Knights win over Bulldogs, 33-30
The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights took their game to Doddridge County on Sept. 5 and when the dust cleared, it was the Silver and Black toting home the win, 33-30.
Still stinging from last year’s 26-12 defeat by the Bulldogs on their own home turf, the Silver Knights’ evening of pay-backs started early in the first quarter.
With 7:51 remaining on the clock in the first period of play, the Knights went to sophomore Jace Reed to put the first points on the scoreboard with an eight-yard run in order to take the lead in the game 6-0 after the extra point kick failed.
Within the next five minutes, the home team tacked six points on their side of the scoreboard to tie the game at six-all.
Near the end of the second quarter after a long down-field battle, the Knight offensive line continued their onslaught and allowed quarterback Jordan Baker to take the ball in for six on a four-yard run. Federico Perez’s kick put the Knights ahead in the game by seven, 13-6.
The Bulldogs managed a one-yard run with 18 seconds on the clock to shorten the distance of the Knight lead at the half, 13-12.
After the half time break, Tyler Consolidated came to the field ready to rock, scoring two touchdowns and an extra point to take the lead, 26-12. Reed ran both touchdowns in, one on a four-yard carry and the other on an exciting 23-yard run.
With 8:53 to go in the game, Baker solidified the Knight lead with a 28-yard run into the end zone, followed by a Perez extra-point kick.
Unwilling to go down without a fight, the Bulldogs took advantage of a few Knight miscues and miscommunications to score three times before time ran out to give Tyler Consolidated the win, 33-30.
“It was a win and we’ll take it,” said Knight Head Coach Ryan Walton. “I was really proud of how we played for three quarters of the game, we did pretty well until the fourth quarter then for some reason, we found ourselves struggling. Last week we played two good quarters, this week, we played three. I keep telling the guys that we need to follow through each and every play, each and every time. We’ve got to play like we know we can all the time, not just try to get the lead and hang on to it. We’re better than that. Nobody is going to lay down for us.
“I’m especially proud of our offensive line and their effort in this game. The assistant coaches, Bob West, Rob Jones, Steve Blake, and Gary Haggerty did a great job making sure we were prepared. This was an excellent effort, this is what we want to see every week.”
The Knights achieved 10 first downs in the game to Doddridge’s eight. The Knights were penalized nine times, costing them 75 yards; while Doddridge caught the flag seven times for 42 yards. Both teams fumbled the football four times in the contest and each lost two.
The Silver Knights gained 281 rushing yards in the game and 73 passing yards for a total of 354 yards. The Bulldogs achieved 99 rushing yards and 180 passing yards for a total of 279 yards.
Baker completed eight of 13 passes in the game and the leading Knight receiver was sophomore Tyler Anderson who had three catches for 45 yards.
Leading all rushers in the game was sophomore Jace Reed who ran the ball 21 times for 153 yards and three touchdowns. Baker totaled 121 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
While no defensive stats were available at press time for this game, special recognition should most definitely be given to senior Nick Anderson and team mates Kordell Stewart, Devon Harris, Dillon Glover, Brandon Keys, and the rest of the offensive line for their exceptional play.
“Everybody has to step up into their role,” Coach Walton said. “I think we’re learning that as time goes on. We can’t, we won’t depend on one person to win games. We all have to contribute or it’s just not going to work.”
The Silver Knights will be tested again on Friday as they host the Dragons of Cameron High School at Knight Stadium. The Dragons will undoubtedly pit their passing game against the Knight defense, testing the mettle of Silver in another aspect of the game for first time this season.
“They have a tall quarterback that can throw,” Walton said. “And they have a good running back as well. They haven’t won yet this season, and we don’t want to give them their first W.”
Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.