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Roughriders roll to 4-0 in league play

KENTON, OH – Not only did their 30-13 win Friday night at Kenton move the St. Marys Roughriders to 4-1 on the season and keep them as the leagues only unbeaten at 4-0, it was also a monumental win as it pushed the schools all-time win total to 600 victories.

After choosing to take the ball first when they won the coin toss the Riders would waste no time putting up the games first score as they used four different ball carriers to move 60 yards in 3:06 and on top 7-0 when Ty Schlosser rushed in from 23 yards out for his teams first points on the evening.

Never to be out done by another team moving quickly and into the endzone, the Wildcats who entered the night as the WBL’s top passing attack utilized their five wide attack to break even at 7-7 just two minutes later when Jaron Sharp tossed his 10th touchdown of the season, a 3 yard score to Landon Rush.

Starting deep in their own territory following a booming Kenton punt the Roughriders moved 87 yards on 13 plays and back on top of the scoreboard at 14-7 when Braeden Dunlap tossed his second touchdown pass in as many weeks to Ty Howell, this time around a 23 yard hookup with 6:22 left in the opening half.

Another Kenton punt led to another long St. Marys scoring drive with 1:10 remaining in the second quarter when Shannon Fowler punched in from two yards out to push the advantage out to 21-7 and end a big 75 yard drive that featured five players carrying the football into the Wildcat defense.

Kenton was able to move quickly from their own 24 to the St. Marys 4 with time running down in the period thanks to the arm of Sharp, but were unable to finish the drive off with points before the break as Dunlap snagged a pass in the endzone to bring the threat to a close and send the Riders into the locker room with a 21-7 lead.

In the second half St. Marys utilized a school record three field goals in a single game by Junior kicker and all-time leading field goal kicker Gabe Vandever to run help secure and later push out their leads in the third and fourth stanza. Vandever’s field goals came from 19, 28, and finally 30 yards for the Riders only second half markers.

The lone Kenton score of the final two quarters came with 11:24 to go in the game when Sharp hooked up with Hunter Moore on a 9 yard scoring strike but saw their extra point attempt miss wide right to keep it a 14 point visitors lead at 27-13.

On the evening the Wildcats (1-4, 1-3) were held to 236 yards on 47 plays and finished with a pair of turnovers. Next week Kenton will travel to Van Wert to battle with the Cougars.

St. Marys finished the night by rushing 74 times for 388 yards and connected on four pass plays for a total of 43 yards. The Roughriders, who recovered all three of their fumbles will return home to Skip Baughman Stadium next week and look to remain the league’s lone unblemished squad as they host the Elida Bulldogs.

Shannon Fowler led the rushing attack for St. Marys as he finished with 22 carries for 135 yards while Schlosser ended the night with 97 yards on the ground.

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St. Marys blitzes past Kenton, moves to 4-0

ST. MARYS, OH – Through the first three weeks of the season the St. Marys Roughriders have been the Western Buckeye League leaders in points scored and did nothing to hurt themselves in that category Friday night as they rolled to a 58-14 home win over league rival Kenton.

The last time a Roughrider team put up 58 points or more, the current group of seniors donning the blue jerseys were 10 years old as they watched Coach Doug Frye’s WBL Champions hang 677 yards rushing and 68 points on Elida.

Behind a dominating performance from the starting offensive line unit of Junior Garrett Lauth and Seniors Joey Morlino, Jonathan Peterson, Adam Wicker, and Aaron McGraw the Roughriders rushed the football 58 times for 499 yards against a Kenton defensive unit who gives up an average of 181 yards per contest on the ground.

Kenton won the toss and chose to give St. Marys the football first to begin the game and the home squad wasted no time making their opponents pay for their choice as Eric Spicer jaunted in from 33 yards out to put the Riders ahead 7-0 with 9:46 remaining in the opening quarter.

