Football Roundup: Riders Win On The Road, Cardinals Snap Losing Skid

By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

Week 1 of the football season has been completed with several area schools winning big on Friday night.

MINSTER - The Minster passing game picked up right where it left off a season ago: making opposing defensive backs quake in their cleats.
Minster senior quarterback Josh Nixon went 15-of-19 for 291 yards and six touchdowns in just one half on the field, Jacob Dues intercepted a pass and caught three touchdowns and Bryce Schmiesing had a pair of touchdown catches as the defending Division VI state champions rolled past Fort Loramie 41-7 on Friday night.

NEW BREMEN -Winning football is back in New Bremen. For the first time in nearly two and a half years the Cardinals football team celebrated a victory Friday night as the Cardinals had a stellar second half scoring three touchdowns to defeat the Bradford Railroaders 21-0 in a non-league game in New Bremen.
“It was a struggle for a while in the first half,” Cardinals coach Chris Schmidt said. “We made so many mistakes in the first half and we couldn’t get out of our own way with all the penalties that we had. Penalties killed us. We would get something going and then a penalty would kill us. The kids did a great job weathering the storm at times when we would get in tough situations.”

SIDNEY - With a team dominated by juniors, young players are needed to step up their game in big moments.
For those select young players, some who have only played at the varsity level beginning this year, Friday night was a great chance for them to shine and shine they did, catapulting the Riders to a 40-28 non-league season opening victory against Sidney at Sidney Memorial Stadium.
"I thought it was a character win for us tonight," said St. Marys coach Doug Frye.
Young players such as Logan Maze's four-touchdown performance and timely interceptions by Eric Spicer and Randy Slife, all juniors and players who the Riders will be leaning heavily on this season, played more than just their part Friday against a much improved Yellowjackets (0-1) team.

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