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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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Wildcats hand Riders first loss of season

ST. MARYS, OHIO – The Bath Wildcats continued their recent run of dominance Friday night against St. Marys as they dealt the Roughriders their first loss of the season.

With their 28-7 win over St. Marys, Bath has now defeated their WBL foes four consecutive times dating back to 2012.

Defensively the Wildcats came into the game as the Western Buckeye League’s top ranked rushing defense, and did nothing to hurt that ranking as they held St. Marys to their lowest total of the season, 89 yards.

Offensively Bath used their own potent ground game and racked up 294 yards and four scores in the win. The Wildcats ran 61 total plays from scrimmage and accounted for 316 total yards after being held under 300 for the first time this season last week in their 24-14 loss to Wapak.

After forcing the Roughriders into the first of a pair of three and outs, the Bath offensive unit wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as they used just 3:26 to cover 56 yards on 8 plays. Junior QB Kaden Sullivan had little trouble rushing in from 6 yards out as he accounted for the first of a pair of scores on the night with the jaunt at the 6:34 mark of the opening quarter. Bath’s ensuing two point conversion attempt was unsuccessful so they would hold their lead at 6-0 over the home squad.

With St. Marys again held to a three and out on offense, the WBL’s 3rd leading rusher in Sullivan again led his team deep down as they covered 45 yards on 11 plays including a 4th and 1 to get to their opponents 5 yard line before failing to convert on their second 4th and 1 and giving the ball back to St. Marys.

Bo Gross’ first of two touchdown runs came with 6:24 remaining in the opening half as he rushed into the endzone virtually untouched from 9 yards out to push the score to 12-0 Bath. Gross wasted no time on the very next play as he again penetrated the Rider defense to complete the two point conversion and give his squad a 14-0 advantage.

As the rain began to dampen the grass at Skip Baughman Stadium the ball became a bit slicker and squirted out of the hands of St. Marys returner Austin Tester on the ensuing kickoff and was quickly recovered by Bath at the Riders 27. Gross added his second touchdown in a four minute span as he cashed in from 6 yards out to give the visitors a 21-0 lead that they would carry into the halftime break.

Following an interception from St. Marys signalcaller Dustin Howell that did not result in any points, the Bath offense finally found themselves able to convert a turnover into points in the second half as the second touchdown from Sullivan, his 8th of the season ran the visitors tally to 28-0 with 9:03 to go in the game.

St. Marys was able to get on the board with 6:10 left and on the following possession as they traveled 74 yards using both the run and the pass effectively for the first time in the contest against the Bath defense. Howell’s 28 yard rush on the third play from scrimmage on the drive put the Riders in business at midfield, but it was his 29 yard completion through the air to Randy Slife that moved his offense deep into Bath territory. On the drives 11th play Eric Spicer got his team on the board and avoided being shut out for the first time since October 2013 from 2 yards out to run the final margin to 28-7 Bath.

Of the 186 yards gained by the Roughriders in the contest, Howell would throw for 97 and lead his team in rushing with 13 carries for 46 yards. Eric Spicer rushed 10 times for 25 yards and the lone Rider touchdown while Julius Fisher finished with 3 carries for 10 yards.

Bath with the win sees their record improve to 3-3 overall, and 2-3 in the WBL. Two teams with the same record in Bath and Van Wert will meet next weekend as they each look to improve their standing in the middle of the WBL pack.

With their first loss of the season, the Roughriders see their record fall to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in Western Buckeye League play. The Battle of Grand Lake will take place next Friday night as St. Marys travels to Celina to take on the 4-2 (4-1) Bulldogs in a game that will be broadcast live on K94.3 FM as well as www.k943.com.

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