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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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Wildcats shut down Bulldogs, remain perfect in PCL play

COLUMBUS GROVE, OH – Friday night the Kalida Wildcats used a combination of their bats and Columbus Grove errors to remain perfect in defense of their Putnam County League title with a 10-0 five inning victory over the Bulldogs.

It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to get on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning as Brady Decker and Derek Buss reached via a one out error and a hit by pitch. Trevor Lambert’s sacrifice fly to left field put the visitors on top 1-0 before the bases were again loaded by virtue of Kevin Hamburg being plunked with an Alex Schnieder offering. The third Kalida player, Owen Recker’s bases loaded walk pushed across the second run of the contest before the inning game to an end for the defending league champions.

Three up and three down would be the way things would go for the home squad in their first time through the lineup as all nine players were sent down in order via strikeouts, ground balls and fly outs by southpaw Trent Siebeneck.

Three more runs went up on the visitors half of the scoreboard in the second inning in the same fashion as the first as the Wildcats were again able to reach via walks, errors and by virtue of being hit by pitches thrown by Schnieder until he was relieved by shortstop turned pitcher Reid Stechschulte with a pair of outs in the inning after Jeffery Knueve’s sacrifice fly brought home a run.

Bases loaded walks to Kevin Hamburg and Owen Recker gave Kalida a 5-0 lead heading to the bottom of the second frame.

On the evening the Bulldogs were able to put four baserunners on against their opponents with the first of those in Grant Schroeder reaching via an error on a dropped flyball on the edge of the grass in the second. Schroeder would terminated from the bases moments later on a flyout doubleplay.

Knueve who finished the ballgame with a trio of runs batted in pushed across his last two in the third inning as he smacked a first pitch offering from Stechschulte to the right field wall and cruised into third bases with a triple to help give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead after the visiting teams third time at the bat.

Stechschulte began the bottom of the fourth with a single for the first hit of the game for the home Bulldogs but it was not to be in the inning as they would come up empty once again.

Three runs would come in to provide the final markers of the game for Kalida all in the top of the fifth inning as Siebeneck, Buss and Trevor Lambert would come around to score on a single and a pair of fielders choices to move the game to 10-0 Wildcats.

Adam Birkemeier walked with one out but was erased on a Nick Woods fielders choice in the bottom of the fifth inning. Wyatt Siebert provided the second hit of the contest for his squad but would see the game come to an end via the run rule in Ohio high school baseball just two pitches later when Emilio Delarosa popped out to end the contest.

Kalida now leads the all-time series with Columbus Grove 43-42 and has won 16 straight Putnam County League contests dating back two seasons ago when their only loss was to eventual league champion Miller City.

Trent Seibeneck (1-1) was the winning pitcher for Kalida (7-6, 4-0), while Alex Schnieder (1-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs (7-5, 4-2).

Key Performers:
Brady Decker (Kalida): 2/4, 2H, 3R
Jeffery Knueve (Kalida): 1/3, 3 RBI, 1 3B
Kevin Hamburg (Kalida): 0/1, 2 RBI, 2 BB
Owen Recker (Kalida): 0/1, 2 RBI, 3 BB
Reid Stechschulte (Grove): 1/2, 1H

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Recker shines as Wildcats rally past Pirates

KALIDA, OH – It took his team six innings to warm up offensively but Kalida righthander Owen Recker was white hot early and throughout the game Monday night as he helped his team to a 4-1 win over visiting Continental in Putnam County League action.

Holy Name Ballpark has seen some tremendous pitching performances over the years but as accomplished as Wildcat pitching has been in the past only Brian Klausing, Chad Ehrnsberger, and William Stechschulte have accomplished what Owen Recker did during this outing as he retired 19 Pirate hitters via strikeout.

With the contest scoreless into the fourth inning and just one hit (a double by Kalida’s Derek Buss), Continental pitcher Brady Dockery found himself issued the second free pass from Recker to give the visitors a runner at first. By virtue of a stolen base Dockery found himself as second and would remain there for two batters until Jacob Williams singled him in to give the Pirates a 1-0 advantage.

