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Riders shutout Cats

ST. MARYS, OH – A dominating effort on both sides of the football Friday night not only gave the St. Marys Roughriders their 6th win of the season it also kept them unbeaten and atop the Western Buckeye League as the lone unblemished squad.

Despite not scoring on their opening drive of their 49-0 win when a fourth down screen pass resulted in a loss and a turnover on downs, the Roughriders would score on each of the rest of their three offensive drives in the first half and lead into the break 35-0.

Sean Perry got the scoring started for St. Marys following a turnover on downs by visiting Bath as he rushed in 34 yards and into the endzone for his lone score of the ballgame to make it 7-0 in his teams favor with 2:55 in the first period remaining.

Two plays on their second possession were both fumbles for Bath, but it was the second one of the two that was the most costly for the Wildcats as Braeden Dunlap scooped and scored from 15 yards away to run the lead to 14-0 St. Marys just 41 seconds after the Perry score.

71 yards on on 12 plays came to an end with another St. Marys score at the 9:21 mark of the second quarter when Dunlap did the damage again, this time on the offensive end as he raced to the outside and in for a score from 15 yards away to put the Riders on top 21-0.

After forcing their second turnover on downs of the opening two quarters the Roughriders offense went back to work with a short field, this time starting at the Bath 40 and picked up a pair of first downs before Bo Kuenning thundered in for a 7 yard touchdown that put the hosts on top 28-0 with 3:01 remaining in the opening half.

Another quick ending to a Bath offensive possession gave the Roughriders a short field to work with and ended with a quick score, this time a 9 yard touchdown run by Shannon Fowler to give the WBL leaders a 35-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

On the second play of the second half Bath backup QB Devon Kinyon who was thrust into action late in the second period when starter Kobe Burchett was knocked out of the game had his pass batted into the air and pilfered by St. Marys linebacker Christian Triplett who promptly returned it for a 25 yard score to continue the Rider onslaught and run the score to 42-0.

With the game quickly rounding down due to the running clock rule in a 30 plus point differential the two teams would trade a quartet of punts and a turnover on downs by Bath when Kinyon was sacked by the Riders on fourth down before the young players for St. Marys added the games final marker.

Starting from the Bath 40 the new look St. Marys offense led by QB Kurt Bubp pushed seven more points onto the left column of the scoreboard as 5’11, 160 pound Freshman rusher Hunter Fraley rushed in from 5 yards out and Parker Enoch added the extra point for good measure to close the scoring and the contest with a 49-0 Roughrider victory.

Offensively Bath (1-6, 0-6) accumulated just 37 total yards with 8 of those coming on the ground on 29 carries. The Wildcats will travel to take the Van Wert Cougars next Friday night seeking to end their 6 game losing streak since beating Allen East 19-9 to open the season.

St. Marys (6-1, 6-0) was led in rushing by Sean Perry who finished with 61 yards on the ground and also added a touchdown on the evening. Rushing the football as a team the Roughriders rushed 36 times for 241 yards and finished with a 266-37 advantage in total offensive yardage.

Next week the Riders will travel across Grand Lake to take on their rivals the Celina Bulldogs. With a win St. Marys will lock up at least a share of their second consecutive Western Buckeye League championship and 27th overall.

As of 1 A.M. Saturday Joe Eitel has the Roughriders listed as the 3rd highest computer point total in Division 4 Region 14 that can be found here: D4R14 Computer Rankings

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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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Riders win 400th WBL game

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.

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Titans and Wildcats secure District births

LEIPSIC, OH – While Ottawa Glandorf dominated in the early game the Bath Wildcats survived a battle in the late game at Leipsic High School Saturday night as both earned a matchup against one another next week in the District Semifinals.

Ten players scored for top ranked OG (23-0) as they moved within one game of the school record for consecutive wins with a 66-30 triumph over Shawnee.

