 remaining in the contest.

McDaniel would score once more in the game as with 6:54 to go he thundered in from two yards out to push the Rams advantage to 32-27. Stephens-Peppers connection on the two point pass conversion attempt was right on target to Caleb Johnson and made it 34-27 in their squads favor.

With 6:49 and all three timeouts the Roughriders began what would turn out to be their final drive of the game at their own 38. Behind big runs from Sean Perry, Dustin Howell, Fisher, and Spicer the Riders quickly made their way across the midfield stripe and into Trotwood territory.

Near the three minute mark the Riders were forced to make a decision on what play to run on fourth down and went with a pass to Sean Perry on the back side. Despite having a majority of the players chasing Howell on the opposite side of the field the Rams were able to make a stop on Perry before he could get a full head of steam and force a turnover on downs to end the St. Marys opportunity to put a score on the board.

Trotwood (11-2) would pick up a pair of first downs on their ensuing possession and run out the remaining 3:08 left in the contest to preserve the victory, their 7th consecutive trip to the State Semifinals. The Rams will now match up with unbeaten Toledo Central Catholic next Saturday night as TCC defeated Lexington by a 19-0 margin to set up a rematch from last season that was won by TCC 21-13.

St. Marys sees their first trip to the Regional Finals come to an end at 11-2 and as three way champions in the WBL. The Riders will say goodbye to 21 Seniors, a group that were 0-10 in their Freshman year before Coach Doug Frye returned to lead the program to 22 wins in three seasons at the helm and help bring the program back from the bottom of the league where they had been with him absent.

Raveion Hargrove led Trotwood in rushing as he rushed for 212 yards for the third time in the last four games. Stephens-Peppers connected on 8/11 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown pass to lead the air attack for the Rams. Altogether Trotwood accumulated 441 yards on 47 offensive plays from scrimmage.

The Riders were led offensively by Julius Fisher’s 139 yards rushing and 1 touchdown on 28 carries while classmate Eric Spicer finished just behind him with 134 yards on 18 rushes and a pair of touchdowns. Through the air the Roughriders finished 4/6 for 59 yards and no touchdowns and overall picked up 416 yards on 64 plays.

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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/Wildcats set to square off in round 2

ST. MARYS, OH – Saturday night will mark the second time the Roughriders of St. Marys will square off with the Wildcats from Franklin.

In their first go round the Roughriders were victorious 21-7 for the first playoff win in program history. That win however took place back in 1989 before this group of players on each side were even close to being born.

Five players on this seasons St. Marys squad that finished the regular season at 9-1 and as WBL Champs for the first time since 2008 will be represented by that previous game however as their fathers were part of a defensive unit that sacked Franklin QB Keith Creech on multiple occasions and put a stop to the Wildcats first ever undefeated season.

The Roughriders are coming off of a 42-8 win last weekend at home against the Belmont Bison that is St. Marys first ever home playoff win. In the win Eric Spicer rushed for nearly 175 yards in the contest and moved into third place on the schools all-time rushing list while classmate Dustin Howell rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the victory.

Franklin, the #1 seed in Division 3 Region 12 found themselves trailing 21-0 early to 8th seeded Tippecanoe but battled back and were able to score the go ahead touchdown with just :18 left when Ryan Montgomery scored on a five yard touchdown run to give his team a 41-40 come from behind victory and move them into the second round.

Offensively the Wildcats (11-0) are led by Montgomery, a tailback who finished second in the Southwest Ohio Buckeye League this season with 1609 yards and 30 touchdowns while also playing some quarterback and connecting on three touchdown passes and 397 yards. Leading the Franklin passing attack is Braden White who has connected on 106/155 tosses for 1,671 yards, 22 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Balance is the key to the Franklin offense as they have accumulated 26 touchdowns through the air and 35 scores on the ground.

Defensively Franklin is led by Junior Linebacker Ryan Knippen who has recorded 10 sacks on the season (2nd in SWOBL), and 6’4 Defensive Back Noah Kremer who has the most interceptions on his team with 5. Trenten Scott finished with 15 tackles, while Matt Centers had 10 to lead Franklin’s defense last week, but the Wildcats gave up 475 yards to Tippecanoe in their victory.

