Roughriders Feast On Bison

St. Marys' Grant Keith scores after a blocked punt allowed the senior to scoop and score in Saturday's regional quarterfinal against Belmont.
Sports Editor

Saturday’s Division III, Region 12 quarterfinal was the fastest game played this season, concluding minutes before 9 p.m.

But the game was over well before the final second ticked off the clock.

In the last game played at Skip Baughman Stadium for the 2016 season, the St. Marys Roughriders made it count, making history in the process after a 42-8 rout of the Dayton Belmont Bison on Saturday night.

The history, it is the first postseason home win in the school’s storied program, the reality, the Roughriders will play Franklin after the Wildcats defeated Tippecanoe 41-40 next week in a regional semifinal.

Coming into Saturday’s matchup, Belmont (7-3) ran 345 yards rushing per game and allowed only 77.9 yards on the ground per game, while the Roughriders (10-1) averaged 321.5 yards per game on offense and allowed 72.9 yards rushing.

The Roughriders poured 319 yards and five scores on the ground while the Bison were limited to 285 yards and coughed the ball up two times as St. Marys jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead.

The Bison turned the ball over three times, and had a blocked punt returned for a touchdown as the Roughriders scored 28 points off Belmont’s four miscues and scored on every drive by two on the night.

Eric Spicer led the way with 159 yards on 13 carries and two scores, while Dustin Howell scored two on 23 yards and six carries.
Bo Kuenning had the final touch with one score on three carries and 11 yards. Bison leading rusher Elijah Martin and is 20 touchdowns in the regular season were held in check with 57 yards on just 13 carries, a 4.4 yard per carry average. He came in averaging 9.2 yards a carry and 143.3 yards per game.

For a full story, read Monday’s print edition of The Evening Leader.