5’9 senior Kylie White scored six of her game high 24 markers in the first quarter and moved her career total to 988 points in an effort to become just the third Titan to achieve the 1,000 point plateau. White also finished the contest with a double double before leaving to a standing ovation from her teams fans by snagging 10 rebounds.

Leading 13-6 after the first stanza the Titans forced the Indians into 16 turnovers in the opening two quarters and extended their lead out to 34-15 at the break behind 11 from White, 7 from Lexi Schroeder, and a second three pointer in the game from Sophomore Erin Kaufman.

Shawnee who sees their season finish at 7-16 was able to utilize a handful of OG miscues in the third quarter and turn them into points on their own offensive end as Alissa Stahler and DeAsia Smith combined to score nine of the 11 Indian points in the period.

Six of the ten players who scored for OG in the game did so in the fourth quarter. Four Titans (Devon Warnecke, Mackenzie Meyer, Brianna Schimmoeller, Kasey Ellerbrock) connected on a three pointer in the last eight minutes and helped the WBL Champions finish off a 66-30 victory and the rights to cut down the nets when the buzzer sounded.

Courtney Bockrath (7), Schimmoeller (5), and Ellerbrock (3) all posted career highs on the evening for the Titans who would force 35 turnovers on the evening en route to the victory.

Scoring:

OG (66):
Ashley Schroeder 2
Devon Warnecke 3
Erin Kaufman 6
Mackenzie Meyer 3
Lexi Schroeder 9
Kylie White 24
Courtney Bockrath 7
Kadie Hempfling 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 5
Kasey Ellerbrock 3

TO: 10
3PT: 7 (Kaufman 2, Warnecke, Meyer, L. Schroeder, Schimmoeller, Ellerbrock)
FT: 9/12

Shawnee (30):
Grace O’Connor 3
Dionna Lewis 6
Alissa Stahler 8
DeAsia Smith 7
Norah Painter 1
Kinsey Heistan 2
Ijah Austin 2

TO: 35
3PT: 1 (O’Connor)
FT: 6/13

The late game at Leipsic started slow offensively for both teams in the first quarter and was a slug fest for the final three. St. Marys (14-10) was unable to put a stop to a late Bath rally as the Wildcats (16-7) move on with a 48-38 victory.

Bath’s Bailey Dackin scored the first quarters only marker from the field to give the Wildcats a 2-1 advantage after the Roughriders reached the board first on a Makenna Mele free throw. Heidi Craddock hit 1/2 from the line late in the opening eight minutes and put the Wildcats on top 3-1 at the first quarter stoppage.

Just seconds into the second stanza St. Marys Junior Sydney Cisco connected on a pair of free throws to give the Riders a short lived 4-3 advantage.

With the ballgame resembling something more along the lines of a track meet in the middle of the quarter a moment of history was made as St. Marys leading scorer Shania Taylor became the 8th member of the schools 1,000 point club and the second Roughrider this season (Derek Jay vs Leipsic) to score their 1,000th career point at Leipsic High School when she hit a runner to push her team back ahead of Bath.

Trailing 18-13 after a furious first half finish for their opponents, the Wildcats blitzed by the Riders in the third stanza as they outscored them by a 19-7 margin led by six markers from Lindsay Singhaus and with six players scoring overall.

Free throws were the story of the fourth quarter as Bath was able to stave off a late Roughrider run by hitting on 10/12 from the charity stripe and earn a date in the District Semifinals with a 48-38 victory.

Thursday night the Wildcats will take on Ottawa Glandorf in the early game from Paulding High School while the late contest will feature another regular season rematch between Wapak and Defiance with the winners of each game meeting on Saturday night at 7pm in the same venue.