Kalida had their chances in the third and fourth innings to bring in the tying run but saw both come to an end via a flyball for their third out of each frame.

After seeing Recker sit down the Continental top three hitters in the top of the sixth for strikeouts 13/14/15 the Wildcats went to work on the basespaths in the bottom half of the inning and picked up a tie and their first lead of the contest.

Derek Buss who had reached early in the game for one of the two Wildcat hits, reached again as this time hit was a victim of an errant pitch from Dockery. With an error allowing Buss’ pinch runner to move over, Jeffery Knueve recorded his 10th RBI of the year when he singled in the tying run with no outs.

Back to back singles from Trevor Lambert and Kevin Hamburg put a pair of runners on the basepaths for the Wildcats with no outs before Recker helped out his own cause by being walked with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run. In all Kalida would send eight hitters to the plate in the inning and see four come around to score as they pushed their advantage to 4-1 after six innings.

Despite the last two hitters reaching full counts, all three hitters for Continental in the top half of the seventh inning were retired via the strikeout and helped Recker complete the 19 strikeout outing and earn his third victory of the season.

The last time Continental was victorious against Kalida came in 1988, 30 games ago now in the series.

Continental sees their season record fall to 1-6 overall, and 0-3 in Putnam County League games. The Pirates will be back in action on Tuesday night as they travel to Paulding for a non-conference tilt.

Kalida (6-5, 3-0) keeps their defense of their PCL title perfect with the win and will travel to Lima to do battle with Lima Central Catholic on Tuesday before county battles with OG on Thursday, and Columbus Grove on Friday.

WP: Owen Recker (3-2): 7IP, 1R, 1H, 19K, 2BB
LP: Brady Dockery (1-2): 6IP, 4R, 4H, 4K, 4BB

Key Batters:
Jacob Williams (Cont): 1/3, 1H, 1RBI
Jeffery Knueve (Kalida): 1/3, 1H, 1RBI, 1R
Kevin Hamburg (Kalida): 2/3, 1R

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Recker tosses 1 hitter in Kalida win

FORT JENNINGS, OH – For the first six and two thirds innings Kalida pitcher Owen Recker was nearly perfect in his teams 5-0 win over PCL rival Fort Jennings.

Until the bottom of the seventh inning just one runner had found his way on base against Recker, Logan Hardeman who reached via a four pitch walk in the games second inning.

With the Wildcats leading 5-0 Recker would pick up a strike out and a ground out before hitting Sam Vetter with a pitch to give the home team their second baserunner of the contest. Wasting no time in his own at bat just moments later it was first baseman Connor Stechschulte who would break up the young right handed pitchers bid for a no-hitter as he laced a pitch into right field for the first and only hit of the game for his squad.

Recker (2-2) evened his record on the season by virtue of a dominant performance on the mound that saw him finish with a 7 inning shutout win that featured a line of one hit, 13 strikeouts, a walk and a hit batter.

Having seen their opportunities to score with a pair of runners on in the first two innings finish empty the visitors finally punched a run through in the top of the third when Brady Decker was knocked in on a Derek Buss drive and Fort Jennings error to break the games scoreless tie.

A single and a double for Kalida put runners on with no outs in the top half of the fourth inning, but it was an error that allowed the runs to score and push the Wildcats lead out to 3-0 at the end of the frame.

Kevin Hamburg who finished the game 2-4 scored for his team in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Josh Recker to make it a 4-0 advantage heading to the bottom of the inning.

The games last run came on the heels of Derek Buss reaching first via a single and later being moved over via a stolen base and an error before being brought in to score to make it 5-0 Kalida in the seventh.

On the evening the Musketeers (3-5, 1-1) were held to just a trio of baserunners by Recker and saw Aaron Sealts record fall to 0-2 on the mound this season. Kalida (4-4, 1-1) amassed 10 hits led by Buss who collected a trio of hits in the same amount of appearances.

