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Football Teams Dressed for Battle

By Staff | Aug 24, 2016

Photo by Ron Heasley The Wildcats appear poised for glory as they set out to play Friday at Symmes Valley. The team performed very well recently during a scrimmage against Calhoun County. In this photo, Wildcats’ Aaron Heasley knocks the ball loose for a fumble during the scrimmage.

MIDDLEBOURNE – No fancy lead sentence. Simply put, it’s time for football.

Tyler Consolidated High School will play their season opener Williamstown at 7 p.m. Friday at the Silver Knights’ stadium.

Paden City will play their first match-up on the road at 7 p.m. Friday at Symmes Valley.

Monday, the Silver Knights held a “Meet the Team” event at the high school for the community to be introduced to this year’s gridiron gladiators and other high school/middle school athletes from cross country to soccer who will be playing fall sports as well as the award winning TCHS Marching Band.

Shari Smith of Middlebourne said she plans to attend every game not only because she has supported the team a long time, but because her son Noah will be on field playing for the family’s team.

“Yes, I will definitely be attending all of the 2016 Football games,” she said. “My son, Noah, is a sophomore on the football team and no matter if he plays or is on the sidelines I will always be there to support him. We must all remember ‘it is about the kids’ and the life lessons sports will teach them. We as parents and as adults in the community need to support our kids, win or lose.”

Chuck Boggs, another longtime Silver Knights’ supporter, noted how games bring the community together.

“It’s great to see all the excitement,” he said. “Football season brings that out in a community.”

Mark Anderson added, “I can’t wait until Friday. We should have a good team. The first game will be a tough one. Williamstown is always good.”

Senior Jace Reed is ready to suit up for the big game.

“We played well in our scrimmage; now comes the real thing,” he said.

Down by the river, the Wildcats will be gearing up to paw at Symmes Valley.

“We’re a small community where sports is huge on a Friday night. The town shuts down to attend the game!” said Paden City High School Alumni Association President Shauna Yoho.

The Tyler Consolidated High School Athletic Department is selling sports passes for the 2016-2017 sports season. All passes are $110. Passes are good for high school home games only and are non-transferrable. For more information or to purchase a pass please call Tyler Consolidated at 304-758-9000 ext. 100.