Scoring:

Bath (48):
Jaidyn Hale 6
Lindsay Singhaus 8
Bailey Dackin 13
Heidi Craddock 6
Kaleigh Ketchum 7
Elysabette Andrews 6
Haley Garland 2

St. Marys (38):
Makayla Koch 3
Sydney Cisco 7
Makenna Mele 5
Quincy Rable 5
Shania Taylor 13
Lauren Cisco 4

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Riders rally past Bearcats

ST. MARYS, OH – Trailing by nine heading into the final quarter on Saturday night the St. Marys Roughriders outpaced visiting Spencerville 23-8 in the final stanza and posted a 63-57 win to put a stop to their two game skid.

Jacob Grannan entered play against Spencerville averaging just a shade under 10 points per game but tossed in that mark for that amount through the first two and a half quarters before exploding in the fourth quarter for 14 of his game high 26 points.

St. Marys finished the contest by shooting 22/44 from the field, but it was the strong last eight minutes from the line for Grannan and Derek Jay who combined for 7/7 on charity shots that helped secure the come from behind win.

Spencerville jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter because four three pointers from the trio of Bailey and Griffen Croft, and Gary Schrolucke who hit half of the shots from beyond the arc to put the Cats up 20-11 at the first quarter stoppage.

Schrolucke’s hot streak from three point land continued in the second period as he again tossed in two buckets from deep before falling scoreless for the rest of the evening. Dakota Prichard’s 11 first half points helped give the Bearcats a 37-24 advantage at the midway stop.

During the third quarter it was the Roughriders all-time leading three point shooter Jay that stole the show as pumped in three triples and set up a fourth make for the home squad with an assist on a Drew Jacobs make from deep to cut into the deficit. Bailey Croft and Prichard scored the only points of the stanza for the visiting team as they each hit on six points apiece.

Grannan ended the night by hitting on 10/16 field goals and 5/5 from the free throw line and led the Roughriders in scoring while Dakota Prichard paced Spencerville by connecting on 8/20 shots from the field for his 20 markers.

Entering play Saturday night the Roughriders had dropped six straight to their Route 66 rivals dating back to their last victory in the series on January 9th, 2010.

With the win the Riders improve their record to 3-5 on the season. St. Marys will next be in action on Tuesday night as they welcome Fort Recovery (6-1) to the Horseshoe for a non-league contest.

The Bearcats loss snaps a five game winning streak and sees the team at 7-2 heading into next Friday night as they continue their six game road trip at Ada (2-6) and on Saturday at Bath (2-7).

Box Score:

Spencerville (57):
Daniel Corso 2
Gary Schrolucke 12
Dakota Prichard 20
Bailey Croft 17
Griffen Croft 4
Ben Dues 2

FG: 20/49
3PT: 8/23 (Schrolucke 4, Prichard 2, B. Croft, G. Croft)
FT: 9/14

St. Marys (63):
Braedan Dunlap 4
Jacob Grannan 26
Austin Wilker 2
Drew Jacobs 3
Colin Clements 3
Sam Young 6
Derek Jay 19

FG: 22/44
3PT: 8/14 (Jay 4, Young, Jacobs, Grannan, Clements)
FT: 9/13

JV: St. Marys 45-23

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Jay sets record, scores 1000th in Rider win

LEIPSIC, OH – Derek Jay’s first and fourth quarters not only helped propel his team to a 62-47 road victory over Leipsic Tuesday night, they also helped put the St. Marys fourth year starter into rare company at St. Marys.

When the night began Jay needed to score 10 points to become the fifth player in program history to reach the 1,000 point plateau, a feat he nearly accomplished in the first quarter alone where he accounted for eight of his teams 18 markers. On the second three pointer the 2nd team All-WBL selection from a year ago collected in the opening period he overtook Garet Fledderjohann for first on the all-time Roughrider three point made list with 156 for his career.

Early in the fourth quarter it was the long ball again that helped Jay achieve a bench mark as he came off a screen and connected on a triple from straight away to run his high school total to 1,001 and received a standing ovation from the crowd in attendance and a hand shake from Leipsic mentor Chris Kuhlman.

