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Titans move to 4-0 in WBL

VAN WERT, OH – Big runs in both the second and third quarters Thursday night propelled Ottawa Glandorf past host Van Wert in Western Buckeye League play 68-43.

Leading 15-8 after the first quarter the visiting Titans (12-1, 4-0) blitzed ahead to a 38-22 halftime advantage thanks in large part to their fast break offense and 18 combined points by the trio of Ashley Schroeder, Erin Kaufman, and Kadie Hempfling.

Van Wert junior Alexis Metz not only gave her team the opening points of the contest, but she continued to add to the Cougar total from behind the line as she dropped in a quartet of shots behind the line to finish the night with 12 to lead her team.

Held to just a basket from Reagan Priest and a trio of free throws from Jamison Clouse and Priest herself, the Cougars were once again outscored by OG in the third quarter as the Titans enjoyed a 10-5 run and found themselves leading by 21 when the final stanza commenced.

In what nearly resembled a track meet at times, the fourth quarter would find a combined 13 players adding their names to the scorebook with a single or multiple buckets.

Ottawa Glandorf sharpshooters Carri Johnson and Mackenzie Meyer put their mark on the final score for the evening as each connected on a pair of late game triples. Van Wert’s duo of Metz and Jaylyn Rickard were also able to connect on two of their teams six three pointers before the final buzzer sounded.

For the game OG’s Kadie Hempfling finished as the leading scorer with 16 while Ashley Schroeder ended the night with 14 markers.

The Cougars (2-10, 0-4) will be back in action on Saturday when they play host to Lincolnview while the Titans will be off until next Thursday, January 18th when they travel to the Celina Fieldhouse to take on the Bulldogs and attempt to win their 15th straight Western Buckeye League contest. Hear the Titans take on Celina: WZOQ Radio

Scoring:

OG (68):

Ashley Schroeder 14
Carri Johnson 5
Paige Sutter 8
Erin Kaufman 8
Mackenzie Meyer 3
Brianna Schimmoeller 4
Kasey Ellerbrock 5
Jayla Balbaugh 2
Peyton Warnecke 5
Kadie Hempfling 16

FT: 4/8
3PT: 4 (Johnson, Meyer, Ellerbrock, Warnecke)

Van Wert (43):

Sierra Shaffer 2
Alexis Metz 12
Jamison Clouse 1
Cassidy Meyers 6
Jerica Huebner 5
Reagan Priest 9
Abby Jackson 5
Jaylyn Rickard 3

FT: 9/13
3PT: 6 (Metz 4, Huebner, Rickard)

JV: Ottawa Glandorf 35-18

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Hempfling big night powers Titans past Bath

OTTAWA, OH – A monumental night for Ottawa Glandorf senior Kadie Hempfling started early in the first half when she became just the fourth Titan to record 1,000 career points but ended when her team secured a 47-37 win against visiting Bath.

Hempfling entered the night with 994 career points and wasted no time adding to that total as she connected on a three point goal from the wing for the first points of the game. Entering the second quarter with her total now raised to 999 thanks to a pair of free throws the BGSU Falcon to be again dialed up a triple to put her team on top and herself into the OG history books with point 1,002. Not to be out done however the Bath offense quickly hurried the ball up the court and buried a three of their own to take the lead back before play was stopped to honor the Titan seniors accomplishment.

With the Titans trailing 19-18 with 3:03 remaining in the opening half it was again Hempfling who would provide the OG spark as she hit on 1 of 2 from the free throw line to tie the contest at 19-19. Behind a strong quarter from the duo of Kennedy Fagan and Chandler Clark the Wildcats pushed their halftime advantage to 27-22 at the buzzer on a missed free throw put back by Lindsey Singhaus.

Similar to the performance they put on defensively against Columbus Grove, the Titan defense took over in the second half as they held Bath to just one basket from the field, a make by Elyssabette Andrews in the middle of the games penultimate period.

