TCHS Falls to Ravenswood
RAVENSWOOD – Going into Friday night’s contest, Tyler Consolidated looked like the team to beat as they came in ranked 15th in the state and riding a two-game winning streak. Ravenswood on the other hand had yet to get a taste of victory this season and had dropped its first three games.
Things started out just as expected for the Silver Knights as they quickly put eight points on the board when Knights’ quarterback Griffin Phillips hooked up with freshman sensation Mark Rucker on a 20-yard touchdown reception for the score. The Knights then converted a two-point conversion pass from Phillips to Nate Lancaster for the 8-0 lead.
Seconds later on the ensuing kickoff, the Knights recovered a Red Devils’ fumble and the Knights once again found paydirt when senior fullback Jace Reed powered in from five yards out for another score. The extra point kick by Phillips was good and Tyler looked to be on its way with a 15-0 lead heading into the second quarter.
Ravenswood had other ideas, however, and by taking possesion in the second period, they put together a strong running attack to score two touchdowns and go into the locker room down only 15-13. The Red Devils used the running attack to control the ball nearly all of the second quarter knowing they would receive the ball first after the half.
From there, it didn’t take the Red Devils long to gain the lead. On a fourth down punt by Tyler Consolidated’s Phillips, the Knights had Ravenswood pinned down at the one-yard line. On the next play, running back Alex Casto took the handoff and raced 99 yards to the house. The two-point conversion pass was good and the Silver Knights found themselves in the hole 21-15 with 9:40 left in the third period.
Both teams traded possessions before Reed once again scored on a seven yard burst up the middle to tie the game. The extra point attempt was blocked and with 3:37 left in the third the score stood at 21-21.
Ravenswood continued to play ball control and the Knights had trouble all night stopping the running game which denied the Silver Knights opportunities to score.
Late in the fourth period, Ravenswood put together a long drive that ended with an 11-yard run by Casto (his third of the game) to give the Red Devils the game winning score. The extra point kick was good, putting the home team on top to stay 28-21 as they earned their first victory of the season and dropped the Silver Knights to 2-2.
Reed led the Knights in scoring and rushing with two touchdowns and 88 yards on 13 carries, while Tyler Anderson picked up 67 yards on 16 tries and caught four passes for 62 yards. Phillips completed 10-15 passes for 125 yards but suffered three interceptions. Mark Rucker caught two passes for 25 yards and a score.
The Silver Knights had 15 first downs and a total of 276 yards for the game while Ravenswood racked up 17 first downs and 401 yards. Both teams were plagued by penalties with the Knights receiving five for 25 yards while the Red Devils had nine for 90 yards.
The Knights next game will be at Calhoun County on Friday at 7 p.m.