Riders pour on points in Chicken Bowl tune-up

ST. MARYS — The St. Marys football team welcomed Doug Frye’s return to the home sideline of Skip Baughman Stadium with big play after big play, as the Roughriders outscored Urbana 41-7 in a little over a half of timed football on Friday night in the annual Chicken Bowl.

 Eric Spicer scampered in from three yards out to cap the drive after Spicer ripped off 33 yards earlier in the drive on a counter down the right sideline.

After Cam Swanson picked off Urbana quarterback Nathan Mays with a nifty one-handed grab, St. Marys had a 64-yard touchdown run by Spicer nullified by a holding penalty. Undeterred, the Riders drove the field in 12 plays, capped by quarterback Dustin Howell’s four-yard touchdown on quarterback sneak behind the middle of the offensive line.

Urbana, which featured four-year starter Nathan Mays, scored on one long touchdown pass — a 53-yard throw by Mays to make it 14-7.

It was all Riders the rest of the way.

A Howell to Spicer 80-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first quarter was again nullified by a holding call and the Riders had to punt for the first time. But they still were able to put points on the board quickly.

Logan Maze stepped in front of a Mays pass in the left flat and ran it back 30 yards for a defensive touchdown and a 21-7 St. Marys advantage with 9:16 left in the second quarter.

A St. Marys 13-play drive later in the quarter was capped by a Trent Slife six-yard touchdown run.

With less than a minute left in the half, Howell hit Austin Tester in stride just beyond the reach of the Urbana safety. Tester zoomed down the right hash for a 59-yard touchdown and a 34-7 halftime lead.

St. Marys added another touchdown to start the second half with an eight-play 80 yard scoring drive highlighted by a 36-yard run by halfback Patrick Obringer and an 11-yard run by fullback Isaac Fitzgerald, who rushed for 107 yards on 19 carries.

Howell again snuck in from two yards out for his second rushing touchdown of the game. Howell went 5-for-9 passing for 109 yards and a touchdown.

St. Marys opens the r egular season on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. against Sidney, where Frye and former Roughrider player and current Sidney head coach Adam Doenges will square off.

Spicer ran for 85 yards on seven carries and his night could've been even bigger, as he had touchdowns of 60 and 84 yards called back on holds.