WP – Owen Recker (7 IP, 1H, 1BB, 13K)
LP – Aaron Sealts (3.0 IP, 6H, 3R, 1K, 3BB)

Individual Batting Leaders:
Derek Buss (K) – 3/3, 1 RBI, 1R
Trevor Lambert (K) – 2/4, 1R
Kevin Hamburg (K) – 2/4, 2R
Connor Stechschulte (FJ) – 1/3, 2K

*Stats via GameChanger*

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Kalida opens PCL play with win

KALIDA, OH – The annual battle of the Wildcats on the diamond at Holy Name Ballpark Monday night took a handful of turns and saw a pair of lead changes before the home Wildcats were able to push across a trio of runs late to pick up a 5-2 victory.

Kalida hurler Noah Lambert who is expected to be a much bigger part of head coach Joe Recker’s rotation this season with the graduations of two-time PCL Player of the Year Austin Swift and Brady Laudick after a 23-1 season that ended in a regional finals appearance pitched well in the first as he set the tone by striking out the first to hitters he faced before inducing a ground ball from Corbin Niese to end the frame.

Miller City right hander Jacob Kuhlman allowed a pair of singles and hit a batter in the bottom of the opening inning but was able to work through with no damage done as he struck out Kevin Hamburg on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to skirt disaster for his squad.

Following a pair of scoreless innings from both sides it was the visiting Wildcats who struck first in the contest. With one out in the top of the third Miller City’s Kelvin Stechschulte roped an 0-2 offering into left field for just the second hit for his team to get things started in the inning. After a popout to third base by leadoff hitter Cole Niese the Wildcats reached the scoreboard first when Corbin Niese singled in Stechschulte for the first run of the contest. Jacob Schimmoeller knocked in Mark Kuhlman with a single of his own to put Miller City on top 2-0 before Lambert was removed from the mound and replaced by Owen Recker. Recker would use just four pitches in striking out the opposing pitcher Jacob Kuhlman to end the inning with his team behind by a pair of runs.

In the bottom of the third inning Kalida wasted no time breaking back to even as they saw their first two hitters of the frame reach as Trent Siebeneck and Noah Lambert each reached via a walk from Kuhlman and were subsequently brought around to score on a fielders choice by Owen Recker and a single by Derek Buss.

With Recker allowing just one hitter to reach in the fourth before garnering a pair of strikeouts to keep the game moving, Kalida went back to work quickly and built a 5-2 lead in the innings bottom half.

Braden Decker and Trevor Lambert reached against Kuhlman via singles to give the home Cats a pair of runners on with no outs in the inning, but a strikeout and a flyout quickly put Kalida in search of a two out rally. Decker and pinch runner Grant Laudick would each come around to score in the inning, as would Noah Lambert who was walked in the inning and came around to score on a hit by Buss to provide the final run of the contest.

The final opportunity for Miller City to score the tying runs came in the top of the fifth inning as they put a pair of players in Bryce Riepenhoff and Justin Schnipke on via a single and a hit by pitch, but were unable to capitalize as pinch hitter Lane Hiltner struck out to end the rally attempt.

The 89th meeting between the two Putnam County League rivals pulled Kalida one win closer to .500 all-time as Miller City now leads by a 45-44 margin.

Kalida is now 1-1 overall but 1-0 in PCL play and will take on Holgate on Tuesday while Miller City (2-1, 0-1) will travel to Delphos to take on a Jefferson squad that defeated Kalida in their opener.

WP: Owen Recker (4.0 IP, 1H, 8K)
LP: Jacob Kuhlman (6.0 IP, 6H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 4K)

Key Hitters:
Miller City:
Bryce Riepenhoff – 2 for 3
Corbin Niese – 1 for 3, 1 RBI
Jacob Schimoeller – 1 for 3, 1 RBI

Kalida:
Derek Buss – 3 for 3, 3 RBI
Noah Lambert – 1 for 1, 2 runs, 2BB

*Stats compiled with Gamechanger app*

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OG moves to 19-0

OTTAWA, OH – Ottawa Glandorf used a big defensive effort Tuesday night as they held visiting Napoleon to just three first half points and moved to 19-0 on the season with a 43-27 victory at the Supreme Court.

