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Jackets sting last in win

SIDNEY, OH – St. Marys and Sidney got off to an offensive explosion in their 2017 season opener on Friday night with the Yellow Jackets turning the table on the Roughriders from the previous seasons meeting and scoring last in their 39-32 non-conference victory.

Despite losing most of their record setters from an offense that finished as the second highest point scoring group in school history the Riders were able to get on the board first on the opening drive of the contest. In typical St. Marys style the Roughriders traveled 74 yards in 17 plays and took 8:45 off the opening quarter clock before Braedan Dunlap cashed in from four yards out to put his team on top 7-0.

Two plays is all it took for the Yellow Jackets to respond on their first possession as QB Andre Gordon connected on a 49 yard touchdown pass to Northwestern University commit Isaiah Bowser just :31 seconds after their first drive began. Ratez Roberts two-point conversion catch gave Sidney their first lead at 8-7 on the next play of the contest.

Showing that they too can score quickly, the Roughriders second possession lasted 2:39 before starting signal caller Colin Clements tossed the first of two deep balls for 39 yards and six points to Dunlap to give St. Marys an advantage of 15-8.

As they had done the first time they were given the football the home squad scored quickly to answer their opponents marker when Gordon marched in from 33 yards out to tie the ballgame at 15-15 with 10:48 to go in the opening half.

Four plays and a score for St. Marys culminated in a 52 yard touchdown pass from Clements to Dunlap and pushed the Riders back on top at 22-15 at the end of the next possession, and St. Marys added a field goal before the half from Gabe Vandever following a recovered onsides kick to lead 25-15 at the end of the period.

In the first half the Jackets ran 18 plays for 230 yards, while their opponents accumulated 239 yards on the back of 37 plays from scrimmage offensively.

A St. Marys penalty on the third quarter kickoff and two plays is all it took for Sidney and Bowser to get back to even at 25-25 as the GWOC’s leading rusher in 2016 thundered 39 yards for his second score of the ballgame with just :43 elapsed in the period.

Five and a half minutes flew off of the clock on St. Marys first possession of the second half and as it had done on nearly every possession in the first half, ended with a Rider touchdown. Sean Perry’s first touchdown of the season, a 10 yard jaunt pushed the visitors back out to a seven point lead at 32-25.

A turnover on downs by Sidney and a punt by St. Marys gave the Yellow Jackets the football inside the Riders territory for the second time in the half. As he had done earlier on in the game, Andre Gordon crossed the St. Marys goal line, this time from four yards out to tie the contest at 32-32 with 9:54 to go.

With their defense able to rise up and force the Roughriders to punt for the second straight possession, Sidney took over on their own 35 with 7:56 remaining in the fourth quarter and ultimately pushed ahead for good when Bowser scored from four yards away to give the home team a 39-32 advantage.

St. Marys last possession of the game began from their own 40 yard line thanks to a Dunlap kickoff return, but came to an end inside the Sidney 40 when Toledo committed defensive lineman Devan Rogers pilfered a Clements pass to help secure the win for his squad.

Sidney (1-0) and Head Coach Adam Doenges were led by the dual threat of Andre Gordon who connected on 10/14 passes for 185 yards, and rushed for a pair of scored and 67 yards on 9 carries. Isaiah Bowser added 205 yards for his sixth career 200+ yard rushing game to go along with his two touchdowns on the ground. As a team the Jackets amassed 426 total yards on 48 plays.

The Roughriders (0-1) fall for the first time in four games against the Yellow Jackets despite totaling 417 yards by their young offense on 63 plays. On the ground St. Marys rushed 55 times for 276 yards, while Clements finished 5/9 for 141 yards and a pair of scores to Dunlap on the evening.

Both teams will return to action next Friday night as Sidney travels to Bellefontaine while the Riders are off to Ottawa to take on a Titan team they have not beaten since 2009.

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Fairmont, IMG Academy post day 1 Flyin to the Hoop wins

KETTERING, OH – Flyin to the Hoop has become known as a place for highlight offensive plays over the past 15 years but Friday night it was a pair of strong defensive performances from Fairmont and IMG Academy that helped secure opening night victories.

Fairmont (7-6) used a pair of three pointers from Kamron Drollet and Kellan Bochenek to jump out to an early first quarter lead, but it was the defensive effort of the Firebirds and misses from the field by Sidney (9-2) that gave them a 13-2 lead after the opening period.

Despite seeing just one shot, a layup from Devan Rogers hit the bottom of the basket in the first eight minutes the Yellow Jackets got strong contributions from Andre Gordon and a three pointer from Ryan Heins to pull within 26-15 at the half. Fairmont shot 5/17 from the three point line in the first half while holding their opponents to just 7/27 from the field in that same time period.

