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West sweeps D8 games

ELIDA, OH – Two differently played games ended with the same result, a West victory on Monday evening inside the Elida Fieldhouse.

Game one of the night not only featured the All-Stars of Divisions 1-3 but also a little bit of everything throughout the course of the two twenty minute long halves.

The East stars jumped in front and stayed in the lead early on with the use of deep three pointers from the group of Kori Barrett (Kenton), Ellie Miller (Kenton), Brittney Haas (Findlay), Emily Heiman (Findlay), and the hometown girl Shyah Wheeler of Elida.

Early on the only point the West was able to muster came from the free throw line on a make by St. Marys Makenna Mele to cut into the East 4-0 lead with nearly 6 minutes gone off the clock.

In the second half the West’s inside-outside game helped to pull the lead to within a couple of points and nearly into the lead on a couple of Sydney Cisco (St. Marys) deep triples.

With 8:42 left in the second half a runner from Crestview senior Paige Motycka gave her team their first advantage at 39-38. Motycka would strike again after a pair of East three point goals from Miller and Bath’s Jaidyn Hale on her only other make from the field to tie the ballgame at 43-43.

Wapakoneta’s Sarah Pothast, the games leading scorer dropped in the final marker to give her team a 47-46 win on the offensive end with under a minute while Shawnee’s Alissa Stahler blocked away a final East offering on the defensive end to secure the victory.

Scoring:

West
Sarah Pothast (Wapak) 15
Lexi Jacobs (Wapak) 2
Alissa Stahler (Shawnee) 6
Emily Poling (Defiance) 3
Makenna Mele (St Marys) 5
Sydney Cisco (St Marys) 12 (4 3’s)
Paige Motycka (Crestview) 4

3PT: 6 (Cisco 4, Pothast, Poling)
FT: 1/4

Playing but not scoring: Cassidy Meyers (Van Wert)

Not able to participate: Kourtney Diller (Coldwater), Kadie Hempfling (Ottawa Glandorf)

East
Lindsey Singhaus (Bath) 2
Jaidyn Hale (Bath) 6
Kori Barrett (Kenton) 6
Ellie Miller (Kenton) 11
Brittney Haas (Findlay) 3
Emily Heiman (Findlay) 6
Shyah Wheeler (Elida) 12

3PT: 12 (Wheeler 3, Hale 2, Barrett 2, Miller 2, Heiman 2, Haas)
FT: 1/2

Playing but not scoring: Bette Andrews (Bath), Alexa Lenhart (L. Benton)

Not able to participate: Kennedy Fagan (Bath)

Game two involved the stars of the Division 4 world and featured one team putting up a big offensive performance as the West rolled to a 77-47 victory paced by a pair of Midwest Athletic Conference stars.

Leading 33-30 at the halftime break the West rolled to a 44-17 second half of play and finished with 3 players in double figures in the win.

Fort Recovery’s Grace Thien and Taylor Kogge of the State Champion Minster Wildcats each dropped in 19 points apiece to lead their West squad while teammate and future University of Michigan Volleyball standout Paige Jones joined the duo in double figures as she notched 11. Thien was the big three point shooter on the evening as she notched 5 triples in the contest.

Kogge finished the game shooting 8/10 from the field and ended with just one miss each from inside and outside the three point arc on her way to play for Ohio Northern University at the next level.

Ridgemont’s Priscilla Howland led the East squad on the evening with 16 points and was the lone member of her team in double figures.

Scoring:

West
Sarah Klausing (Kalida) 2
Grace Thien (Ft. Rec) 19 (5 3’s)
Carley Stone (Ft. Rec) 6
CJ Kemper (Ottoville) 4
Paige Jones (N. Bremen) 11
Taylor Kogge (Minster) 19
Alli Fischer (Minster) 4
Kara Evers (M. Local) 9
Amber Miller (Ottoville) 3

3PT: 12 (Thien 5, Kogge 3, Jones 3, Miller)
FT: 1/3

Not available: Bridget Landin (OV), Kierra Meyer (Leipsic), Heather Lammers (Leipsic)

East
Anney Archer (Ada) 2
Aubrey Biederman (W-Goshen) 8
Amanda Clymer (Vanlue) 8
Priscilla Howland (Ridgemont) 16
Emma Saltzman (Arcadia) 4
Meadow Cromer (Ridgemont) 3
Lauren Schroeder (C. Grove) 4
Kayla Fergueson (P. Gilboa) 2

Playing but not scoring: Maddie Gossard (Ada)

Not available to play: Carlee McCluer (C. Grove)

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Four Titans named All-WBL

Western Buckeye League Champion Ottawa Glandorf was well represented on this seasons All-WBL Girls basketball selections as the Titans nabbed four spots.