As he did last week against Shawnee, Grant Keith picked off a pass and gave his offense good field position they once again wasted no time capitalizing on as Bo Kuenning bulled in from eight yards out to make it 14-0 St. Marys.

Trent Hites, an Honorable Mention selection at QB for Kenton last season responded when his team was in possession of the ball next and engineered a 74 yard play over the course of eight plays and hooked up with the WBL’s receiving yardage leader Chris Deardorff for a touchdown to trim the lead to 14-7 in the middle of the opening period.

Starting from their own 41 yardline the Roughriders again called on their Senior tailback in Spicer and again he delivered as he bounced to the outside and dove to pay dirt to make it 21-7 St. Marys.

On their next possession the Wildcats incurred a pair of intentional grounding calls against Hites, but it was the second one that was deemed to have taken place in the endzone that proved the most costly as it resulted in a safety and a 23-7 St. Marys lead with 2:28 in the first stanza.

With the ball coming their way via a free kick after the safety, the Riders traversed 51 yards south to the Kenton goal line before Dustin Howell called his own number and rushed in from a yard out for his fifth touchdown run of the season and pushed the score to 30-7 early in the second quarter.

Seven plays and 71 yards the Wildcats used on their ensuing drive to cut the Roughrider lead to 30-14 with 9:10 remaining before the halftime break as Hites connected on a nine yard hookup to Austin Buroker, but that is as close as they would come on the evening.

Fifteen seconds and 68 yards is all it took on the games next play from scrimmage for Eric Spicer to push the lead out to 23 at 37-14 as he scored for the third time in the first half with a touchdown that saw him knife through the heart of the Kenton defense and outrun everyone in his way for the final points in the opening two quarters.

Seconds after Hites had the ball fall out of his hands to the Skip Baughman Stadium grass, Matt Patten just as quickly scooped up the pigskin and gave his team their first offensive opportunity of the third quarter at the 50 yardline.

Both of the plays run on the following drive for St. Marys would see Julius Fisher, who entered the night with the second most rushing yards in the league pick up three yards and then 47 and a score to push his teams lead to 30 at 44-14 and cue the running clock for the rest of the game.

Another strong Kenton drive would follow the Roughrider touchdown but ended in a punt as Hites was sacked on third down. Following the punt the Riders began at their own 21 but wouldn’t stay there long as they would send Sean Perry into the endzone from seven yards out on his third carry of the drive and add another Gabe Vandever extra point for a 51-14 lead.

A pair of incomplete passes for Kenton brought another drive to an end minutes later and put St. Marys with the ball at their own 47. Using just under three and a half minutes the Riders put their final touchdown of the night on the board as Freshman Ty Schlosser scored on a 26 yard toss play with 52.8 seconds remaining and secured a 58-14 victory.

With their victory the Roughriders move to 4-0 for the second straight season and see their WBL record improve to 3-0. Kenton now sits at 1-3 overall after suffering their second straight loss and see their league mark fall to 1-2 on the year.

On the evening the Wildcats were held to -7 yards on 12 carries and finished with 54 offensive plays for 225 yards. Trent Hites, the WBL leader in passing yards/touchdowns/interceptions coming into the evening completed 27/42 passes for 232 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception while hitting wideout Chris Deardorff 12 times for 108 yards.

St. Marys accumulated 523 yards on 60 plays on the offensive end and were led in rushing by Spicer who toted the ball 16 times for 245 yards and a trio of scores. Julius Fisher’s 15 carries resulted in his fourth straight 100+ yard game to open the season as he picked up 121 yards and a touchdown.

Passing the ball the Roughriders were 2/2 from Dustin Howell and finished with 24 yards on the evening.

Kenton will head home for a date with 0-4 Van Wert next Friday night while St. Marys will begin their two week tour of Lima as they travel to Elida to take on the 2-2 Elida Bulldogs.

