As the rains and rumbling skies broke just as the Rams and Bulldogs took the field for pregame warm-ups, fortunately for players and fans, lightning which delayed other area games remained away.
Tinora senior running back KP Delarber didn’t get the memo, as he brought his own personal thunder and lightning to Stauffer Field at Edgerton High School.
Tinora entered the game with a 6-1 record, 4-0 in Green Meadows Conference play. The Rams had a six game winning streak coming in to the game and were playing great football the past three weeks, improving throughout those three contests.
What came fast and furious Friday Night was near perfection in the first 18 minutes.
The Bulldogs of Edgerton and QB Corey Everetts were coming off a spectacular win vs Hicksville that saw Everetts accumulate 456 total yards of offense by himself, accounting for 7 scores. Edgerton entered the contest vs the Rams at 4-3, 2-1 in conference play.
In the first act of what turned into a six act performance, Rams RB KP Delarber found pay dirt with 9:11 remaining in the first quarter, scoring from 5 yards out. The XP was no good, Tinora led 6-0.
After a Bulldog turnover, one of 4 for Edgerton on the night, Delarber scored on the ground, this time from 13 yards out, a Dylan Camp XP gave the Rams a 13-0 lead with 5:51 remaining in the first quarter.
Another Edgerton punt resulted in a Rams score, this time Rams QB Nolan Schafer hit TE Casen Wolfrum for an eight yard strike, Camp’s XP gave Tinora a 20-0 lead just seconds after the Delarber score, 5:01 remained in the first quarter.
The second quarter started with another Delarber scamper, this time from 8 yards out, XP was good, Rams took a 27-0 lead at the 11:17 mark. Seconds later, Delarber again struck, this time with a five yard scamper, Camp’s XP gave the Rams a 34-0 lead with 10:30 remaining before the half.
Midway through the second quarter, Delarber again struck, scoring again, this time from three yards out, XP by Camp gave the Rams a 41-0 lead with 6:33 on the clock prior to the half.
The Tinora offensive reserves finished out the half as the Rams took a 41-0 lead to the locker room.
Wanting to get a few more reps for his offense, Tinora headman Kenny Krouse sent his starters back for one more drive to start the second half. Delarber made quick work of the second half reps as he took his only carry in the second half, 40 yards for a score. Camp’s kick gave the Rams a 48-8 lead. The KP Delarber score was his sixth on the night. Delarber’s night was over with 13 carries and 187 yards on the ground.
The host Bulldogs finally broke through with 3:23 remaining in the third as Corey Everetts hit Kaydn Picillo from 33 yards out, the Everetts two point conversion was good, Tinora led 48-8.
With a running clock in the second half, the Ram offense had minimal plays, taking advantage of his opportunity was Cole Sweinhagen. Sweinhagen closed out the scoring with a 22 yard TD gallop with 1:22 remaining in the game, giving the Rams of Tinora a 54-8 victory.
With the win, the Rams run their winning streak to seven straight wins, remaining undefeated in the GMC at 5-0. The Rams will play host to Hicksville next Friday night.
The Aces will bring a 1-7 mark, 1-4 conference record, to Justin F Coressel Stadium in the final regular season home game for Seniors.
The loss drops Edgerton to 4-4, 2-2 in the GMC. Edgerton plays @ Antwerp next Friday.
Tinora D limited the Bulldogs to just six first downs. Also limiting the Edgerton attack to 28 yards rushing on 29 attempts. Edgerton mounted just 90 total yards on 43 plays vs the Rams defense.
Meanwhile, the Rams offense continues to hum along, tonight in limited duty, accumulating 19 first downs, 287 total yards, 231 rushing and 56 passing.
Tinora has outscored GMC opponents 173-21 over the last four conference games, each of those with running clocks in the second half.
The Higbea Embroidery Player of the Game went to KP Delarber. Great game KP.
Passing: Schafer 3-6 54 yards 1 INT 1 TD:
Everetts 5-13 56 yards 1 TD
Rushing: Delarber 13-168 – 6 TD; Cole Sweinhagem 11-72-1 TD; Christian Commisso 5-44 yards; Cooper Farrel 4-6, Ackerman 1 -2
Everetts 14-12; Nichols 7-7; Murphy 2-15; Blue 3-2; Krontz 3 – -14; Picillo 1-5; Roth 1-2; Walkup 1-1
Receiving: Christian Commisso 1-29; Cole Commisso 1-17; Casen Wolfrum 1-8-1 TD
Picillo 2-44-1 TD; Herman 1-6; Blue 1-4; Kollar 1-2