St. Marys is led on the ground by the duo of Eric Spicer (1353 yards, 12 td’s) and Julius Fisher (970 yards, 11 td) while Dustin Howell (9 rushing td) leads the way through the air with 558 yards passing, 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Last week the Riders had multiple players in on every tackle and scored their first defensive touchdown of the season as well with Grant Keith returning a blocked punt for a score that pushed their lead to an insurmountable level at the time.

Saturday’s game

What: Division III, Region 12 Semifinal, St. Marys (10-1) vs Franklin (11-0) 7 p.m.

Where: Good Samaritan Athletic Field at Heidkamp Stadium (5400 Chambersburg Rd, Huber Heights, OH – 45424)

Listen Live: 6:30pm Pregame/7:00pm Kickoff – 94.3 FM WKKI Celina (Mike Hirn/Denny Cisco): WKKI Radio

St. Marys playoff history: 21-12 record in 16 appearances (1977, 1978, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2016)

Franklin playoff history: 5-9 record in 10 appearances (1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016)

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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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Titans nab WBL share

ST. MARYS, OH – Ottawa Glandorf followed their gameplan to near perfection Friday night and forced St. Marys into four turnovers in a 13-7 win that clinched a share of the WBL title for the Titans.

With the OG win over St. Marys, the Titans, Roughriders, and Wapak Redskins will each snag a piece of this seasons Western Buckeye League crown.

Jay Kaufman, OG’s 6’4 Junior signalcaller engineered the first score of the game on his squads first possession of the contest as he led his team on a 49 yard drive and finished off the score with his 20th touchdown pass of the season by hooking up with Richie Knowlton for a 27 yard score to make it 7-0 visitors.

Unlike the way the Roughriders have gone all season long as they have led the WBL in turnover differential at +15, St. Marys would commit their first turnover of the game two possessions later in the contest as Connor Niese snagged a pass from Dustin Howell and returned the ball to the Titan 44 to set his squad up.

Kicker Tristen Ball accounted for the rest of the points in the first half and helped OG stretch their halftime lead to 13-0 as he connected on a 21 and 35 yard field goal attempt.

After forcing OG into a punt on their first possession of the second half the Roughriders found themselves beginning their drive just short of mid-field at their own 49. Seven plays and 51 yards after the start of their drive, St. Marys put their only points of the game on the Skip Baughman Stadium scoreboard as Dustin Howell hooked up with Bo Kuenning on a 17 yard toss to cut the OG lead to 13-7 with 7:57 in the games penultimate period.

A pair of St. Marys fumbles would put an end to two drives in which the Roughriders found themselves driving deep into Titan territory, but neither was more costly than the one that came with under 1:30 remaining in the game that gave OG the football at their own 36 and forced St. Marys to use their timeouts in an attempt to stop their opponents from trying to run out the clock.

Ottawa Glandorf has now beaten St. Marys for seven consecutive seasons, the longest such streak in the history of the series that dates back to their first meeting in 1967.

Offensively the Titans ran 57 plays and accumulated 215 total yards on the night. Through the air Jay Kaufman connected on 14/24 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 41 yards on 23 carries on the ground.

Eric Spicer shouldered the load for St. Marys as he toted the football 27 times for 154 yards but was unable to dent the endzone in the contest. Julius Fisher rushed 15 times for 59 yards as the Riders as a team totaled 233 yards on 48 carries against one of the top defenses in the league. Through the air Senior QB Dustin Howell was 9/13 for 77 yards but was intercepted for the second time this season.

Next week both teams will find themselves in the playoffs and with home games as OG (9-1, 8-1) is currently seeded second in Division 4’s Region 14 and will host Bellevue on Friday night at Titan Stadium according to Joe Eitel (D4R14 Rankings )

St. Marys will return to the playoffs for the first time since they last shared a WBL title back in 2008, and will host just their third home game and first since 2003 as they welcome Dayton Belmont to Skip Baughman Stadium for a 7pm Saturday night kickoff that can be heard live on WKKI K94.3 FM. (D3 Region 12 rankings)

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Riders clinch WBL share, end Wapak streak

ST MARYS, OH – It stands to reason that since Doug Frye was the head coach at Wapak when they began their record 33 game winning streak in WBL contests that he would be the one to be the coach of the team to end it right? That question was answered with a resounding yes Friday night at Skip Baughman Stadium in St. Marys as his Roughriders ended the aforementioned streak with a 13-7 victory that clinches at least a share of the Roughriders first league title since 2008.

