Silver Knights Faced Cougars In Round One of State Playoffs
BAKER – Although East Hardy defeated Tyler Consolidated, 54-22, the Silver Knights made the Cougars earn every point at Friday’s game – marking the first round of the state playoffs.
“Kids prepared all week and played hard Friday night,” Coach Ryan Walton said. “East Hardy is a very good football team with multiple weapons. All in all, East Hardy made plays when they needed to. Our underclassman got some valuable post-season experience that we hope will carry on to next year.”
The Silver Knights held the Cougars to 13 points in the first quarter.
The Silver Knights rallied in the second quarter with two touchdowns, but the Cougars built the lead to 33-14 at the half. Considering that the undefeated Cougars were runners-up in last year’s state playoffs, that’s saying something that the Silver Knights were able to rebound and keep hope alive.
Near the six-minute mark, Silver Knights’ Tyler Anderson made a run – the boy is fast – for a touchdown. Remember Anderson was a member of that quartet of sprinters who captured the gold in the 4X100-meter relay last season at the state track meet. Even that colorful announcer at Doddridge County game noted Anderson’s speed as the Silver Knights defeated the Bulldogs earlier in the season.
With about a minute left in the second period, quarterback Griffin Phillips connected with Anderson on an eight-yard touchdown. No one can deny that Phillips has skills. Anderson passed the ball to Noah Smith for a 2-point conversion to bring the score to within 14 points for the Silver Knights.
Though the Silver Knights scored eight points in the third quarter, the Cougars put three more touchdowns on the board.
In the fourth quarter, the Silver Knights rallied – as they always do no matter what the score. Tyler’s defensive and offensive gridiron gladiators put eight more points on the scoreboard while holding the Cougars scoreless.
With a 11:19 left in the quarter, the Silver Knights’ Jace Reed scored a touchdown – thus adding more points to his 100+ point scoreboard this season. Anderson picked up the two-point conversion.
Here are a few quick stats for the history books or rather this first draft of history.
The Silver Knights captured and conquered 240 yards while the Cougars pawed down 409 yards.
First downs: Tyler had 12 while East Hardy had 18. Of that number, Tyler had nine downs from rushing, two from passing and one from a penalty. East Hardy’s rushing breaks down to 13 downs from rushing, four from passing and one from a penalty.
Tyler Consolidated had 132 yards rushing while East Hardy laid claim to 249 yards.
Rushing leaders for the Silver Knights were Jace Reed – 16 for 85 with one touchdown; Anderson at 10-44 with one touchdown; Phillips at 3 for 3; and Nate Lancaster at 1-0.
As far as passing, Tyler Consolidated’s Phillips showed that he can fire the ball down the field with 13 completions with one pass that nailed a touchdown, 22 attempts to gain 108 yards – about a 59 percent completion rate. The Silver Knights had three interceptions while East Hardy had two interceptions.
The Cougars had 12 completions with three touchdowns, 23 attempts for a 160 yards – about a 52 percent completion rate.
Tyler was flagged for 12 penalties, seven more than East Hardy. All in all, penalties cost Tyler Consolidated 145 yards and East Hardy 45 yards. The Silver Knights and the Cougars had one fumble apiece.
Congrats on a good season Silver Knights!