Tyner bounced back not only from the disappointment of last week's region loss but also last year's historic defeat to rival Howard with a convincing 36-0 nonregion win over the Hustlin' Tigers Friday night.
Last season's loss was the first time the Rams had lost to Howard after having won the first 24 meetings. But Tyner was dominant on both sides of the ball in Friday's win, led by senior running back Jeremiah Sawyer's 150 rushing yards and three touchdowns — all coming in the first half.
The Rams (2-1) built a 29-0 lead by halftime and Howard never threatened to score as Tyner defensive linemen Jailin Worthy and Anthony Bell controlled things at the line of scrimmage.
"We came off the ball better on both sides of the line than we did last week, so that was big," Rams coach Wayne Turner said. "This was big for us because we needed to regain some confidence after last week when Bledsoe really just crammed it down our throat. Realistically we were never in that game, but tonight we came out ready to go."
The Rams were originally scheduled to host Marion County in a key Region 3-2A game next week, but due to the Warriors having a player test positive for COVID-19, their team will still be under quarantine. That will mean that Marion will likely have to cancel a nonregion game in order to reschedule with the Rams.
"I spoke with Coach (Dale) Pruitt about it and told him the only date that matches up would be on October 9, which would mean they'll have to cancel with Walker Valley," Turner added. "I'm waiting on confirmation, but I believe that's what will have to get done.
"We've already lost two games because of teams having to cancel on us, so I know that's not any fun. With that being a region game, we'll have to make sure it takes priority and get it in."
Baylor 56, Central 3: The Red Raiders struck for 35 points in the first quarter to erase any drama. Neyland Jean was 4-of-6 passing for 127 yards, with all four completions going for touchdowns in the opening quarter and covering 32, 47, 28 and 20 yards.
Riley Jenne caught three scoring passes, one from Jean and two others from Cooper Wick, who was 3-of-3 for 66 yards and two touchdowns. Baylor outgained Central 360-124 in total yards despite having 33 fewer offensive plays.
McMinn Central 47, Polk County 14: The Chargers rolled up 377 total yards, with 330 of that coming on the ground. Jace Derrick led the way with 21 carries for 154 yards and five touchdowns. McMinn Central's defense forced five turnovers and collected two sacks.
Copper Basin 56, Tellico Plains 14: Class 1A's fourth-ranked Cougars handed the Bears their first loss of the season as Bryson Grabowski completed nine of 13 passes for 300 yards and three scores. Dawson Worthy had 120 receiving yards and two scores, while Sebastian Baliles ran for 133 yards and a score on 18 carries. Joe Boggs and Timmy Fair led the Cougars on defense, including an interception by Fair.
Brainerd 46, Lookout Valley 19: Led by senior running back KaDarius Price, who ran for 205 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries, the Panthers improved to 3-1 overall with the nonregion win.
Xiyeer Lattimore completed eight of 13 passes for 168 yards and a score and also ran for 36 yards for the Panthers, who were led defensively by Martinez Ollie's seven solo tackles.
"Overall this was a really good win, and our confidence just keeps growing," Panthers coach Tyrus Ward said. "Our kids got better this week and showed it tonight. The kids are humble and hungry and feeling good about themselves right now."
McMinn County 56, Ooltewah 14: After a 14-all first quarter, the Cherokees reeled off six unanswered touchdowns for the Region 2-6A win. McMinn County (3-0, 1-0), ranked No. 4 in Class 6A, scored five times in the second half to pull away.
Senior running back Jalen Hunt led the offense with 309 rushing yards on 20 carries with one TD, while quarterback Jayden Miller ran for 150 and three TDs and also threw for a score. The Owls (2-2, 1-1) got a 94-yard kickoff return from Takoda Jones.
Bledsoe County 40, Grundy County 6: The Warriors scored early and often to pull ahead 27-0 by halftime and built a 40-0 lead before allowing the Yellow Jackets to score. Class 2A's ninth-ranked team ran for 231 yards, led by Damon Robeck's 100. He and Cadillac Seiver each ran for a score, while quarterback Harmon Keith rushed for 64 and also threw for 72 and two TDs.
Riley Swafford caught a 44-yard touchdown pass and Eli Williams had a 22-yarder for the Warriors (4-0).
Bradley Central 35, Bearden 20: A pair of fourth-quarter scores helped the Bears earn the nonregion win to improve to 3-1 overall. Aiden McCleary's 1-yard scoring run put Bradley Central up by eight, and Javon Burke's 19-yard run — his third score of the night — put the game away.
Burke ran for 146 yards, while Riley Harmon added 108 and a TD, and McCleary completed 12 of 14 passes for 101 yards and another score. Gage Anderson led the Bears' defense with seven tackles, two for loss.
Sequatchie County 21, Hixson 0: Sequatchie improved to 2-2 thanks to more than 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Austin McCurry plus outstanding defensive line play from Landon Easterly. The Indians travel to East Ridge next Friday.
Friendship Christian 44, Grace Academy 7: Grace was overmatched on the road, but a 5-yard touchdown pass from Mason Long to Joe Colubugh helped them avoid a shutout. Grace (0-2) travels to Middle Christian next Friday.
Signal Mountain 52, Whitwell 22: The Eagles evened their record at 2-2 as Andrew Eichner rushed for one score and quarterback Duncan Cannon connected with Logan Farr on a 65-yard TD to highlight the nonregion win. Signal Mountain will travel to Loudon for a region game next week.
Meigs County 1, Clinton 0: Meigs won by forfeit due to Clinton having a player who tested positive for COVID-19.
South Pittsburg 1, Marion County 0: Forfeit due to Marion County having a player who tested positive for COVID-19.