For the second straight meeting between St. Marys and Wapak the Roughriders found themselves marching a long distance and chewing up a ton of clock on their opening drive, but unlike last season were unable to cash in for points and were forced to punt away the football to Wapak midway through the period.

Following a long punt from the WBL’s leading punter Matt Patten that pinned them against their own endzone at the six, the Redskins themselves were able to get to midfield before having to turn to their own big leg in punter Tristan Meyer to kick the ball away. Unfortunately for the throngs of Wapak fans in attendance however Meyer was unable to give his team a chance to flip the field as he shanked a ball out of bounds at the Rider 43.

The first score of the contest came with 5:48 left in the first half when St. Marys Sophomore kicker Gabe Vandever connected on his fourth field goal in as many attempts on the season to put his squad on top 3-0.

St. Marys would add a touchdown to their tally after forcing Wapak to punt for the third time in the opening two quarters on a reverse halfback pass from Senior tailback Julius Fisher of 33 yards in the endzone to Seth Warniment, a Senior wideout who had caught just two balls for 12 yards on the season coming into the contest to go up 10-0 on the visiting team.

Vandever’s second field goal of the evening gave St. Marys a 13-0 lead with 10:38 to go in the game and forced Wapak’s offense to go into hurryup mode behind Junior QB Manny Vorhees.

Vorhees, a first year starter whose cousin Seth caught a couple of balls for the Roughriders offense on the evening engineered a 12 play 73 yard drive that encompassed just under five minutes of the fourth quarter and ended with a six yard touchdown pass to Kais Chiles that cut the home teams lead to 13-7 with 5:36 remaining.

Four minutes and twenty seconds came off the clock on the ensuing Roughrider possession but ended via a punt when Julius Fisher was stuffed by the Redskins and was unable to pick up a first down on the ground.

Despite picking up three first downs on the drive that began at their own 12 with 1:10 and no timeouts remaining, the Wapak offense was unable to connect on three straight tosses from Vorhees to his intended targets before the final play of the game was a pass completed as time ran out with the Redskins unable to reach the endzone to give their foes the win.

On the night the fourth ranked offense in the WBL was held by St. Marys to just 144 total yards on 41 plays while the Roughriders were able to amass 265 yards of their own on 64 plays.

Despite not having a 100 yard rusher for the second straight game the Roughriders got strong contributions from Julius Fisher (21 carries, 68 yards), Eric Spicer (21 carries for 54 yards), and Dustin Howell who tallied 42 yards on 10 totes of the ball.

Eric Spicer’s 54 yards gives the WBL’s leading rusher 1022 yards on the year and 3049 for his career, which places him 12th all-time on the St. Marys rushing list.

In addition to his yardage on the ground, Howell connected on 7/9 passes for 68 yards on the evening but tossed his first interception of the season in the third quarter.

Defensively the Roughriders gave up their first points in 17 quarters when Wapak scored in the fourth, but have surrendered just 41 points to league opponents on the year.

By virtue of their win tonight St. Marys not only claims at least a share of their 23rd league championship, but they also put an end to Wapak boss Travis Moyer’s 86 game regular season win streak that dates back to the 2006 season where he roamed the sidelines at Bucyrus Wynford.

With the win the Roughriders (9-0, 8-0) clinch their first playoff spot since the 2008 season. St. Marys will host Ottawa Glandorf next weekend and can win the conference outright with a win over the 8-1 Titans.

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St. Marys, Wapak set for WBL showdown

ST. MARYS, OH – When Friday night’s WBL Week 9 matchup kicks off it will end in one of two ways: Wapak (8-0, 7-0) will continue their record 33 game WBL winning streak, or St. Marys (8-0, 7-0) head coach Doug Frye will be the man to put an end to the streak that began for Wapak when he was the man roaming the sidelines at Harmon Field.

