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Head Coach: Kenny Krouse
COLUMBUS GROVE – Columbus Grove threw the final punches in a back-and-forth Division VI, Region 22 quarterfinal on Saturday night at Clymer Stadium. The Bulldogs finished off Tinora with a go-ahead touchdown with 2:56 left before the defense capped a 41-35 battle with the Rams.
“I was impressed with our offense,” said Grove coach Andy Schafer. “It didn’t really matter what Tinora threw at us, we just kept going. We needed it.
“I didn’t expect it to be a track meet,” added Schafer. “Especially when you’re playing a Wing-T team, you usually don’t see track meets like it was.”
Tinora outgained the Bulldogs, 390-355, including piling up 315 rushing yards on 38 attempts. The Rams scored touchdowns on two long runs, one of 96 yards by quarterback Nolan Schafer and an 80-yard KP Delarber burst with 6:59 left.
A physical confrontation awaits when Division VI, Region 22 unbeatens Tinora and Columbus Grove collide in Putnam County on Saturday night in a regional final at Clymer Stadium.
The victor moves on to the regional semifinals next Saturday against the winner from Carey at Archbold.
Both teams are coming off playoff victories last week after a bye the previous week.
The Rams (6-0) pulled away from a feisty Hicksville squad for a 34-13 triumph after hammering the Aces 41-0 earlier in the season.
“I was disappointed with our start,” said Tinora coach Kenny Krouse. “We made mistakes. We established (running back) KP (Delarber) and he had another big ballgame for us. Defensively, if you look at the whole thing, we held them to 51 yards rushing and gave up a kickoff return and the touchdown was on me. It’s basically a shutout. It’s disappointing we left all those points off the board with all those turnovers – couple fumbles, couple blocked kicks and couple interceptions.”
Columbus Grove handled Ottawa Hills easily last Saturday, 59-0.
The bye week was huge for the Bulldogs, according to leadman Andy Schafer. The Bulldogs had played close games against Crestview (38-31) and Allen East (27-24) the previous two weeks in the NWC playoffs.
JEWELL — A young, and up and coming Rams’ squad made known it was on the rise in 2019, posting a 6-4 mark.
With nine starters back on both sides of the pigskin, Tinora is hoping to make another climb in 2020.
“We will be very deep on both sides of the ball,” said head coach Kenny Krouse, 161-81 in 23 years in charge of the Rams. “We have lots of team speed.”
Tinora highlighted its 2019 season with a 21-0 thrashing of defending Green Meadows Conference (GMC) champion Edgerton in week 7. The Rams dropped three games to eventual playoff teams (35-16 to Liberty Center, 32-6 to Wauseon and 50-0 to Fairview). All three advanced to the regional semifinals in the playoffs. Tinora’s fourth loss came via a 21-14 decision vs. Hicksville in week 8.
9-4 at Edgerton
9-11 at Hicksville
9-18 vs. antwerp
9-25 at wayne trace
10-2 vs. ayersville
10-30 vs. fairview
Liberty Center, 16-35
Wayne Trace, 21-13