OTTAWA, OH – It took a battle but the St. Marys Roughriders became the first team in Western Buckeye League history to accomplish 400 league victories as they traveled to Ottawa and knocked off the Titans 21-13.
Not only did the Riders accomplish a piece of history on Friday night, they also put a stop to a 7 game series losing streak to the Titans dating back to a 2009 victory on the Titan Stadium grass.
Coming out of a defensive struggle in the first half that saw the two squads trade punts and field position in a scoreless opening two periods, both teams looked to make their mark in the third quarter.
In typical St. Marys fashion the Roughriders used the clock and a grind it out attitude on their first possession of the third quarter before tailback Sean Perry bowled in from a yard out on his second touchdown run of the season to put his team on top 7-0 with 4:03 to go in the period.
An interception on the next OG drive by Drew Jacobs and a fumble recovery by the Titans set them up inside St. Marys territory at the 36 before Richie Knowlton danced in on a screen pass to tie the ballgame just eight seconds into the fourth quarter at 7-7.
Just as quickly as he took possession of the football at his own nine, St. Marys returner Braeden Dunlap sped through the Titan special teams 91 yards and into the endzone with 11:38 to go in the ballgame and give his squad a seven point advantage back at 14-7.
Titan fans were up on their feet again as their team pulled within 14-13 with 1:46 to go when Knowlton caught a Siebeneck pass and scampered in for a 10 yard score. Choosing to gamble with his team at home OG coach Ken Schriner chose to go for two points but was thwarted as the Rider defense knocked a pass out of the air and incomplete to keep the contest at a one point visitor lead.
Starting at midfield after their QB Colin Clements recovered an attempted OG onside kick, St. Marys coughed up the football in their own territory as Aaron Rieman hopped on top of the football for his own team at the 47 with 1:13 remaining.
Having been hit hard once already and seeing it lead to an interception by St. Marys, QB Jaden Siebeneck was again struck and forced to watch as Ty Schlosser returned his errant pass 50 yards for the final score of the contest to make it 21-13 Roughriders with just 1:20 left.
Only a fumble recovery and a couple of kneel downs remained in the contest before the Riders were able to secure their victory and scratch their seven year itch against the Titans.
OG (0-2, 0-1) who picked up just 48 total yards last week fared much better in this contest as they totaled 185 on the evening. The Titans will be home next Friday night and look to draw even in league play as they welcome Bath to town. Siebeneck finished 16/27 passing for 143 yards, 2 touchdown passes and 3 interceptions. Richie Knowlton, a special mention All-Ohio wideout last year led the Titans with 9 pass receptions for 126 yards and both scores through the air.
St. Marys (1-1, 1-0) nabbed 285 yards overall and were led by Sean Perry who toted the football a career high 24 times for 110 yards which also established a new career mark for the Junior. The Roughriders will open the home portion of their schedule next week for their annual Chicken Bowl event as they take on the 2-0 Van Wert Cougars.