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Monday, November 24, 2014

Wynford vs Tinora

Wynfords Playoff Run Ends

By Todd Enders, "Royal Times"
The Wynford Royals ran into a very strong and physical Defiance Tinora Rams in the regional finals on very chilly evening for football. The Royals could not generate any offense the entire evening while the Tinora Rams were held under their normal scoring average by the Wynford defense. Wynford ends their season with a 11-2 record while the Tinora Rams improve to 13-0 and move on to the state semifinals at Ohio State University with a 17-0 victory. Five turnovers lead to the scoreless night for the Royals (3 interceptions and 2 fumbles). 
Each team struggled to find any offensive continuity as both defenses showed their strengths in the first quarter with neither team crossing the goal line. Tinora got on the board first with 11:09 left in the second quarter with a 31 yard field goal from the Rams kicker, Josh Camp, on a 7 play 43 yard drive giving Tinora a 3-0 lead. 
Wynford's defensive strengths continued to show why the Royals were in the regional finals. Coach Gabe Helbert said, "Offensively we could not find a rhythm, but our defense played extremely well against a very talented and fast opponent." The Royals still gave themselves an opportunity against the Rams by holding them to just one score in the second quarter. Tinora went into halftime with a 10-0 lead with 1:17 left in the second quarter on a 10 yard run by Riley Nadel as he scampered off tackle and headed for the pylon. Wynford had difficulty stopping the Rams on offense as they continually gave the Wynford defense a steady dose of off-tackle sweep plays all night long. 
The Wynford defense continued to hang tough during the second half only allowing the Rams to score once with 9:24 left in the third quarter on a 25 yard run by T.J. Gares. The 6 play 67 yard drive and the extra point gave Tinora a 17-0 lead which was all they needed to advance to the state semifinals. 
Coach Gabe Helbert was extremely proud of his team. "We put ourselves in a position to play in a regional championship, but it just was not our night." The Royals were lead by quarterback, Keaton Teynor, on offense with 11 of 24 for 113 yards passing and 66 yards on 22 carries rushing. 
A very successful season comes to an end for the Royals as many tears and hugs were shared after a lengthy post game discussion where the coaching staff shared how proud they were of the entire team. Coach Helbert said,

"They are a great group. We don't have any superstars, but they play football the way it is supposed to be played."

Friday, November 21, 2014

Here We Come Week 13

The Royals Beat Expectations, Advancing to Week 13

By: Taylor Baumberger, “Royal Times” 
Friday, November 14 the Royals took on the Van Buren Black Knights securing their spot in the third round of the state football playoffs. Van Buren started off strong despite the frigid temperatures with the first touchdown of the game early in the second quarter. The Black Knights added the extra point making the score 7-0 with 11:14 left in the half. The Royals did not let Van Buren’s led discourage them. Wynford drove right down the field on its next possession when Keaton Teynor’s one yard run pushed through the Black Knight’s defensive line scoring the first Royal touchdown of the night. Jalon Brown’s attempted extra point failed. The Royals trailed the Black Knights with a score of 7-6. 
The Royals special teams played a huge part in the victory by recovering an onside kick and converting a fake punt. Wynford drove 42 yards in seven plays leading to another touchdown by Teynor. The attempted two point conversion was no good. The Royals led 12-7 going into the second half. 
The energetic atmosphere did not die down as the second half of the game began. The third quarter went scoreless until Hayden Rhoades rushed the ball four yards to earn the Royals their third touchdown of the night with 48 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Brown’s extra point attempt failed giving the Royals the lead to start the fourth quarter,18-7. 
Wynford continued to play off their momentum when Teynor converted on a 9-yard run with 4:17 left in the game to score the final touchdown of the game for the Royals. This gave the Royals a 25-7 lead, but Van Buren did not leave without a fight, rushing 48 yards bringing the score to 25-15 with 3:49 left in the fourth period. The Royals gave the ball up on downs giving the Black Knights another opportunity to score. The Royals defense held Van Buren on the Royals one-yard line as they turned the ball over on downs with only a few seconds remaining in the game. 

The Royals head to a regional championship coming out victorious, 25-15. Wynford’s coach, Gabe Helbert, motivated his team for the next battle by reminding them, “You guys are one of four teams in Wynford’s history to make it to week 13.” Helbert also emphasised, “You have the opportunity to be one of two teams to make it to week 14.” Wynford’s opportunity to be one of two teams happens on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 pm when the Royals take on the Defiance Tinora Rams at Ohio Northern University. The game will be called by Jim Radke and Jeff Roberts live on WQEL and

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Game 1 of State Football Playoffs

Wynford Marches Forward in Playoffs

By: Kalyn Heinle, “Royal Times”