Future Bowling Green University Falcon Kadie Hempfling was named the league’s top honor of Player of the Year for the third straight season, an honor no one else has received in recent voting. With her selection this season the Titans have now captured four of the last five trophies for the conference’s top player. Last season Hempfling shared the honor with teammate Kylie White, a year after winning the award by herself as a Sophomore. Kristen Miller who plays her college ball at Indiana University East won the award for the 2013-14 season.

Hempfling who is averaging 14 points per game to go along with 9.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists was joined on the 1st Team by a pair of recent 1,000 point scorers in Defiance’s Emily Poling who will play college basketball at Ursuline University, and Elida’s Shyah Wheeler.

Also on the 1st Team squad were Bath guard Jaidyn Hale and future Ohio Northern University teammate Lexi Jacobs from Wapakoneta along with Shawnee’s Alissa Stahler.

Second team honors were bestowed upon OG sharpshooter Erin Kaufman who ranks third on her team in scoring at 8.4 points per game and was a third team selection last season in a year where she broke the schools three point record with 56. This season Kaufman, a Junior has led the Titans in scoring four times, including on Saturday night with 13 in a Sectional Finals victory over LCC.

Joining Kaufman on the second unit is Bath’s Lindsay Singhaus, Kenton’s Ellie Miller, Wapakoneta’s Sarah Pothast who just recently announced her intent to play college basketball at Edison State Community College.

The final member of the 2nd Team was St. Marys forward Makenna Mele who saved her best performance of the season for the biggest game of her Senior year where on Saturday night in the Sectional Finals at Spencerville she recorded a career high 27 points to help her Roughriders end rival Bath’s season and propel St. Marys into their first District contest in 9 seasons.

Members of the league’s 3rd Team included Ottawa Glandorf Junior and second leading scorer Ashley Schroeder, Layne Taylor from Kenton, Cassidy Meyers of Van Wert, Kennedy Replogle of Defiance, and St. Marys Sydney Cisco.

Cisco is the only girls player to ever have hit 200 plus three pointers in her career and sits just five triples away from breaking the schools single season record. The four year starter will enter this weeks District Semifinals at Paulding as the Riders 9th all-time leading scorer and just 35 points away from being the 9th member of the programs 1,000 point club.

Honorable Mention nods went to OG Junior Paige Sutter (4.7 ppg, 3.3 reb), Celina’s leading scorer Lauren Jackson, Defiance’s Morgan Wityk, Abby Jackson of Van Wert, Lauren Cisco from St. Marys, Bette Andrews of Bath, Ijah Austin from Shawnee, Amira Freeman of Elida, Kori Barrett from Kenton, and Makenzie Wilson representing Wapakoneta.

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Redskins rally past Riders in regular season finale

ST. MARYS, OH – A strong second half by Wapak led them past host St. Marys 52-46 on Friday night to wrap up the regular season for both teams.

Trailing 34-33 early in the final period the Redskins Jace Copeland sliced his way through the lane and connected on a basket to push his team into the lead for the first time since early in the fourth quarter at 35-34. Despite Copeland missing the free throw that accompanied a St. Marys foul the visitors would keep control of the scoreboard the rest of the contest.

Wapak’s first lead of the game came just moments into the first period on a Gage Schenk three pointer. An Adam Scott basket made the advantage 5-3 Wapak but would represent the last basket of the opening eight minutes as their team finished 2/13 from the field while the Roughriders nailed down a 5/12 performance led by Braeden Dunlap with a five point quarter and a 12-6 lead after one stanza.

For nearly a five minute span between the first and second quarter the Redskins were unable to put anything inside the Memorial High School baskets and watched as the Riders lead grew to 16-6. Adam Scott’s connection on 1/2 free throws with 5:13 to go in the opening two periods pulled his team to within 16-7 before leading a run that pulled the lead down to 24-17 at the break.