Ottawa Glandorf took the lead on two different possessions in the third as Ashley Schroeder and Paige Sutter each dropped in shots to give their team a 31-29 advantage with 2:34 to go.

Chandler Clark and Lindsey Singhaus were nearly perfect from the free throw line in the second half as the duo attempted to keep the Wildcats close by connecting on 8 of 10 tosses.

Five different players found their way into the Titans scorebook in the final 16 minutes of the contest led by Hempfling who hit for a dozen of her 27 points in the fourth quarter. OG was led in rebounding by the duo of Paige Sutter (12), and Hempfling (11).

For the game the Titans finished 18/55 from the field while holding their opponents to 10/33 field goal shooting. Turnovers were also in the home teams favor as they committed just 4 on the night while Bath gave the basketball away 10 times.

Bath (9-2, 2-1) who were outscored 25-10 in the final two periods will travel to Ottoville on Tuesday night to take on unbeaten Ottoville. The Wildcats were led in scoring by Clark who ended the night 6/8 from the free throw line in addition to her second quarter three pointer.

OG (11-1, 3-0) was led by Hempfling who tied her career high of 27 points set last season against Kenton. The Titans will travel to Van Wert next Thursday night to continue Western Buckeye League play.

In joining the 1,000 point club at Ottawa Glandorf, Hempfling became the second player to accomplish the feat against Bath as she joins former teammate and OG third all-time leading scorer Kylie White who accomplished the feat against the WBL foe during last seasons tournament run at Paulding.

Ottawa Glandorf’s other two 1,000 point scorers consist of Sandy (Buddlemeyer) White who ended her career from 1986-89 with 1059, and current University of Michigan assistant Melanie (Halker) Moore who finished in 1995 with 1,204 markers.

Box Score:

OG (47):

Ashley Schroeder 2
Kelsey Erford 4
Paige Sutter 5
Erin Kaufman 6
Brianna Schimmoeller 3
Kadie Hempfling 27

FG: 18/55
3PT: 4/14 (Hempfling 2, Erford, Schimmoeller)
FT: 7/11
REB: 38 (Sutter 12, Hempfling 10)
TO: 4

Bath (37):

Kennedy Fagan 5
Jaidyn Hale 3
Lindsey Singhaus 7
Tori Dackin 2
Chandler Clark 9
Ruby Bolon 2
Kaleigh Ketcham 3
Elyssabette Andrews 6

FG: 10/33
3PT: 4/15 (Clark, Hale, Fagan, Ketcham)
FT: 13/20
REB: 29 (Singhaus 8)
TO: 10

JV Game: OG 56 Bath 45

Video of Hempfling 1,000th point:

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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 clinch share of WBL in rivalry win

CELINA, OH – “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens wrote these words in his 1859 classic “A Tale of Two Cities”, but it very well could have described Friday night’s at times back and forth match-up between rivals St. Marys and Celina.

In a contest to decide if the Bulldogs would be able to reach for an outside share of their first Western Buckeye League title since 1995 or if their cross lake foes would put themselves even further ahead in the race each team took their best shots at one another and seemed to have the game in their favor.

Right out of the gate to open the game the Roughriders offense found themselves clicking as they used just four plays to travel 67 yards and on top 7-0 when Sean Perry rushed though a pack of white jerseys and into the endzone from 19 yards away.

Following the Bulldogs first possession ending with a three and out the Roughriders put together a classic Doug Frye style drive as they utilized 15 plays and 6:59 to push ahead 14-0 on a 1 yard dive by Quarterback Colin Clements.

Another three and out for Celina would give their visitors their best field position, this time at the Bulldogs 47 late in the opening period before Clements pushed in from 2 yards out for his second tally of the evening to put his squad on top 21-0 with 8:03 remaining in the second quarter.

A pair of punts would pin each team deep on their next possession before a big return gave Celina life at their own 40 with :26 to go in the first half. What was quickly a promising drive that moved the home team down to the Riders 20 came to and end when the stadium clock reached 0:00 however and sent the two teams into the locker room with a 21-0 St. Marys lead.