 After beating Delphos Jefferson 29-12 on Friday, November 7th, Wynford moves on in the state football playoff run. Next Friday night, the Royals will play Van Buren at Tiffin Columbian High School with game time at 7:30 p.m. 
The Royals got on the board first with a Nick Looker 4 yard touchdown run completing a 58 yard drive. Wynford surprised everyone with a fake extra point. The snap from Trey Stone went to the holder Austin Shutler who snapped directly to Jalon Brown the kicker. Trey Stone was an eligible receiver because he was on the end of the line of scrimmage due to the Royals shifting of their lineman. Brown rolled to his right and completed the pass to Stone in the endzone for the two point conversion giving the Royals an 8-0 lead. 
The Royals scored their second touchdown during the second quarter when Tony Watson, 2 receptions for 56 yards, caught a tipped ball pass from Keaton Teynor. Watson’s 51 yard reception gave Wynford a 15-0 lead before Delphos Jefferson got their first touchdown on a 5 yard run. This gave the Wildcats a chance closing the Royals lead to 15-6 after the two point conversion attempt failed. Takoda Wilburn had 1 reception for 36 yards which lead to Hayden Rhodes scoring their second touchdown in the second quarter crushing the hopes of the Wildcats. Wynford took a 22-6 lead into halftime and never looked back. Rhodes made a big impact for the Royals rushing attack with 11 rushing attempts for 100 yards while the team ran for 290 yards on 56 attempts. 

Neither of the teams were triumphant in scoring during the third quarter as both defenses showed their presences. The Wildcats scored their second touchdown in the fourth quarter trying to get back in the game, but with only 4:07 left on the clock it would take a miracle to beat the Royals. As time was running out, the Royals scored the last touchdown with 2:02 left on the clock on a 21 yard run by quarterback Keaton Teynor. Teynor had 26 rushes for 104 yards and 4 of 7 passing for 96 yards on the night. 
This secured the victory for the mighty Royals and a continuation of the season. If you are heading to Tiffin Columbian to cheer on the Royals this Friday, tickets will go on sale starting Tuesday at the high school from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Also, on Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30-3:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $8.00 presale and $9.00 at the gate. Get your presale tickets as the Royals get proceeds from the sales. Go Royals! Beat Van Buren!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Copper Kettle Victory

Royals Cap Off Season with Third Straight Shutout

By: Lauren Auck, "Royal Times" 
The Royals took the field, pumped up, looking to keep the Copper Kettle. It was a rainy, breezy, and frozen night, but the loyal Wynford fans still showed up to support the Royals. As the football team came back on the field after warm-ups, the loyal fans rose to their feet and welcomed the team with an uproar of cheers. 
The Royals defense stopped the Redmen on their first possession forcing a punt. The snap sailed over the punter’s head and was recovered by the Royals on their own one yard line. The Royals offense came out on the field looking to get on the board quickly after the crucial Redmen turnover. The Royals did just that. Keaton Teynor ran the ball in for a Royal touchdown and Jalen Brown’s point after was good, giving the Royals a 7-0 lead. The lovely weather conditions and the Royals defensive presence affected the Redmen passing attack keeping the score 7-0 at halftime. 
Wynford came out aggressive in the third quarter scoring three times. They moved the ball down the field on their first possession, scoring with a 2 yard run by Nick Looker. Browns extra point attempt was no good, giving Wynford a 13-0 lead. Wynford continued to apply pressure to Bucyrus’ quarterback, Cole Murtiff, when Wynford’s Zach Hendrickson sacked him in the end zone for a safety, giving the Royals a 15-0 lead. Finishing out the third quarter scoring for the Royals was Jalon Brown, kicking a 20 yard field goal, increasing the Wynford lead to 18-0.
In the fourth quarter, Teynor ran the ball for a 20 yard touchdown with 4:37 remaining, giving
the loyal Royal fans more to cheer about. Brown’s kick was no good, giving the Royals a 24-0 lead. Wynford coach Gabe Helbert decided to make substitutions late in the fourth quarter when back up quarterback Zach Hoffman scamper 56 yards on a designed quarterback keeper with 13 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The point after failed, giving the Royals a 30-0 victory over the Redmen. The remaining fans that continued to brave the inclimate weather joined in the celebration as Wynford continued its dominance in the Bucyrus - Wynford rivalry by winning its 17th straight copper kettle game. The Royals take the inaugural Northern 10 championship with a 8-0 league record and finished 9-1 overall. 
The Wynford Royals will be heading into the postseason, finishing third in Division VI, Region 20 behind Defiance Tinora and Lima Central Catholic. Wynford earned home field advantage facing off against the 6th ranked Delphos Jefferson Wildcats (8-2) this Friday night at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale during school hours, 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m, through Friday. Also tickets may be purchased on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the school from 3:00-7:00 p.m. All presale ticket prices are $8.00 and $9.00 at the gate. Come out to support our Royals in the playoff run!