Black Swamp Football



Ayersville and Tinora set for 46th tussle

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.

Pair of 2-1 GMC foes open league play with Tinora at Antwerp

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).

Vikings to collide with Rams

Leipsic and Tinora both bounced back from opening Friday losses by claiming wins in week two, and now will tee it up against each other on Friday night at Tinora.
“Tinora presents a very physical offense,” stated Leipsic mentor Joe Kirkendall. “Really impressed with their offensive line and the blocking of their backs. They have a lot of different weapons from power game, to edge runners, to even the option to defend. When it’s all said and done, just the physical nature of their scheme looks challenging.”

Rams trying to bounce back; Wauseon looking for another win over GMC

Another NWOAL powerhouse awaits GMC favorite Tinora this Friday.
The Rams will look to bounce back from a last-second 23-21 setback to Liberty Center on the opening Friday while NWOAL favorite Wauseon will try to make it 2-0 against the GMC after coasting to a 40-8 thumping of Fairview.
“I thought our guys played well,” explained Wauseon frontman Shawn Moore. “We were able to make plays offensively and keep the chains moving on third downs pretty consistently. Defensively we were flying around and swarming to the football.”

Wymer boot lifts LC to white-knuckle 23-21 victory

Wes Wymer split the uprights with a 38-yard field with 22 ticks left to send Liberty Center to a 23-21 triumph at Tinora Friday evening.
The game-winner came just over seven minutes after a potential game-tying Wymer PAT was blocked.
“I was trying not to think about it,” noted Wymer. “I tell myself before every kick that no one is watching. I was just trying to envision it. It doesn’t come down to me, it comes to my long snapper, my holder and the guys on the line. Without them, I can’t do anything.”
Wymer took care of the rest after a few tense moments that included a couple false starts on the Tigers that made the field goal longer.
Tinora coach Kenny Krouse made the senior kicker wait longer as he called a pair of timeouts with the game on the line looking to freeze Wymer.
“When it went through the uprights,” admitted Wymer with a huge smile of when he knew the kick was going to be good. “I was worried about the first part but it straightened out.”

Pound town on corner of Domersville, Banner School Roads as rugged Tigers, Rams renew acquaintances

A year after the long-standing opening-Friday clash between Liberty Center and Tinora was skipped due to the adjusted schedule of 2020, the Tigers and Rams are set to collide again.
The perennial powers will collide at the corner of Banner School Road and Domersville Road on Friday night in front of what is expected to be a packed stadium.
“Tinora is going to be a huge challenge for us,” stated LC frontman Casey Mohler, entering year five at the Henry County program. “They have all the tools. They are big, strong, fast, athletic and experienced.
“They can run at you with power, get the edge with speed and throw the ball. Their biggest strength may be their defense. They are big, aggressive, fast and fly to the football. Stopping them and moving the ball on them is going to be extremely challenging for us.”
As Kenny Krouse starts year 24 at Tinora, his Rams are loaded with talent and experience. One aspect he feels his team has improved in this preseason is an intangible.