D-III Regional Quarterfinals: St. Marys, Big Walnut and Licking Valley all winners


Division III Playoffs

There were several solid showings by Division III teams Saturday in the
regional quarterfinals. Among the winners were St. Marys, Avon, Dover, Big Walnut and Logan Elm.

There were several solid showings by Division III teams Saturday in the
regional quarterfinals. Among the winners were St. Marys, Avon, Dover, Big Walnut and Logan Elm.

Region 9
Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 24, Mogadore Field 21
Aurora 30, Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral-Latin 14
Hubbard 40, Ravenna 12
Chagrin Falls 21, Youngstown Liberty 0

Region 10
Avon 7, Defiance 0
Sunbury Big Walnut 18, Clyde 17
St. Marys Memorial 21, Tipp City Tippecanoe 14
Tiffin Columbian 21, Bellevue 18

Region 11
Dover 45, New Philadelphia 0
Newark Licking Valley 37, Rayland Buckeye Local 6
Poland Seminary 27, Granville 24
Canton South 20, Canal Fulton Northwest 7

Region 12
Thornville Sheridan 33, Franklin 7
Circleville Logan Elm 21, Columbus Bexley 14
Chillicothe 13, Canal Winchester 7
Columbus Eastmoor Academy 48, Germantown Valley View 19

St. Marys rides into second round, past host Tippecanoe
By Dean Eversole, Contributor

St. Marys Memorial’s  Jeremy Fyre chewed up yardage on the ground all game, but none were more important than the three yards he got with 2:52 left, giving the Roughriders a 21-14 win over Tippecanoe in the Region 10, Division III quarterfinals Saturday.

“Tipp City played their tail off and a lot of teams would have just put it away in the third quarter. Coach Burgbacher has to be proud of his team,” said St. Marys Coach Doug Frye.

As always there was no secret to what St. Marys was going to do. They run the ball out of the T formation and dare the opponent to stop it. In the first half Tipp could not.

After a three and out on their first possession, the Riders got the ball rolling on their second possession. Doing most of the damage was Fyre, who carried most of the workload.

The Riders set up shop on the Tipp 49-yard line and promptly stormed down the field. Using speed and aggressiveness, St. Mary overwhelmed the Devils upfront. The drive was capped off by quarterback Jake Taylor, who hit on one-yard quarterback keeper. The extra point made it 7-0 Riders.

That’s how the first quarter ended as the game moved at a rapid pace and offensive touches were at a premium.

After the Riders defense did their thing, harassing the Tipp quarterback Wes Marsh sacking him six times in the contest, the offense went back to work.

On their first offensive touch of the second quarter, the Riders did exactly what they did on their last possession; run the ball and score six points.

Chewing up 4, 5, 6 yards per carrier, the Riders marched towards six more points. Once again it was mostly Frey, who ran more like a 240 pound fullback than a 175 tailback. This time the drive was completed by Josh Zimmerman who plowed in from two-yards, the extra point made it 14-0.

At this point the game was hitting the ugly factor for the Devils. Unable to move the ball on offense and struggling to contain the quick hitting, powerful offense of St. Marys the game appeared to be slipping away from Tippecanoe.

Like so often in sports, momentum is just one or two plays away and in the second half Tipp took the momentum and nearly took the game.

Doing exactly what they needed to do, Tipp promptly scored on their first possession. Switching from the running game to the passing game, Marsh took his team to six points.

Corey Johnson finally got Tipp on the board with a three yard run, the extra point was blocked, but the tide shifted a bit making it 14-6 St. Marys.

The Red Devil defense continued the trend, stuffing the Riders on a three and out. What followed next was a game changing play. St. Marys fumbled the punt and the Devils recovered, setting up shop on the Riders’ 25-yard line.

A few plays later Allen Comer made it 14-12 with a three-yard run and then tied the game with two point conversion and just like that it was 14-14 with 4:45 in the third period. 

“We were put in an opportunity (to win the game) and we talked about chipping away because there is no 14 point play,” said Burgbacher.

From that point the defenses controlled the game, until finally with just over 5 minutes remaining in the contest; the Riders went on one last drive. That of course ended up being the last and winning drive for the Roughriders.

“For awhile we did not handle the adversity and told the kids to step it up,” said Frye. “Special teams almost bit us tonight, but we also had some great punts and it is the intangible of the game.”


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