Outside of Jay who finished with a game high 22 points on the evening the Riders saw their scoring supplemented by Jacob Grannon who scored 15 of his 19 in the third and fourth quarters and helped his squad outpace the Vikings 37-23 in the second half.

Offensively the Vikings were led in scoring by Grant Schroeder who shot 6/14 from the field and 5/7 from the free throw line for a team high 17 points.

Turnovers were a big problem in the game for the home squad as they were forced into 16 turnovers by a hounding St. Marys defense that also held them to just 18/45 shooting and 0/7 from behind the three point line.

St. Marys improves their record to 2-3 overall and will be home for the first of three straight games at the Horseshoe Friday night as they welcome New Knoxville to town.

Leipsic has dropped two out of their last three contests and sees their record rest at 4-2 overall. The Vikings will entertain Pandora Gilboa on Thursday night in Blanchard Valley Conference play for their second of four straight home contests.

Box Score:

Leipsic (47):
Cole Rieman 2
Chase Dunham 4
Grant Schroeder 17
Grant Rader 2
Dylan Schroeder 14
Alec Schroeder 1
Jordan Berger 7

FG: 18/45
3PT: 0/7
FT: 11/21
REB: 30 (Berger 8)
TO: 16

St. Marys (62):
Braedan Dunlap 5
Jacob Grannan 19
Ethan Mielke 2
Drew Jacobs 6
Colin Clements 2
Sam Young 4
Derek Jay 22
Bo Kuenning 2

FG: 23/46
3PT: 6/14 (Jay 5, Grannan)
FT: 10/13
REB: 27 (Jay 8)
TO: 14

JV: Leipsic 43-34

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Redskins shoot past Riders

ST. HENRY, OH – St. Henry used the deep ball early and often Friday night at home as they defeated visiting St. Marys 65-49 to open the home portion of their basketball schedule.

The Redskins didn’t score their first basket of the game from inside the arc until the second quarter clock showed 2:17 remaining in the period when Tyler Schlarman dropped in a layup for his squad.

Mitch Schwieterman began the Redskin barrage from deep in the opening stanza as he connected on a pair from behind the arc to help St. Henry lead 10-6 at the first quarter stoppage of the game.

Despite coming off the bench for coach Eric Rosenbeck, Parker Link tossed in four of the home teams seven three pointers in the quarter and ten in the first half as part of a 28-7 run to end the first 16 minutes of play and send the game to the locker room at 38-13 St. Henry.

6’3 Senior Derek Jay scored seven points in the first half of the contest for the Roughriders and then caught fire for his team in the third quarter as he connected on a pair of shots from deep and 10 of his game high 30 to help St. Marys crawl within 17 at the end of the period.

While Jay tossed his 13 more points in the final eight minutes of play for the visitors, the home squad did their damage from the free throw line as the Redskins six players hit on 11 of their 16 attempts to wrap up the final touches of their 65-49 victory.

St. Marys (0-1) was led by Jay’s 30 points while St. Henry (2-1) saw Link finish as their high man with 19 markers. The Roughriders will be in action on Saturday night as they travel to New Bremen while the Redskins will play host to Mississinawa Valley.

Box Score:

St. Marys (49)
Braeden Dunlap 4
Jacob Grannan 2
Ethan Mielke 2
Sam Young 3
Derek Jay 30
Bo Kuenning 6
Ethan Steger 2

FG: 15/45
3PT: 5/12
FT: 14/19
REB: 14 (6 OFF)
AST: 10
STL: 12
TO: 14

St. Henry (65)
Ryan Luttmer 4
Mitch Schwieterman 17
Ryan Bruening 7
Tyler Schlarman 12
Parker Link 19
Blake Hoyng 5
Clayton Heitkamp 3

FG: 18/37
3PT: 11/20
FT: 18/28
REB: 33 (11 OFF)
AST: 15
STL: 9
TO: 21

JV: St. Henry 57-29

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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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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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