Perhaps the biggest play of the first half almost didn’t happen for St. Marys as Ethan Mielke’s tip in of an air ball from a teammates three point try just beat the buzzer to keep the Riders in the lead by 7.

In the opening moments of the third quarter the Wapak duo of Adam Scott and Aaron Good both hit a three point goal and pushed their teams offense into overdrive as they accounted for 14 of their squads 16 markers in the quarter. Austin Wilker’s two deep threes for St. Marys kept the Roughriders in the lead at 34-33 with the game headed to the final period.

St. Marys who came into the contest seeking their first winning record in the Western Buckeye League since finishing 5-4 in the 2014/15 season saw their conference record finish with a 4-5 mark once the final buzzer rang.

Austin Wilker led all scorers in the game with 22 points and a trio of three pointers. St. Marys (7-15, 4-5) will begin their tournament run on Tuesday night at 7pm against Grand Lake rival Celina at Findlay High School.

Wapak (14-8, 6-3) was led by Adam Scott’s 16 points and will travel to Lima Senior High School on Wednesday night for an 8pm battle with Napoleon.

Box Score:

Wapak (52):

Gage Schenk 14
Nick Schoonover 2
Brady Erb 4
Aaron Good 12
Jace Copeland 4
Adam Scott 16

FG: 18/42
3PT: 5/15
FT: 12/20
REB: 25
TO: 12

St. Marys (46):

Braeden Dunlap 5
Austin Wilker 22
Ethan Mielke 7
Drew Jacobs 5
Colin Clements 5
Ethan Steger 2

FG: 19/41
3PT: 6/16
FT: 2/4
REB: 26
TO: 15

JV: Wapak 49-38

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Riders advance to finals

SPENCERVILLE, OH – St. Marys was unable count on their biggest weapon in the three pointer on Tuesday night but kept fighting and found a way to defeat Shawnee for the second time this season by a 38-34 margin and send the Indians into the offseason.

In the first quarter the Roughriders were held to just one basket, a Makenna Mele make with 1:53 to go in the opening stanza but connected on 3/6 from the line to find themselves down just 7-5 after the opening eight minutes.

Shawnee standout Alissa Stahler connected on 11 of her game high 17 points in the first half but was held relatively in check in the second half by a ferocious St. Marys defense.

Jill Schmitmeyer who led the Riders on the boards with 7 caroms for the contest tossed in all 6 of her points in the second period and even hit the free throw that tied the game at 17 all just moments before the break. On the evening Schmitmeyer would be a repeated pest for the Shawnee offense as she stepped into the Indian passing lanes and pilfered a handful of passes to set up her own teams scores.

Through the first half neither team was able to connect on a shot from outside, but in the games penultimate period it was the nights designated visitors who struck from downtown first and second behind the duo of Madison Peterman and Eliyana Floyd.

Three Roughriders in Mele, Sydney Cisco, and Lauren Cisco pushed the game into the fourth quarter tied at 25-25 as they each dumped in one or two buckets from inside the arc for their squad.

As she had done earlier on, Stahler put up a pair of made baskets off of offensive rebounds but was forced to become a spectator nearly half way through the final quarter when she picked up her fifth foul.

Free throw shooting and one timely three pointer by St. Marys 9th highest all-time scorer Sydney Cisco put the Riders up for good late in the ball game as she hit on 5/6 in the final period to help secure the victory and sectional finals date on Saturday night.

Shawnee sees their season come to an end at 11-12 as well as the career of their longtime head coach Jeff Heistan with the loss to St. Marys for the second time in four seasons inside the Walk-In Closet at Spencerville.

With the win the Roughriders senior class moves to 48-47 overall, and 10-13 on the year. St. Marys will travel back up Route 66 on Saturday for a battle with WBL mate Bath at 6pm.

Scoring:

St. Marys (38):

Sydney Cisco 11
Makenna Mele 13
Lauren Cisco 6
Jill Schmitmeyer 6
Haley Felver 2

FG: 13/49
3PT: 1/12 (S. Cisco)
FT: 11/20
REB: 28
TO: 14

Shawnee (34):

Samya Wright 2
Madison Peterman 3
Alissa Stahler 17
Tessa Jordan 4
Eliyana Floyd 8

FG: 13/46
3PT: 2/14 (Ma. Peterman, Floyd)
FT: 6/8
REB: 37
TO: 23

Game 2: Elida defeats Van Wert 61-44 and will face Defiance on Saturday

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Redskins move to 3-0

ST. MARYS, OH – Despite not scoring for a nearly 6 minute span between the third and fourth quarters the St. Henry Redskins downed the St. Marys Roughriders 43-32 Friday night in non-league action at the Horseshoe.

