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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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2017 St Marys Football by the numbers

ST MARYS, OH – When the Roughriders kick off their 2017 season next Friday night at Sidney they will do so for the first time since 2009 as the defending Western Buckeye League champions as they finished in a 3-way tie for the title during their 2016 run to the Regional Finals and an 11-2 record.

By virtue of their WBL title last season the Riders have now placed 23 conference championships for football in the trophy case at Memorial High School, the most in the league (Van Wert is next on the list with 18 all-time trophies).

This season the Riders will look to replace not only a lot of their leadership but also some of the most productive players in school history and break in new players to the starting lineup.

Week 1 will see St. Marys travel south to Sidney to continue their opening round battle against the Yellow Jackets. Last season the Riders survived a scare from a talented Sidney squad and emerged 43-39 winners after rallying from a 19 point deficit with a Julius Fisher score to secure the victory.

All-time against Sidney the Riders sport a 34-23-4 record, including wins in their last three contests in the series by a combined 154-88 margin. Three seasons ago St. Marys hung a school record 71 on the Yellow Jackets, but will find a high paced offense led by Northwestern commit Isaiah Bowser and dual threat QB Andre Gordon hungry to hand them an opening game loss.

When Week 2 rolls around the Riders will be looking to become the first WBL school to record 400 wins in conference play as they travel to Ottawa to tangle with the team who beat them last in league play and snatched a share of the league title in the OG Titans. QB play was a big positive for the Titans in their 13-7 win at Skip Baughman last season, but OG will be missing starter Jay Kaufman this season due to injury. St. Marys leads the all-time series 34-15-1, but have not beaten Ken Shriner’s crew since winning in Ottawa in 2009 21-13.

Weeks three and four of the season will welcome Van Wert and Shawnee to Skip Baughman. Van Wert who finished winless last season has not beaten the Riders at home since 2013 when they posted their only victory of the season there 41-32. Overall the Roughriders find themselves 53-37-6 against the Cougars.

Shawnee finished 2016 with just a single victory, 28-26 at Van Wert and will break in a new QB after the departure of last seasons starter Ray Manley and attempt to end their two game skid against St. Marys who they have beaten just 19 times overall in 55 opportunities.

Kenton’s Wildcats play host to the Riders in week five as they venture away from home for just a single game in the middle of a four game homestand. Two seasons ago St. Marys ended a 7 game Kenton series winning streak by rallying back from a 17-0 Wildcat lead and scored a 42-23 win behind a school record tying 3 touchdown passes from Dustin Howell. Overall the Riders hold a 54-25-2 advantage in the two teams meetings.

A two game home stand against two teams from Lima in Elida and Bath highlights weeks six and seven at Skip Baughman. Last season the Riders defeated both squads on the road and improved their records against them all-time to 39-8 (Elida), and 34-18 (Bath).

The Battle of Grand Lake St. Marys takes center stage in week eight as the Riders travel to take on their rivals the Celina Bulldogs. Last season the Riders were victorious at home but they will no doubt be looking to erase memories of a 28-21 loss to the green and white that kept them from a possible playoff berth. Overall the Riders have dominated the series with a 63-29-6 lead.

As the season winds down the Roughriders will return back to the confines of the blue and gold colored stadium they’ve called home for the past 80 plus years to take on a Defiance squad they dominated last season, but have struggled with historically and hold just a 29-21 series lead against.

There’s no telling how the playoff race will have shaken out for the first nine weeks when the Riders travel to Wapak to take on the Redskins in the seasons final regular season game, but recent history suggests no matter what it will be a playoff type atmosphere at Harmon Field. St. Marys picked up a 13-7 victory last season at home in Week nine and owns a 67-40-5 record against the Redskins.

Overall against this seasons regular week opponents the Roughriders sport a 442-235-25 record. On the road at the aforementioned venues St. Marys is 77-35, and 80-29 at home.