In the third quarter a Celina offense that had been out-gained by a plethora of yards in the first two periods sprang to life and were able to cut into the St. Marys lead with their first touchdown when QB Brett Schwieterman connected with Kole Murlin for a 6 yard touchdown late in the games penultimate quarter to make it 21-7 St. Marys.

Celina continued to stymie the St. Marys offense in the early part of the fourth quarter and pulled themselves to within 21-14 with just 9:57 remaining when tailback Kyle Zizleman raced in from 20 yards out for his 8th score of the season.

Despite Celina having the momentum in their favor the Rider offense was able to push the lead back out to a pair of scores and begin to deflate the Bulldog enthusiasm when Sean Perry, who finished with a career high 211 yards on the evening raced 59 yards down the sideline to put his team first and goal from the Celina 8.

Ty Schlosser’s 7th touchdown run of the season, an 8 yard jaunt gave the Riders a 28-14 lead with 8:55 remaining in the contest and all but assured his team would stay as the leagues lone unbeaten.

Two straight incomplete passes on third and fourth down for Celina and Schwieterman would force the Bulldogs to relinquish the football on their ensuing possession before St. Marys again put together another long drive to put the final touches on their second straight win in the series.

Starting from the Celina 48 the Roughriders utilized 9 plays and a key offside penalty on the Bulldogs inside the 10 to get Colin Clements his third rushing touchdown of the evening, a 1 yard plunge that provided the games final score and margin of 35-14.

Celina saw their final chance with the football come to an end as an errant pass found its way into the waiting hands of St. Marys defensive back Sean Perry and allowed his offense to take a pair of kneel downs to run out the remaining time in the contest.

With the loss the Bulldogs see their season record fall to 5-3 overall and 5-2 in Western Buckeye League play. Celina will be on the road next week as they will travel to take on Van Wert.

For the first time since the 2003 and 2004 seasons the Roughriders will lay claim to being at worst Co-WBL Champions. A win next week at home inside the friendly confines of Skip Baughman Stadium against Defiance would mean St. Marys (7-1, 7-0) would be the outright Western Buckeye League Champions for the first time since capturing the 2003 crown when they finished 9-2.

On the evening the Roughriders #1 ranked rushing offense picked up 366 yards on 59 rushes and held Celina to a total of 282 yards on 63 total plays. Leading the St. Marys attack was Sean Perry’s 211 yards on 24 carries. Ty Schlosser added 17 totes for a total of 90 yards, his second such rushing yardage contest of the season.

All-time St. Marys is now 64-29-6 against their lake counterparts, including 13-2 under current head coach Doug Frye who moves to a personal mark of 6-1 at Celina Stadium.

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Riders shutout Cats

ST. MARYS, OH – A dominating effort on both sides of the football Friday night not only gave the St. Marys Roughriders their 6th win of the season it also kept them unbeaten and atop the Western Buckeye League as the lone unblemished squad.

Despite not scoring on their opening drive of their 49-0 win when a fourth down screen pass resulted in a loss and a turnover on downs, the Roughriders would score on each of the rest of their three offensive drives in the first half and lead into the break 35-0.

Sean Perry got the scoring started for St. Marys following a turnover on downs by visiting Bath as he rushed in 34 yards and into the endzone for his lone score of the ballgame to make it 7-0 in his teams favor with 2:55 in the first period remaining.

Two plays on their second possession were both fumbles for Bath, but it was the second one of the two that was the most costly for the Wildcats as Braeden Dunlap scooped and scored from 15 yards away to run the lead to 14-0 St. Marys just 41 seconds after the Perry score.

71 yards on on 12 plays came to an end with another St. Marys score at the 9:21 mark of the second quarter when Dunlap did the damage again, this time on the offensive end as he raced to the outside and in for a score from 15 yards away to put the Riders on top 21-0.

