NEW BREMEN – The New Bremen Cardinals started the 2011 football season impressively in the first quarter, but they couldn’t control the running attack of the Covington Buccaneers and were defeated 43-20.
“Turnovers and we couldn’t stop their fullback hurt us tonight,” Cardinals head coach Rob Messick said. “It was plain and simple they had a third and 22 and they ran a fullback dive and picked up 25 yards.”
Steve Elshoff believes the St. Marys football team is stronger this season.
The starting senior offensive and defensive tackle knows he is, at least.
Elshoff, one of St. Marys’ 24 seniors on the roster as the 2011 season kicks off on Friday night at Sidney, said he and his teammates are excited to show what all their hard work this offseason means on the field.
Friday, Aug. 25
St. Marys at Sidney
Fort Loramie at Minster
Covington at New Bremen
Allen East at Bath
Celina at Versailles
Elida at Fostoria
Kenton at Coldwater
Ottawa-Glandorf at Fostoria
Marion Local at Shawnee
Van Wert at Bryan
Bellefontaine at Wapakoneta
Miss. Valley at Ft. Recovery
Ada at Hardin Northern
Cory Rawson at Bluffton
Columbus Grove at P-G
Northwood at Delphos Jefferson
High school football returns on Friday night and intriguing match-ups abound within the Grand Lake St. Marys region. Sports Editor Brian Smith puts down what's been filling up his notebook about each area match-up leading up to Week 1.
The St. Marys boys cross country team captured a season-opening victory in a quad meet at K.C. Geiger Park on Tuesday, paced by meet winner Alex Mielke. The Wapakoneta girls capture the Auglaize County event, while New Knoxville’s girls team turned in the top two times of the race.
The Roughrider boys finished first with 30 points, edging out second-place New Bremen (34 points). Wapakoneta took third (86) and New Knoxville was fourth (92).
Mielke won the race with a 17:50 time for the Roughriders.
Just a few minutes into Tuesday’s season opener between the St. Marys and Delphos St. John’s girls soccer teams, it was clear this was a new season and the two familiar teams were on the opposite ends of the experience continuum.
The Roughriders blanked the Blue Jays 10-0 in a rematch of last fall’s dramatic district final.
The obvious storyline entering the game was a rematch between teams that met in the Division II district title at Elida game last fall that saw Delphos St. John’s stun St. Marys in overtime penalty kicks.