St. Marys senior Drew Jacobs opened the scoring for the home squad as his marker put the Riders on top 2-0 early. The WBL members lead would prove to be short lived unfortunately as it would mark his teams only points of the first period. A pair of three pointers for the Redskins from Curtis Ulenhake and Ryan Luttmer coupled with an 0-8 shooting performance by St. Marys would give the visitors a 10-2 lead at the end of the opening stanza.

In the second quarter it was Luttmer again who cashed in from beyond the arc, this time joined by junior Ethan Thieman from deep to help engineer a 14 point quarter to give St. Henry a 24-13 lead heading into the break.

With strong quarter performances both offensively and defensively in the third quarter, the Roughriders pulled to within 29-22 at the next stoppage. Sam Young who finished the night with 7 points connected on a three pointer and a shot from inside the arc to help pull the Redskins lead back into double digits for St. Marys. For their part the visitors were held to just one made basket from the field, a three point goal by Luttmer to go along with a pair of free throws made by sophomore Caden Niekamp.

The final eight minutes of the contest saw a slow down between the two teams and a pair of big performances by St. Henry senior Tyler Schlarman and St. Marys senior Austin Wilker.

Schlarman who entered the contest through the first weekend of the season averaging 19 points per game was held to just 11 and picked up an intentional foul call late in the game exploded in the fourth quarter offensively for 7 of his markers.

Wilker would finish the night with a total of 8 points, but 6 in the final period. On the evening the 6’2 Wilker would help his team with the clock stopped as he connected on 6/6 from the free throw line.

St. Henry moves to 3-0 on the season and will be back in action on Saturday night as they travel to Lima to take on another Western Buckeye League squad in Shawnee.

St. Marys is now 0-3 on the year and has dropped 11 straight games dating back to last season. The Roughriders will welcome New Bremen to town for another WBL vs MAC showdown Saturday night before they begin conference play next Friday night at home against Ottawa Glandorf.

Scoring:

St. Henry (43):

Curtis Ulenhake 6
Ryan Luttmer 11
Ryan Bruening 2
Tyler Schlarman 11
Parker Link 4
Ethan Thieman 3
Caden Niekamp 6

FG: 14/33
FT: 9/16
3PT: 6/18 (Luttmer 3, Ulenhake 2, Thieman)
REB: 23 (Huelskamp 6)
TO: 10

St. Marys (32):
Braeden Dunlap 6
Sam Young 7
Austin Wilker 8
Ethan Mielke 3
Drew Jacobs 8

FG: 11/43
FT: 8/10
3PT: 2/13 (Young, E. Mielke)
REB: 30 (Dunlap 10)
TO: 13

JV: St.Henry 65-32

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Riders stave off Rangers

NEW KNOXVILLE, OH – The old adage of free throws win games was never more evident than it was at New Knoxville Thursday night when with just 5.9 seconds remaining, St. Marys senior Sydney Cisco connected on two from the line to give her team a 53-51 road victory in non-league action.

The charity tosses capped off a huge night for Cisco as it represented the last two of her game high 27 markers. Overall on the evening every point Cisco would be responsible for would come from either the free throw line where she finished 11 of 12, or from behind the arc where she hit on 5 of the 6 St. Marys three point goals.

The first nearly three minutes of the contest featured no score from either side. New Knoxville’s Tayler Doty gave the Rangers their first and only lead at 1-0 with 5:02 remaining in the opening quarter until midway through the third period when she connected on one of her to free throw attempts.

Foul trouble would find itself as a big key to the outcome of the contest and began to manifest itself when St. Marys senior Makenna Mele picked up her second foul in the first half and was forced to become a spectator until the beginning of the third stanza.

5’10 senior Madi Howell, playing with four guards for Riders coach Jon Burke and in place of Mele paced her teams inside game with a solid first half as she scored 8 of her 14 points in that time to help give St. Marys a 14-12 lead after the first quarter and a 24-20 halftime advantage.

