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OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf lined up senior Tyler Zender all over the field — at running back, at fullback, in the wing, at wideout and in the slot — and found all kinds of ways to let the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder make big plays in a 47-0 win over the St. Marys football team on Friday night at chilly Titan Stadium.
Zender scored four touchdowns, catching six passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 38 yards and two touchdowns. Zender scored the first three touchdowns of the game in the first half as O-G took a commanding 27-0 lead to the half with a 20-point second-quarter explosion.
“He’s such a good athlete that every week we talk about how to get him the ball,” O-G head coach Ken Schriner said. “Sometimes he runs the ball, sometimes we throw him the ball. He’s a great athlete, he’s a senior and he’s one of the few players we have back from last year’s team. We count on him heavily and he made some big plays tonight.”
Meanwhile, the Titan defense brickwalled the Roughrider offense. Ottawa-Glandorf outgained the Roughriders 404-130 in total yards of offense and held a St. Marys offense that came into the night averaging about 225 yards per game on the ground to only 67 rushing yards.
Ottawa-Glandorf improved to 5-4 on the season and 4-4 in the Western Buckeye League. The Titans have already been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, snapping a seven-year run of postseason appearances.
St. Marys’ ballhawking safety Jared Knous picked off two more passes on Friday, bringing his season total to a WBL-best seven picks for the season. Knous intercepted Logan Rieman twice in a span of two minutes in the second quarter.
St. Marys fell to 0-9 and 0-8 in the WBL. The Riders' losing streak has now reached 20 games dating back to Week 9 of the 2011 season. St. Marys hosts winless Van Wert next Friday night at Skip Baughman Stadium.