Just as they had been on Saturday against Archbold, the Wildcats were held for long stretches without points by the Titans pressure defense and found themselves unable to score until 5:20 remained in the first half as Kylie Cramer connected on a shot from deep to cut the OG lead to 13-3.

OG, who entered play as the #1 team in the final Associated Press poll of the season for just the second time in school history, got a solid first half from Senior forward Kylie White. White ended the opening 16 minutes of play with a game high 11 markers, including a three point goal to give her team a 19-3 halftime advantage.

Eighteen first half turnovers helped put the visitors behind on the scoreboard, but the Wildcats came out roaring in the third quarter where they actually outscored OG 12-10. Leading scorer Bethany Blackwood’s first two points came two minutes into the games third period and helped lead her squad back from the ranks of a major blowout.

With the Titans in major foul trouble throughout the majority of the second half the Wildcats would find themselves at the line a lot, but were unable to cut further into the lead as they connected on 5/13 charity tosses. Kadie Hempfling gave the Titans a 29-15 lead on the scoreboard at the end of the quarter as she connected on a three pointer from the left wing just as the buzzer sounded after having grabbed a rebound on the opposite end with just 4.2 seconds to go for three of her twelve points on the evening.

Six Titans found their way into the scorebook in the fourth quarter including Carri Johnson who hit from deep, and Paige Sutter who canned a 12 foot jumper for OG. Napoleon was led in the final eight minutes by Julia Rausch who knocked in a three pointer of her own for her only marker in the game.

Napoleon falls to 8-11 on the season and will be back in action on Thursday night as they welcome Sylvania Northview to the Grand Canyon. The Wildcats tournament run begins on February 22nd at 6:15pm as they travel to Spencerville High School to take on the Elida Bulldogs.

Ottawa Glandorf moves to 19-0 on the season and will travel to Wapakoneta on Thursday evening for a 7:30pm Western Buckeye League contest against the Redskins. Thursday night’s WBL Championship deciding game can be heard live on WZOQ Radio. The Titans begin their run to Columbus on February 25th at 6:15pm when they take on either Celina or Shawnee at Leipsic High School.

Box Score:

OG (43):
Ashley Schroeder 2
Devon Warnecke 1
Carri Johnson 3
Paige Sutter 2
Erin Kaufman 1
Lexi Schroeder 4
Kylie White 18
Kadie Hempfling 12

FT: 4/10
3PT: 3 (C. Johnson, K. White, K. Hempfling)
TO: 17

Napoleon (27):
Lexi Woods 2
Bethany Blackwood 6
McKenna Peckinpaugh 3
Kylie Cramer 3
Julia Rausch 3
Olivia Behnfeldt 3
Jenny Waisner 4
Kaelynn Glanz 2
Maddie Nye 1

FT: 5/16
3PT: (Cramer, Rausch)
TO: 25

JV Score: OG 39-20

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Hempfling career night helps power OG past Kenton in WBL battle

OTTAWA, OH – Led by a career high 27 points from Kadie Hempfling the #1 ranked Ottawa Glandorf Lady Titans kept their perfect record unblemished Thursday night as they defeated visiting Kenton 60-49.

Hempfling, the reigning WBL player of the year helped the Titans snag a 25 point first quarter as she scored eight of her 27 markers and was followed closely by teammate Kylie White who accounted for nine of her 19 points on the evening in the stanza.

In the second quarter it was the visiting Kenton Wildcats who flipped the script and turned their opponents miscues directly into points of their own. Kenton’s offensive attack was led by 2nd team Western Buckeye League selection Ellie Miller. Miller tossed in eight of her 12 first half points including her second triple of the game as she attempted to help the Wildcats keep pace with their hosts.

