Frustrated is the word the Silver Knight football team, coaches and fans are feeling about now after starting off the 2011 season with a 0-4 record. The team fell to the St. Marys Blue Devils on Friday in St. Marys 39-0, adding still more frustration to the team and their supporters.
"We'd just like to start off on a even keel with the rest of the teams we face without having starters injured and standing along the sidelines," said head coach of the Tyler Consolidated squad, Rob Caldwell. "We've not had one single game this year with a healthy roster. We've had two way starters standing along the sidelines in every game we've played, and I shouldn't have to tell anybody how that hurts a team."
At St. Marys, the two teams seemed to match up well at the first, with both teams driving the ball down the field, but neither scoring. Then with 1:40 to go in the first quarter, St. Marys Noah Spitzer punched six across the goal line to put points on the scoreboard.
The Devils would score three more times in the first half to take a determined 26-0 lead in the game with Spitzer crossing the goal line three more times himself. The 39-0 win gave St. Marys their first win of the season, with the Knights, still looking for their first win.
"If we would have had a full, healthy roster, we figured we had a legitimate chance to be competitive in this game," Caldwell said. "The kids that are playing are trying hard, they're as frustrated as the rest of us are. It's not like they want to lose games. None of us do. All we can do is keep working, keep trying. We'll be hitting practice hard again this week, that's all we can do."
"It's high school football, I want the kids to have fun out there on the field."
In a game where the penalty flags flew like yellow canaries on the field, the Knights had 28 rushes for 41 yards; 115 passing yards for a total of 156 total yards in the game. St. Marys had 241 yards on 58 rushes and 67 passing yards for a total of 308 yards in the game.
Offensively for the Knights, sophomore Jacob Highley was the leading rusher, gaining 59 yards on 13 carries. senior Evan Cline rushed four times for 14 yards.
Knight quarterback Hunter LeMasters completed nine of 15 passes for 72 yards and was intercepted once. Sophomore Cole Kocher completed three of four passes for 51 yards.
Koty Martin caught seven passes for 51 yards; Highley had three catches for 35 yards; Skyler Leasure caught two for 14; Dakota Brennaman caught one for 19 yards and Cline had a catch for six yards.
Defensively, Highley had seven solo tackles in the game and one assist; Cline had six solo tackles and two assists; Jay Earley, five solos and one assis; Levi Henderson, five solos and two assists; Martin, five solos and one quarterback sack; Chris Ice, five solos; Slade Dillon, four solos; LeMasters, three solos, two assists; Leasure, three solos, one assist; Drew Casey, two solos; Nathan Billiter, two solos.
Kocher had one solo; Swen Scheidemantel, one solo, one assist; Brennaman, one solo; Cecil Spencer, one solo, one assist. Dakota Allen recovered a fumble; and Spencer Billings had one special teams solo tackle.
On Friday the Silver Knights will host the Ravenswood Red Devils at Knight Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.