Hear St. Marys vs Elida beginning at 6:30pm with the pregame show here: St. Marys vs Elida Broadcast

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Roughriders claim sectional crown

ST. MARYS, OHIO – The Co-Western Buckeye League Champions secured their second straight Sectional Championship Thursday night as they downed Kenton 3-0 in front of a packed home crowd at Geiger Park.

An early pitchers duel between Roughriders starter Nathan Wilker and Wildcats hurler Tristan Reichelderfer kept both offenses bats cold in the opening innings, with just one hit each coming from the opposing offenses in the first four innings.

Reichelderfer kept St. Marys potent offense in check through the first four innings as three times they were sent down in order by virtue of a strikeout, flyout, groundout. The only Roughrider hit before the fifth came on a bloop into centerfield by Marshall Lininger. Lininger would steal second base two pitches later, but be erased as Tristan Becker struck out to end the threat in the third.

Kenton’s only hit in the first half of the contest would come from cleanup hitter Seth Conover who tapped one off of the end of the bat into left field for a single. Conover would reach second base on an error by St. Marys shortstop Dustin Howell whose attempt at a double play on a ball put into play by Dalton Kessler sailed into centerfield. Kessler would account for the second out of the inning as he was tagged out as part of a 1-6-3 doubleplay hit into by Trey Reichelderfer as the half inning came to a close with the score still tied at 0.

Following a Howell flyout to centerfield to open the inning, Josh Young was walked by Reichelderfer. With Young on second base due to a passed ball, Michael Hastreiter secured runners on the corners for the Roughriders by singling. Hastreiter stole second base moments later and put runners on second and third base for Austin Quellhorst following a Lininger flyout. Quellhorst used the end of his bat to put a ball in play just past the outstretched glove of Conover and drove in the games first two runs.

Quellhorst would only be credited with one RBI on the hit however as rightfielder Brandon Hottman was charged with a throwing error that scored Hastreiter to make it a 2-0 St. Marys lead heading to the top of the 6th inning.

Much like the Roughriders had done earlier in the game a number of times, Kenton was sent down 1-2-3 in the 6th by virtue of a strikeout, a flyout, and a groundout.

St. Marys added one more run, an RBI single from Howell that scored Logan Maze who had singled earlier in the inning to run their lead to 3-0 heading into the games final half inning.

Having thrown just 70 pitches heading into the top of the 7th inning, Nathan Wilker headed back out to the hill for St. Marys and walked the opposing pitcher Reichelderfer following a full count. Conover accounted for the innings first out as he grounded out to first base moments before a fielders choice that put Kessler on first erased Reichelderfer on a 1-6-5 putout at second. Down to their last out of the game the Wildcats saw their season come to an end as catcher Travis Downing became the victim of the final out as he flew out to right field.

Nathan Wilker (6-1) picked up the win for the Roughriders while Tristan Reichelderfer (6-2) took the loss for the Wildcats for the second time this season at the hands of St. Marys.

St. Marys (16-5) will have a non-league regular season game at home on Monday against Fort Recovery (21-2) before heading to Bluffton on Thursday for a 2pm District Semifinal matchup against the Bath Wildcats, 13-0 winners over Upper Sandusky.

Time of game: 1:23
Strikeouts: St Marys 4 (Wilker 4), Kenton 5 (Tristan Reichelderfer 5)
Walks: St Marys 1 (Young), Kenton 1 (Tristan Reichelderfer)
2B: St Marys: Quellhorst
1B: St Marys: Maze, Howell, Hastreiter, Kenton: Conover, Trevor Downing
RBI: St. Marys: Howell, Quellhorst
GIDP: Kenton 1 (Trey Reichelderfer)

Top Performers:

St. Marys

Logan Maze 1/3, 1B, SB
Dustin Howell 1/3, 1 RBI, 1B
Michael Hastreiter 1/2, 1B, SB
Marshall Lininger 1/2, 1B, SB
Austin Quellhorst 1/2, 2B, RBI

Kenton

Trevor Downing 1/2, 1B, SB
Seth Conover 1/3, 1B

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