FOOTBALL: Riders' big 2nd half comeback falls short to Bath

BATH TOWNSHIP — St. Marys couldn’t stop Bath quarterback Doug Sanders in the Wildcats’ 50-28 win over the Roughriders on Friday night.

Not as Bath built a 29-0 lead.

Not when St. Marys needed a stop to continue its improbable second-half comeback attempt.

Sanders threw for 269 yards and rushed for 192 yards in Bath’s topsy-turvy victory. When Bath’s defense struggled to hold a lead in the second half, Sanders responded with touchdown runs of 61 and 31 yards in the fourth quarter.

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Bath appeared to be steamrolling towards an easy Western Buckeye League win when the Wildcats scored on its first four offensive possessions along with a safety recorded on special teams to take a 29-0 lead with 11:02 left in the second quarter.

St. Marys scored 21 consecutive points to get back in the game, and the Roughriders had the ball at the Bath 26 yard line while trailing just 36-28 before a fumble did in the Riders.

Sanders then added a 61-yard rushing touchdown and Bath pulled away. Sanders added a 31-yard touchdown run with 2:17 left in the fourth quarter to give Bath the 50-28 win.

St. Marys quarterback Dustin Fisher led the Roughrider offense with 107 yards through the air on 4 of 6 passing and 149 yards rushing on 17 attempts.

St. Marys began its comeback in the second quarter when the Riders got the ball with 2:05 left in the second quarter trailing 29-0. St. Marys went 83 yards in five plays for a touchdown. Dustin Fisher ran for 41 yards on a keeper, Jared Knous went off left tackle for 26 yards and Fisher took a shotgun snap and ran a single-wing to the left flank for a 13-yard score.

St. Marys carried that momentum into the third quarter with Jared Knous 75-yard touchdown reception on the first offensive play from scrimmage of the second half. Fisher dumped the ball off to Knous in the right flat and Knous scurried to the right sideline and then whirled in a circle around defenders and cut to the left side of the field for the stunning score that cut Bath’s lead to 29-14.

After the St. Marys defense stuffed Bath on a fourth and three for a nine yard loss, the Riders drove 33 yards in 10 plays for a Fisher one-yard touchdown sneak on fourth and goal to pull St. Marys to within 29-21.

Bath’s Sanders responded with a 14-yard touchdown run to put Bath up 36-21.

St. Marys responded with a score on a four-play drive capped by Fisher’s 33-yard touchdown run to make it 36-28.

St. Marys got the ball right back when Jarrett Taylor’s squib kickoff was recovered by the Riders in Bath territory.

But St. Marys’ fumble and Sanders’ strong finish closed things out on the Riders’ comeback attmept.

Knous intercepted two passes for the St. Marys defense.