New Knoxville sophomore Megan Jurosic put the Rangers on top of St. Marys at 31-30 with 3:16 to go for the first time since the first quarter connected on one of her two charity tosses. Not to be outmatched however, the Roughriders stormed back in to the lead at the 1:51 mark remaining in the stanza when Cisco hit on two of two from the line for her only points in the quarter to make it a 34-33 ballgame.

In the fourth quarter with the game beginning to grind down through the final handful of minutes each team would lose key players as the Rangers would be forced to part with Jurosic and junior sharpshooter Erin Scott. St. Marys post duo of Mele and Howell were both casualties of the number of fouls called as well as they were sent to the bench in the final minutes as well.

Following a basket by New Knoxville to tie the contest at 51-51 and a turnover by the Roughriders, Sydney Cisco stole a pass and then was fouled to set up the games winning charity tosses. New Knoxville ended with the basketball and one last opportunity out of the ensuing timeout but were unable to connect from deep for the win and saw their record fall to 1-2 on the season while St. Marys improved to 2-1 on the year with the victory. As a team the Roughriders helped their own cause in the win as they went 21/28 from the line.

Sydney Cisco led all scorers with 27 points and was joined in double figures for St. Marys by Madi Howell who tossed in 14. The Rangers ended the night with 3 in double figures led by Jurosic’s 17 points while teammates Tayler Doty and Morgan Leffel each ended the contest with 10.

Scoring:

St. Marys (53):
Ally Will 2
Sydney Cisco 27
Makenna Mele 4
Lauren Cisco 3
Jill Schmitmeyer 3
Madi Howell 14

FG: 13/41
FT: 21/28
3s: 6/12 (S. Cisco 5, L. Cisco)

New Knoxville (51):
Tasia Lauth 6
Tayler Doty 10
Morgan Leffel 10
Erin Scott 8
Megan Jurosic 17

FG: 19/42
FT: 10/16
3s: 2/8 (E. Scott 2)

JV: 19-12 New Knoxville (2 quarters)

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6 Riders named All-Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH – Following a successful season that included a trip to the playoffs and an unbeaten Western Buckeye League championship run, 6 St. Marys Roughriders were named to the Division 4 All-Ohio teams on Monday afternoon by the OPSWA.

First team selections went to offensive lineman Garrett Lauth and defensive lineman Reed Aller.

Lauth, a 6’2, 310 pound senior offensive lineman and multi-year starter on the front line for coach Doug Frye helped lead a Roughrider rushing attack that finished as the best in the WBL with a 323.9 per game average. In addition to his All-Ohio honors, Lauth was voted this season as the conference lineman of the year and a first team Northwest District pick.

Defensive lineman Reed Aller, a 6’1/245 pound senior and returning letter winner for the Riders ended the season with 55 tackles and was named as the WBL and Northwest District’s lineman of the year before being named 1st team All-Ohio this afternoon and was a key member of a defense that surrendered just 14 points to opponents during the last month of the regular season on their way to posting a trio of shutouts.

3rd team mentions went to runningback Sean Perry and linebacker Jackson Harris, a pair of dynamic players that helped the Riders to back to back playoff appearances.

Perry, a 5’10/170 pound junior was a 1st team Western Buckeye League pick and led the St. Marys rushing attack this season as he finished with 1,210 yards and 9 touchdowns. Catching the ball the elusive Perry finished second on the team in receiving with 87 yards and a touchdown. Nearly never leaving the field, Perry finished with 114 tackles and 3 interceptions in addition to nearly 500 return yards on special teams and an 87 yard return for touchdown as well.

Jackson Harris finished his career at St. Marys with back to back 100+ tackling seasons, including a team high 137 this season. The 6’3/195 pound senior was an integral part of a Riders defensive unit that ended the season surrendering 18.6 per contest in their 12 games this season and was also a 1st team selection at linebacker in the WBL.

Honorable Mention All-Ohio honors were given out to a pair of Riders as kicker Gabe Vandever and defensive lineman Austin Giesige picked up the nods.

