Knights drop homecoming game, 56-7
Except for the first five minutes of the game, the St. Marys Blue Devils varsity football team totally dominated the Silver Knights at Tyler Consolidated on Sept. 18, taking the win 56-7.
“We were devastated and just plain out played,” said Knight Head Coach Ryan Walton of the Knight’s second loss of the season. “They are a very good football team and came into the game fully prepared to play. We, on the other hand, obviously were not up to the challenge. We had several opportunities, but didn’t capitalize on them. We didn’t take advantage when we had the chance.
“St. Marys brought the game right to us, that’s for sure, and we just didn’t play.”
The Silver Knights started the game off on the right foot, giving a tough-nosed defensive effort that kept the Blue Devils guessing and at bay for first half of the first period. