Tinora captures GMC Gridiron Championship, shuts out Fairview, 43-0

FAIRVIEW –

“Rams Jacks”. A term started decades ago by Rams coaches and players after a win, but much more on that term later.

As they set foot in the weight room this past winter, each member of the Tinora football program had several team goals to reach, consensuses is most of the lists were the same, they all contained the words 2021 Green Meadows Conference Champions.

In a game that both programs circle the day the schedules are released, the Tinora Rams loaded the busses and headed to Fairview in search of a 2021 outright GMC Championship. In the way were the hosts, the Apaches of Fairview.

These two teams were set to play for the 2020 GMC title last season when the game was cancelled two days prior due to covid. Fairview was awarded the outright GMC Championship due to forfeit.

Fast-forward to 2021, the Rams brought with them from Tinora a nine game winning streak, a 6-0 GMC record, and a 9-1 overall record. Gutted by graduation of key personnel, and a new head coach, the Apaches were having a down year coming in at 3-6 overall and 3-3 in GMC play.

None of the above matters when these two teams take the field, in fact, the last time the Rams took the field at Fairview, the Apaches dominated the Rams, 50-0, winning the 2019 GMC in the final game of that season.

Tinora wasted little time getting on the board, after a Fairview turnover, driving down to the Fairview 11, The Rams settling for a Dylan Camp 28-yard field goal, giving Tinora an early 3-0 lead with 9:29 remaining in the opening stanza.

The Rams were in attack mode Friday night, coming right back on their next possession, Brandon Edwards pushed it in from eight yards out, XP was missed, Tinora led 9-0 with 6:05 left in the first quarter.

A Cole Andrers inside handoff went for 28 yards and another Rams score, XP by Camp gave Tinora a 16-0 lead with 2:40 remaining in the opening quarter.

Just seven seconds later, that man Brandon Edwards stepped in front of a Brady Karzynow Apache pass and took it to the endzone for another Rams score. With 2:33 left in the quarter, Tinora led 23-0.

Midway through the second quarter, the Rams offense struck again, KP Delarber took a Nolan Schafer hand off 5 yards, a Camp XP gave the Rams of Tinora a 3-0 lead with 7:09 remaining in the half.

Tinora wasn’t done, last week’s hero, Brandon Edwards ran 69 yards for another Tinora touchdown, jetting down the left sideline, launching the Rams to a 36-0 lead.

If more firepower left, the Rams went on attack again, this time through the air as senior QB Nolan Schafer hit fellow senior Cole Commisso for an 18 yard touchdown with 1:18 left in the half, Tinora led 43-0 after the Camp extra point.

With the jaw clinching defense still in order, the Rams again held an opponent to negative yards on the ground in the first half, this week allowing the Apaches negative 10 yards on 15 carries. The Rams D would intercept three Apache passes in the first half, four overall.

Meanwhile, the Rams offense collected 11 first downs, 236 total yards in the half, 191 of those yards on the ground.

With the clock running in the second half for their sixth straight conference game, the Rams starters exited early in the third quarter with that 43-0 lead.

Neither team threaten to score in the second half as the teams traded punts and verbal barbs. Several players were flagged on both sides for unsportsmanlike conduct over the final 20 minutes.

Final from Fairview, Tinora 43-0 over the Apaches.

The Rams of Tinora were crowned the 2021 GMC Champs after the victory, joining the Tinora Lady Rams volleyball team as undefeated conference champions this fall sports season. This is the first title for the rams since 2015.

Back to “Ram Jacks”. The term is stolen from the term ‘Jumping Jacks’. After each Rams victory, the team forms a circle on the field while doing a minute’s worth of calisthenics. It’s been a long while since you could see so many smiles and happy faces from Rams players as they celebrated as they did the ‘Ram Jacks’. Friends, Family, and the Rams student body also joined as they celebrated their 2021 Green Meadows Conference Championship on the turf at Fairview High School. Smiles rained ear to ear at Fairview HS.

Tinora picked up win number nine on the season, ending their regular season at 9-1, 7-0 in conference play. The Rams recorded their second straight shutout, third this season.

The only thing standing in the way of an undefeated season was a Liberty Center 38-yard field goal by Max Wymer in the closing seconds of the season opener as the Tigers of Liberty Center defeated the Rams 23-21.

Tinora ended with 257 total yards, while limiting the Fairview attack to 84 total yards on 40 plays.

Fairview end the season with a 3-7 overall record, 3-4 in the conference.

With the win, the Rams will host a playoff game Saturday night. Although a home game, Tinora will make the short trip to Defiance High School to play. With ongoing construction at Tinora, parking is still at a minimum.

The Higbea Embroidery Player of the Game for the second straight week goes to Rams Jr running back, Brandon Edwards.

These two teams were set to play for the 2020 GMC title last season when the game was cancelled two days prior due to covid. Fairview was awarded the outright GMC Championship due to forfeit.