Vandever, the 5’10/155 pound junior record setting kicker finished the year as one of the top scorers in the Western Buckeye League and broke a handful of school records on the way. During the course of the season Vandever connected on a school record 50 straight extra point attempts and 71 consecutive overall dating back to his sophomore season before his streak was snapped. Not only did he eclipse the schools career total for extra points but Vandever is also the St. Marys leader in all-time field goal makes heading into his senior season next August when the Riders return to the field.

Austin Giesige, a 6’1/215 pound senior finished his final high school season with 77 tackles. Giesige who started and earned all-league accolades at linebacker as a junior was moved to the defensive line this season where he utilized his speed on the front line to help keep opponents at bay and flourished at the new role as he helped keep opponents to just 3.9 yards per rushing attempt on the year.

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St. Marys rolls past Highland into Week 12

ST. MARYS, OH – For the second straight year the St. Marys Roughriders earned a home playoff game based on the strength of their regular season, and for the second straight year the Riders thumped their Week 11 opponent in said game.

Behind 41 first half points and a dominating defensive effort St. Marys rolled through the running clock to a 48-8 opening round victory Friday night in what could possibly be their last home game at Skip Baughman Stadium by downing visiting Highland.

After failing to score on their opening possession, the Roughrider offense wasted no time on their second chance with the football and pushed ahead for good at 7-0 when Junior Sean Perry scampered 9 yards virtually untouched into the endzone with 3:29 remaining in the opening quarter to give his team the first points of the contest.

In what would come to be a precursor to the rest of his night, Drew Jacobs picked off a Highland pass and set his team up at the Fighting Scots 38 yard line. Following a pair of touches by Ty Schlosser that resulted in a first down, QB Colin Clements tossed a 52 yard scoring strike to Braeden Dunlap to push the St. Marys lead to 14-0.

Highland’s next possession began with great field position at the Roughrider 47 thanks to a big kick return but got stopped almost as soon as it got started as they were unable to pick up a fourth down conversion and were forced to give the ball back to the home squad at their 32 midway through the second stanza.

Over the course of 2:08 the top ranked offense in the Western Buckeye League marched 62 yards to put themselves ahead by a trio of scores as Dunlap this time did the work himself on the ground and scored his third rushing touchdown of the season with an 11 yard jaunt.

Drew Jacobs second of three interceptions on the evening put a stop to another Highland drive just two plays after it got started once the defensive unit found its way back to the field and gave St. Marys the football at their opponents 22 yard line with 5:53 left in the opening half.

Entering Friday nights game St. Marys TE Wyatt Barhorst had caught just a pair of passes in his career for 14 yards. On Friday night Barhorst got his first of two opportunities to celebrate a touchdown reception as he caught a laser from Colin Clements to push his team ahead by a 28-0 margin from 19 yards out for his first career score.

Starting their next drive after forcing another Scots punt the Riders again wasted no time putting points on the board as Dunlap rushed in from 30 yards out for a score to run the lead to 34-0 with 4:40 remaining in the half.

Perhaps the only thing to go wrong in the first half for St. Marys followed immediately after the touchdown as kicker Gabe Vandever who had connected on a school record 71 consecutive extra points in his career and 50 straight on the season missed right on his 5th attempt of the evening.

The final score of the first half for St. Marys came with just :20 left before the halftime break when Barhorst caught his second touchdown pass of the night, a 25 yard tally on a fake field goal and pass from Clements. In scoring his second receiving effort of the night, Barhorst became the 12th Roughrider to have accomplished that feat in a single game and sent his troops into the locker room up 41-0.

Behind a running clock in the second half both teams were forced to pick up the tempo of their offenses which had already been in high gear pace wise in the opening two quarters.

Having picked up just 56 yards on 27 plays in the first half the Scots were looking to get things going their way in the third quarter but saw their time with the ball be short lived as Christian Triplett picked up a fumble at their 35 for St. Marys.

Three plays is all it took for Dunlap to strike again, this time from 25 yards away and provide the last Roughriders score at the 7:31 mark of the third period.

An overthrown pass by Highland QB Reese Weissenfluh found its way to the waiting arms of Jacobs again with 4:29 remaining in the third quarter and gave the Riders the ball at their own 5 and put a stop to the Scots deepest drive of the contest to that point.

