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Silver Knights and Wildcats Prepare for Football Season

By Staff | Jun 29, 2016

Photos by Ed Parsons Paden City Quarterback Aaron Heasley drops back to pass against Tyler Consolidated at Saturday’s pre-season scrimmage.

MIDDLEBOURNE – The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights held a 7-7 football scrimmage on Saturday against the Paden City Wildcats.

The Knights looked impressive with talented sophomore Quarterback Griffin Phillips finding several different receivers open as they practiced their routes and worked on improving their skills.

Senior Tyler Anderson, Colby Buchanan and Trent Smith all got their share of catches. The Knights look like they have been spending a lot of time in the weight room as they appeared in pretty good physical shape. Anderson and Brandon Keys have both spent a lot of time lifting and conditioning.

TCHS Coach Ryan Walton said the weight room has been busy with most of the boys lifting and working out five to six days a week.

They had an intersquad scrimmage on June 22, which gave the boys another opportunity to work on their timing, practice blocking techniques and work out the mistakes. The three-week coaching period for the summer will end this week and the Knights will have another scrimmage today as they travel over to River. The Knights had 34 kids participate Saturday while some are on vacation and senior Jace Reed is still out from an injury. Reed could be the playmaker if he gets healthy as he has put on a lot of muscle in the weight room.

Photo by Ed Parsons Tyler Consolidated Quarterback Griffin Phillips rolls out to pass against the Wildcats.

Paden City had some kids missing on Saturday. Senior Hayden Hizer is out for the moment with a shoulder injury. Hizer is a leader and the Wildcats are expecting big things from this three-sport star. Senior Aaron Heasley is handling the quarterback job very well and he throws a nice ball. Heasley has a strong arm and can hit the open receivers. Saturday, he connected with several different receivers to move the ball well. The Wildcats are a young team, but if they can stay healthy, they could be a tough opponent time season rolls around.

With only about 20 kids there on Saturday and most of them underclassmen, Wildcats’ Coach Brent Croasman has his work cut out for him. The boys have all been working hard in the weight room. Some of the younger kids will have to step up and fill the openings. The Wildcats have some size, but for the most part are a small team with a lot of desire.

Croasman said Paden City is a small Class A school where most of the kids play multiple sports. Croasmun said he is hoping to have a 20-25 kids to work with this year.