St. Marys remains unbeaten with 35-21 win over Elkers

Bob Parana - Staff Writer

RIDGWAY - St. Marys upped its mark to 5-0 with a 35-21 win over the Elkers Friday night at Memorial Field Park. The Dutch converted two Ridgway fumbles into TD's in the second quarter to take a 28-7 lead into the half.
St. Marys quarterback Christian Coudriet scored four touchdowns on one-yard plunges and threw a 23-yard scoring pass to Sean Lathrop. He opened the scoring by capping off a 53-yard drive after forcing Ridgway to punt on its first possession. Vinnie Nunes kicked the PAT and was good on all five. Cameron Marciniak tied the game with a 42-yard interception return with 10:28 left in the half. Aiden Zimmerman kicked the extra point. The Dutch drove 69 yards on 10 plays with Coudriets again scoring with 7:38 left.
Caiden Baker recovered a fumble at the Ridgway 35 yard-line with 7:31 remaining in the half. Coudriet scored his third TD three plays later. With 17 seconds remaining James Davis recovered a second Elkers fumble at the 23-yard line and on first down Coudriet hit Lathorp to give the Dutch a 28-7 halftime lead.
St. Marys drove 78-yards on five plays with Coudriet scoring TD number four to open the second half. Ridgway made it 35-14 with a 16-yard run by Ben Briggs on the last play of the third quarter. Aiden Zimmerman connected on the PAT. The final Elkers score came after a Harry Snyder fumble recovery on his own five yard line. Briggs hit Wil Howard with a 95-yard scoring strike on third and 12 with 1:10 left in the game. Zimmerman again was true on the extra point.
The Elkers, (3-2) who were beaten 34-7, in St. Marys on Oct. 2 will travel to Brookville next Friday or Saturday to take on the unbeaten Raiders in the District 9 Class AA semi-finals. St. Marys will battle Clearfield for the Class AAA championship.
Rachel Buhite the daughter of Bill and Rita Buhite was named the 2020 Ridgway High School Homecoming Queen at halftime.
More details on the game will appear in Monday's edition.