Wapak has won the last six matchups in the series but trails overall in the series 65-40-5 dating back to the two schools first meeting in 1921 that was won 19-0 by St. Marys.

Two communities whose football fields are separated by just 13 miles and who share a history of exciting finishes and hard hitting games will look to hand one another their first loss of the season and clinch at least a share of the league title when the contest kicks off at 7:00pm.

Last season St. Marys utilized almost the entire opening quarter on their first drive of the game and nearly the entire length of Wapak’s Harmon Field turf to go up 7-0, but would not see another point come their way. Behind a 14 carry 143 yard 2 touchdown performance from Senior tailback Cam Lauck the Redskins accounted for 46 unanswered points in winning their 24th straight league contest on their way to another playoff berth.

St. Marys is coming off of three straight shutouts (Bath/Celina/Defiance) for the first time since they opened the year with four straight shutouts to begin the 1982 season in which they finished 9-1. Defensively overall St. Marys is surrendering just 9.1 points per game and is leading the WBL where they are even stingier at 4.9 ppg.

Offensively the Roughriders are leading the league at 41.3 points per game and with their highest season point total in the past decade. Senior runningback Eric Spicer, the WBL’s leading rusher enters the game with a 9.0 yard per carry average, 968 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Fellow senior Julius Fisher is tied with Spicer with 11 scoring runs and is second in the league at 839 yards on 130 totes of the football.

Wapak is led by first year dual threat starting QB Manny Vorhees and a pair of terrific runners in Landon Hall and Maddux Liles, and is averaging 31.8 a game while giving up just 11.6 per game on the defensive end.

Outscoring their opponents by the truckload has been a commonplace for both squads as Wapak has done so by a 20.1 per contest margin while St. Marys is #1 in the league with a 32.1 difference in their eight times out this year.

Doug Frye’s career record in 30 years sits at 205-111 overall, 108-44 in his second tenure at St. Marys. Wapak coach Travis Moyer has complied a 150-30 mark in 16 years, 32-2 at Wapak in his third year, and has won 86 games in a row dating back to his 13 years behind the Bucyrus Wynford bench.

If you cannot make it to the game on Friday night to see a titanic matchup between two Northwest Ohio heavyweights you can listen live to WKKI K94.3 FM with myself and Dennis Cisco on the call and see who comes out the top dog in the WBL: Wapak vs St Marys Broadcast Link

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St. Marys posts 3rd straight shutout

DEFIANCE, OH – Another week and another shutout for the St. Marys defensive record books as the Roughriders jumped on Defiance and stayed on top Friday night and cruised to a 41-0 victory. The three shutouts for St. Marys is their most consecutive since the 1982 team blanked four consecutive opponents to open the year en route to a 9-1 campaign.

Behind another dominating performance from the offensive line the Roughriders quickly raced out to a 7-0 lead on their first drive in the first quarter as Bo Kuenning sprinted past the Bulldog defenders for a 17 yard touchdown run.

Following the second of four straight punts to open the contest by the home team the Roughriders tallying another score, this time through the air when Dustin Howell fired a pass through a pair of Defiance defenders and into the waiting arms of Julius Fisher for a 12 yard score to push their squads advantage to 14-0 with 1:05 to go in the opening stanza.

St. Marys 36th rushing touchdown on the season moments later capped off a four play 62 yard drive as Fisher rumbled and sidestepped his way 43 yards into the endzone early in the second period of play to put the Riders up 21-0.

Fisher’s second touchdown run of the contest put him into a tie for first in the Western Buckeye League with teammate Eric Spicer as he bullied his way in from 9 yards out to make it 28-0 vistors at the 4:59 mark of the quarter.

With everything seemingly going their way following the fifth consecutive punt of the game by their opponents, St. Marys added their final tally of the first half when Grant Keith recovered a Dustin Howell fumble in the endzone. Just as he had been on the four previous kicks, Gabe Vandever split the uprights to make it a 35-0 Rider lead with 1:13 to go. Drew Jacobs picked off a Bulldog pass at the three yard line but saw his team take a knee on their ensuing possession and put an end to the opening two quarters up 35-0.

