The 46th annual River Bowl tussle between heated rivals Ayersville and Tinora will take place on the south side of the Maumee River this fall with the Rams making the short trek to Craig McCord Field.
Ayersville’s once hefty lead in the series has been shrunk to 24-20-1 with Tinora enjoying much more success as the series grows older.
Tinora head coach Kenny Krouse is heading into his 24th meeting with the Pilots and holds a 16-7 mark as headman of the Rams against the team across the river.
The GMC favorite and a rising challenger will duke it out Friday night in Antwerp with Tinora in town.
Both conference combatants stand 2-1 heading into the tussle.
“Overall assessment of the first three weeks is that we are getting better each week,” said third-year Antwerp frontman Jason Hale. “We played a closer game than the score indicated with a very good Edon team. Our guys are starting to see the benefits of implementing everything we do in practice. We have some guys starting to make plays on both sides of the ball and it is great to see.
“We have to keep putting ourselves in great positions. We are plus-3 in the turnover category so we have to continue to take care of the ball and be efficient offensively. The defense has to keep running to the ball and making tackles.”
Antwerp played an all-TAAC non-conference slate with routes of Hilltop and Montpelier while falling 41-26 to unbeaten Edon.
Meanwhile, the Rams played a rugged non-conference schedule against Liberty Center (lost 23-21), Wauseon (won 23-13) and Leipsic (won 23-20).
Lynn Groll, Tony Haynes and Andrew Mickey look back at week 3, hand out Offensive Player of the Week to Otsego’s Trent Leiter and co-Blockhead of the Week to Leiter and Columbus Grove’s AJ Schafer.