Wyoming Downs St Marys Memorial In State Semifinal

11/27/2018

Wyoming was making its first appearance to the state final four since 2009.  The top ranked D4 team in the state was taking on 5th ranked St Marys Memorial.  The game was played at Alexander Stadium at Piqua High School.  The Roughriders scored first on a 7 yard run & PAT to make it 7-0 with 3:06 to go in the 1st quarter.  Wyoming came back as junior quarterback Evan Prater passed to Joey Edmonds for a 15 yard score.  AJ Washienko PAT tied the game at 7 all at the end of the 1st quarter.  Late in the 2nd quarter, Prater found his favorite target again as Edmonds caught a 9 yard TD pass.  Washienko's PAT  gave a the Cowboys their first lead at 14-7.  On that drive, Prater had a long run and Cam O'Gara had a big 3rd down catch.  Wyoming recovered the onside kickoff at the St. Marys 40 yard line.  Prater connected with Perry McMichen for a 38 yard pass and then took it in himself from 2 yards out.  Washienko's PAT pushed the score to 21-7 Cowboys as they scored two touchdowns in 16 seconds.  Wyoming opened the 3rd quarter with a 3 plus minute drive that resulted in a Prater to Edmonds TD pass for 24 yards.  Washienko made it 28-7 Wyoming with 8:33 to go in the 3rd quarter.  Then St Marys made it interesting.  Wyoming made a rare mistake in the playoffs as they fumbled at their own 11 yard line.  St Marys recovered and scored on the 1st play to make it 28-14.  The Roughriders recovered the onside kickoff and were 47 yards away from making it a one score game.  But a big 4th down sack by Harrison Shepherd stopped the drive.  The Cowboys would end up sacking St Marys quarterback 7 times, 4 of them by Eli Cupp.  In the 4th quarter, Wyoming took over the ball at the St Mary 43 yard line.  The Cowboys had four runs, all by Prater, with final 3 yard run for the touchdown.  Washienko's PAT made it 35-14 lead with 8:09 to go in the game.  The Cowboy defense took care of the rest of the game as that ended up being the final score.  For St. Mary Memorial, who finished 12-2, it was the least points they scored on the season and the most points they gave up.  Wyoming held the high powered Roughriders offense to a season low 148 total yards, only 112 on the ground. Prater had a hand in all five Cowboy touchdowns as he passed for 188 yards and rushed for 152. The 14-0 Cowboys move on to the Division IV state championship game with Girard on Saturday at 8:00 in Canton.  It is their 3rd time to the state championship game and the first in 41 years.
Check out a very special story on Wednesday with more details about the Cowboy football team and their quest for a state title.