After forcing their second turnover on downs of the opening two quarters the Roughriders offense went back to work with a short field, this time starting at the Bath 40 and picked up a pair of first downs before Bo Kuenning thundered in for a 7 yard touchdown that put the hosts on top 28-0 with 3:01 remaining in the opening half.

Another quick ending to a Bath offensive possession gave the Roughriders a short field to work with and ended with a quick score, this time a 9 yard touchdown run by Shannon Fowler to give the WBL leaders a 35-0 lead heading into the halftime break.

On the second play of the second half Bath backup QB Devon Kinyon who was thrust into action late in the second period when starter Kobe Burchett was knocked out of the game had his pass batted into the air and pilfered by St. Marys linebacker Christian Triplett who promptly returned it for a 25 yard score to continue the Rider onslaught and run the score to 42-0.

With the game quickly rounding down due to the running clock rule in a 30 plus point differential the two teams would trade a quartet of punts and a turnover on downs by Bath when Kinyon was sacked by the Riders on fourth down before the young players for St. Marys added the games final marker.

Starting from the Bath 40 the new look St. Marys offense led by QB Kurt Bubp pushed seven more points onto the left column of the scoreboard as 5’11, 160 pound Freshman rusher Hunter Fraley rushed in from 5 yards out and Parker Enoch added the extra point for good measure to close the scoring and the contest with a 49-0 Roughrider victory.

Offensively Bath (1-6, 0-6) accumulated just 37 total yards with 8 of those coming on the ground on 29 carries. The Wildcats will travel to take the Van Wert Cougars next Friday night seeking to end their 6 game losing streak since beating Allen East 19-9 to open the season.

St. Marys (6-1, 6-0) was led in rushing by Sean Perry who finished with 61 yards on the ground and also added a touchdown on the evening. Rushing the football as a team the Roughriders rushed 36 times for 241 yards and finished with a 266-37 advantage in total offensive yardage.

Next week the Riders will travel across Grand Lake to take on their rivals the Celina Bulldogs. With a win St. Marys will lock up at least a share of their second consecutive Western Buckeye League championship and 27th overall.

As of 1 A.M. Saturday Joe Eitel has the Roughriders listed as the 3rd highest computer point total in Division 4 Region 14 that can be found here: D4R14 Computer Rankings

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Riders stay perfect in WBL, blast Bulldogs

ST. MARYS, OH – Heading into Friday night’s WBL matchup with Elida, St. Marys mentor Doug Frye had never lost to the Bulldogs in his career as the head coach of St. Marys. Following Friday night’s game Doug Frye has still not lost to Elida in his career with the Riders as he moved to a personal mark of 15-0 with his teams 63-21 victory that keeps his team as the WBL’s lone unbeaten at 5-0 in league tilts.

A blue and gold offensive bonanza began on the first drive of the contest as the home squad moved 80 yards in 5:44 and into a lead they would never relinquish when Sean Perry blazed down the sideline for a 26 yard score and the first of his two scores on the evening to make it 7-0 St. Marys.

Points weren’t just coming from the offense in the sixth game of the year for the Riders, they came just as quickly on Elida’s first possession from the St. Marys defense when Jackson Harris pilfered an Isaac McAdams pass out of the air and rumbled 45 yards to push his team on top 14-0 with 4:14 left in the opening stanza.

Elida pulled to within 14-7 on their second possession of the game when McAdams was able to dive into the endzone to cap off a 12 play 79 yard drive with 1:53 but again their joy would be short lived as the Roughriders would quickly give themselves back a two score lead just moments later.

Following a kick return to the Elida 40 the Riders raced into the endzone behind the trio of Braeden Dunlap, Shannon Fowler, and ultimately Sean Perry who ended the three minute drive with a 5 yard score to run the score to 21-7 St. Marys.

Not to be outdone by the ball control of their opponents the Bulldogs ensuing drive covered 17 plays and six minutes before the WBL’s leading passer McAdams connected with Xavier Gilkey on a two yard score to pull Elida back to within seven points at 21-14 with 5:07 to go in the opening half.

