Hey, I Remember That!: A look back at area sports 10, 25 and 50 years ago

50 Years Ago This Week – 1962: This week in 1962, Memorial High School celebrated Homecoming weekend in fashion with a 27-8 victory on the football field over the Van Wert Cougars. 

The Roughriders scored their initial touchdown late in the opening period after receiving a punt near midfield.  On the third play of the series, Terry Young ripped through an opening in the offensive line and raced for the 50-yard touchdown.  Tom Hollman’s PAT run was a success, and the Roughriders were in charge 8-0. 

The Cougars answered on their opening drive of the second quarter and before long the score was knotted at eight points.  The Riders began their ensuing drive on their own 40-yard line and in just ten plays regained the lead after Young took a sweep out past the left end and sprinted 24 yards for another score.  Following the missed PAT, the Roughriders maintained their 14-8 advantage at intermission. 

St. Marys added another score on the first drive of the third quarter when Hollman capped off a 55-yard drive with a two-yard plunge.  The extra point was no good, and St. Marys stayed in front by twelve points.  The home team added one more touchdown in the final period when Young took another one in – this time from 25 yards.  Tom Walter booted the PAT, and the Roughriders went on to win by the 27-8 final.  

 25 Years Ago This Week – 1987: Twenty-five years ago this week, the Minster Wildcats headed north to Montpelier and left town with the easy 34-0 victory. 

The Orange and Black benefitted from a remarkable first quarter in which Toby Meyer and Bruce Heitkamp combined for three rushing touchdowns to give their team a commanding, 20-0 lead.  Mark Prenger and Greg Eiting each added a score in the second quarter – Mark, a one-yard run and Greg a 27-yard pass from Joe Prenger. 

Bryan Niemeyer’s fourth extra point kick of the evening gave the Wildcats the 34-point lead at the break, and they held that advantage through the second half.  In the win, Meyer led the Wildcat rushing attack with 52 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Rex Mescher added to the offensive punch with 135 yards receiving on six catches. 

The victory pushed Minster to 7-1 on the year as they look to solidify a playoff spot in the coming weeks.   

10 Years Ago This Week – 2002: This week in 2002, the St. Marys Roughriders punched their ticket for their third straight playoff appearance after upending the Defiance Bulldogs, 16-7 in a Western Buckeye League tilt in Defiance. 

Following a 0-0 score after one quarter of action, the Roughriders got on board first following a 26-yard run from Justin Nagel on a fourth-and-three scenario with just over five minutes to play in the half. 

The Bulldogs tied the game early in the third quarter, but St. Marys responded with a halfback pass from Nick Yahl to Brandt Huttis, who hauled it in and raced 11 yards for the score.  Quarterback Corey Vossler hit Yahl with the two-point conversion, and the Roughriders extended their lead to 14-7 with three minutes left in the third. 

The Roughriders slammed the door shut late in the fourth quarter when Andy Huber recorded a safety to push his team up by nine. 

In the battle, Nagel led all St. Marys rushers with 94 yards, while Vossler added 80 on the ground.