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Silver Knights Keeping Their Playoff Hopes Alive

By Staff | Nov 2, 2016

Photo by Shari Smith Silver Knights’ Trent Smith defies gravity as he catches the ball during Friday’s game against Valley.

MIDDLEBOURNE – With two games left to play before the post season starts, Tyler Consolidated kept its playoff hopes alive by cutting down the Valley Lumberjacks 43-0 on Friday to set the stage for this week’s big battle with the undefeated St. Mary’s Blue Devils.

Last year at Pine Grove, the Lumberjacks pulled off an upset that eliminated the Knights from the post season. This year, the Silver Knights would have no part of that as they jumped out to a 8-0 first quarter lead compliments of a six yard scamper from sophomore quarterback Griffin Phillips and a two-point conversion toss from Phillips to Tyler Anderson with 6:09 left in the period.

The Knights then tried an onside kick with Tyler recovering at their own 37. On the next play, Phillips was intercepted by Valley’s Levi Streets who returned it 45 yards to the their own 23. After moving the ball to the 19 on a series of short runs and penalties Valley turned the ball over on downs when Kocher’s pass fell incomplete on 4-19. Neither team could get much going and with time running out in the first the Knights had control of the ball with a third and one from the 31.

The second quarter started with a Knights fumble which was recovered by Valley’s Jeff Brown but the Lumberjacks again turned it over on downs,

The Knights took over on from their own 21. Anderson and Reed both had short runs making a third and three situation from their own 28. Phillips then found Trent Smith for an 18 yard pickup to move the chains to the 46. Anderson gained 14 yards on a nifty run for another first and 10 at Valley’s 41. Another run by Anderson for 11 and a late hit penalty moved the ball to the 17. After Anderson moved the ball to the 13 on the next play Phillips pass to Smith fell incomplete in the end zone. On third and six from the 13, Reed went untouched for his first score and the Knights led 14-0 after the failed two point conversion.

Both team had another opportunity before half time but couldn’t score and the Knights went into the locker room up 14-0 in a first half that was closer than the score indicated.

The Silver Knights came out fired up and ready to play in the second half adding a quick score on their first possession. Reed gained 32 yards on three straight carries and Anderson picked up nine moving the ball from their own 38 to Valley’s 19. On the next play Reed got the call again and ripped off the final 19 for his second score of the game and a Knights 20-0 lead. Phillips kicked the extra point and with 10:09 left in the third the score stood at 21-0.

The Knights held Valley to three and out and got the ball back in great field position when Mark Rucker returned the punt 40 yards to the 15. A late hit penalty gave Tyler the ball on the eight yard line and after a Reed five yard run Anderson took it in from the three. On a fake kick Holder Kyle Mason hit Wesley Watson for the two point conversion and the Knights led 29-0 with 6:37 still left in the third.

Following Valley’s next possession, the Knights got another break when the Lumberjacks got a negative result of two yards on a punt, giving the Knights a first and ten from the 28. Running by Reed and Anderson moved the ball to the 13 but two consecutive motion penalties resulted in a first and ten from the 24. Phillips then went to the air and hit Anderson with a sideline pass and he covered the distance for his second score and the Knights led 36-0 with 3:02 left in the third.

The fourth quarter was shortened to eight minutes with a running clock. With 6:28 to play, Nathan Lancaster added to the Knights’ total as he went up the middle for seven yards. The extra point was good by Phillips and the final score ended at 43-0.

The Knights were led in rushing by Jace Reed who picked up 120 yards on 16 carries and two TDs. Tyler Anderson gained 87 yards on 12 totes and a TD plus a two-point conversion while grabbing two balls from Phillips for 26 yards and a TD. Trent Smith caught two balls for 45 yards and Mark Rucker hauled in two for 15 yards and a TD. Phillips was 10-18 passing for 114 yards and two TDs , he was also good on three conversion kicks and a two-point pass conversion. Nate Lancaster also scored on a seven yard run.

The Knights will play their final home game of the season on Friday when they host undefeated and state-ranked St. Mary’s. The Knights need a win to get into the playoffs lets hope for an upset 24-21 Knights.