With the game tied 31-31 and under a minute to play Kenton took the lead at 32-31 when Sara Hoyt connected on a free throw with 46.4 seconds to go in the opening half. Kenton’s lead would be short lived however as Hempfling banked in a runner with just two seconds before the halftime break to put her Titans on top 33-32.

Turnovers and fouls began to mount up for both squads in the second half and it was Ottawa Glandorf who took advantage early as they forced Kenton into mistakes and put them up on the scoreboard to amass a 10 point lead before Kenton was forced to take a timeout.

Just four points would be scored by Kenton in the third quarter after having outscored OG in the second period 18-8 and the visitors would find themselves trailing into the final eight minutes by a 44-36 score.

As they had done in the opening period the Titans duo of White and Hempfling orchestrated a good portion of the OG offense in the fourth as they would combine for all but two of their teams markers in the quarter. Kenton connected on a pair of shots from behind the line from their leading scorer Ashley Morris and teammate Miranda Gibson, but it was too little too late for the Wildcats as they fell 60-49 when the final horn sounded.

Defensively the Titans got strong contributions from Ashley Schroeder, Erin Kaufman, and Lexi Schroeder on the evening as the trio helped force 19 Kenton turnovers on the evening.

OG (18-0, 7-0) will be off until Tuesday night when they welcome Napoleon to town for a non-league matchup while Kenton (13-4, 5-2) will travel to Riverdale on Thursday for their own non-conference showdown.

Box Score:

OG (60):
Ashley Schroeder 1
Erin Kaufman 7
Lexi Schroeder 6
Kylie White 19
Kadie Hempfling 27

FT: 10/18
TO: 12

Kenton (49):
Ellie Miller 15
Ashley Morris 11
Kori Barrett 3
Sara Hoyt 6
Layne Taylor 6
Megan Gier 4
Miranda Gibson 4

FT: 13/25
TO: 19

JV: OG 45-32

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Roughriders roll into Regional Finals

HUBER HEIGHTS, OH – St. Marys on paper might have come in as the underdog but they surely did not play like one Saturday night in Huber Heights as the fourth seeded Roughriders eliminated top seeded Franklin from the Division 3 playoffs 55-31.

Having won the opening kickoff the Riders decided to take their chances on offense first, and just as it had last week at home against Belmont that decision would pay off again as they put points on the board to end their first chance with the football.

Starting from their own 32 the Roughriders utilized a trio of runners in Eric Spicer, Julius Fisher, and Sean Perry as they moved quickly into Franklin territory before being forced to settle for a Gabe Vandever 31 yard field goal and a 3-0 lead.

Franklin and their big play offense were able to move the ball effectively on their opening possession, but saw it come to an end when a pass from Junior QB Braden White found its way into the hands of St. Marys defender Drew Jacobs.

Eleven plays and close to five minutes came off the board for St. Marys on their second drive of the game as Coach Doug Frye’s troops reeled off four first downs including a 46 yard scamper from Spicer. Julius Fisher’s first touchdown of the evening put the Roughriders ahead by a 10-0 margin heading into the second quarter.

Behind 10-0 early in the second stanza the Wildcats finally were able to dent the scoreboard in the contest as White connected on a 10 yard touchdown pass to Jared Kinzer to cut the Rider advantage down to just three.

Just one play after seeing teammate Julius Fisher pick up a 10 yard gain on first down it was again Eric Spicer’s turn for the big play as he jaunted 65 yards through the Franklin defense for his 14th rushing touchdown of the season to push the Riders lead back to double digits at 17-7.

On the ensuing kickoff the Wildcats found themselves behind the benefit of a 15 yard penalty against their opponents for hit to the head and set up shop near midfield. Despite having worked the ball inside the St. Marys red zone the home team was forced to settle for a 25 yard field goal to get within 7 as they fumbled the ball on third down and were backed up six yards.

