Roughriders Pull Away From Chieftains In Chicken Bowl

The St. Marys Roughriders hosted the Bellefontaine Chieftains at the annual Chicken Bowl scrimmage at Skip Baughman Stadium Friday night.
By: 
JAKE DOWLING
Sports Editor

It was not perfect, but it got the job done.

Back in action at Skip Baughman Stadium for the first time in 10 months, the St. Marys Roughriders rode five scoring drives and a suffocating third-quarter defense to pull away from Bellefontaine, 35-21 Friday night in the annual Chicken Bowl scrimmage.

St. Marys scored on five of its nine drives and rolled up 336 yards of total offense on the Chieftains, who managed just five yards in the third quarter.

With the game tied at 21-21, Bellefontaine began the third quarter with the ball, but punted after three plays, opening the door for the Roughriders to pull away.

And pull away they did as St. Marys marched 75 yards in nine plays for the go-ahead score on a Dustin Howell keeper for 11 yards.

St. Marys benefited in the first half with a pair of touchdowns from Julius Fisher.

In the opening drive of the game, St. Marys scampered 80 yards in 13 plays, culminated by the senior's bruising 15-yard touchdown run to give the Riders an early 7-0 lead.

After Bellefontaine took a 14-7 lead on a scoop and score off a Dustin Howell fumble, Fisher again responded with a six-yard run up the middle to finish off a 2-play, 65-yard drive that also saw Eric Spicer bolt 59 yards to set up Fisher's score.

Read Saturday's print edition of The Evening Leader for the full story.