Knights end season on a high note
The Silver Knight football team of Tyler Consolidated finished up the 2010 season in fine fashion, winning the last three games of the year, including on Friday in Weirton by handing the Weir Red Riders the loss, 20-14.
The win put the Knights record at 3-7 on the year.
“I’m glad we could get the win to send the seniors out on a good note,” said Knight head coach, Rob Caldwell. “The kids worked hard and it was a good football game. We’d have liked to have won more throughout the season of course, but I’m proud of the kids for sticking with it and bringing home the win in the last game of the year.”
Weir put the first points of the game on the scoreboard on Friday with just over six minutes to play in the first quarter, leading the Knights, 7-0. But with just 32 seconds left on the clock in the first, Knight senior Isaac Graham ran in eight yards for six. Blaise Rice centered the uprights with his extra point kick, knotting the game at 7-7 until the third quarter.
With 7:35 to play in the third, Graham got the nod again, running one yard in for the touchdown, followed by Rice’s kick to go up by seven in the game.
The Red Riders scored midway through the fourth period to again tie the score, this time at 14 all. But a six yard run by the senior Graham put the Silver in the lead with just over a minute to play. The extra point kick was off, but time ticked off the clock before the Riders could strike, giving the Knights the win, 20-14.
“They didn’t lay down for us,” coach Caldwell said. “Those kids played just as hard as we did, we just held on a little longer. It was a good football game.”
The Silver Knights acquired 15 first downs in the game to Weir’s 11. The Knights gained 127 rushing yards on 38 carries and 123 passing yards for a total of 251 yards. The Riders had 169 rushing yards and 38 passing yards for a total of 207 yards.
Graham led all Knight rushers in the game with 117 yards on 31 carries. Quarterback Jordan Smith ran the ball six times for 10 yards.
Smith completed 11 of 20 passes for 124 yards and was intercepted once.
Senior Boone Kehrer was the leading receiver for the Silver, catching four passes for 44 yards. Corey Lowe had two catches for 19 yards.
The Knights will graduate a host of seniors, but with an experienced group of underclassmen back, are looking to see success next year.
“We’re building,” Caldwell said. “And with so many younger kids getting game experience this year, and willing to work in the off season, we’re looking for good things to happen for us.”