Thirteen plays, 57 yards and 8:40 came off the running clock on the opening possession of the games penultimate period for St. Marys and came to an end as Colin Clements tossed a 2 yard pass to Seth Vorhees. Unfortunately for St. Marys they would not be able to add another point as the extra point would be missed wide left and their lead would remain at 41-0.

Five different backs for St. Marys including a duo of Freshman tailbacks carried the ball on the final drive of the game but the Roughriders would let the time elapse once they reached the shadow of the goal line and run out the clock with their third straight shutout and a 41-0 victory.

Defiance (1-7, 1-6) offensively was held to under 125 yards on the evening and will next travel to Van Wert next Friday night to take on the winless Cougars.

Division 3’s seventh ranked team St. Marys will play host to state ranked Wapak who was victorious 31-21 over Ottawa Glandorf and sets up a battle of unbeaten squads and will be for the WBL Championship that the Roughriders will look to lock up for the first time since they shared it in 2008.

On the season the Roughriders offense has amassed 330 points, their biggest output during a campaign since scoring 324 during the aforementioned 2008 season when they also went to the playoffs last and fell in the Regional Finals.

Listen to Wapak/St. Marys beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame and a 7:00pm kickoff here: K94.3 FM Celina

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Riders shut out Grand Lake rivals

ST. MARYS, OH – For the second straight week the St. Marys Roughriders defense held a WBL opponent to no points and under 200 total yards. In their 30-0 win over rival Celina the Riders accomplished a feat last done a decade ago by shutting out their second straight opponent.

Offensively the Roughriders got things going a few minutes later than they have been used to in the past month but still put up a touchdown in the first quarter when Eric Spicer streaked down the sideline on a 30 yard run from a pitch out of the hands of Braedan Dunlap for the games first marker.

Defensively St. Marys forced a pair of fumbles and turnover on downs in the opening quarter and a half but were unable to run their advantage any higher until the beginning of the second stanza when Spicer added to his WBL lead in touchdown runs with a 36 yard effort to make it 14-0 Roughriders.

A 13 play drive for Celina would stall at the Rider goal line when the visiting Bulldogs were stood up on four consecutive plays by the dominant defensive line of their opponents.

With just 9.9 seconds left in the first half the Roughriders turned to their Sophomore Kicker Gabe Vandever who connected on a 28 yard field goal, his third in two games to give his squad a 17-0 lead at the half for the second straight week.

Celina Sophomore QB Bret Schwieterman’s pass on the Bulldogs second drive of the third quarter floated past an intended target and into the hands of Spicer on the sideline to give the Roughriders the ball at their 39 yard line.

On the seventh play of their ensuing drive the Riders once again turned to their Senior tailback and watched as he ripped off a 25 yard run into the endzone for his third trip of the night and give his team a 24-0 lead with 11:31 left in the final period.

Austin Giesige’s second fumble recovery of the game put his squad in great field position once again at their own 45 yard line with 5:05 remaining in the contest. As they had done on three previous trips the Riders utilized a short amount of time before adding to the scoreboard on Julius Fisher’s ninth touchdown run of the season to mark the games final score of 30-0 and keep St. Marys unbeaten.

Before the game started the St. Marys Homecoming Queen for 2016 was named with Senior Attendant Taryn Swander receiving the honor.

Celina (3-4, 3-3) totaled 172 yards on 48 plays from scrimmage on the evening and was led by Ryan Harter who rushed for 88 yards on 17 carries, including a 41 yard scamper through the Rider defense. The Bulldogs will be home next weekend as they play host to the 0-7 Van Wert Cougars.

St. Marys (7-0, 6-0) has now outscored WBL opponents by a 246-34 margin and will travel next Friday night to take on the 1-6 Defiance Bulldogs in a game broadcast live on K94, WKKI.

Eric Spicer led the way on the ground for his blue and gold attack as he turned 19 carries into 182 yards and 3 scores. Julius Fisher was held under 100 yards rushing in a game for the first time this season but still accumulated 58 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries as the Roughriders rushed 51 times for 279 yards and totaled 366 yards on 60 plays.

