The 2012 football season has been mostly disappointing for Tyler Consolidated and Paden City High Schools as both have struggled throughout the season, each only to boast of one win thus far.
Knights 20 - Bears 26
The Silver Knight varsity football team dropped another heartbreaker at home on Friday when they took the game with the Oak Glen Golden Bears into overtime, and then suffered the defeat, 26-20.
On paper, as well as on the field, the two teams matched up well, as the five quarters of hard hitting gridiron action proved.
The Bears were first to hit pay dirt, capitalizing on a Knight fumble, for six points, followed by the kick. With time ticking off the clock quickly, Knight quarterback, Hunter LeMasters hit Levi Henderson with a 56 yard pass to put six points on the home side of the scoreboard. The TD was followed by a nice shot through the uprights by Drew Casey, tying the game at seven each.
Right off the bat in the second period of play, Oak Glen again took advantage of Knight miscues to take the lead, 14-7 headed to the half.
LeMasters scored on a two yard run about half way through the third quarter, only to be answered by another Oak Glen score, putting the score at 20-13.
To come even with their guests, LeMasters ran the ball in from two yards out, followed by a Casey extra pointer to knot the game at 20.
In the overtime period, Oak Glen found the end zone first to take the win, 26-20.
"Oak Glen is a good double A football team and brought their game right at us," said Knight head coach Rob Caldwell. "We played them very well at times and we also gave them more opportunities than we should have at times too. We knew going into this game what they were going to do, but we just kept shooting ourselves in the foot. Every time we'd do something positive, we'd mess up somewhere to put us back in the hole or give them the opportunity to score."
"We moved the ball, but not consistently. That's what we're lacking, consistence. I thought Hunter did a great job, and kept us in the game. We had some good moments, some great moments, but our mistakes hurt us."
Oak Glen achieved 265 rushing yards on 45 carries and 155 passing yards for a total of 410 yards in the game. The Silver Knights collected 108 yards on 32 carries and 257 passing yards for a total of 365 yards. The Knights lost three of four fumbles in the game.
Rushing yards for the home team were acquired by Josh Ruble, who had six carries for 82 yards; Hunter LeMasters, 12 carries for 13 yards; and Alex Doak, five rushes for seven yards.
LeMasters completed 14 of 23 passes for 257 yards and was intercepted once with Doak catching five passes for 57 yards; Levi Henderson catching three for 83; Ruble, two catches for 37 yards; and Skyler Leasure making two catches for 35 yards.
The Silver Knights will strive to turn their season around on Friday when they travel to South Harrison to hopefully collect their second win of the season.
Wildcats 12 - Rockets 56
Playing a more physical game than expected, the Paden City Wildcat football team fell to Conotton Valley 56-12 on Friday at Berger Field.
"They were a pretty good football team," said Wildcat head coach, Brent Croasmun.
"We got beat up pretty good, we lost a few guys before the end of the game, and are hoping we get them back before we suit up next week."
The Conotton Valley Rockets started their scoring bonanza with 8:40 remaining in the first quarter of the game and went on to total 21 points in the first stanza. The team totaled 35 points by the half and added 21 in the second half to finish off the Green and White.
Paden City scored a touch down in the first few minutes of the second quarter on a Zach Heasley 19 yard pass to Drew Bidwell; and tacked on another six points with 49 seconds remaining to play in the fourth as running back Brandon Cross scooted 65 yards for a TC.
The Rockets totaled 310 rushing yards on 37 carries and 103 passing yards for a total of 413 yards in the game.
Paden City gained 72 positive ground yards on 21 carries and 86 passing yards for a total of 158 yards.
Cross made the highlights for the 'Cats, rushing eight times for 80 yards and one TD.
Heasley completed nine of 22 passes for 86 yards, and one touchdown. He was intercepted once.
In the receiving department, Bidwell caught three passes for 33 yards and one touchdown; Kennedy Cain had three catches for 28 yards; Cross caught one for 14 yards; Craig Allen caught a pass for six yards; and Deven Price caught one pass for five yards.
Defensively, Allen led the home team with 10 tackles. Logan Carroll was credited with seven tackles; Willie Wilkinson, seven tackles; Michael Wilcox, seven tackles; Luke Cooper, five tackles; and Heasley had one interception.
On Friday the Wildcats will hold their senior night festivities as they play host to a determined Bishop Donahue team. The Bishops, only 19 strong, are sure to bring a physicality to the game the 'Cats have not seen this year so far.
Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Berger Field.