Silver Knights Slay Rebels To Celebrate Homecoming
The Silver Knights routed the Rebels to add another victory to their growing total this season.
Despite the rain, Jace Reed gained 151 yards on 11 carries and added a one-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to propel Tyler Consolidated to a 49-6 thrashing of visiting Ritchie County on Friday night.
Playing before a large Homecoming crowd, the Silver Knights put on quite the display of football as they struck quick and often and jumped out to a 35-0 halftime lead with several players getting in on the action.
With a steady rain falling throughout the night, the Knights poured it on. Senior running back to-it-all Tyler Anderson opened the scoring with a six-yard scamper around the right end and then caught the two-point conversion toss from Griffin Phillips to give the Knights an 8-0 lead with 9:51 to play in the first period. Reed drove the Knights downfield on the opening drive with two quick burst off tackle picking up 37 and 16 yards to set up Anderson’s touchdown run.
The Rebels then picked up a first down and after a personal foul penalty on the Knights so to move the ball to the Knights’ 47 yard line. Wesley Watson recovered a fumble and the Knights were back in business. Reed then picked up 18 more yards on three carries while Anderson carried for eight on two tries thus putting the ball at the 15 where Phillips then found Anderson on a pass out in the flat. Using his sprinter’s speed and keen agility, Anderson avoided two tackles and went into the end zone for his second score. Phillips added his the extra point kick and with 3:30 left in the first quarter, the score stood at 15-0. The night was still young and Knights were just getting started.
On the next series, the Rebels fumbled and Trent Smith recovered to give the Knights back the ball. Phillips quickly hit Smith with a 15 yard strike, but on the next play Anderson fumbled and the Rebels took back over. They threw an incomplete pass and on the next play, the ball popped loose.
Alert, Silver Knights’ Nate Lancaster grabbed the ball and raced untouched into the end zone for a 30 yard fumble recovery touchdown. Phillips was – again – good on his extra point kick and with 2:37 to play in the first quarter with the Knights up 22-0.
Ritchie started the next drive from the 35 aided by an out-of-bounds kicking penalty. The Rebels went to the air and after a 1-10 incomplete pass, Silver Knights’ Hunter Forrester stepped in front of the Rebels’ receiver and returned an interception 30 yards to the house thus giving the Knights a lightning strike (no pun intended) to up the score to 28-0. Phillips then made good on his third straight extra point kick and, with only 12 seconds off the clock since the last score, it was 29-0 with 2:25 still to play in the first quarter.
Both teams turned the ball over on downs on their next two possessions with the Knights gaining 34 yards rushing by Reed and 15 passing from Phillips to Smith.
When the Rebels had their third possesions in the second quarter, Forrester picked up his second interception of the night – a move that gave the Knights good field position at the Ritchie County 34. Phillips ran around the end for 27 yards and Lancaster went five yards up the middle thus giving the Knights a second and goal. Freshman Mark Rucker then burst off tackle for the score giving the Knights a 35-0 lead with 3:14 to play before the half. Phillips made good on his – fourth – extra point kick and the score stood at 35-0. Ritchie couldn’t move the ball and the half ended.
The second half was shortened to seven minute quarters with the clock running in the fourth. The Rebels opened the half with an onside kick which they recovered and from there, they moved the ball down field for their first score of the night – a seven yard pass and catch play. The two-point conversion failed. On the ensuing kickoff, the Rebels again performed an on-side kick to perfection and recovered the fumble, but were unable to move the ball compliments of an incomplete pass and two straight tackles in the backfield by Knights’ senior Wesley Watson. The damage inflicted against the Rebels was one for a five yard loss and another for a 12 yard loss that forced the team to punt.
The Knights took over and quickly answered the Rebels’ scoring drive. Reed carried the load on the drive by gaining 40 yards on a first down before he picked up another 28 on two straight carries to put the ball on the one yard line. Reed then powered through for his lone score of the night to give the Silver Knights a 43-6 lead after Phillips’ – fifth – extra point kick with 2:53 left in the third quarter.
The Rebels couldn’t move the pigskin and the Knights took over with freshman quarterback Gage Huffman under center and Rucker as running back. Rucker gained 10 yards on two carries to end the third and at the start of the fourth Noah Smith gained 22 yards on two carries, Rucker then added 11 more, Huffman gained nine yards on two carries and the Knights were hit with a penalty putting the ball at the 21 yard line on fourth down. Huffman called his own number and went off tackle for a 21 yard touchdown, the conversion kick was off the mark and the Knights were up 49-6 with .30 seconds to play.
“We were able to get a lot of kids some quality playing time and several different players showed they can compete,” TCHS Coach Ryan Walton said. “I am happy with our overall performance. We will go back to work this week an get ready for a big game against a tough South Harrison team on the road Friday. We will be working on cutting down the penalties. You can’t do that against good teams and expect to win.”
Overall, the Silver Knights had 14 first downs when compared to Ritchie’s six. They ended with 278 rushing yards on 30 attempts and 45 yards passing on 3-5 attempts with no interceptions. The Knights were penalized 10 times for 100 yards and fumbled twice loosing one. The Knights recovered three fumbles and intercepted two passes.