Ty Schlosser’s first of four touchdown runs on the night came on a 4th down and 1 to go play at the Elida 5 when he rushed off right tackle and into the Elida endzone to finish off a 4:30 drive and give the Riders a 28-14 halftime advantage.

With Elida forced to punt away their opening possession of the second half the Roughriders ripped off another quick three minute drive and topped it up with Schlosser’s second touchdown, this time an 8 yard jaunt to push the score out to 35-14 St. Marys with 7:21 left in the games penultimate quarter.

Two straight turnover on downs on failed fourth down attempts gave St. Marys 14 more points on their next two drives as Schlosser rushed in for his third and fourth scores on the ground of the evening to give his team a 49-14 lead early in the fourth quarter. In scoring his fourth rushing touchdown of the night Schlosser equaled teammate Bo Kuenning as the only players this season to hit that mark for St. Marys.

Down to the final 9:39 of the contest the Riders began their fourth drive of the second half at the Elida 27 and utilized just a single rush from Shannon Fowler before his backfield mate Ty Howell ran for his first score of the season, a 25 yard journey that pushed his squad ahead 56-14.

Eddie Fowler’s first career touchdown run with 2:48 left in the fourth quarter gave the home team a reason to celebrate Homecoming weekend early as it topped off a 63-14 advantage for the blue and gold.

Despite being down big on the scoreboard it was the Bulldogs youngsters who picked up the games final score when freshman QB Carter Harsh scored from a yard out to provide the final points of a 63-21 win for St. Marys.

Elida sees their season record fall to 4-2 overall, and 3-2 in WBL play. The Bulldogs will next play host to Van Wert next Friday night.

St. Marys (5-1, 5-0) will entertain the Bath Wildcats next Friday night and look to keep their position at the top of the league in tact and unblemished.

Despite kicking eight extra points on the night following St. Marys touchdowns, Junior kicker Gabe Vandever came up just one XP short of tying the school record of 9 in a game set by Tom Waller against Shawnee in 1983.

In the first half the Roughriders were outgained by Elida 212-200 in total yards, but the second half saw a reversal of that stat as St. Marys finished the final two quarters by outgaining the visitors 271-59.

Offensively St. Marys was led on the ground by Sean Perry who rushed 21 times for 161 yards. Shannon Fowler finished with 96 yards on 9 totes of the football.

As of late Friday night according to Joe Eitel the Roughriders have moved up a spot from 4th to 3rd in Division 4’s Region 14 top 8 playoff chase: D4R14

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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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Roughriders comeback ends in OT win

ST. MARYS – The Roughriders didn’t lead once in regulation but found themselves in the lead when it mattered most as they moved to 3-0 in Western Buckeye League play with a 35-34 overtime victory Friday night over visiting Shawnee.

After being forced to punt on their opening drive the Indians got their offensive machine rolling early on their second trip with the ball as they marched 56 yards in just over four minutes and on top of the scoreboard 7-0 when Quarterback Johnny Caprella connected on a 9 yard touchdown pass to runningback Javion Daniels.

As they would be forced to do for most of the contest the Roughriders would push one of their own scores across in response to an Indian marker. Led by big runs from the trio of Shannon Fowler, Sean Perry, and Braeden Dunlap the Riders found themselves quickly knocking at the door to achieve their first touchdown. Colin Clements second rushing touchdown of the season, this time from a yard out with 1:28 remaining in the opening period pulled St. Marys back to even at 7-7.

Shawnee tossed an interception that was secured by Drew Jacobs on an overthrown ball on their next possession, but would again find themselves in the scoring column as they capped off an 89 yard five minute plus drive following a 56 yard Trey Fisher punt that pinned the Indians at their own 11.

Having already scored on a pass reception, Daniels would add a rushing score to his resume on the evening as he jaunted four yards down the right sideline with 5:06 left in the half to make the game 14-7 Shawnee where it would stay throughout the halftime break.