As he had done the previous time that Franklin came away with a score, Spicer against pushed the Rider lead back to where it had been as he returned a kickoff 95 yards for his second touchdown of the game.

Julius Fisher’s second touchdown run of the first half came on the Riders last possession of the quarter that began at the Franklin 27 following a bad punt by the Wildcats and he blitzed in from two yards out to make it a 31-10 St. Marys lead heading into the halftime break.

In the first half Spicer accounted for 332 all purpose yards and helped his team accumulate 251 yards on the ground with his 9 carries for 156. Total offense for the first half of play had the Riders out gain their opponents 251-246.

Ryan Montgomery, the dynamic Junior all-purpose threat for Franklin started the second half with a 22 yard touchdown run for his squad that cut the lead down to 31-17 just two minutes into the third quarter.

A fumble on the first play of the next St. Marys drive hit the turf and found its way right back into the arms of a waiting Roughrider. Following the fumble recovery in which they actually gained three yards of field position, the Riders would be faced with a third down and be forced to throw their first pass since Week 10 against OG. On their first and only passing play of the contest, Dustin Howell connected with Julius Fisher for a 15 yard gain that gave St. Marys a first down and new life on a drive that almost came to an end on two different occasions. Just as he had done two times previous, Fisher was again the work horse and rumbled in from 12 yards out for a score that put his team on top 38-17.

With Dustin Howell stopped on a third down rushing attempt for no gain on their next drive, the Roughriders were forced to settle for a second Vandever field goal, this one from 25 yards away to extend their advantage to 41-17 with 10:46 remaining in the game.

Franklin cut the St. Marys lead to 41-25 on the next drive when White not only hooked up with Kinzer for a second time in the game, but also ran in a two point conversion just 1:23 later.

Defensively the Roughriders did to White just as they had done to Franklin QB’s in the 1989 game and that was send them repeatedly into the turf all night long. Despite Franklin starting at the St. Marys 49 and moving near the 30, the Riders forced a pair of sacks on third and fourth down to give their offense new live and good field position to begin their next drive.

Riding the momentum of what their defense had been doing all night long in keeping their opponents from scoring, the offensive unit utilized Fisher again and he responded for his fourth touchdown run of the night to make it 48-25 with 3:49 left.

Braden White who would finish 23/28 on the night passing and actually catch a pass himself from Montgomery on the night tossed his fourth touchdown pass of the contest as he connected on a 4 yard score to Noah Kremer to cut the Rider lead down to 48-31.

Starting from their opponents 45 and with 2:27 remaining after a failed onside kick attempt, St. Marys began to milk the clock with their running game. Dustin Howell scrambled up the middle on the drives fourth play and found nothing but 40 yards of Wayne HS field in front of him as he waltzed into the endzone with just :42 left and put the finishing touches on a 55-31 Rider victory.

On the evening three St. Marys rushers went over the century mark as Eric Spicer led the way with 15 carries for 174 yards. Julius Fisher finished with a four touchdown night and went over the 1,000 yard barrier for the season and was joined by Sophomore Sean Perry who in just his second start carried for exactly 100 yards on the evening.

943 yards of total offense was accumulated by the two squads during the contest with St. Marys out gaining their counterparts from Franklin 475-459. The Roughriders rushed 53 times for 460 yards and connected on 1/1 passing for 15 yards while the Wildcats gained 172 on the ground and 287 through the air.

Franklin sees their season come to an end at 11-1 while the Roughriders who scored the second highest amount of points in a playoff game in school history improved their record to 11-1 on the year.

St. Marys will now take on defending region champion Trotwood Madison (10-2) who were victorious over New Richmond 47-10 in their Regional Semifinal contest Saturday night.

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Riders/Wildcats set to square off in round 2

ST. MARYS, OH – Saturday night will mark the second time the Roughriders of St. Marys will square off with the Wildcats from Franklin.

In their first go round the Roughriders were victorious 21-7 for the first playoff win in program history. That win however took place back in 1989 before this group of players on each side were even close to being born.