2017 Season Schedule
8/25 at Sidney
– Series record: St. Marys leads 34-23-4
– St. Marys at Sidney: St. Marys leads 12-5
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

9/1 at OG
– Series record: St. Marys leads 34-15-1
– St. Marys at OG: St. Marys leads 16-6
– Current streak: OG won last season

9/8 vs Van Wert
– Series record: St. Marys leads 53-37-6
– St. Marys home vs VW: leads 19-7
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

9/15 vs Shawnee
– Series record: St. Marys leads 35-19-1
– St. Marys home vs Shawnee: St. Marys leads 13-4
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 2 meetings

9/22 at Kenton
– Series record: St. Marys leads 54-25-2
– St. Marys at Kenton: St. Marys leads 15-8
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 2 meetings

9/29 vs Elida
– Series record: St. Marys leads 39-8
– St. Marys home vs Elida: St. Marys leads 19-3
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

10/6 vs Bath
– Series record: St. Marys leads 34-18
– St. Marys home vs Bath: St. Marys leads 15-7
– Current streak: St. Marys won last season

10/13 at Celina
– Series record: St. Marys leads 63-29-6
– St. Marys at Celina: St. Marys leads 19-6
– Current streak: St. Marys won last season

10/20 vs Defiance
– Series record: St. Marys leads 29-21
– St. Marys home vs Defiance: St. Marys leads 14-8
– Current streak: St. Marys has won last 3 meetings

10/27 at Wapak
– Series record: St. Marys leads 67-40-5
– St. Marys at Wapak: St. Marys leads 15-10
– Current streak: St. Marys won last season

All games this season can be heard live starting with pregame at 6:30pm on K94.3 FM with myself and Dennis Cisco.

*Records and numbers compiled with help of Paul Sadler and Roughrider Football History Website

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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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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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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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Riders end Indian skid

ST. MARYS, OHIO – For the first time since 2006 the St. Marys Roughriders and their fans can not only say they’ve defeated the Shawnee Indians, but also that they are 3-0 on the season as they downed the visitors 21-6 Friday night at Skip Baughman Stadium.

Quarterback Dustin Howell, who had a superb game in a loss to Shawnee last season finished off the opening drive of the game with a score by tossing a 25 yard touchdown pass to wideout Austin Tester to put his team on top 7-0 following the ensuing extra point.

Shawnee’s first drive of the contest looked as if it would be quickly stopped after just three plays but a defensive penalty on the Riders would see the drive continue with a fresh set of downs. Junior signalcaller Ray Manley, starting at Quarterback after Senior Griffin Hites suffered a broken ankle in practice earlier in the week would be stopped on a 4th down play and turned the ball back over to St. Marys on downs at the 40 yard line.

After forcing the second of three Roughrider fumbles on the evening, the Indians offense began their next drive with the ball at their opponents 19 yard line and used just one play to get on the board as Manley hooked up with Jalen Bagley for a score to cut the lead to one at 7-6 seconds before the half. Shawnee’s opportunity to tie the game on the following extra point was pushed wide right.

With starting backs Bo Kuenning and Chase Roop unavailable to play due to injury, the Roughriders were forced to turn to a stable of backs to replace their production, and found it from Julius Fisher and Eric Spicer.

Fisher, a Junior standout on the defensive unit barreled in from 7 yards out on his second carry of the third quarter to put his team on top 14-6 after a successful extra point from Gabe Vandever with 11:53 remaining in the game.

On the ensuing drive of the game the Indians were forced into a quick three and out, and a 12 yard punt that put the Riders in business at the visitors 40. Two plays after beginning the drive and again fueled by a quick burst by Fisher the home squad pushed their advantage to 21-6 on a 35 yard touchdown run by Spicer.

Offensively the Roughriders were led in rushing by Spicer who finished with 25 carries for 176 yards and a touchdown. Despite giving up almost 260 total yards to Van Wert last week, the Riders held Shawnee to 136 yards on 51 plays from scrimmage.

Ray Manley connected on 10/22 passes in the game for 61 yards, a pair of interceptions and a touchdown for Shawnee in a game that saw a combined 14 punts.

Shawnee (0-3, 0-2 WBL) has been outscored 108-12 and will now head back home to regroup before they welcome Van Wert (1-2, 0-2 WBL) to town for a Homecoming night date next Friday at 7pm.

St. Marys (3-0, 2-0 WBL) will head to Kenton to take on a Wildcats (1-2, 1-1 WBL) team that was beaten 35-7 Friday night on the road at Wapak. WKKI, K94 will be on hand to broadcast the contest with the pregame show commencing at 6:30pm on 94.3FM as well as online at www.wkki.net

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