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Riders win 400th WBL game

OTTAWA, OH – It took a battle but the St. Marys Roughriders became the first team in Western Buckeye League history to accomplish 400 league victories as they traveled to Ottawa and knocked off the Titans 21-13.

Not only did the Riders accomplish a piece of history on Friday night, they also put a stop to a 7 game series losing streak to the Titans dating back to a 2009 victory on the Titan Stadium grass.

Coming out of a defensive struggle in the first half that saw the two squads trade punts and field position in a scoreless opening two periods, both teams looked to make their mark in the third quarter.

In typical St. Marys fashion the Roughriders used the clock and a grind it out attitude on their first possession of the third quarter before tailback Sean Perry bowled in from a yard out on his second touchdown run of the season to put his team on top 7-0 with 4:03 to go in the period.

An interception on the next OG drive by Drew Jacobs and a fumble recovery by the Titans set them up inside St. Marys territory at the 36 before Richie Knowlton danced in on a screen pass to tie the ballgame just eight seconds into the fourth quarter at 7-7.

Just as quickly as he took possession of the football at his own nine, St. Marys returner Braeden Dunlap sped through the Titan special teams 91 yards and into the endzone with 11:38 to go in the ballgame and give his squad a seven point advantage back at 14-7.

Titan fans were up on their feet again as their team pulled within 14-13 with 1:46 to go when Knowlton caught a Siebeneck pass and scampered in for a 10 yard score. Choosing to gamble with his team at home OG coach Ken Schriner chose to go for two points but was thwarted as the Rider defense knocked a pass out of the air and incomplete to keep the contest at a one point visitor lead.

Starting at midfield after their QB Colin Clements recovered an attempted OG onside kick, St. Marys coughed up the football in their own territory as Aaron Rieman hopped on top of the football for his own team at the 47 with 1:13 remaining.

Having been hit hard once already and seeing it lead to an interception by St. Marys, QB Jaden Siebeneck was again struck and forced to watch as Ty Schlosser returned his errant pass 50 yards for the final score of the contest to make it 21-13 Roughriders with just 1:20 left.

Only a fumble recovery and a couple of kneel downs remained in the contest before the Riders were able to secure their victory and scratch their seven year itch against the Titans.

OG (0-2, 0-1) who picked up just 48 total yards last week fared much better in this contest as they totaled 185 on the evening. The Titans will be home next Friday night and look to draw even in league play as they welcome Bath to town. Siebeneck finished 16/27 passing for 143 yards, 2 touchdown passes and 3 interceptions. Richie Knowlton, a special mention All-Ohio wideout last year led the Titans with 9 pass receptions for 126 yards and both scores through the air.

St. Marys (1-1, 1-0) nabbed 285 yards overall and were led by Sean Perry who toted the football a career high 24 times for 110 yards which also established a new career mark for the Junior. The Roughriders will open the home portion of their schedule next week for their annual Chicken Bowl event as they take on the 2-0 Van Wert Cougars.

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Riders clinch WBL share, end Wapak streak

ST MARYS, OH – It stands to reason that since Doug Frye was the head coach at Wapak when they began their record 33 game winning streak in WBL contests that he would be the one to be the coach of the team to end it right? That question was answered with a resounding yes Friday night at Skip Baughman Stadium in St. Marys as his Roughriders ended the aforementioned streak with a 13-7 victory that clinches at least a share of the Roughriders first league title since 2008.

For the second straight meeting between St. Marys and Wapak the Roughriders found themselves marching a long distance and chewing up a ton of clock on their opening drive, but unlike last season were unable to cash in for points and were forced to punt away the football to Wapak midway through the period.

Following a long punt from the WBL’s leading punter Matt Patten that pinned them against their own endzone at the six, the Redskins themselves were able to get to midfield before having to turn to their own big leg in punter Tristan Meyer to kick the ball away. Unfortunately for the throngs of Wapak fans in attendance however Meyer was unable to give his team a chance to flip the field as he shanked a ball out of bounds at the Rider 43.

The first score of the contest came with 5:48 left in the first half when St. Marys Sophomore kicker Gabe Vandever connected on his fourth field goal in as many attempts on the season to put his squad on top 3-0.

St. Marys would add a touchdown to their tally after forcing Wapak to punt for the third time in the opening two quarters on a reverse halfback pass from Senior tailback Julius Fisher of 33 yards in the endzone to Seth Warniment, a Senior wideout who had caught just two balls for 12 yards on the season coming into the contest to go up 10-0 on the visiting team.

Vandever’s second field goal of the evening gave St. Marys a 13-0 lead with 10:38 to go in the game and forced Wapak’s offense to go into hurryup mode behind Junior QB Manny Vorhees.

Vorhees, a first year starter whose cousin Seth caught a couple of balls for the Roughriders offense on the evening engineered a 12 play 73 yard drive that encompassed just under five minutes of the fourth quarter and ended with a six yard touchdown pass to Kais Chiles that cut the home teams lead to 13-7 with 5:36 remaining.

