Tyler Consolidated hosted the Weir Red Riders on Friday in the last home football game of the 2011 season, falling to the Riders, 18-13 when the time expired.
"We ran out of time," said head coach of the Silver Knights, Rob Caldwell. "We didn't have the best first half but we had some things going on there at the end and we just ran out of time before we could score again. The field was sloppy, but it was sloppy for both teams."
The two teams played to a 0-0 score at the end of the first quarter of play, and by halftime, the Riders had the lead, 6-0.
In the third, Weir scored on an end run from two yards out, but failed to make the extra point. Within minutes, the Red and Black recovered a fumble in the end zone to tack six more points on their side of the scoreboard, to lengthen their lead to 18-0.
Not throwing in the towel, the Knights came on strong in the fourth quarter, scoring early on a Jacob Highley four yard run for a touchdown. Then, with just over eight minutes to play, it was the Knight's Alex Doak catching a 51 yard pass from Hunter LeMasters to add six points. Junior Drew Casey kicked in the extra point to put the score at 18-13.
The Silver ran out of time before they could add to the score, thus finishing their season with one win and nine losses on the year.
"Weir is not a bad team," Caldwell said. "They play some good teams, some class AAA teams and they play a tough schedule just like us. I have to give them credit, they played well against us."
Weir achieved four first downs in the game, Tyler Consolidated had five. The Riders rushed for 110 yards on 37 carries and had 13 passing yards for a total of 123 yards in the game. The Knights achieved 27 rushing yards on 14 carries and 116 passing y ards for a total of 130 positive yards. Weir lost one of three fumbles, the Knights fumbled three times and lost two.
Offensively, Jacob Highley rushed 17 times for 29 yards for the Knights. Evan Cline rushed five times for nine yards.
Quarterback Hunter LeMasters completed three of five passes for 116 yards for the home team. Koty Martin caught one pass for 40 yards; Alex Doak caught two passes for 76 yards and one touchdown for the Knights.
Defensively, Evan Cline had six solo tackles, one assist; Levi Henderson had five solo tackles, two assists and one special team solo tackle; Hunter LeMasters was credited with five solo tackles, one interception and batted down a pass; Koty Martin, five solo tackles, two assists; Slad Dillon, five solo tackles; Dakota Brennaman, three solo tackles, three assists.
Swen Scheidemantel was credited with two solos, two assists; Jacob Highley, two solos, four assists and one quarterback sack; Jay Earley, two solos, three assists; Josh Ruble, one solo, one special teams solo;Skyler Leasure, one fumble recovery, batted down a pass and caused a fumble.
"We're going to miss our four seniors, Evan Cline, Slade Dillon, Dakota Allen and Justin Carpenter, next year," the coach said. "They've been good leaders this year, have been very patient with the younger kids, and I apologize to them for us having only one win for them. I wish we could have sent them out on a better note."
The Silver Knights have indeed endured a tough season with a difficult schedule. The hope is that the 2012 season will see the team achieve more of their goals.