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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!

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