ST. MARYS – St. Marys controlled the clock in Friday’s key Western Buckeye League football matchup against visiting Bath.
The Roughriders also came up with some big plays, en route to a convincing 28-0 victory over Bath.
St. Marys did what it normally does – and that is, run the football and eat up a lot of the clock.
On the night, the Roughriders rushed for 201 yards against the Bath defense. Braeden Hemmelgarn led the way for St. Marys with 66 yards rushing on five carries. The senior running back had one rushing touchdown, as well as a 75-yard punt return for a score.
With the win, St. Marys improves to 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the WBL. Bath slips to 5-4 overall and 4-4 in league play.
“That’s the recipe,” first-year St. Marys head coach Bo Frye said in reference to his team’s style of play. “That’s what we’ve been using for the last five weeks. That’s our identity. Our kids are aggressive. They just keep fighting.”
St. Marys established its running game right away against Bath.
In the first half, the Roughriders rushed for 114 yards and controlled the clock, en route to a 21-0 halftime lead.
Bath had its chances early on.
Bath mounted a 13-play drive on its first possession of the game, but unfortunately fumbled the football on the St. Marys 9-yard line, where the Roughriders took over.
St. Marys then promptly marched 91 yards on 11 plays for the first score of the night.
Quarterback Gavin Reineke ran it in from one yard to cap off the long scoring drive for the Roughriders. With the extra point by Brandon Bowers, St. Marys led 7-0, with 10:54 left to play in the first half.
The Roughriders’ special teams got into the act.
With 5:55 left in the half, Hemmelgarn returned a Bath punt 75 yards for a touchdown to extend the St. Marys lead to 13-0.
“We work a lot on special teams,” Frye said.
St. Marys demonstrated that it also could score by way of the pass.
With 1:12 left in the half, Reineke connected with Keegan Sharpe for a 53-yard TD pass. With the two-point conversion, St. Marys led by 21.
In the first half, Reineke was 2 of 3 passing for 67 yards. However, the senior signal-caller did not throw a pass in the second half.
“Gavin Reineke is a very good Wing T quarterback,” Frye said. “When we put him in the correct position to do it (pass), he’s very good. We’re good at doing it (throwing the football), when we want to. We throw it a lot more in practice than what you think.”
St. Marys running back Ross Henschen rushed for 43 yards on eight carries in the first half. Henschen ended the night with 49 rushing yards.
Bath quarterback Ian Armentrout was 10 of 16 passing for 95 yards in the first half. Armentrout ended the night, 16 of 25 passing for 131 yards and one interception. As a team, Bath rushed for just 44 yards.
Frye was fully aware of Armentrout’s ability to throw the football.
“He’s a good athlete. … He’s a very good football player,” Frye said about Armentrout. “We knew that, coming into the game. We knew we had to keep him in front of us and limit the big plays. We just had to keep everyone in front of us, and keep tackling.”
The St. Marys offense struck again.
With 11:43 left to play in the third quarter, Hemmelgarn broke through the secondary for a 25-yard TD run to round out the scoring.
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