Silver Knights clobber Raiders, 50-28
A sign on the way into Knight Stadium on Friday read, “The Knights will rock your world”, and a determined Tyler Consolidated offensive line and senior Nate Taylor did just that to the Roane County Red Raiders, stunning them with a 50-28 win.
Fresh from the still painful loss to Williamstown the previous week, the Silver Knights set their caps for a win on Sept.4, and doggedly kept at it until they evened their season at 1-1.
“We always say that a team will make the most improvements between week one and week two,” said head coach of the Silver Knights, Rob Caldwell. “And we did. We learned from our mistakes, our line came through for us, and we played with determination.”
Nate Taylor set the scene for the Silver and Black that would rule the night, scoring on a 60 yard scoot within the first 15 seconds of the game. Brody Northcraft (senior) caught the extra point pass from junior quarterback Jordan Smith to give the Knights the edge, 8-0. Not about to lay down, Roane County was able to answer that score with one of their own with 9:19 on the clock as Alex Mace caught a 33 yarder from QB Rhett Atkinson for six, and then handed off to Dillon Cottrell for the extras, putting the score tied at eight.
With three minutes ticking off on the scoreboard clock, Consolidated’s Smith found Taylor open, tossed him an 11 yarder and the Knights once again took the lead in the game. The kick from Spencer Kinnard (senior) added the icing, with the Knights in control headed to the second, 15-8.
The first nine minutes of the second quarter proved uneventful for both teams, just down home, hard hitting football, minus the scoring. Then, with 2:56 remaining, The Knight’s Taylor found daylight and ran 12 yards in for the score and junior Blaise Rice made good on the kick. Forty-four seconds later, Consolidated junior Boone Kehrer intercepted the ball and took it in 38 yards for yet another Knight score in the quarter. Kinnard’s kick was good, putting the home team in the lead by 21.
Red Raider Nathan Reynolds made some noise for the visitors by returning the kick-off after the TD 91 yards for a Roane County score. That score was again answered by the Knights as Taylor grabbed up the pigskin and made his way down the field 71 yards to score yet again in the quarter. Rice centered the uprights for the plus one, putting the Silver at a good advantage headed to the half, 36-14.
Tyler Consolidated again turned to Taylor for points in the third quarter, as he tacked on another six points with a 38 yard run into the end zone, followed by Kinnard’s boot of the extra point.
Roane County refused to be counted out though, and added two more scores in the fourth quarter, the first only five seconds into the quarter on a 12 yard run by Reynolds, and the second with only 19 seconds left in the game on a 31 yard pass.
Nate Taylor also capped off his evening in the fourth, covering 42 yards for the score, followed by the Rice extra point, giving the Knights their first win of the season, 50-28.
Team statistics for both teams include the Roane County Raiders achieving 11 first downs in the game to Tyler Consolidated’s six. The Raiders rushed 51 times for 226 yards and passed for 84 yards for a total of 310 gained yards in the game. The Knights ran the ball 32 times for 315 yards, and passed for 37 for a grand total of 352.
The Raiders were penalized eight times for 55 yards while the Knights lost 10 yards on one.
Individually, Taylor stood out among the crowd gaining 255 yards on 17 carries and four touchdowns. The Knights’ Isaac Graham had three rushes for 17 yards.
Northcraft caught two Smith passes totaling 17 yards
Silver Knight quarterback Jordan Smith completed four of nine passes in the game for 37 yards, and was intercepted once.
The Silver Knights will play host to rival Magnolia on Friday, fresh from an impressive win over the Williamstown Yellow Jackets last week. The Blue Eagles will come into the game with a perfect 2-0 record looking to add a notch in the win column.
“This one is going to be a challenge,” Caldwell said. “Magnolia is an exceptional team, fresh from the playoffs last year. They’re going to be playing with confidence, with a relentless defense, and we have to anticipate that. We have to take care of the football and not give up on the big play.”
Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m.