Four minutes and twenty seconds came off the clock on the ensuing Roughrider possession but ended via a punt when Julius Fisher was stuffed by the Redskins and was unable to pick up a first down on the ground.

Despite picking up three first downs on the drive that began at their own 12 with 1:10 and no timeouts remaining, the Wapak offense was unable to connect on three straight tosses from Vorhees to his intended targets before the final play of the game was a pass completed as time ran out with the Redskins unable to reach the endzone to give their foes the win.

On the night the fourth ranked offense in the WBL was held by St. Marys to just 144 total yards on 41 plays while the Roughriders were able to amass 265 yards of their own on 64 plays.

Despite not having a 100 yard rusher for the second straight game the Roughriders got strong contributions from Julius Fisher (21 carries, 68 yards), Eric Spicer (21 carries for 54 yards), and Dustin Howell who tallied 42 yards on 10 totes of the ball.

Eric Spicer’s 54 yards gives the WBL’s leading rusher 1022 yards on the year and 3049 for his career, which places him 12th all-time on the St. Marys rushing list.

In addition to his yardage on the ground, Howell connected on 7/9 passes for 68 yards on the evening but tossed his first interception of the season in the third quarter.

Defensively the Roughriders gave up their first points in 17 quarters when Wapak scored in the fourth, but have surrendered just 41 points to league opponents on the year.

By virtue of their win tonight St. Marys not only claims at least a share of their 23rd league championship, but they also put an end to Wapak boss Travis Moyer’s 86 game regular season win streak that dates back to the 2006 season where he roamed the sidelines at Bucyrus Wynford.

With the win the Roughriders (9-0, 8-0) clinch their first playoff spot since the 2008 season. St. Marys will host Ottawa Glandorf next weekend and can win the conference outright with a win over the 8-1 Titans.

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Redskins stay undefeated

WAPAKONETA, OH – St. Marys landed the first punch of the night but Wapak landed the rest as they put up 46 unanswered points to win 46-7 Friday night at Harmon Field.

Led by runningbacks Julius Fisher and Eric Fisher the Roughriders controlled the clock and the field on their opening drive, finishing off a 73 yard drive that took over 11 minutes and used 20+ plays with a Dustin Howell 1 yard touchdown run to go up 7-0.

Trailing 7-0 with 1:20 left in the opening quarter the Redskins used a long drive of their own, Wapak fired back to tie the game at 7-7 with a 12 play drive that took 4:47 and ended with a Jared Cockerell 3 yard run to pay dirt.

Following a fumble on a punt by St. Marys punter Matt Patten that was recovered by Landon Hall, the Redskins pushed their advantage to 13-7 on a touchdown pass from QB Aaron Huffman to wideout Ethan Good from five yards out, a lead that they would carry into the halftime break.

With a fumble by Eric Spicer sandwiched in between giving their offense a second possession, Cameron Lauck scored on a pair of rushes, a 26 yard jaunt and a 1 yard run to push the advantage to 26-7 with 5:58 remaining in the games penultimate stanza.

Corey Crawford, a hulking 6’4, 270 pound Senior who plays on both sides of the line for the Redskins gave his teammate Dylan Kuehl the football and an open lane to the endzone as he used his big mitts to block an attempted Patten punt and use the opportunity to make the score 33-7 Wapak.

Wapak would find their lead ballooning from 19-7 to 40-7 in a matter of just 7:22 as they added on another score with a 16 yard toss from Huffman to Cort Merricle in the Roughrider endzone on the last drive with the starters occupying most of the eleven spots on the field.

The games final touchdown would come from Sophomore backup QB Manny Vorhees who snuck it from a yard out to put up the final marker for his squad. On the ensuing play the Redskins would have Vorhees take a knee instead of trying to convert on the two point conversion.

St. Marys was able to move the ball down the field in a hurry on the games final drive but ran out of time in the contest before they could attempt to dent the endzone as they found themselves victim of Ohio’s 30+ point differential running clock in the final quarter.

For the first time in school history the Redskins (9-0, 8-0) have won back to back Western Buckeye League championships. In accomplishing the feat the Skins have now won 25 straight regular season games and 23 in a row in the league. Wapak head coach Travis Moyer pushes his regular season winning streak to 76 consecutive victories in the win dating back to his days at Bucyrus Wynford.

The Roughriders (6-3, 5-3) have lost 3 of their last 4 games and find themselves seeded 8th according to the computer point rankings compiled by Joe Eitel (www.joeeitel.com) and will need a win next week at Ottawa Glandorf to assure themselves a spot in the playoffs.

St. Marys vs OG can be heard live as it happens on K94.3fm with the pregame beginning at 6:30pm with myself and Dennis Cisco on the broadcast.

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