A refocused Yellow Jackets starting lineup took the floor in the third quarter and got four quick points, including a steal and a slam from Gordon but still found themselves unable to cut the lead any lower then four before the stanza came to an end with their opponents leading 40-25.

Free throws became a big story in the fourth quarter as the home squad Fairmont hit on 15 of their 17 tosses and were led by Drollet who hit on 9/10 from the charity stripe. Sidney had no issues getting to the line themselves as they hit all eight of their attempts. While the Jackets outscored the Firebirds 26-20 they were unable to trim the lead and fell 60-51 when the final horn rang out.

Box Score:

Fairmont (60):
Kellan Bochenek 12
Sam Lickliter 3
Jansen Davidsen 6
Jack Hendricks 15
Kamron Drollet 20
Brandon Hall 2

FG: 19/55
3PT: 5/24
FT: 17/20
TO: 16

Sidney (51):
Isaiah Bowsher 9
Jace Conrad 8
Ratez Roberts 6
Andre Gordon 17
Devan Rogers 5
Josiah Hudgins 1
Ryan Heins 5

FG: 19/56
3PT: 3/18
FT: 10/12
TO: 15

Game two of the evening featured the IMG Academy Ascenders defeating Tennessee’s Hamilton Heights Christian Academy (16-5) 70-57.

IMG Academy led by the Nation’s top guard and unsigned product Trevon Duval jumped out to an early lead as Duval splashed in a pair of jumpers to add to his lengthy highlight reel and scored 8 of his teams 15 opening quarter markers. Hamilton Heights 13 points were led by University of Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s 5 points in the first period.

Just six points would find their way to the board for the the Hamilton Heights Hawks in the second eight minutes as their opponents IMG clamped down and forced a myriad of steals en route to 20 points and a lot of highlights. Not only did 6’8 Junior Emmitt Williams, fresh off a 20 rebound performance in his last game slam home six points, the Ascenders big man also swatted away a pair of Hawks shots and turned them into fast break opportunities for his teammates.

Gilgeous-Alexander and Virginia Tech bound teammate Nickeil Alexander-Walker did their best to pull them team back inside a single digit deficit in the games penultimate period as they combined for 13 of their squads 16 but were unable to prevent the IMG lead from growing as the score was 49-35 heading to the fourth stanza.

Alexander-Walker and Gilgeous-Alexander again led their team in scoring in the final quarter with 17, but were unable to keep the score close as IMG continued to pour on the points en route to the win.

Silvio de Sousa, a 6’8 Junior for IMG Academy scored 8 points in the last quarter but it was via the highlight reel dunk variety that he did his damage as the big man from Luanda, Angola smashed home the exclamation point in a game that featured many many spectacular plays that can be viewed via the SUV TV twitter account here: SUV TV Twitter.

In the end it was IMG Academy who upped their record to 17-1 on the season with the win. Duval led the way for IMG with 20 while Alexander-Walker was the overall top scorer with 21 for Hamilton Heights on the evening.

Box Score:

IMG Academy (70):
Trevon Duval 20
DeAndre Osuigwe 4
Arseniy Andreev 3
Emmitt Williams 12
Keyontae Johnson 6
Isaiah Stokes 11
Fabian Rial 2
Silvio DeSoussa 12

FG: 30/54
3PT: 4/12
FT: 6/10
TO: 13

Hamilton Heights (57):
Nickeil Alexander-Walker 21
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 18
Therren Shelton-Szmidt 11
Mahamadou Diawara 4
Wheza Panzo 3

FG: 20/58
3PT: 5/19
FT: 12/14
TO: 11

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Riders storm back to down Sidney

ST. MARYS, OH – Even mother nature was not enough to keep St. Marys from defeating Sidney for the third straight year as the Riders opened their 2016 campaign with a 43-39 come from behind win.

Moments after fighting back from a 33-14 deficit early in the third quarter, Roughrider Seniors Dustin Howell and Eric Spicer combined to put eight points on the board and push their own advantage to 36-33 with just over nine minutes remaining in the last period.

Mother Nature as she has done so often to high school football teams in the past few seasons took her turn at the lead as lightning would delay the contest for over an hour with the home team on top by three points.

Out of the delay the Riders defense rose to the occasion as they forced the visitors to punt the football. Seconds after forcing a St. Marys punt the Yellow Jackets again found themselves in business as Sophomore signal caller Andre Gordon connected on a 76 yard toss that pushed the ball deep in the blue and gold territory. With just 4:14 left in the ballgame Sidney runningback Isaiah Bowser forced his way into the endzone from four yards out to give his team a 39-36 advantage.