Fast-forward to 2021, the Rams brought with them from Tinora a nine game winning streak, a 6-0 GMC record, and a 9-1 overall record. Gutted by graduation of key personnel, and a new head coach, the Apaches were having a down year coming in at 3-6 overall and 3-3 in GMC play.

None of the above matters when these two teams take the field, in fact, the last time the Rams took the field at Fairview, the Apaches dominated the Rams, 50-0, winning the 2019 GMC in the final game of that season.

Tinora wasted little time getting on the board, after a Fairview turnover, driving down to the Fairview 11, The Rams settling for a Dylan Camp 28-yard field goal, giving Tinora an early 3-0 lead with 9:29 remaining in the opening stanza.

The Rams were in attack mode Friday night, coming right back on their next possession, Brandon Edwards pushed it in from eight yards out, XP was missed, Tinora led 9-0 with 6:05 left in the first quarter.

A Cole Andrers inside handoff went for 28 yards and another Rams score, XP by Camp gave Tinora a 16-0 lead with 2:40 remaining in the opening quarter.

Just seven seconds later, that man Brandon Edwards stepped in front of a Brady Karzynow Apache pass and took it to the endzone for another Rams score. With 2:33 left in the quarter, Tinora led 23-0.

Midway through the second quarter, the Rams offense struck again, KP Delarber took a Nolan Schafer hand off 5 yards, a Camp XP gave the Rams of Tinora a 3-0 lead with 7:09 remaining in the half.

Tinora wasn’t done, last week’s hero, Brandon Edwards ran 69 yards for another Tinora touchdown, jetting down the left sideline, launching the Rams to a 36-0 lead.

If more firepower left, the Rams went on attack again, this time through the air as senior QB Nolan Schafer hit fellow senior Cole Commisso for an 18 yard touchdown with 1:18 left in the half, Tinora led 43-0 after the Camp extra point.

With the jaw clinching defense still in order, the Rams again held an opponent to negative yards on the ground in the first half, this week allowing the Apaches negative 10 yards on 15 carries. The Rams D would intercept three Apache passes in the first half, four overall.

Meanwhile, the Rams offense collected 11 first downs, 236 total yards in the half, 191 of those yards on the ground.

With the clock running in the second half for their sixth straight conference game, the Rams starters exited early in the third quarter with that 43-0 lead.

Neither team threaten to score in the second half as the teams traded punts and verbal barbs. Several players were flagged on both sides for unsportsmanlike conduct over the final 20 minutes.

Final from Fairview, Tinora 43-0 over the Apaches.

The Rams of Tinora were crowned the 2021 GMC Champs after the victory, joining the Tinora Lady Rams volleyball team as undefeated conference champions this fall sports season. This is the first title for the rams since 2015.

Back to “Ram Jacks”. The term is stolen from the term ‘Jumping Jacks’. After each Rams victory, the team forms a circle on the field while doing a minute’s worth of calisthenics. It’s been a long while since you could see so many smiles and happy faces from Rams players as they celebrated as they did the ‘Ram Jacks’. Friends, Family, and the Rams student body also joined as they celebrated their 2021 Green Meadows Conference Championship on the turf at Fairview High School. Smiles rained ear to ear at Fairview HS.

Tinora picked up win number nine on the season, ending their regular season at 9-1, 7-0 in conference play. The Rams recorded their second straight shutout, third this season.

The only thing standing in the way of an undefeated season was a Liberty Center 38-yard field goal by Max Wymer in the closing seconds of the season opener as the Tigers of Liberty Center defeated the Rams 23-21.

Tinora ended with 257 total yards, while limiting the Fairview attack to 84 total yards on 40 plays.

Fairview end the season with a 3-7 overall record, 3-4 in the conference.

With the win, the Rams will host a playoff game Saturday night. Although a home game, Tinora will make the short trip to Defiance High School to play. With ongoing construction at Tinora, parking is still at a minimum.

The Higbea Embroidery Player of the Game for the second straight week goes to Rams Jr running back, Brandon Edwards.

Tinora 23 20 0 0 — 43

Fairview 0 0 0 0 — 0

Passing: Schafer 4-6 45 yards; 1 TD

Rushing; Edwards 4 -82 yards – 2 TD; Delarber 9 for 58 yards 1 TD; Christian Commisso 5 for 30 yards; Anders 2 for 27 – 1 TD; Sweinhagen 2 for 5 yards; Ferrell 5 for 9 yards; Graziani 1 for -5

Receiving: Edwards 1 for 18 yards; Anders 1 for 11; Cole Commisso 2 for 120- 1 TD

Passing: Schafer 4-6 45 yards; 1 TD

Rushing; Edwards 4 -82 yards – 2 TD; Delarber 9 for 58 yards 1 TD; Christian Commisso 5 for 30 yards; Anders 2 for 27 – 1 TD; Sweinhagen 2 for 5 yards; Ferrell 5 for 9 yards; Graziani 1 for -5

Receiving: Edwards 1 for 18 yards; Anders 1 for 11; Cole Commisso 2 for 120- 1 TD














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