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District 8 Boys All-Star Game results

ELIDA, OH – Tuesday night the boys 2017-18 basketball season wrapped up in Elida as the District 8 All-Star games took place with the sides splitting the two contests.

Game 1: D1-2-3
East 114
West 94


Isaac McAdams (Elida) 13
Chad Frey (Bath) 20
Austin May (L. Benton) 6
Jacob Logsdon (Findlay) 22
BJ Miller (Lima Sr) 5
Will Poling (L. Benton) 14
Skyler Smith (Elida) 5
Daniel Unruh (Elida) 18
Mark Janowski (LCC) 6
Donte Johnson (Elida) 5

3PT: 22 (Logsdon 7, Frey 6, Unruh 4, Poling 2, McAdams, Johnson, Smith)


Alex Rode (D. Jeff) 9
Austin Wilker (St. M) 2
Derek Albers (Coldwater) 10
Jacoby Kelly (VW) 16
Bryce Schroeder (OG) 13
Jake Dible (OG) 6
Harrison Gough (Bath) 11
Jace Copeland (Wapak) 5
Jay Kaufman (OG) 14
Tyler Bratton (D. Jeff) 8

3PT: 10 (Kelly 3, Schroeder 3, Kaufman 2, Copeland, Rode)

Game 2: D4
West 94
East 85


Tyler Mescher (Marion Local) 9
Logan Kemper (Ottoville) 10
Cole Horstman (Ft Jennings) 15
Mark Kuhlman (Miller City) 10
Derek Stout (Crestview) 14
Richard Cocuzza (DSJ) 7
Tyler Schlarman (St Henry) 5
Caden Ringwald (Lincolnview) 8
Nathan Tinnerman (N. Knoxville) 15

Playing but not scoring: Brandon Wehri (Ft Jennings)

3PT: 15 (Tinnerman 3, Ringwald 2, Kemper 2, Kuhlman 2, Stout 2, Mescher, Schlarman, Cocuzza, Horstman)


Noah Howell (Temple Christian) 8
Jacob Rider (McComb) 2
Drew Johnson (PG) 14
Logan Schroeder (Grove) 8
Eli Phillips (PG) 14
Levi Squire (Arcadia) 6
Ethan Swaney (Ada) 4
Eric Ritter (Cory Rawson) 13
Logan Dray (Perry) 17

Playing but not scoring: Caleb Price (Arlington)

3PT: 19 (Dray 5, Johnson 4, Ritter 3, Howell 2, Schroeder 2, Squire 2, Phillips)


OG downs Wapak, finishes home and WBL season unblemished

OTTAWA, OH – For the second time in as many seasons the Ottawa Glandorf Titans have finished unbeaten in both their regular season home games and their Western Buckeye League contests as they defeated visiting Wapak 54-43 Thursday evening at the Supreme Court.

In the past two seasons nobody has been able to beat OG in league play or inside the confines of Robert J. Hermiller Gymnasium. The last team to accomplish either feat pulled off both on the same evening as Wapak themselves downed the Titans 39-36 in a tightly contested affair that came down to the closing minutes to be decided.

Since last losing to the Redskins the Titans have defeated their WBL rivals on four straight occasions after their win tonight.

Coming off of a win on Tuesday night against state ranked Archbold that saw OG hit 10 from beyond the arc, the Titans offense went to work early from outside as junior Ashley Schroeder canned a pair of first quarter triples to push her team to an early 6-2 advantage and ultimately a 14-4 lead at the end of the quarter.

Senior Kadie Hempfling who finished the night as the game leading scorer with 16 in her last home game led the Titan attack on the boards in the first half where she snagged 9 of her 13 rebounds and handed out a multitude of assists to teammates for easy baskets against an aggressive Wapak defense.

One of Hempfling’s assists came in the second quarter with her team already ahead to give fellow senior Carri Johnson a wide open three point attempt that helped OG push ahead by 10 at the break 27-17.

While it was Ottawa Glandorf who made good from the free throw line at an 8/10 clip from Paige Sutter, Erin Kaufman, and Mackenzie Meyer it was Wapak who would spend time at the stripe in the second half as they nailed 7 of their 9 attempts.

Limited by fouls in the contest Wapak’s 6’1 senior Sarah Pothast who recently committed to play college basketball at Edison State was held below her 12.9 points per game average with just 7 points. Defensively junior Paige Sutter helped to shut Pothast down at times while falling just one shy of her career high in markers with 8 on the evening on the offensive end of the floor.

Mackenzie Meyer and Kelsey Erford tossed in three point baskets for the Titans in the final eight minutes of play for their team while Jessica Davis pushed across all of her 9 in the period to lead Wapak in the defeat.

Wapak who was led on the evening by freshman Katie Engel who was playing with a broken thumb with 11 points including a pair of three pointers ends their regular season at 13-9 overall and with a 6-3 mark in WBL play. The Redskins will begin their tournament run on 2/24 at 8pm in the Sectional Finals against Kenton in Leipsic.

Ottawa Glandorf finishes up their regular run as 20 game winners (20-2) for the fifth straight season and the 9th time in school history. The Titans will take on the winner of Lima Central Catholic and Perry on February 24th at 6pm in Bluffton.

