Loss to Redskins Has Riders Living On Edge

St. Marys defender Dustin Howell, chases after Wapakoneta's Cameron Lauck Friday night at Harmon Field.
Sports Editor

For the St. Marys Roughriders Friday night at Harmon Field against the best team in the region, the Riders had to be thinking, when it rains, it pours.

And the Roughriders were soaked as the Redskins went on a 46-answered point run to beat their archival 46-7 in Western Buckeye League action.

The win for the Redskins (9-0, 8-0 WBL) awards them the outright WBL title for the second straight season and clinches a home game come postseason time in two weeks.

The loss for the Roughriders (6-3, 5-3) leaves them outside looking in at the playoffs in Division III, Region 10. As of midnight Saturday, the Roughriders were still in eighth place, the lowest place a team can be to still qualify for the postseason, but the results are unofficially until next week.

The Roughriders received to start the game and on the opening drive, the Riders marched 73 yards on an astounding 22 plays, chewing up10:40 of clock. The drive ended on a Dustin Howell quarterback sneak from 1-yard out.

The Redskins answered on their opening possession with a 12-play, 65-yard drive to tie the game as Jared Cockerell punched it in from four yards out.

With 1:22 left in the second quarter and the game tied 7-7, the Roughriders were in punt formation when a bad snap to punter Matt Patton, forced Patton to scramble for the ball, as the Redskins recovered at St. Marys' 26-yard line.

Six plays later, quarterback Aaron Huffman found Ethan Good for a 5-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was no good, giving the Redskins a 13-7 lead at the half.

The Redskins opened the second half with a pair of encroachment calls on the Roughriders, one of them converting a first down on third down. The drive lasted eight plays when the WBL touchdown leader Lauck scored on a 26-yard run to go up 19-7 after a failed two-point conversion.

On the Roughriders first play from scrimmage to begin their second half, running back Eric Spicer fumbled after a 15-yard run, giving Wapakoneta the ball at St. Marys' 30-yard line.

After a 23-yard quarterback draw from Huffman, Lauck scored again from 2 yards out to push the Redskins' lead to 26-7.

On the Riders' next possession, St. Marys went three and out, setting up a punt at their own 15. Corey Crawford broke through the line to block Patton's punt. The ball was then scooped up by Lauck for the score to push the lead to 33-7 late in the third quarter.

Huffman then hit Cort Merricle for 16 yards on another drive to make it 40-6 and activate the running clock.

The last scoring play for the Redskins came in the middle of the fourth quarter with Rob Gerstner punching it in from 1-yard out to make it 46-7 after the Redskins kneeled on the extra point.