Another Week, Another Shutout: Riders Blank Bulldogs 41-0

Matt Patten (9) and his fellow Roughriders force a fumble by Defiance's quarterback Javen Newton.
By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

The St. Marys Roughriders have taken care of business, now it’s about winning that Western Buckeye League title. A number of clock eating drives in the first half led to 35 points — including three scores from Julius Fisher —activing a running clock in the second half as the defense pithed its third straight shutout victory, 41-0 against Defiance on Friday night at Fred J. Brown Stadium.

“It was a workman-like night tonight,” “I don’t know if we played with the same kind of fire tonight that we have in the past and there are some things we need to work on, but I thought there were some things offensively that we were able to work on. “It was a productive evening.”

Combined with a Wapakoneta win against Ottawa-Glandorf, a win next week against the Redskins gives the Roughriders at least a share of the WBL title.

But Friday night, it was about shutting down Defiance. Mission accomplished. Fourteen points, 95 yards of total offense and just five yards allowed on defense was how the No. 7 state-ranked Roughriders (8-0, 7-0 WBL) opened Game Eight against the one-win Bulldogs (1-7, 1-6).

Bo Kuenning scored the first touchdown on a 17-yard sweep to the left end, reaching the pylon for a 7-0 lead.

After a one-yard drive the yielded in a Bulldogs' punt, the Riders scored its second drive when Dustin Howell found Julius Fisher for his first touchdown on a 12-yard play-action pass as Fisher ran up the seam.

Fisher received his second score of the game after a third consecutive Bulldogs' punt on a 43-yard run to the house for a 21-0 lead with10:30 remaining in the second quarter.

Like Eric Spicer a week ago, Fisher scored for the third time on a 7-play, 78-yard drive that culminated in the senior slicing through the defense on a nine-yard run and a 28-0 St. Marys' lead.

The Bulldogs offense read accordingly, eight punts on nine drives, one interception and a mere 117 yards of total offense.