Five players on this seasons St. Marys squad that finished the regular season at 9-1 and as WBL Champs for the first time since 2008 will be represented by that previous game however as their fathers were part of a defensive unit that sacked Franklin QB Keith Creech on multiple occasions and put a stop to the Wildcats first ever undefeated season.

The Roughriders are coming off of a 42-8 win last weekend at home against the Belmont Bison that is St. Marys first ever home playoff win. In the win Eric Spicer rushed for nearly 175 yards in the contest and moved into third place on the schools all-time rushing list while classmate Dustin Howell rushed for a pair of touchdowns in the victory.

Franklin, the #1 seed in Division 3 Region 12 found themselves trailing 21-0 early to 8th seeded Tippecanoe but battled back and were able to score the go ahead touchdown with just :18 left when Ryan Montgomery scored on a five yard touchdown run to give his team a 41-40 come from behind victory and move them into the second round.

Offensively the Wildcats (11-0) are led by Montgomery, a tailback who finished second in the Southwest Ohio Buckeye League this season with 1609 yards and 30 touchdowns while also playing some quarterback and connecting on three touchdown passes and 397 yards. Leading the Franklin passing attack is Braden White who has connected on 106/155 tosses for 1,671 yards, 22 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Balance is the key to the Franklin offense as they have accumulated 26 touchdowns through the air and 35 scores on the ground.

Defensively Franklin is led by Junior Linebacker Ryan Knippen who has recorded 10 sacks on the season (2nd in SWOBL), and 6’4 Defensive Back Noah Kremer who has the most interceptions on his team with 5. Trenten Scott finished with 15 tackles, while Matt Centers had 10 to lead Franklin’s defense last week, but the Wildcats gave up 475 yards to Tippecanoe in their victory.

St. Marys is led on the ground by the duo of Eric Spicer (1353 yards, 12 td’s) and Julius Fisher (970 yards, 11 td) while Dustin Howell (9 rushing td) leads the way through the air with 558 yards passing, 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Last week the Riders had multiple players in on every tackle and scored their first defensive touchdown of the season as well with Grant Keith returning a blocked punt for a score that pushed their lead to an insurmountable level at the time.

Saturday’s game

What: Division III, Region 12 Semifinal, St. Marys (10-1) vs Franklin (11-0) 7 p.m.

Where: Good Samaritan Athletic Field at Heidkamp Stadium (5400 Chambersburg Rd, Huber Heights, OH – 45424)

Listen Live: 6:30pm Pregame/7:00pm Kickoff – 94.3 FM WKKI Celina (Mike Hirn/Denny Cisco): WKKI Radio

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Stechschulte to guide Kalida boys basketball

KALIDA, OH – Replacing a legend is never an easy thing to do but Kalida has found the man they believe to be capable of it as they have chosen and will hire Ryan Stechschulte as their next boys basketball coach.

The 2011 NWC Co-Coach of the Year amassed a 67-33 record in his four seasons behind the Columbus Grove bench and was at the helm of four straight sectional championship squads from 2012-2015.

In his four years as the Bulldogs head boss Stechschulte finished with a record of 20-8 in Putnam County League contests, including winning the league in 2012. Despite not winning a Northwest Conference championship at Columbus Grove, his teams finished with a 24-10 conference mark during his tenure.

This past season Stechschulte served in a smaller role for the program while former Grove standout Eric Maag acted as the day to day head coach.

Next season the Wildcats will have six players returning from a team that finished at 13-10 and as PCL Champions. Of the returning half dozen to be seniors, the leading scorers from last years campaign were Noah Lambert (3.3 ppg), and Trent Siebeneck (2.4 ppg).

Stechschulte is the third coach hired in the Putnam County League in the last week as Leipsic named Chris Kuhlman their new bench boss on Monday, while Pandora Gilboa tapped Joe Braidic to replace Logan Smith who resigned the position back in March. In Braidic the Rockets have high hopes that he will guide PG back to the success they enjoyed under him from 1998-2009.

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