Ottawa-Glandorf slips out with thrilling win against Roughriders


By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



St. Marys quarterback Kurt Bubp looks for an open receiver during Friday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

St. Marys quarterback Kurt Bubp looks for an open receiver during Friday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Clayton Recker looks to shake St. Marys’ Lukas Walters during Friday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Clayton Recker looks to shake St. Marys’ Lukas Walters during Friday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf.


Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

OTTAWA – Defense took center stage in the first half of Friday’s Western Buckeye League football clash between Ottawa-Glandorf and visiting St. Marys.

Along with solid defensive play, St. Marys’ passing game made a rare appearance, as the Roughriders caught the O-G defense off guard a couple times in the second quarter, en route to a 14-9 halftime score.

St. Marys quarterback Kurt Bubp threw two touchdown passes to lead the Roughriders.

However, O-G battled back in the second half, and held off the Roughriders down the stretch for a hard-fought 30-27 victory.

St. Marys had a chance on its final drive of the game, as place-kicker Henry Spencer missed a 44-yard field goal attempt, which sealed the win for O-G.

“It was back and forth, back and forth,” longtime O-G head coach Ken Schriner said. “It was a war; and that’s what you expect every time you play these guys. It was a tough, physical game. We had guys tired, playing both ways – and it’s a hot, humid night. I’m really proud of our kids.”

St. Marys had the football to start the game.

O-G’s defense forced the Roughriders to punt on their first possession.

After a bad snap on a St. Marys punt, O-G got the ball on St. Marys’ 22-yard line. The Titans eventually had to settle for a 30-yard field goal by Ethan Alt, that gave them an early 3-0 lead. O-G’s slim 3-point lead held up until the end of the first quarter.

However, St. Marys’ offense finally struck.

Less than a minute into the second quarter, Bubp found Carson Fischbach wide open for a 55-yard touchdown pass. With the extra point by Spencer, the Roughriders led 7-3.

Bubp showcased his passing ability one more time before the break, when he connected with Ethan Wedding for a 7-yard scoring strike, that gave his team a 14-3 lead.

In the first half, Bubp was 3-of-6 passing for 65 yards and two scores. On the ground, St. Marys rushed for 72 yards. Ty Schlosser led the Roughriders with 38 of those yards on 11 carries.

O-G had -3 rushing yards in the first half. Quarterback Jacob Balbaugh was 7-of-13 passing for 78 yards.

For the game, Bubp was 6-of-12 passing for 106 yards. Balbaugh was 11-of-22 passing for 215 yards.

O-G came out strong in the second half.

On the first possession of the half, O-G marched down the field and Balbaugh capped off the drive with a 43-yard TD pass to Jarrod Beach. With the two-point conversion, the Titans quickly had a 17-14 lead, just a little more than two minutes into the third quarter.

However, St. Marys quickly responded.

The Roughriders promptly drove 43 yards on five plays, capped off with a 31-yard TD pass from Bubp to Ty Howell. St. Marys missed the extra point, but had a 20-17 lead with 8:22 left to play in the third quarter.

Right before the end of the third quarter, Balbaugh connected with Brennan Blevins for a 62-yard pass play, which set the Titans up at the St. Marys’ 2-yard line.

Two plays later, Jarrod Beach ran it in from 2 yards out for the O-G touchdown. The ensuing extra point attempt by Alt was blocked. The Titans now led 23-20 with 11:23 left to play in regulation.

O-G was not done.

With 6:48 left to play, the Titans extended their lead to 30-20.

The Titans marched 53 yards on seven plays, capped off with a 7-yard TD run by Clayton Recker. With the extra point by Alt, O-G led by 10.

However, St. Marys answered quickly on its next possession.

Fischbach broke loose for a 57-yard TD run to cut the O-G lead to 3, 30-27.

The Roughriders got the ball back with 5:38 left to play, when Balbaugh was intercepted by Dylan Trogdlon.

St. Marys had another chance.

However, on the ensuing St. Marys possession, O-G pressured Bubp and forced the signal-caller to fumble the football at the St. Marys 18-yard line.

O-G’s kicker, Alt, would later miss a 34-yard field goal attempt, giving the ball back to the Roughriders.

St. Marys now had the football with a little more than two minutes to play in the game.

However, the Roughriders were unable to cash in with the long field goal attempt by Spencer, with time running out.

St. Marys quarterback Kurt Bubp looks for an open receiver during Friday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/09/web1_OG11-1.jpgSt. Marys quarterback Kurt Bubp looks for an open receiver during Friday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Clayton Recker looks to shake St. Marys’ Lukas Walters during Friday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/09/web1_OG4a-1.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Clayton Recker looks to shake St. Marys’ Lukas Walters during Friday night’s game at Ottawa-Glandorf. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News

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