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Roughriders blank Bath

LIMA, OH – For the first time since in a decade the St. Marys Roughriders find themselves with a perfect record after the first six weeks of the season as they traveled to Lima on Friday night and downed the Bath Wildcats 34-0 to get to 6-0 on the season.

On the third play from scrimmage for the Roughriders it was Senior RB Julius Fisher who took a handoff and rumbled 66 yards up the middle and didn’t stop until he crossed the Bath goal line to give St. Marys their first of four rushing touchdowns in the contest.

Leading 7-0 and having just pinned the Wildcats deep in their own territory courtesy of a 45 yard punt from the WBL’s leading punter Matt Patten the Riders quickly found their offense headed back to the field as Eric Spicer picked off a pass from Bath’s Kaden Sullivan and fell at his opponents 25 yard line.

Seconds after surviving a fumble that was recovered by their offensive unit the Roughriders were able to run their advantage to 14-0 when Dustin Howell barged into the Bath endzone for his seventh score this season with 4:52 to go in the opening stanza.

On a night where field position was hard to come by, the two teams traded the football up and down the field until St. Marys was able to put together a scoring drive to increase the lead to 17-0 with 5:26 left in the half when Gabe Vandever connected on a field goal attempt from 29 yards away.

Having won the toss to open the game the Wildcats were rewarded with the opportunity to choose which half they wanted to open with the football and chose the second half, but were unable to advance the ball 10 yards before seeing their possession in the third come to an end with a 27 yard punt to the visitors.

Shannon Fowler’s six carries accumulated a bulk of his teams 55 yards on their next scoring drive as he burst through the Wildcat defense on a 34 yard run to set up an eventual one yard score by the WBL’s leading scorer Eric Spicer with 7:04 in the third period to make it 24-0 St. Marys. Fowler on the evening finished with 14 carries for 79 yards.

Another short Bath possession and another punt gave St. Marys more great field position on their ensuing drive and once again the Riders cashed in quickly as they utilized just over two and a half minutes and settled for a 32 yard field goal from Vandever to put his team on top on the scoreboard 27-0.

With a rainy day and slick football field the Wildcats handed their foes the football at their 13 when on the following kickoff the return man for Bath was unable to hold onto the ball. Julius Fisher’s second touchdown run of the day, this time from a single yard out gave St. Marys a 34-0 lead and cued the running clock with 1:22 remaining in the third.

Unlike their previous punts which had struggled to make it past midfield, the Wildcats next punt traveled 31 yards and was downed at the St. Marys 19 yard line.

Similar to a drive they used last weekend in putting away the Elida Bulldogs, St. Marys traveled deep into Bath territory once again behind a handful of backs and ran off the final 9:30 in the game to secure their 34-0 win and put a stop to a four game losing streak in the series against the Wildcats.

Gabe Vandever’s two field goals in the game were not only the first and second of his career, but were also the first field goals the Roughriders had made in almost two full seasons since Clayton Trogdlon connected on a 31 yard attempt during the 2014 season.

Defensively the Roughriders were once against dominant as they held the Wildcats to negative rushing yards and just 81 total yards on 33 plays.

Offensively St. Marys picked up 360 yards on 72 plays from scrimmage including 327 yards on 67 carries and were led in rushing by Julius Fisher’s 114 yards on 16 carries to go along with his two touchdown runs. Eric Spicer, the Western Buckeye Leagues leading rusher entering play this week was held to just 39 yards on 13 totes of the ball but did score a touchdown on the ground and snag an interception on the defensive end.

Bath falls to 1-5 overall, and 0-5 in the WBL and will next take on the Van Wert next Friday night looking for their first conference win against the winless Cougars.

St. Marys sees their record improve to 6-0 for the first time since they last won the league in 2008, and picks up their first shutout since beating Bath 6-0 in OT during the 2006 season. Next week the Roughriders return home for Week 7 to host their Grand Lake rival Celina in a contest that can be heard live on K94.3 FM with myself and Dennis Cisco beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame show: Live Football

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