HAVILAND – After a disappointing second half effort last week at Hicksville, the Wayne Trace Raiders came out with a much better effort Friday night despite falling to visiting Tinora 41-20 at Raider Field.

The Rams came into the game having not allowed a point yet on the season and Wayne Trace ended that run late in the first quarter.

Tinora struck first, getting a 12-yard touchdown pass from Nolan Shafer to Casen Wolfrum in grabbing a 7-0 lead.

However, the lead was short lived as Wayne Trace answered to break a 12-quarter streak of Tinora shutting out opponents.

With five seconds remaining in the opening quarter, the senior duo of quarterback Trevor Speice and wide receiver Owen Manz hooked up on a 60-yard scoring strike to tie the game at 7-7.

“Offensively, we did some good things tonight and we took advantage of what they gave us,” commented Raider head coach Mike Speice.

The Rams went in front for good in the second quarter.

Christian Commisso plunged into the endzone from two yards out to put the green and white on top 14-7 at the 7:15 mark of the stanza.

Following a Raider turnover, Shafer then capped a six-play drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak to extend the Tinora lead to 21-7 with 3:41 on the clock.

Wayne Trace cut the lead in half, though, just 49 seconds later.

With possession at their own 44, Speice again found Manz for a 56-yard touchdown pass that brought the red, white and blue within 21-14 at the intermission.

K.P. Delarber provided the only touchdown of the third quarter on a six-yard scamper to widen the Ram advantage to 28-14.

Tinora sealed the outcome with two more scores in the final period.

A 26-yard run by Shafer pushed the margin to 35-14 with 11:50 remaining in the contest before a Delarber 14-yard sprint made it 41-14 Rams.

“Defensively, we wanted to limit the big plays and make them put together long drives and we did a good job of that,” commented Raider head coach Mike Speice. “Tinora is a good football team and we knew they were capable of running the ball. They wore us down there in the second half and were able to take advantage of their opportunities.”

Wayne Trace then picked up the final points of the contest with 3:57 on the clock when Speice connected with Manz from nine yards out.

Tinora totaled 26 first downs in the contest and total 454 yards of offense, with 350 coming via the ground game. Delarber led the way with 20 carries for 168 yards while Commisso added 21 rushes for 117 yards.

Speice ended the night 10 of 21 through the air for 219 yards to lead the Raiders while Shafer completed 10 of 13 passes for 104 yards for Tinora.

Manz totaled six receptions for 188 yards to top Wayne Trace while Cameron Cox had three catches for 19 yards.

Max Grube had four catches for Tinora, covering 42 yards.

Tinora ran 71 plays compared to Wayne Trace’s 39. The Rams were 8 of 13 on third down conversions and converted on all three fourth down tries.

“I am proud of the way our guys competed,” added the Raider mentor. “I thought our guys came out and did that tonight. The effort was much better tonight. Overall, I was pleased with the way we played tonight,” concluded the Raider head coach.

Each school has a county rivalry matchup next Friday as Ayersville visits Tinora while Antwerp makes the trip to Raider Field to battle Wayne Trace.