If the first half was a defensive struggle then the second half could be best described as an offensive explosion between the two longtime WBL rivals.

St. Marys began the scoring explosion on the opening drive of the third as they moved themselves 63 yards in just under four minutes and to even at 14-14 when Dunlap connected with Ty Howell for a 25 yard pass and catch touchdown.

On the first play of the fourth quarter and on fourth and three to go the Indians pushed back ahead by seven points at 21-14 when Caprella sprinted down the right side and in to the endzone from 39 yards yard with just ten seconds gone in the period.

Similar to what they had done to open the half the Roughriders put together a quick strike drive that yielded the game tying touchdown with just 5:38 to go when Shannon Fowler scored on a six yard rush.

Not to be outdone by their hosts the Indians again scored quickly to retake the advantage just 2:20 later when Daniels scored for a third time in the game and for the second time on the ground on the evening with a 46 yard score to push Shawnee’s lead to 28-21 with 3:18 to go.

Eight plays and 68 yards is all it took for St. Marys to pull the ballgame back to even once again when the WBL’s second leading rusher Sean Perry scored for the first time on the night from 31 yards away to make it a 28-28 contest.

Despite being able to move the ball effectively thanks to quick feet from Caprella and screen passes to wideout Grant Wheeler the Indians were able to move to midfield with time winding down but were unable to score before the final buzzer of regulation and force the game to a first overtime period.

On their first and ultimately only possession in overtime St. Marys relied again on the duo of Fowler and Dunlap for their first lead of the game. With his second carry of the quick three play drive it was Ty Schlosser who pushed his team ahead 35-28 with a 1 yard touchdown run that utilized Gabe Vandever’s fifth extra point of the game to give the Riders a seven point lead.

Perhaps to the surprise of their opponents the Indians utilized four running plays and pulled within a point of tying the game when Caprella scored from five yards out.

Shawnee coach Frank Crea rolled the dice for his team and chose to attempt a game winning two-point conversion instead of possibly sending the game to a second overtime, but fell short when Caprella was stuffed near the goal line by the Riders who secured their sixth all-time overtime victory in ten chances.

Offensively Shawnee saw their QB Caprella rush for 143 yards on the evening in addition to throwing for 122 on 16/21 passing. Joining the Indian attack on the ground was Wheeler who carried 14 times for 120 yards.

Next week the Indians (2-2, 1-2) will be home as they take on the Van Wert Cougars.

St. Marys was led on the ground by Sean Perry who toted the football 15 times for 120 yards on the night. The Roughriders (3-1, 3-0) will travel to Kenton to take on the Wildcats in Week 5 next Friday night.

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Kuenning, rushing attack pushes Riders past Van Wert

ST. MARYS, OH – St. Marys both started and finished with an offensive flurry as they raced paced visiting Van Wert and into the drivers seat in the Western Buckeye League with a 50-34 Week 3 victory Friday night.

Just as the schools all-time leading rusher Koby Frye had done nearly a decade ago on the night he broke the top rushing mark, Bo Kuenning stamped his name in Roughrider lore against the Cougars as he rushed for four touchdowns in helping his team to victory.

Kuenning’s first touchdown of the night put his squad on top for good where they would remain for the evening as he bullied his way in from three yards out on the opening drive of the contest and capped off a six play, 61 yard drive to make the game 7-0 in favor of St. Marys.

Early in the second quarter and beginning from the Cougars 49 the Riders again wasted no time as Sean Perry, Braeden Dunlap, Shannon Fowler and eventually Kuenning himself pushed their teams lead to 14-0 on his second score of the night.

Following defensive lineman Blake Kanorr’s first career interception the Riders only miscue of the night on special teams came when they attempted to add a field goal to their tally, only to see the kick from Gabe Vandever doink off the left upright with 7:06 left in the opening half.

Starting at their own 20 yard line the Riders fifth drive of the opening two periods ended just as their first and third had done, with a Kuenning score, this time from a yard out to push Doug Frye’s crew ahead by 21 late in the half.

