Roughriders Rout Cougars 46-6

Riders' quarterback Dustin Howell (14) prepares to hand the ball off to Julius Fisher (33) during the second half of Friday's victory over Van Wert.
Staff Writer

If there was any doubt that the St. Marys Roughriders could walk out of Eggress Stadium with a win the Western Buckeye League opener, those doubts were dashed away faster than Matt Patten blocking the Cougars' punt in the opening series of the game.

From there, the Roughriders scored on their first four drives, and five of six, digging a massive hole for the Cougars en route to a 46-6 romp on Friday night.

The Cougars (0-2. 0-1 WBL) went three and out on their opening drive, leading to a punt from Drew Bagley.

Like the rest of the team, Bagley's night started rough when Patten blocked his punt from the right edge, giving the Riders great field position at the Cougars' 26-yard line.

Six plays later, Chandler Gray punched it in from one-yard out to give St. Marys a 7-0 lead. A lead the Roughriders never relinquished.

From there, the Riders scored 19 straight points, with the only negative mark on the night being some missed extra points.

The Cougars scored their only drive when quarterback Lawson Blackmore threw a fade to the right side of the endzone for Nate Place with :18 seconds remaining in the half.

After that, the Roughriders scored 20 more points, punching it in the endzone on three of their first four drives in the second half.

For the full story, read Saturday's edition of The Evening Leader.