TYCON Knights Win LKC Championship
This past weekend, the 5/6th Grade TYCON Knights football team permanently etched their names in the Little Kanawha Conference history books, by defeating Williamstown in double overtime, 20-14, to win the 2016 LKC Championship game.
The TYCON Knights were on a journey with destiny this season, managing to repeat a 12-0 season and winning a championship, which the same core of boys also achieved in the 3/4th grade division in 2014.
The 5/6th Grade Knights opened the season returning a talented six starters from last year’s 5/6th grade team that placed 2nd in the North Division, with the addition of several talented 5th and 6th graders. The offensive left side of the line was anchored by team captain and all-star player Hunter Fulks at left guard. The left tackle position was filled by Bruce Garuccio, who also made all-stars. The combination of these two on the left side of the line was an unstoppable force for blowing holes in the defense week after week.
The right guard and left guard positions were filled by Tyler Ferrell and Shane Bates. The center position was Peyton Lowther. The tight ends were first-year dynamic player Ty Walton (all-star) and Sean Winfrey. The quarterback position was filled by talented 5th grader, Kendall Huffman, and the pass hook ups of Huffman and Walton were impactful all season.
The fullback post was filled by hardnosed blocker and runner Garon Broughman (team captain and all-star). And finally, the thunder and lightning combination of Trenton Huffman (team captain and allstar) and Jayden Helmick (team captain and allstar) at the tailback positions combined to be an unstoppable force in the LKC.
The defense, as always, was the driving force behind this championship team.
In the nine regular season games, the defense gave up a total of 26 points. The talented safety and corners were Kendall Huffman, Kaden Huffman and Marquis Jackson. The beef on the front line of the defense was nose tackle Sean Winfrey, with down tackles Hunter Fulks and Dylan Grimm. The speedy and strong defensive end positions were filled by Garon Broughman and Bruce Garuccio. The hammers at linebacker were outside backers Ty Walton and Jayden Helmick, with the middle backer position filled by Trenton Huffman.
Impactful role players for the Knights were receivers Zach Brittain and Mikey Lancaster, down tackles Jon Henthorn, Zach Morris, and Malachi Shepherd, and nose tackle Gage Mongold.
Coaches for the Knights A-team were Shawnray Huffman, Aaron Matthews, Larry Helmick, Josh Foltz, Nelson Broughman, Brian Ferrelland Bo Lowther.
The Knights opened the season in the Grid-O-Rama, handily defeating Doddridge, Braxton, and Roane counties to begin the season with a 3-0 record in scrimmages. The Knights then went on in the regular season to defeat Clay County 28-0, Williamstown 6-0, Frontier 42-0, St Marys 37-0, Richie 32-0, and Doddridge 47-6.
The Knights entered the playoffs undefeated and the No. 1 seed in the North Division.
The opening round game was played in Doddridge County and the Knights drew the No. 4 seed Roane County Raiders. The Knights opened the playoffs in impressive fashion with a combination of ground and pound from Huffman, Helmick and Broughman, as well as an impressive aerial attack from Huffman and Walton. The Knights defeated Roane County 37-6, moving them on to the second round of the playoffs against the very large team, the No. 2 Braxton County Redskins. The massive Braxton County team nearly doubled the size of the Knights team, larger at almost every position on the field. However, the Braxton size was no match for Tycon’s speed, aggression, and flat out will to win. The Knights toppled the Redskins 27-6 in the Knights final game at Tyler Consolidated field.
Meanwhile, No. 2 Williamstown stormed through the south side of the bracket, defeating No. 1 seed Clay in the South 37-0 in the semifinal match, setting up a rematch of fierce but respected rivals Tyler and Williamstown in the championship game.
Due to rain for three days, the field conditions were muddy for the championship game. Williamstown won the toss and took the opening drive to the end-zone for a 7-0 score. The Knights struggled to put an offensive drive together in the first half, entering halftime 7-0 Williamstown. A fiery Knight team took the field in the second half, knotting up the score with a long drive of power running by Huffman and Helmick.
In the fourtth quarter, Williamstown again mounted an impressive drive, but with time running out on the clock, the Knights defense stood up strong, stopping Williamstown on four consecutive plays from inside the 10 yard line to hold 7-7 at the close of the fourth quarter.
In the first overtime, the two teams both battled into the end zone with strong running games, ending the first overtime 14-14. In the seconnd overtime, the Knights again turned to the power running game, scoring the touchdown but missing the extra point.
With Williamstown ball on the 10 yard line and first down, Knights corner Sean Winfrey made a huge tackle in the backfield on a reverse play for the Stingers, stopping them for a 7 yard loss. The Knights continued to put up an impressive defensive stand, pushing the Stingers back to the 25 yard line, setting up a fourth down and 25.
The Stingers attempted a long pass play on fourtth down, but Dylan Grimm flushed the QB from the pocket, and Knights down tackle Peyton Lowther and linebacker Trenton Huffman wrestled the QB to the ground to end the game, Knights win, 20-14 in one of the most exciting championship games in LKC history!
The 5/6th grade coaches and players would like to thank all the fans, the Tycon League, the LKC, and the donors for all the support you have shown this season and previous seasons to this group of talented boys! We can wait to see these boys take the field in future seasons as members of Tyler Consolidated Knights teams!