HAVILAND – Tinora took advantage of a pair of early scores and the Rams shut down the Wayne Trace offense as the green and white posted a 13-6 win over the Raiders in Green Meadows Conference action at Raider Field Friday night.

Both teams came into the game averaging over 200 yards of total offense per contest but neither came close Friday night as Tinora totaled 163 while Wayne Trace was limited to 91 yards.

For the Raiders, it was another night that the defense kept the red, white ad blue in the contest but the offense couldn’t generate points. In fact, the only Wayne Trace score came on a Landon Foltz 23-yard return of a blocked Tinora punt in the second quarter.

“We will keep working,” noted Raider head coach Matt Holden. “We made some mistakes again tonight and those are things that we need to continue to work on and improve at.”

The Raiders totaled just one first down in the first half, that coming on a 24-yard pass from quarterback Cole Morehead to Jude Stoller late in the first quarter. The drive, though, quickly stalled after that following a pair of runs that resulted in negative yardage.

Tinora scored on its second possession of the contest to get all the points it would need.

The Rams took over at the Wayne Trace 28-yard line and put together a seven-play drive that found the endzone. Senior quarterback Gavin Eckert then plunged one yard for the score and Jacob Bishop split the uprights on the extra point kick to put the green and white in front 7-0 at the 4:47 mark.

The Defiance County squad added to the margin on its next possession.

Starting at the Raider 41-yard line, an eight-yard run from Dallas Dachenhaus moved Tinora to the 33. On the next play, quarterback Dominic Graziani appeared to be sacked on multiple occasions but somehow escaped and found Brandon Edwards for a 33-yard touchdown toss that extended the Rams advantage to 13-0.

“Tinora doesn’t make mistakes,” Holden continued. “They are a good football team and a good program and they are very fundamentally sound. We knew that coming in and we had some opportunities to make plays that we didn’t make.”

While the Raider offense was stalled all night long, it was Wayne Trace’s special teams that put the red, white and blue on the scoreboard.

Bishop’s punt attempt at the Wayne Trace 47-yard line was blocked as Foltz picked it up and rumbled 23-yard for the Raider touchdown, getting the red, white and blue within 13-6.

From there, neither team put together any offense until the Raiders’ final drive of the contest.

Starting at its own 49, Morehead was sacked for a three-yard loss on first down before hooking up with Derrek Dangler on a 31-yard pass that moved the Raiders to the Tinora 23. Following a six-yard toss to Race Price, an incomplete pass and a sack of Morehead for a one-yard loss set up a fourth-and-five at the Tinora 18.

Morehead scrambled on the fourth down play and hooked up with Tucker Antoine but the play came up short of the first down as the Rams celebrated the victory.

“The defense gave us an opportunity to win the game,” Holden said. “They have played well all season long for us and did again tonight.”

Tinora totaled 163 yards of offense, led by 79 rushing yards on 18 carries and 30 receiving yards over two receptions from Brandon Edwards. Dallas Dachenhaus added 35 rushing yards on 11 attempts as well for the green and white, who improve to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Green Meadows Conference.

Wayne Trace managed just 91 yards of offense as Morehead finished 12 of 18 passing for 83 yards in the contest. Tucker Antoine had five receptions with Derrek Dangler, Race Price and Ezra Sinn all having two. Morehead was the top rusher with 19 yards on 16 tries as the Raiders finished with eight rushing yards overall.

The Raiders (2-4 overall, 1-2 GMC) return to action on Friday against county rival Antwerp on Homecoming Night at Raider Field. The Archers enter the contest with a 3-0 record in league play and stand 6-0 in all games.