Riders Outlast Mother Nature, Jackets

Eric Spicer (7) breaks to the outside to avoid the Jackets defenders in the Riders 43-39 victory Friday night.
By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

What a night with an improbable outcome.

Down by three scores right after the half, just to come back and take a slight three-point lead, be delayed for one hour and 29 minutes, lose the lead with 4:14 left and win the game with a gut-wrenching interception from a quarterback that torched the defense for two deep touchdowns earlier.

And it all happened in one night, a night where everything that seemed improbable, was probable.

Early leads, a big deficit, Mother Nature and a comeback for the icing on the cake, the St. Marys Roughriders leave a damp and humid Skip Baughman with a 1-0 record to begin the 2016 season after a 43-39 victory against Sidney Friday night.

Leading 36-33 and coming out of the locker room after a one-hour and 29-minute delay, the Roughriders (1-0) lost their slim lead after a seven-yard run by Isaish Bowser set up by a 76-yard catch and run by Allec Gordon to give Sidney (0-1) a 39-36 lead after a missed extra point.

The Roughriders regained the lead with a methodical 3:06 drive that ate up 11 plays and 50 yards for the go-ahead score, 43-39.

With 1:03 remaining, sophomore quarterback Andre Gordon, who has had his way with the Roughriders' defense all night, was pressured by William Bayham and Matt Patten, stepped up into a long throw that was similar to the 76-yard pass earlier. But this time, Eric Spicer knew what was coming as the senior jumped the route, and picked off Gordon for the game-ending dagger.

Read the full story in Saturday's edition of the Evening Leader.