With 19.9 seconds remaining the Roughriders chances of posting their first playoff shutout since 1993 when they blanked Uniontown Lake to win the State Championship came to an end when Weissenfluh raced in from 11 yards out for just his second rushing touchdown of the season. Brody Matthews added the two point conversion for Highland before time ran out in the contest to make the final score 48-8 St. Marys.

Highland, who finished as KMAC Champions this season sees their 2017 campaign come to an end at 8-3 in the first playoff appearance since the 2010.

St. Marys (10-1) has won 10 straight games and 7 straight now at Skip Baughman Stadium dating back to last seasons 42-8 opening round playoff win over Dayton Belmont. The Roughriders will move on to week 12 to do battle with the 11-0 Shelby Whippets and Minnesota bound signal caller Brennan Armstrong on Friday night at 7:30pm at Marion Harding High School.

Braeden Dunlap led the St. Marys rushing attack with his first 100 plus yard effort of the season as he finished with 10 carries for 107 yards and a pair of scores. Sean Perry picked up 72 yards and a touchdown as well. In all the Roughriders rushed 38 times for 252 yards while using three players tossing passes that finished 5/10 for 124 yards and three scoring efforts in the victory.

Historical note: Heading into Week 12 this years team has scored 423 points which puts them as the 5th highest scoring offense in school history by points scored.

By connecting on 6/7 extra points on the night, Gabe Vandever broke the schools all-time extra points record previously held by Jeff Hughes with 119 successful attempts. Vandever has now hit on 124 in his career heading into next weekends contest with Shelby.

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Riders roll by Wapak to finish 9-0 in WBL

WAPAKONETA, OH – For the first time since 1993 and the first time ever under head coach Doug Frye the St. Marys Roughriders finished their Western Buckeye League season undefeated at 9-0 with a 10-0 shutout win over rival Wapak on Friday night.

On a rainy and miserable night both teams started off slow offensively until St. Marys second possession of the first half when the Roughriders started at the Wapak 44. With 4:03 remaining in the opening quarter the visitors punched in the only touchdown of the contest when tailback Sean Perry scampered off the right end and into the endzone from 13 yards away to put his squad on top 6-0 before a Gabe Vandever extra point pushed the lead to 7-0 Roughriders.

A trio of punts and a turnover on downs gave St. Marys control of the football at their own 25 with 8:48 remaining in the opening half of play. On the 19th play of the drive the Roughriders would be forced to turn the ball over on downs as Perry, who carried the ball 14 times on the drive was stopped near the goal line on his attempt to push the lead to a two score advantage.

Leading 7-0 at the halftime break the Riders would begin the third quarter with the football and add the games only other score, a 20 yard field goal by Vandever to cap off a 13 play drive that emanated from their 30 and gave their fans a 10-0 lead to cheer for.

Defense was the word of the day in the second half as each team would stop the other from putting anything in the scoring column for the rest of the contest.

Wapak’s best chance to dent the score column came early in the 4th quarter as they utilized a 25 play drive that began at their own 4 yard line with 10:41 and ended near the Roughrider 15 when Blake Kanorr snagged a Brady Erb pass out of the air and gave his team a chance to run out the clock with 2:13 remaining in the game.

After being forced to punt away the football with just 1:48 remaining when they were unable to pick up 10 yards on their three plays, the Roughriders ended the Wapak hopes of winning as Sean Perry jumped in front of an intended Wapak target in the endzone and came away with the game clinching interception that allowed his team to take a knee and run out the final :33 of the win.

With the loss, Wapak will finish the season at 6-4 overall, and 6-3 in Western Buckeye League play. According to Joe Eitel projections the Redskins will miss the playoffs for the first time under 4th year head coach Travis Moyer.

St. Marys (9-1, 9-0) according to Joe Eitel D4R14 projections will be at home for Week 11 and play host to a yet to be determined team.

The Roughriders shutout of Wapak is their 27th in their 114 meetings and the first of the Redskins since a 13-0 win in 2001 at Wapakoneta.

Leading St. Marys offensively was Sean Perry who carried the football 28 times for a game high 153 yards and the games lone touchdown. Overall the Roughriders rushed 60 times for 258 yards while holding Wapak to just 104 yards on 35 carries, and 198 yards total.

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St Marys dominates Defiance, claims outright WBL crown

ST. MARYS, OH – With their dominating 50-0 win on Friday night against visiting Defiance the St. Marys Roughriders can call themselves outright Western Buckeye League Champions for the first time since 2003 when they claimed the crown with an 8-1 league mark.