The senior class for OG of Carri Johnson, Mackenzie Meyer, and Kadie Hempfling with the victory became the second winningest senior group in girls program history with their 100th career victory and will have a chance to tie the school record in their next game.


OG (54):

Ashley Schroeder 8
Kelsey Erford 3
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 8
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 4
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Peyton Warnecke 2
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 10/17
3PT: 5 (Schroeder 2, Erford, Kaufman, Meyer)
TO: 15

Wapak (43):

Lexi Jacobs 6
Audra Schaub 4
Samantha Sutton 2
Alex Debell 2
Makenzie Wilson 2
Katie Engel 11
Jessica Davis 9
Sarah Pothast 7

FT: 9/11
3PT: 2 (Engel 2)
TO: 18

JV: Ottawa Glandorf beat Wapak 41-33 to end the year with an 18-4 overall mark and a perfect 9-0 Western Buckeye League record just like their varsity counterparts.


Ottawa Glandorf continues to set records in wins

PAULDING, OH – In winning their third straight District Championship Saturday night the Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans broke a record that was set by one of the all-time great teams in school history.

On top of being able to cut down the nets, the Titans broke a record set by the 2005 Lady Titans that opened their season by winning 24 straight contests before seeing their season come to an end in just one contest later in the Regional Semifinals. This seasons incarnation was victorious in the Paulding District Finals on Saturday night as they downed WBL rivals Wapak 50-32, their second victory over the Redskins in the past 14 days.

Had the family of Kylie White not settled in and called Ottawa their home, the 5’9 Senior would have been right at home inside the Panthers gym as she hit for a team high 17 points on the evening just two days removed from a team high 16 against Bath on the same night she became just the third Lady Titan to score her 1,000th career point.

In an eerily similar fashion to how they jumped out big in the Semifinals on Thursday the Titans used their breakneck pace and defensive pressure to force a handful of Redskin turnovers and watch them be immediately deposited into their own bucket as points in the opening period of play. Led by Junior Kadie Hempfling’s seven points the Titans raced out to a 15-7 lead at the sound of the first quarter buzzer.

Whether they were rattled by the defensive intensity of their opponents or by the large crowd on hand to support their opposition the Redskins found themselves unable to dent the scoring column in the second quarter until Megan Fisher cashed in on her teams only made shot from behind the field, a triple from deep to cut into the Titan advantage. Outscored 13-4 in the stanza the visitors on the scoreboard headed to their lockerroom trailing 28-13.

Just as she had done in the second period 48 hours earlier Kylie White delivered as she scored on a pair of long tosses from Hempfling and chalked up seven of her 11 first half tallies.

Celebrating her 18th birthday on the night 5’9 OG Senior Lexi Schroeder proved to be the biggest of the Titans offensive threats in the games penultimate quarter as she connected on a short jumper and layup for a quick four points to further the OG lead. Wapak’s answer for a stagnant first half offense coming out of the break was a steady dose of 1st team Western Buckeye League selection Lexi Jacobs who was responsible for getting herself to the line and points on the board for her team. In the third Jacobs hit 4/4 from the free throw line and scored four from the field as well and scored all but one of her teams third quarter points.

Trailing 37-22 heading into the fourth quarter the Redskins turned up their own defensive pressure and helped keep the Titans scoreless for nearly the first four minutes of the stanza but unfortunately for their fans they themselves were unable to dent the scoreboard for almost the exact same amount of time.

For her part Jacobs continued to rush into the heart of the Wapak defense in the final eight minutes and hit a three pointer to go along with her 4/6 performance from the charity stripe to finish off her game high 20 points before the game came to an end.

Sophomore guard Erin Kaufman for the third time in the ballgame split the middle of the Redskin defense and put in a layup as she finished with eight tallies to help finish off the ballgame and preserve a 50-32 lead once the clock struck 0:00.

Of their 22 free throw opportunities on the evening the Titans were their own worst enemy on the night as they hit on just 8 of their tosses and finished 5/13 in the fourth.

With the loss Wapak sees their season come to an end at 17-7. Ottawa Glandorf remains unbeaten at 25-0 and will put their unblemished record on the line Tuesday night at 8:00 PM in Ada at Ohio Northern University against Whitehouse District champion Clyde in a game broadcast live on WZOQ Radio.


OG (50):
Ashley Schroeder 7
Carri Johnson 2
Erin Kaufman 8
Lexi Schroeder 7
Kylie White 17
Kadie Hempfling 9

FT: 8/22
3PT: 1 (Hempfling)

Wapak (32):
Lexi Jacobs 20
Megan Fisher 3
Brooke Schlenker 1
Sarah Pothast 3
Blasia Moyler 5

FT: 11/19
3PT: 3 (Jacobs 2, Fisher)


Titans nab WBL share

ST. MARYS, OH – Ottawa Glandorf followed their gameplan to near perfection Friday night and forced St. Marys into four turnovers in a 13-7 win that clinched a share of the WBL title for the Titans.

With the OG win over St. Marys, the Titans, Roughriders, and Wapak Redskins will each snag a piece of this seasons Western Buckeye League crown.

