Knights top Dragons
The Silver Knights took the field at home on Friday night determined to take the win, which they did in a big way, downing the Dragons of Cameron, 53-20.
“The kids wanted it,” said Tyler Consolidated Head Coach Ryan Walton. “They get all the credit. Our coaches have done a nice job of getting everybody ready to play, but the guys had to do the work. I’m pretty proud of them. They did what we asked of them.”
The Knights made their intentions known from the get-go with a solid defensive wall built against Cameron’s quarterback, Logan Rout, to hold the Dragons scoreless in the first period of play. The Knight game plan was obviously to run, run, and then run some more until the points racked up, and it worked.
Quarterback Jordan Baker put the first points of the game on the scoreboard with about five minutes to play in the first on a two yard run into the end zone. Federico Perez put the ball in between the uprights for the extra point. With just over a minute to play in the opening stanza, it was Baker again on a 15 yarder for the Silver, followed nicely by a Perez kick.
Cameron’s quarterback, Rout, scored on a five-yard run in the opening minute of the second period but was answered by the home team pretty quickly with yet another Baker touchdown and Perez extra pointer.
The spotlight then shone on Knight sophomore Jace Reed, who plowed his way to two touchdowns for the Silver within three minutes. He steamrolled his way through Cameron’s defensive line for a five yarder to score six; and then made the gain of 21 yards for a score look easy. Following the first TD, the extra point pass failed but the sure footed Perez made good on the PAT after Reed’s second run.
Before the first half of the game ended, Cameron’s quarterback would find an open receiver and score again. Jace Reed would also add another touchdown to his collection on a six-yard run followed by a nice PAT by Perez.
With 12 seconds remaining on the clock in the first half, Baker launched a 25 yarder to junior Colby Lash to cap off all scoring in the first, putting the Knights in the lead, 47-12.
“Our offensive line played well,” the coach said. “We had 17 first downs in the game, that itself speaks highly of the offensive line. We scored on six possessions in a row, which means people are doing the right things, executing the game plan, and getting their jobs done. They worked hard and the outcome showed it.”
In the third period of play, Consolidated’s Baker sought out and found junior Kordell Stewart on a 15-yard pass for the home team’s last touchdown of the game. Though Cameron would go on to score once more in the fourth, it was to-little-to-late for a come back of any kind, giving the Knights their second win of the season in fine fashion.
“The defensive line also did their jobs very well,” Walton said. “They put the pressure on them, flushed the quarterback out of the pocket, and made the big plays. That’s what we want to see every week.
“This was a good game for us, things ran the way they should have for the most part. We had excellent crowd support and anytime that happens the kids want to do well. We hope the community continues to support the team. The kids are giving everything they have.”
The Knights had 294 rushing yards in the game and 187 passing yards for a total of 481 total yards. Baker completed 10 of 14 passes in the game.
The Silver were penalized 13 times, costing them 95 yards, while the Dragons caught three penalties for 20 yards. The Dragons lost four of five fumbles in the game while the Knights did not fumble at all.
In the scoring department, Tyler Consolidated spread the wealth around with Baker crossing into the end zone three times; Reed scoring three times; Lash once; and Stewart once. Federico Perez kicked five good extra points.
Leading the rushing attack for the Silver Knights was quarterback Jordan Baker, who gained 131 yards on 17 carries. Reed amassed 85 yards on 16 carries.
Lash led all receivers for the home team with nine catches for 126 yards. Tyler Anderson caught two passes for 48 yards.
Defensively for Consolidated: Hunter Wells was credited with one solo tackle and one tackle for a loss; Tyler Anderson, sacked the quarterback; Reed had three tackles and caused a fumble; Darron Weekley, one solo tackle, two assists; Kyle Frum, two tackles for a loss and one assist; Chase Cooper, one solo, one assist, covered a fumble, and caused a fumble; Lash, one solo tackle; covered a fumble, and caused a fumble; Brandon Keys, two solo tackles, two tackles for a loss and sacked Cameron’s quarterback; Nick Anderson, one solo tackle, two tackles for a loss, covered a fumble and caused a fumble; Stewart had two solo tackles; one for a loss, had one interception, and batted down a pass; Austin Thompson, one solo tackle, one for a loss and one quarterback sack; Trent Shepherd, one solo tackle; Nathan Lancaster, two tackles, three assists; Jeremy Lancaster, two tackles, one assist; Colby Buchannon, one solo tackle; Dylan Glover, one solo, one tackle; Levi Smith, one solo, 11 tackles; Ross Gorby, one solo; C.W. Harton, one solo; Joel Hammer, one solo, one tackle; and Brandon Weigle, two solo tackles.
In what is becoming a tradition between the two schools, Tyler Consolidated will face off with the St. Marys Blue Devils at home this week on Thursday night, instead of Friday. Game time is set for 7 p.m. for what is sure to be a battle to behold between the two.
“St. Marys is big, strong and fast,” Coach Walton said. “They’re a run first team. They want to control the line of scrimmage at all times. We have our work cut out for us.”
“Do I think we can win? Sure, I always think we can win. We just have to play our game and stay focused.”
Homecoming festivities will take place at half time of the game with students selecting the 2014 queen from a panel of five seniors.