Doddridge County took advantage of a small window of opportunity in the third quarter in Friday's varsity football game with Tyler Consolidated to score 20 points in about three minutes and went on to win their second game of the season, 26-12.
"Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers," said Tyler Consolidated head coach, Ryan Walton, when asked what in the world happened to turn the game around and put the Knights at such a disadvantage, especially since they had the lead by six points coming out of the half.
"We let it go, we just made mistake after mistake and they took advantage of it. Hat's off to them, they did what they were supposed to do, covered the ball and then scored."
Ryley Warner - Kordell Stewart
The Silver Knights scored early in the first period of play on a one yard run by Jacob Highley, the only score in the entire first half.
With just a little over two minutes to go in the third, Doddridge scored on a one yard run, followed by the kick; then with the time ticking down on the clock, the Bulldogs intercepted a Silver Knight pass to return it 58 yards for another score; and then to top off the quarter, Doddridge recovered a Knight fumble and returned it 65 yards down the field for the third touchdown of the quarter and a 20-6 lead in the game.
Both teams added points in the fourth quarter, with quarterback Cole Kocher scoring on a run and Doddridge making good on a TD run and extra point conversion to put the score at 26-12.
"I know it sounds repetitive of what other coaches say all the time, but we have got to take better care of the football," Walton said.
"We played even with them throughout the night, except for those few minutes in the third quarter, and that made all the difference in the world. We made mistake on top of mistake and we just can't do that and play the kind of football we know we can play."
"We just let this one get away from us."
The Knights achieved seven first downs in the game to Doddridge County's 10. Consolidated gained 228 rushing yards on 33 carries and 11 passing yards for a total of 239 total yards in the game. The Bulldogs rushed for 165 yards on 39 attempts and had 51 passing yards for a total of 216 yards.
Tyler Consolidated was penalized eight times for 57 yards in the contest and lost three of three fumbles. Doddridge had eight penalties for 65 yards and lost two of two fumbles.
Knight quarterback, Cole Kocher completed two of six passes for 11 yards to the same receiver both times, Swen Scheidemantel.
Senior Jacob Highley had a very nice game, leading all Knight rushers gaining 153 yards on 18 carries. Sophomore Jordan Baker carried the ball seven times for 48 yards; Josh Ruble had three carries for 12 positive yards; Skyler Leasure rushed twice for three yards; and Kocher carried the ball himself three times to achieve 19 yards.
Defensively, Jacob Highley was as much a threat as he was on the offensive side of the ball for the Silver and Black, getting seven solo tackles, five assists and one solo tackle on special teams. Nick Anderson achieved five solo tackles and three assists; Leasure had five solo tackles and two assists and covered a fumble; Jordan Baker, four solo tackles; Josh Ruble, three solo tackles and four assists; Troy Watson, three solo tackles, three assists and sacked the quarterback for a loss of three yards.
Kordell Stewart had two solo tackles in the contest; Kocher, two solo tackles, one solo tackle on special teams; Swen Scheidemantel, two solo tackles, three assists, one interception and one fumble cause; Chase Cooper, one solo tackle; Ryley Warner, one solo tackle, two assists; Austin Thompson, one solo tackle, one assist, and covered a fumble; and Kyle Frum, one solo tackle.
On Friday the Silver Knights will host the Magnolia Blue Eagles, a team who has also yet to win a game this season.
"Magnolia has some nice athletes in Keller, Rhode and Riggs and we know they can score by running or throwing," Walton said. "They have some good size up front and their defense will be tough. We know all this going in."
"All I can say is we'll be there to play."
Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Knight Stadium.