According to computer points projections from Joe Eitel the Roughriders not only clinched the league title they also sewed up a Week 11 first round playoff home game at Skip Baughman Stadium when the postseason begins on Friday, November 3rd.

St. Marys got things rolling early on their first drive of the contest as they opened the game by finishing off a quick five play drive with QB Colin Clements fourth rushing touchdown in the past seven days to go on top 7-0 after an extra point from kicker Gabe Vandever with just 1:36 coming off the clock.

Four punts and a turnover on downs by St. Marys after the games opening salvo it was again the Roughriders who struck the scoreboard quickly. A three play drive covering 75 yards led entirely by rushes from RB Ty Schlosser finished in a 13-0 advantage for the home squad when the tailback blitzed in from seven yards out.

The ensuing extra point to Schlosser’s score for the Riders pushed across a bit of history for St. Marys as Vandever’s extra point flew threw the uprights for his 41st consecutive make of the season and gave him one more than former record holder Jeff Hughes who hit on 40 consecutive extra points during the 1992 State Championship campaign.

Despite beginning in St. Marys territory following a big return on their next opportunity to touch the ball and beginning inside the home squads territory, the Bulldogs would be forced to punt away the ball for the fourth time in the game.

Beginning at their own 29 with exactly 10:00 left in the first half the Roughriders coupled a 31 yard run by Braeden Dunlap with a 15 yard penalty on Defiance before sending Schlosser into the Bulldog endzone with 9:40 to go in the first half from 26 yards out for his second score of the first half to make the score 21-0 St. Marys.

Defiance and Sophomore QB Caden Kline were able to move the ball well on their following drive, but a pair of incomplete passes would again force them to punt away the football. Sean Perry fielded the Defiance punt at his own 15 yard line and quickly sliced and diced his way through the heart of the Bulldogs special teams and into the endzone for an 85 yard punt return score for St. Marys.

Perry’s return pushed the home teams lead to 28-0 with 5:16 to go in the opening two quarters and fell just a yard short of tying Chip Cisco’s 1975 punt return against Bath as being the longest in school history.

On their sixth attempted punt of the first half the Bulldogs found themselves victims of a double punt block by the duo of Reed Aller and Trey Fisher that gave the Roughriders the ball for the first time starting on their half of the field at the 10.

Normally a defensive stalwart, it was Reed Aller who put up the next score of the evening to push the game to 35-0 in St. Marys favor when he caught a six yard touchdown pass from Colin Clements with 2:51 remaining before the half.

In accordance with OHSAA rules, the second half began with a running clock due to the 30+ point differential.

Braeden Dunlap would take the snaps at QB for the Roughrider offense to begin the second half, and would take just four plays to toss his third touchdown pass of the season when he hooked up with Sean Perry on a 2 yard throw that ran the differential to 42 in his teams favor.

A second blocked punt by the duo of Aller and Fisher seemed to lead to St. Marys taking over possession of the football with 6:48 remaining in the third quarter, but was ruled a safety by the officials when it was deemed Defiance fell on the ball in their own endzone.

Leading 44-0 following the safety and a pair of traded possessions the Roughrider substitutes put the final score of the game on the Skip Baughman scoreboard when Eddie Fowler cashed in on a three yard run for his second score of the season. Parker Enoch who entered the contest to attempt the extra point after Vandever had connected on all five of his attempts of the evening never got the chance to kick the football as it sailed away from the holder and he was quickly tackled once he picked it up with a 50-0 lead.

Defiance who falls to 1-8 overall, and 1-7 in Western Buckeye League play has now not scored on St. Marys in eight straight quarters as they were shut out at home last season 41-0. The Bulldogs will end their season next week seeking their first road win of the 2017 campaign as they take on the Van Wert Cougars.

Week 10 will see the Roughriders hit the road themselves as they look to finish unbeaten in WBL play for the first time under head coach Doug Frye when they do battle with the 6-3 Wapak Redskins.

Dunlap led the Riders on the ground in the contest as he carried 6 times for 92 yards. In all the St. Marys Roughriders outgained their opponents 313-112, including 39 rushes for 295 yards from a dozen ball carriers.

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