Silver Knights shut out Eagles, 35-0
The Silver Knights of Tyler Consolidated made the hometown crowd proud on Friday as they soared to a win over the Braxton County Eagles, 32-0, getting their second win of the season and the first for newly crowned Homecoming Queen Nicole Stinestring.
Playing in misty rain most of the night, the Silver Knights found their footing almost halfway through the first quarter and senior Brody Northcraft put the first points of the game on the scoreboard catching a 12 yard pass from quarterback Jordan Smith. Spencer Kinnard’s kick through the goals put the score at 7-0 with the Knights in the lead.
With 10:44 to go in the second quarter, the Nate Taylor show began as Taylor scampered a yard over the goal line for six. Blaise Rice’s extra point kick lacked the height to score, but the hometown team still led, 13-0.
Almost immediately, the Knights regained possession of the ball and with 9:19 to go in the second frame, it was Taylor again, this time running 39 yards down the field for a TCHS touchdown. Smith’s extra point conversion pass failed.
The Knight quarterback was not finished for the quarter though, as he looked, looked again, and then tossed a sweet 12 yarder to Corey Lowe for the last TD of the half. Kinnard’s extra point kick was deemed no good, but the Knights led the game headed into the half, 25-0.
“We were ahead sure, but we keep telling the kids to not look at the scoreboard,”said head coach of the Knights. “We want them to play every single down like the score is zero to zero. Winning or losing, looking at that scoreboard affects our game. If they know we’re ahead, they relax to much, if they know we’re behind, they try to hard, I’d rather they just not know and play like the score is 0-0.”
The Knights saw more trouble in the third quarter than they saw in the entire game, with penalty after penalty flag being thrown in their direction.
But it was Nate Taylor again in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter who put the icing on the cake, score wise. Taylor ran in nine yards for the score, topped off by Rice’s kick through uprights, putting the final score of the game, 32-0.
“We established a running game early on in this game, and we did it well, and anytime you can do that you open up the possibilities to mix it up and throw as well,”the coach said. “We were also able to spread the ball around a bit and several guys were able to get their hands on the football and do something with it. And our offensive line blocked well, which made a world of difference. I was very proud of all of them, they gave a real good effort out there.”
“It was also good to win for Homecoming,” he said. “I told the team before the game started that this one was for our seniors. I wanted them to have a win for their Homecoming game. They’re good kids and they’ve worked hard for us, they all have. We needed this win.”
Game stats include the Knights acquiring 18 first downs in the game to the Eagles’ nine. Consolidated was penalized 12 times costing them 110 yards, fumbled five times and lost three. Braxton had six penalties for 52 and a-half yards, fumbled three times and lost one.
The Knights rushed for 284 yards on the ground on 42 carries and had 131 passing yards for a total of 415 yards gained. The Eagles rushed for 60 yards on 26 carries, had 63 yards passing for a total of 123 yards in the game.
Taylor led the rushing stats for the Knights with 245 yards on 26 carries. Isaac Graham rushed five times for 22 yards; Jordan Smith gained 19 yards on eight carries; Cody Barker rushed once for four yards.
Corey Lowe caught four passes for 56 yards to lead the receivers for the home team; Boone Kehrer had three catches for 57 yards; Brody Northcraft caught two passes for 17 yards and Taylor had a catch for one yard.
Knight quarterback Jordan Smith completed nine of 12 passes for 122 yards. Lowe completed one of one pass for nine yards
Defensively for the Silver, Corey Lowe was credited with seven tackles and one assist in the game; Erik Hartley had five tackles and one assist; Kehrer had four tackles, one assist; James Jones had four tackles, two assist, a quarterback sack; Isaac Graham had three tackles, three assists and a quarterback sack; Ethan Arbogast had three tackles and one assist; Nate Taylor had two tackles; Cody Barker had two tackles and covered two fumbles; Evan Cline had one tackle; John Kocher, one tackle; Kyle Jones, one tackle; Northcrdaft, one tackle; Zach Kriesthorn had one tackle. Blaise Rice, Hunter LeMasters and Cline each had solo tackles in the game.
“Now we have a few things that we weren’t happy with as well,” Caldwell said. “But you can bet we’ll be working on those things all week, like bobbling the ball, taking care of the football and playing sloppy. I know the field conditions weren’t great, and it was sloppy for both teams, but that just means we have to work extra hard to take care of the ball. We have to be more alert, watch for the signs and pay attention. We have to be able to make adjustments to their actions.”
“This week we have to go to Ritchie County and the weather forecasts aren’t looking great, so we’re likely going to have to deal with the same kind, or worse, field and weather conditions,” he said. “They’re known to run an unbalanced formation, and our kids aren’t used to that, so we’re going to be looking at that scenario a good bit this week. I look for them to run a lot so our defense is going to have to be ready.”
The Knights will travel to Ritchie County on Friday, looking for their second win of the season.