Van Wert’s lone score of the half, on their ensuing possession and starting at the St. Marys seven was set up by a Jacoby Kelly kickoff return of 70 yards. Two plays and a penalty after it began the Cougars first scoring drive came to a quick fruitful ending when Nate Place’s pass found it’s way into the waiting arms of Drew Bagley.

For the final score of the first half the Riders utilized a pair of runs by the Western Buckeye League’s all-purpose yardage leader Braeden Dunlap totaling 61 yards before Kuenning topped thundered over a Cougar linebacker to push the home lead to 28-7 near the halftime break. In total the Roughriders carried the ball 39 times in the opening 24 minutes of play for 270 yards.

At times the second half resembled an arena league football game with its fast paced offensive outbursts more than a high school football contest and began with Van Wert getting on the board on the third period’s opening drive with Place tossing his second touchdown of the night, an 11 yard strike to Tanner Barnhart that pulled the Cougars close at 28-14.

A series of mistakes and a punt in which punter Trey Fisher was buried by a trio of Van Wert defenders put the ball first and ten at the Riders 21. Place, the WBL’s leading touchdown rusher picked up his 5th ground score of the season to pull his troops to within 8 but saw the ensuing extra point attempt knocked away by St. Marys defender Reed Aller who burst through the line and timed his dive perfectly.

Two weeks in a row the St. Marys special teams have answered a score by an opponent with a score. Last weekend Dunlap broke the hearts of Ottawa Glandorf by returning a kick 91 yards early in the fourth, this week the honor against the Cougars belonged to Perry who scampered 87 yards to push the Riders lead back to double digits at 35-20.

Not ones to back down from an opponent score, the Cougars used just two plays to respond themselves as the duo of Place and Barnhart hooked up once again, this time from 63 yards out to make the score 35-26 after kicker Jake Lautzenheiser missed the extra point.

The fourth play of the following St. Marys drive looked a lot like the first play of the game as tailback Shannon Fowler sprinted 43 yards past the defense attempting to tackle him for a score. Fowler would also rush in on the two-point conversion to give the Riders a 43-26 advantage with 4:57 to go in the games penultimate stanza.

Starting with 3:19 left in the third quarter and from their own 37 the home team found themselves on a path the program has been known for, a long game breaking drive culminating in a score. Colin Clements QB sneak from a yard out touched off a 12 play drive and finished at the 9:19 mark of the fourth period with the scoreboard flashing 50-26 St. Marys.

Despite being sacked by Kuenning and Aller early on in the drive, Cougars signal caller Nate Place rebounded late in the same drive as he tossed a 15 yard pass in the back corner to Storm Pierce for a score. James Aquaviva, the WBL’s 9th leading rusher entering play was successful on the two-point conversion to get his team within 50-34 with 6:13 remaining.

Just as they had done on their previous drive the Roughriders took time off the Skip Baughman Stadium clock in bunches as they utilized carries by Fowler, Clements and Ty Schlosser to get inside the Van Wert five and milk the time off until the game reached the final whistle.

Not only did Van Wert (2-1, 1-1) see their unblemished record suffer its first setback, but the Cougars who ended a 10 game WBL losing streak last week by beating Wapakoneta 26-20 saw their losing streak against St. Marys move to four straight.

St. Marys (2-1, 2-0) was led by a career high yardage output from Shannon Fowler who finished with 16 rushes for 135 yards and a touchdown run. Bo Kuenning finished with 80 yards and four scores on 19 carries and helped the Roughrider ground attack finish with 447 yards on 68 carries.

Colin Clements finished 3/4 throwing the football for 67 yards. All three completions by Clements resulted in first downs for St. Marys who picked up 25 on the evening.

Next week the Roughriders will be in action at home against Shawnee and will honor the 1990/92/93 State Championship winning squads before the game while Van Wert will battle 1-2 Ottawa Glandorf at home looking to get back on the winning track.

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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.

Scoring:

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)

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