On a perfect Friday night for football, a jammed packed Justin F. Coressel Stadium at Tinora High School saw a fantastic, exciting, thrilling game between the host Rams and the visiting Raiders.
Parents, grandparents, and friends showed up to support the Tinora Biddy Cheerleaders and the Tinora flag football program and watch a great GMC matchup. Tinora entered at 2-3, 1-1 in the GMC, while Wayne Trace entered at 3-2, 2-0 in conference play.
The first quarter saw each team with several possessions, but neither team could manage points on the scoreboard. The Rams defense came up big numerous times in the initial quarter, and throughout the contest, stopping the Raiders on a fourth down deep in Tinora territory.
The second quarter saw both teams light up the scoreboard.
The scoring started to start the second quarter as Tinora’s Dominic Grazianii hit Owen Ackerman on a perfect 34 yard score over the middle to give the Rams a 6-0 lead at the 11:54 mark. Jacob Bishop hit the XP to put Tinora on top, 7-0.
The Rams mounted another other drive midway through the second quarter as Dominic Graziani poked it in from a yard out, Bishop’s XP put Tinora up 14-0.
The Raiders, who ran an amazing 86 plays during the game, hopped right back in the game as Kyle Stoller hit Jude Stoller for a 12 yard TD, Cooper Winzlick’s XP cut the deficit to 14-7 at the 4:09 mark in the first half.
Graziani hit Ackerman again for another 34 yard strike, Bishop made then XP, the Rams led 21-7 with 1:54 in the second quarter.
Tinora headed to the locker room with a 21-7 advantage.
The Rams pounded out 169 total yards in the first half, while the Raiders mounted 243 yards.
The only score in the second half came midway through the fourth quarter, as Wayne Trace’s Tucker Antoine pounded it in from a yard out, cutting the Rams deficit to 21-13 with 7:31 on the fourth quarter clock. The XP was missed my the Raiders.
The second half seemed to be dominated by the Raider high-powered offense, however the Tinora defense seemed to be up for each and every Raider drive over the final 24 minutes
Tinora’s Trenton Delarber appeared to seal the game with an interception with just over two minuted left in the game. The Raiders defense would come up with a big stop, forcing a Rams punt with 1:05 remaining.
Kyle Stoller marched the Raiders all the way to the Tinora 40-yard line with .08 seconds remaining. Out of timeouts and forcing a fourth and ten, Cooper Wenzlick, the GMC player of the year in baseball for the 2022 season, heaved a pass into the Tinora end zone where it was intercepted, seemingly ending the game.
It appeared, as the clock expired, the Rams dropped the ball in the field of play, picked up by a Raiders player, giving the Raiders a TD and a chance to tie the game with a two point conversion.
The Raiders never got that shot as the refs, after a brief meeting, ruled the Tinora player had stepped out of the back of the end zone, making the ball dead, and ending the game.
Wayne Trace ran 43 plays to Tinora’s 15 in the final two quarters, out gaining the Rams in total yardage, 166-37.
Passing: Stoller 31-49-243-1 TD-2 int
Rushing: Antoine 16-55; Stoller 19-60
Receiving: Miler 7-42: Hildebrand 8-68; Morehead 8-69; Jude Stoller 3-28; Antone 4-28
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