Unbeaten and unscored upon Tinora will take its perfect season to 2-2 Wayne Trace this week in the next to last regular season game before playoff action starts.
“I think with all the circumstances and all that has gone on, we’re very pleased with where we’re at and where this team is heading,” said 23-year Tinora headman Kenny Krouse.
The Rams have posted 119 points while not allowing a single point thus far in triumphs over Edgerton, Hicksville and Antwerp. Tinora was idle week one.
“I think defensively we’ve bent the first few weeks but have been able to keep teams out of the end zone,” remarked Krouse. “We’re playing a lot of kids and I think we’re getting better. We’ve given up some big plays that are concerning.”
Wayne Trace mentor Mike Speice knows it will be challenging moving the ball on Tinora defensive coordinator Mike Heilshorn’s defense.
A TAAC heavyweight will invade new-look Edon on Friday when the Rangers of Northwood come to town for a league clash.
The Rangers stand 4-0 and have outscored their foes, 181-36. Northwood has posted shutouts the last two Fridays in wins over Montpelier and Hilltops.
Since an opening-night 49-26 setback to Lakota, Edon has reeled off three straight wins, which included a thrilling 36-34 victory over Cardinal Stritch two weeks ago.
Veteran coach Bob Olwin, who took over the program earlier this year, says his Bombers are still learning his system.
“I don’t think we were ready for game one,” admitted Olwin, who has posted 215 triumphs during his coaching career that includes stops all over northwest Ohio. “Lakota made about five or six plays in that game. We had five or six opportunities in that game and we didn’t cash in on any of those. If we had, the score would’ve been a little different.
“We’re pretty young,” added Olwin.
Van Wert will look to keep its unbeaten season intact this week with a trip to Ottawa-Glandorf on the docket.
The 4-0 Cougars are the only unbean WBL team remaining while Kenton, O-G and Shawnee all stand 3-1.
“We lost a good senior class of 16,” said Van Wert coach Keith Recker. “We were unsure of what we were going to have. We knew we’d be good at the skill positions but were trying to figure out what our line would be. I think it started coming around week 3 when we started to do some shuffling around of the line.
“The big thing right now is our turnover advantage,” added Recker. “We’re about plus-14 or plus-11 for a turnover ratio. Stuff that we haven’t done well for a few years that’s starting to pick up and been a big reason why we’ve started so well.”
O-G blitzed Defiance for a 48-13 win in its opener before playing three consecutive tight games. Elida edged the Titans, 14-7, in week 2 before O-G bounced back for a 27-20 win over St. Marys in double OT. The Titans then trimmed Bath last week, 20-17.
Another huge NLL dustup looms for Perrysburg this Friday as the unbeaten Jackets welcome Bowling Green to Steinecker Stadium.
While Perrysburg was considered in the mix for the top spot in the NLL, Dirk Conner’s Bobcats were expected to be a middle-of-the-road squad this fall. A month into the season, BG and Perrysburg remain the last two unbeatens in the league.
“It does feel good with everything that’s gone on and bouncing back from a season that’s not up to our standards,” said Conner, whose team finished 3-7 last year.
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Lynn Groll has been covering football in “The Black Swamp” area since 2002 and his enthusiasm for football in the area is second to none.