Riders open home slate against Elida Bulldogs on Friday

Elida (1-1, 0-1 in the WBL) at St. Marys Memorial (1-1, 0-1 in the WBL)

At Skip Baughman Stadium, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Last Meeting: In 2010, Reggie McAdams threw for five touchdowns as a junior in Elida's 49-14 romp over the Roughriders at Kraft Memorial Stadium in Elida in Week 2. It started St. Marys' nine game losing streak to end the 2010 season.

Overall Series:St. Marys leads series 36-5
Last Played: 2010 (Elida won 49-14)
Last St. Marys win: 2009 (20-17)
Longest Winning Streak:  St. Marys won 14 straight games over the Bulldogs from 1995 to 2009.

St. Marys Coaches vs. Elida
Mark Hollars              1-1
Doug Frye                  11-0
Bob Priddy                 3-1
Skip Baughman        21-3

St. Marys vs. Elida by Decade
1970s .... 9-1
1980s .... 8-2
1990s .... 9-1
2000s .... 10-0
2010s... 0-1

Notes: Elida’s win total in 41 meetings stands at five. That includes just two wins against the Roughriders since 1983....Elida’s loss to Wapakoneta last Friday snapped a five-game winning streak for the Bulldogs in WBL play and a six-game winning streak overall. The Bulldogs had last lost in WBL play last September against Kenton... Elida quarterback Reggie McAdams is starting his third game against the Roughriders of his career. He is 1-1 with eight touchdowns and two interceptions against the Blue and Gold. Riders. McAdams made his first-ever Western Buckeye
League game start against the Roughriders two seasons ago, putting in a steady 12-of-24 for 203 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions as a sophomore in Elida’s 20-17 loss. Last season as a junior, McAdams shed the mistakes and kept all the flash, throwing for five touchdowns, no interceptions and went 11-of-17 for 211 yards passing in a 49-14 victory over St. Marys. McAdams has gone over 5,000 yards passing for his career and has more than 50 career passing touchdowns.

A Look At Elida Head Coach Jason Carpenter
Years at Elida: 5
Record: 16-29

Storyline: Wapakoneta punched Elida in the gut in the second half with an overpowering running game, and the Redskins forced key turnovers during Elida’s 29-18 loss last Friday.

St. Marys hopes to follow some variation of that blueprint with its own running game and a defense that has been getting turnovers early in the season when the Roughriders open the home slate against another 2010 playoff team on Friday night at Skip Baughman Stadium.

Elida, a team that won a playoff game and went 9-3 in a renaissance season in 2010, gave up 267 rushing yards to running back Conner Pickens and 323 yards rushing overall to Wapakoneta’s hulking offensive line and power running backs last week.

Elida standout quarterback Reggie McAdams was intercepted and the Bulldogs lost a fumble last Friday against Wapakoneta. Both turnovers halted drives and  led to Wapakoneta scores.

Elida head coach Jason Carpenter said his Bulldogs played a good team and also beat itself at times in the WBL showdown. Elida had an extra point blocked in the first quarter, failed to convert two two-point conversions and had a long touchdown called back due to penalty to go along with the key turnovers.

“We played a very good team and we also played ourselves,” Carpenter told John Hullinger of the Wapakoneta Daily News after Elida’s loss to Wapak.

McAdams stands 6-foot-6 and can survey the field well , possesses a good arm and threw for 246 yards on 20-of-29 passing last week. McAdams, a University of Akron basketball recruit, also has a quality target in Lima Senior transfer Brandon Stinson, who caught a pair of touchdown passes last week. McAdams has a key running back in Colin Blymyer alongside him in the backfield who was a 1,000-yard rusher a season ago.

Elida ran it for 151 yards against the Redskins.

“They run the ball pretty well,” said St. Marys head coach Greg Phillips. “We have to figure out what we want to take away from them and make them one-dimensional.”

St. Marys dropped to 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in the WBL after a 40-7 loss to Kenton last week. But Phillips and his team played well for the first half. St. Marys was down just 16-7 at intermission.

Much of that was because of a ball-hawking defense.

St. Marys forced five turnovers against Kenton last week, intercepting Maty Mauk three times. Now with another frontline starting quarterback in McAdams on the schedule, St. Marys’ secondary will be under fire again. Through two weeks, the Riders are plus-five in turnover ratio and the defensive secondary has intercepted six passes.

Tre Sherman and T.J. Powell have each picked off two passes in the secondary. Powell had two picks of Mauk last week.

“We had a good night in terms of getting turnovers against Kenton, but we still struggled with open field tackling at times,” Phillips said. “It’s not from a lack of working on it. We have to concentrate on that aspect.”

St. Marys also wants to convert those turnovers into more points than it did a week ago.

The Roughrider running game ran into some tough sledding against a Kenton defense that stacked the line. Leading rusher D.J. Manning was held to 67 yards on the ground on 24 carries.

Kenton stonewalled the Riders inside the five yard line second quarter and ended another St. Marys drive in the red zone in the first quarter.

While there were struggles, for much the first quarter St. Marys moved the chains and mixed in an effective passing game that saw quarterback T.J. Powell start the game 5-of-8 for 36 yards.

“I hope the players take away from the first 18 minutes of last week’s game how well they can play against the three-time defending league champions and one of the better teams in the area,” Phillips said. “Things kind of fell apart. So we have to forget that part and concentrate on the good parts. We moved the ball on the ground and completed a few passes.”

As the season goes along, Phillips said it’s important for his team to keep improving its passing game.

“We want to get to an efficient passing game,” Phillips said.

Quarterback T.J. Powell went 5-for-10 for 42 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

That included a perfect fade pass in the first quarter for a 20-yard touchdown to Tre Sherman.

Phillips said his team likes the advantage in size and Sherman’s ability to adjust to the ball in the air.

On special teams, St. Marys punters D.J. Manning and Jarrett Taylor both shined. Manning averaged 40.3 yards per punt on his four boots and Taylor averaged 45.7 yards on his three kicks.

Last season, Elida snapped a 14-game losing streak to St. Marys with a 49-14 pasting at Kraft Memorial Stadium in Elida.

Phillips will coach in his first regular season game at Skip Baughman Stadium.

The first-year head coach said it will be good to be back home.

“Obviously we come back home and want to take every opportunity to win that we can there,” Phillips said. “We had two scrimmages there, but it seems like it’s been forever since we played there.”

St. Marys Statistical Leaders

Passing Comp.-Att. Yds. TDs INTs
T.J. Powell 6-17 62 1 1
Rushing Carries Yards TDs
D.J. Manning 56 433 4
Jared Knous 23 105 1
T.J. Powell 12 44 0
Receiving Catches Yards TDs
Tre Sherman 4 61 1
Jared Knous 1 8 0
D.J. Manning 1 4 0
Tackles Tackles
Mitch Fowler 16
Brad Sawmiller 12
Steven Paulus 10
Tre Sherman 9
Sacks Sacks
Brodie Liming, Neal Perry, John Phillipe 1
Interceptions INTs
T.J. Powell 2
Tre Sherman 2

Attached below are St. Marys and Elida football rosters.