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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


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.


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.


2nd quarter barrage pushes Wapak past St Marys

ST. MARYS, OH – Wapak’s torrid shooting from the field in the middle two quarters of their game Friday night pushed them past rival St. Marys in WBL action 75-49.

Leading just 11-8 after the first quarter, the Redskins converted on 18 of their 28 shots in the second and third period for quarters of 30 and 25 points and a 66-37 lead heading into the final 8:00.

Ethan Good was the high scorer on the evening for the visiting team as he knocked down four three pointers and accounted for 31 of his teams points in the victory. Jarrett Koch was the lone Redskin to join Good in double figures as he connected on a trio of three point shots and finished with 15 markers.

The Roughriders connected on 20 of their 51 shots but were only able to knock down 8 of their 20 shots from behind the arc and just 1 of 2 from the free throw line in the loss. St. Marys was led in scoring by Derek Jay who finished with 10 points in the Riders 5th straight loss on the season.

With the win Wapak ups their record on the season to 11-9 overall and 4-4 in the Western Buckeye League. For the final two games of the season the Redskins will travel to Coldwater tonight in a non-league tilt before finishing up the regular season at home against Van Wert next Friday night.

St. Marys sees their season tally fall to 5-15 on the year and 2-6 in WBL play. The Roughriders will travel to Fort Recovery on Saturday before ending the regular portion of their schedule at home against Ottawa Glandorf on Friday evening.

Both teams will begin their tournament runs on Feb 23rd as they are each members of the Division 2 Ohio Northern District. St. Marys will tip off their postseason at 6:15pm as the #11 seed and will do battle with #12 seed Kenton inside Paulding High School while the 7th seeded Redskins tangle with #6 Celina at Lima Senior High School beginning at 6:15.


Wapak (75):
Jarrett Koch 15
Levi Martin 3
Kyle Huffman 6
Nate Schroer 5
Ethan Good 31
Aaron Huffman 9
Aaron Good 6

FG: 27/54
3PT: 11/28
FT: 10/13
TO: 9

St Marys (49):
Jacob Grannan 8
Drew Jacobs 2
Derek Jay 10
Austin Wilker 6
Sam Young 2
Chase Roop 2
Josh Wingett 3
Colin Clements 9
Bo Kuenning 7

FG: 20/51
3PT: 8/20
FT: 1/2
TO: 13

JV Game: Riley Worthen’s free throw with .2 left in regulation gave Wapak a 46-45 win.


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.


Second half run fuels Rider blowout

ST. MARYS, OHIO – St. Marys snapped their two game losing streak Friday night with a fast start and a furious finish against Defiance, downing the Bulldogs 50-12.

After seeing Defiance move the football from their own 30 to the St. Marys 1, the Riders defense rose up and stopped the Bulldogs from getting into the endzone on three straight run plays. On fourth and goal Defiance QB Alex Gonzalez’ pass fell incomplete as the home squad’s goal line stand forced a turnover on downs.

With the ball resting inside their own 1 yard line the Roughriders went to work as Dustin Howell who began the drive with a four yard rush finished it off with an 8 yard touchdown run to put his team on top 7-0 with 4:56 to go in the first quarter.

Defiance found themselves down just a point at 7-6 following their own long drive and touchdown, an 8 yard pitch and catch from Gonzalez to 6’2 Senior wideout Abram Smith that capped off a 74 yard drive over 2:56 midway through the second period.

Austin Tester’s 47 yard scamper on the ensuing drives 5th play for St. Marys set the stage for backfield mate Eric Spicer’s 10th rushing touchdown of the season 2:18 later that pushed the Rider lead to 14-6 following a successful Seth Vorhees extra point.

Another punt from Defiance would give St. Marys the football at their own 25 and they would exhaust just 1:38 in moving 75 yards to paydirt as Howell rushed for his second touchdown of the game and 5th of the season, this time from 21 yards out to push the lead to 21-6 where it would stay heading into the halftime break.

On the opening drive of the second half, the Bulldogs would pull within nine points of the Roughriders as Gonzalez traversed 33 yards for a score through the heart of the defense and into the endzone. With the score sitting at 21-12, Defiance would be forced to go for a two point conversion but see their pass fall incomplete and thwart their attempt to add a pair of points to their score.

Sometimes injuries to key players forces teams to give opportunities to players in situations they might not normally get a chance to do so in, and that was never more true than tonight as St. Marys gave many players the opportunity to carry the football. One of those players that made the most of his opportunity Friday night was 5’10, 190lb Junior TJ Mele. In addition to his 81 yards rushing on the night, Mele would add the next St. Marys touchdown as he bowled over defenders on his way to the score, a 20 yard jaunt that gave his team a 27-12 lead with 9:43 to go in the third quarter. Dustin Howell’s ensuing successful two point conversion pushed the advantage to 29-12.

Following a third Defiance turnover on downs on the evening the Riders upped their lead to 36-12 when Jase Green caught his second pass and second touchdown of the season, from 9 yards out from Howell.

Randy Slife’s team leading third interception of the season not only put an end to the Bulldogs next drive, it also gave his offense terrific field position at their own 49 to begin their next drive.

Eight plays and 3:09 is the amount of plays and amount of time the Riders would need to cash in for their next score as Howell’s third touchdown run of the game upped the home team advantage to 43-12 as he scampered in from four yards out. As the Roughriders had taken a 30+ point advantage, the running clock was triggered for the final quarter following the score.

The games final touchdown came with just 3:31 remaining as Sophomore RB Shannon Fowler split through the Defiance defense and cashed in on a 37 yard touchdown run on just his second carry as a varsity runner.

As the clock hit 0:00 the Roughriders found themselves on the winning side of a 50-12 margin that gave them win #6 on the year against just a pair of losses. Defiance with the loss sees their record drop to 1-7 overall and 0-7 in WBL play.

St. Marys (6-2, 5-2) will travel to Wapak to take on the 8-0 (7-0 WBL) Redskins on October 23rd in a game that will be broadcast live on K94.3 FM beginning with the pregame at 6:30pm with myself and Dennis Cisco on the call, while Defiance goes home to take on Van Wert (4-4, 3-4 WBL) at 7pm.

For the second week in a row the Roughriders gained over 400 yards on offense, led by Eric Spicer who went over 1,000 yards on the season by picking up 145 yards on 18 carries. For his part in the offense, TJ Mele added 81 yards, including a 57 yard scamper that set up one of the Howell touchdown runs.

Defiance gained 238 yards in the first half of the football game and finished with 369 yards in the contest. Unfortunately for Defiance they finished their night be giving up 50 points for the second week in a row in the loss.