FOOTBALL: Riders' missed chances haunt in OT loss to Sidney
ST. MARYS — Sidney waited two seasons to celebrate a victory , so an extra minute of patience needed before kicking an overtime game-winner didn’t faze head coach Adam Doenges and his Yellow Jackets.
The St. Marys Roughriders were simply left kicking themselves for opportunities missed in the 2012 season opener.
Sidney senior kicker Andre Spillers booted a 30-yard field goal in overtime to snap Sidney’s 20-game losing streak and give the Yellow Jackets a 10-7 overtime win over St. Marys at Skip Baughman Stadium on Friday night.
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“We talked all week about knowing what it feels like when you get a win,” said Doenges, a St. Marys grad. “All week it was about putting the work in and knowing what it feels like to get a win...I told these guys that they may get a date on Saturday night and teachers they thought hated them will give them a pat on the back on Monday because of this.”
After St. Marys fumbled a snap under center on a third and one on the first possession of overtime, Sidney centered the ball in the middle of the field in three plays and sent in Spillers to kick the field goal.
Sidney thought it had the game won when Spillers kick split the uprights. St. Marys got a timeout called just before the snap, however. After the timeout, Spillers went back out on the north end of the field and delivered Sidney its first win since the season-closing game in 2009.
It was a defensive battle in regulation.
Sidney mustered only 168 yards of offense and eight first downs.
St. Marys ground out yardage (263 yards of offense on Friday night) and extended drives, but the Roughriders could not finish those drives off with a score.
“Our defense has been beaten up mercilessly this offseason,’ Doenges said. “Everybody kept asking me about our defense that gave up 55 points per game. For them to come out and give this kind of effort, it’s tremendous.”
Much of that had to do with St. Marys not being about to gain any yardage outside the tackles.
“We weren’t getting things blocked on the edge,” St. Marys head coach Greg Phillips said. “Early on they were giving us the fullback. They took that away and we couldn’t get outside. We couldn’t get it blocked. Obviously, that’s going to necessitate a personnel change.”
St. Marys fullback Isaac Fitzgerald rushed the ball 25 times for 103 yards to lead all rushers. St. Marys quarterback Dustin Fisher went 6 of 10 for 89 yards passing with two interceptions. Fisher connected with Jared Knous three times in the passing game for 76 yards. Knous rushed for St. Marys' lone score of the game in the first quarter.