Senior TJ Mele’s recovery of an attempted quick kick gave St. Marys the ball at midfield and 4:13 with just one timeout. Eleven plays and 3:08 later the Roughriders punched in the games final score with Julius Fisher barreling in from a pair of yards out before adding the extra point for the final score of the long night.

Perhaps only the big mistake that Gordon made in the game which saw him finish 18/36 for over 300 yards was his last throw of the night that sailed over the head of his receiver and into the arms of a waiting Spicer for the games final big play. As he has done a handful of times in his three years at the helm, Howell took a knee and ran out the remaining 54.4 to secure the victory.

Five of the Sidney scores on the night came on the third play of their respective drives and each one was a big play that accounted for more than 27 yards of chewed up field.

On the night Gordon threw a trio of touchdowns in addition to a pair of interceptions. Bowser on the evening added a plethora of yards to the Jacket rushing total as he scored on runs of 45, 27 and 4. One of the touchdowns thrown on the night by Gordon came on a busted play in which the 2015 Sidney Offensive MVP scrambled to create time and hit Bowser for a 54 yard score.

While Dustin Howell might have only connected on 16 yards passing for the evening, he did damage on the ground for St. Marys as he rushed in three times and totaled four yards on those scoring jaunts.

In addition to the rushing exploits of Fisher, Spicer, and Howell, the Riders utilized the legs of 5’11 Junior back Shannon Fowler to change up the pace and gain yards and chew up the clock to perfection as they tallied a school record 76 carries and 82 total plays from scrimmage in the victory.

Sidney (0-1), coming off of their first winning season in over a decade will return home to Sidney Memorial Stadium for a Friday night date with Bellefontaine.

St. Marys (1-0) next Friday night will travel to Van Wert to take on an 0-1 Cougars squad who dropped their opener to Bryan 28-19 and will be looking for revenge for the 21-20 loss they suffered at the hands of the Riders last season.

Hear the Roughriders take on the Cougars live with myself and Dennis Cisco on K94.3 FM Celina or the K94 mobile app with pregame beginning at 6:30pm.

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Sidney comeback downs Riders

ST. MARYS, OH – Despite not getting the lead until under a minute remaining in the contest, a three point play by Sidney Senior Sylvia Hudson gave the Yellowjackets a 46-43 non-conference win Monday night on the road.

Lindi Cisco, Quincy Rable, Sydney Cisco and Erika Angstman combined for 11 points for St. Marys in the first quarter but they were able to get the Sidney duo of Hudson and 6’2 Junior Celena Taborn in foul trouble and were able to keep the duo, who combine for 21 rebounds a game from getting their team second shot opportunities.

With St. Marys leading 11-6 after the first period the Roughriders were able to keep up the defensive pressure as they forced Sidney turnovers and turned them just as quickly into points on the fast break. Carrie Nuss connected on a pair of three pointers for the visitors to cut the St. Marys lead to 22-18 at the halftime break.

Showing why she was an Honorable Mention selection as part of last seasons Division 1 All-Ohio team, Hudson took the contest over in the third quarter as she accounted for 11 of her game high 21 points. With Hudson leading their offensive attack, the Yellowjackets added a three pointer from Jada Rowland and a marker from Taborn to find themselves down just a point 35-34 heading into the final stanza.

Rable, who had scored 11 of her team high 15 points coming into the fourth quarter added a pair of steals to go along with her four points in the final period for St. Marys, but the Roughriders were unable to connect on any more than just two shots from Shania Taylor and Angstman and found themselves on the wrong end of the final margin.

In the games final minutes the Yellowjackets points once again came from the duo of Taborn and Hudson who scored every point for the team in the second half with the exception of the one make by Rowland in the third quarter.

After having just tied the contest up Sidney got the games final score of the game on an and one conversion by Hudson on the fifth and final foul of the game as Angstman, who attempted to slide in front and keep her from getting sent her to the line. St. Marys was unable to get off a shot in the final seconds as the Yellowjackets dribbled out the clock for the 46-43 win.

Sidney with the win improves their record to 6-0 on the season and will next begin GWOC play on Thursday as they travel to Springfield to take on the Wildcats.

St. Marys drops to 4-3 on the season and will resume Western Buckeye League play on Thursday as they play host to Shawnee.

Scoring:

Sidney (45):

Carrie Nuss 9
Jada Rowland 5
Sylvia Hudson 21
Celena Taborn 11

FG: 12/32
3PT: 4/17
FT: 7/13
TO: 7

St. Marys (43):
Lindi Cisco 5
Sydney Cisco 10
Quincy Rable 15
Shania Taylor 6
Erika Angstman 9

FG: 13/29
3PT: 4/16
FT: 5/13
TO: 7

St. Marys won the JV contest 48-27 behind 21 points from Makenna Mele

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