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

50 Years Ago This Week – 1962

In the biggest upset in the Western Buckeye League of the season, the St. Marys Roughriders upended the unbeaten Coldwater Cavaliers this week in 1962.  

The Cavs entered the contest with the league’s best rushing attack and stingiest defense, but the Roughriders ignored all of the hoopla and recorded the 14-6 victory over the Orange and Black, while also snapping their 19-game winning streak.  

Coldwater opened the battle by stomping through the ‘Rider defense before scoring the first touchdown of the game on a one-yard touchdown run by Ron Grieshop.  The score remained the same until the second quarter when St. Marys strolled 71 yards in 12 plays to knot the score at six points.  The extra point was off-target following Ronnie Jones’ one-yard touchdown jaunt, and the score remained even at six points.  

In the middle of the third stanza, St. Marys gained possession at their own 20-yard line after a Coldwater punt sailed into the end zone a few moments before.  On the initial play of the series, quarterback Jerry Slife handed off to fullback Terry Young, who busted through the line and sprinted 80 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.  Tom Hollman converted the ensuing two-pointer, and the Roughriders extended their lead to 14-8, where it stayed for the remainder of the game.     


25 Years Ago This Week – 1987

Twenty-five years ago this week, the New Bremen Cardinals kept their Midwest Athletic Conference title hopes well intact following a 27-13 victory over the St. Henry Redskins in New Bremen.  

The Cardinals shot out of the gate with a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter from fullback Bruce Bornhorst, who tied a school record with three total touchdowns in the contest.  Refusing to let the Redskins gain any momentum, the Bornhorst added his third touchdown in the second quarter and with the two-point conversion, the Cardinals pushed their lead to 20-0 at intermission.  

After forcing the visitors to punt on their first series of the second half, the Cardinals went for the jugular when quarterback Jeff Paul found receiver Cory Schroer wide open and hit him with a 26-yard scoring strike.  The extra point was right-on, and the Cardinals extended their advantage to 27-0.  

St. Henry quarterback Bob Hoying, making his varsity quarterbacking debut for the Red and White, unleashed a 40-yard touchdown strike to Paco Niekamp for St. Henry’s first score late in the third quarter.  Although the Redskins scored once more in the final period, it wasn’t near enough as the Cardinals posted their third MAC win of the season while improving to 6-0 on the campaign.  

10 Years Ago This Week – 2002

This week in 2002, the St. Marys Roughriders entertained fans with another dramatic victory, as they traveled to Lima Bath and disposed of the Wildcats 14-7 in a battle of solid defenses.  

The Roughriders got their scoring underway in the first quarter as they began a drive on their own 20-yard line.  Following Justin Nagel’s back-to-back runs of 27 and 23 yards later in the series, Corey Vossler capped things off with a two-yard touchdown plunge.  Nick Pfeffenberger added the PAT, and the Riders were in front 7-0 just before the start of the second quarter.

 The Wildcats knotted the game at seven points midway through the second stanza, and it remained that way until the Roughriders pulled out the victory in overtime.  Nagel powered the Roughrider offense with 119 yards in the victory.