Roughriders Snap Redskins' Streak

The St. Marys Roughriders hoist their helmets in victory after snapping the Wapakoneta Redskins' 33-game regular season winning streak. The win also guarantees them at least a share of the Western Buckeye League title.
By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

This one was for the program, the players, Coach Doug Frye.

For the city of St. Marys.

Once in a lifetime do these scenarios take place, and it did Friday night.

Facing Frye's old team, the best squad in the Western Buckeye League for the last four seasons, the Roughriders — for at least one night — became the best team in the league, knocking off the once unbeaten Redskins.

Great defense and a gutsy play at the end of the first half catapulted the Riders to a 13-7 upset win over the Redskins, handing Wapakoneta a regular season loss for the first time in 33 games and gave the Roughriders at least a share of the WBL title for the first time since 2008.

Frye's last season before heading east.

"Our community is very value-driven and very sports-driven and football is a part of our culture here," the Roughriders coach said. "It does bring a lot of people together. You have the band, the cheerleaders, the fans, the support group, you even have the Cowbell Mafia.

"It just brings people together and nights like this — win or lose — it helps unify our community."

No play was bigger than on 4th and 8 from the Redskins' 33-yard line when the Roughriders ran an end-around play, tossing the ball to Julius Fisher as the senior back rolled to his right and heaved the ball as far as he could as Seth Warniment raced to the corner of the right end zone with one-on-one cover.

The sophomore receiver beat Tyler Copeland with 2.6 second remaining in the half.

Already up 3-0, the Roughriders trotted to the locker room with momentum and a 10-0 lead.

"It was a designed play, but that was the first time we had ever ran it," Fisher said. "I had confidence that I could throw it that far, but it felt weird coming off."

The Roughriders’ win on Friday gives them at least a share of the WBL title and clinches them a berth in the Division III, Region 12 postseason for the first time since 2008.

The win also snaps the Redskins’ 33-game regular season win streak, eight-game win streak overall, snaps a run of two consecutive outright WBL title crowns and breaks coach Travis Moyer’s 86-game regular season winning streak dating back to his days in Wynford.

“It meant a lot,” Fisher said on getting the touchdown to end the first half. “It means everything and it is all we have worked for. This win just means everything.” The win meant everything, from the program to the players, Frye and even the city of St. Marys

To read the full story, pick up Saturday's edition of The Evening Leader.