BATH TOWNSHIP — After a scoreless first half, St. Marys came on strong in the second half for a 27-7 win over Bath on the first night of high school football this season on Friday night.
“You can tell we both only had about a half of a scrimmage. I think that’s what all coaches were worried about in the opening week. We looked pretty sloppy in the first half and I think we got a little bit better in the second half So that was improvement,” St. Marys coach Doug Frye said.
“I thought we just persevered and played hard in the second half. I think there is a lot of room for improvement, obviously. Bath has a nice talented team coming back this year. But we have got to really put our nose to the grindstone to get better,” he said.
St. Marys didn’t waste any time scoring once the second half started, thanks to big plays by the defense and the offense.
Defensive back Tanner Howell intercepted a pass in the first minute of the second half at Bath’s 45-yard line. Three plays later in a third-and-17 situation quarterback Gavin Reineke lobbed a screen pass to running back Aiden Hinkle and he went 48 yards to Bath’s 4-yard line.
Three plays later Reineke scored on a 1-yard run for a 7-0 lead.
Bath responded with a quick strike of its own on 27-yard touchdown throw from Bradyn Fleharty to Blaine Albright to tie the game at 7-7 with 6:49 left in the third quarter.
St. Marys returned the kickoff after that score to the Wildcats’ 21-yard line and three plays later Howell scored on a short run for a 14-7 lead.
The Roughriders added two more touchdowns in the last 5:08 of the game.
Ross Henschen scored on a 7-yard run with 5:08 left in the fourth quarter at the end of a 72-yard drive and Dylan Trogdlon scored on a 5-yard run with 2:30 left in the game.
Fleharty, a freshman, completed 19 of 33 passes for 151 yards for Bath. Sophomore wide receiver Blaine Albright had 9 catches for 93 yards.
In the scoreless first half, St. Marys had the best chance to put points on the scoreboard. That opportunity came late in the first half but two stops at the one-yard line by the Wildcats turned the Roughriders away.
St. Marys had driven 59 yards in 10 plays to get to Bath’s one-yard line. Their first play from there went for no gain and on the second the Wildcats’ defense forced a fumble.
St. Marys had 99 yards total offense in the first half, all of it on rushing plays. Bath had 54 yards total offense.
Reach Jim Naveau at 567-242-0414.