Jay Kaufman, OG’s 6’4 Junior signalcaller engineered the first score of the game on his squads first possession of the contest as he led his team on a 49 yard drive and finished off the score with his 20th touchdown pass of the season by hooking up with Richie Knowlton for a 27 yard score to make it 7-0 visitors.

Unlike the way the Roughriders have gone all season long as they have led the WBL in turnover differential at +15, St. Marys would commit their first turnover of the game two possessions later in the contest as Connor Niese snagged a pass from Dustin Howell and returned the ball to the Titan 44 to set his squad up.

Kicker Tristen Ball accounted for the rest of the points in the first half and helped OG stretch their halftime lead to 13-0 as he connected on a 21 and 35 yard field goal attempt.

After forcing OG into a punt on their first possession of the second half the Roughriders found themselves beginning their drive just short of mid-field at their own 49. Seven plays and 51 yards after the start of their drive, St. Marys put their only points of the game on the Skip Baughman Stadium scoreboard as Dustin Howell hooked up with Bo Kuenning on a 17 yard toss to cut the OG lead to 13-7 with 7:57 in the games penultimate period.

A pair of St. Marys fumbles would put an end to two drives in which the Roughriders found themselves driving deep into Titan territory, but neither was more costly than the one that came with under 1:30 remaining in the game that gave OG the football at their own 36 and forced St. Marys to use their timeouts in an attempt to stop their opponents from trying to run out the clock.

Ottawa Glandorf has now beaten St. Marys for seven consecutive seasons, the longest such streak in the history of the series that dates back to their first meeting in 1967.

Offensively the Titans ran 57 plays and accumulated 215 total yards on the night. Through the air Jay Kaufman connected on 14/24 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 41 yards on 23 carries on the ground.

Eric Spicer shouldered the load for St. Marys as he toted the football 27 times for 154 yards but was unable to dent the endzone in the contest. Julius Fisher rushed 15 times for 59 yards as the Riders as a team totaled 233 yards on 48 carries against one of the top defenses in the league. Through the air Senior QB Dustin Howell was 9/13 for 77 yards but was intercepted for the second time this season.

Next week both teams will find themselves in the playoffs and with home games as OG (9-1, 8-1) is currently seeded second in Division 4’s Region 14 and will host Bellevue on Friday night at Titan Stadium according to Joe Eitel (D4R14 Rankings )

St. Marys will return to the playoffs for the first time since they last shared a WBL title back in 2008, and will host just their third home game and first since 2003 as they welcome Dayton Belmont to Skip Baughman Stadium for a 7pm Saturday night kickoff that can be heard live on WKKI K94.3 FM. (D3 Region 12 rankings)


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.


Wapak deals OG first WBL loss

OTTAWA, OH – For the first time this season the Ottawa Glandorf Titans found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard Thursday night in a Western Buckeye League contest as they were defeated by the Wapak Redskins 39-36. In addition to being their first league loss, the setback was also the Titans first defeat at home this season and put a stop to their 11 game winning streak.

Wapak’s Riley Culver got off to a hot start in the first quarter as she scored 6 of her 8 points in the opening stanza to help the Redskins jump out to a quick lead on the home squad. OG’s Kadie Hempfling, coming off of her first game since the season opener of being held in single digits on Tuesday night helped bring her team back and into a 12-10 lead at the end of the quarter by netting 5 of her 10 points.

Kylie White and Dani Ellerbrock each put in 3 points in the second quarter and helped OG retain the lead 20-19 heading into the halftime break despite being outscored 9-8 in the period by the visitors.

Maddi Stiles connected on a pair of three pointers early in the games penultimate stanza and was aided by baskets by Riley Culver, Lexi Jacobs, and Megan Fisher as the Redskins took a four point lead into the start of the fourth quarter.

With their opponent able to match the frantic pace the Titans play at times both offensively and defensively OG was forced into 12 turnovers in the game. A three pointer by Hempfling brought OG to within a pair of points of the lead late in the fourth quarter, but the Redskins combined a pair of Titan turnovers with a trio of free throws from Jacobs and Stiles who finished with 10 points each on the night to eek out a 39-36 win.

Despite suffering their first loss in the WBL, Ottawa Glandorf (18-2, 7-1) has still already wrapped up at least a share of their 8th conference crown and can still win the league outright next Thursday night with a win in Elida against the Bulldogs. Kylie White led her troops in scoring on the night as she pumped in 14 to go along with 10 rebounds.

On the season the Redskins are now 16-4 overall and in a tie with Bath at 6-2 in the league. Wapak sits as the second seed in the Paulding District, one spot behind the Titans and will open their run on February 20th in Spencerville at 8pm against either St. Marys or Van Wert.


Wapak (39):
Lexi Jacobs 10
Maddi Stiles 10
Megan Fisher 5
Kasey Helmstetter 2
Kiersten Wilcox 2
Riley Culver 8
Blasia Moyler 2

OG (36):

Dani Ellerbrock 3
Erin Kaufman 3
Kylie White 14
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kadie Hempfling 10

JV: Wapak 29-15


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.


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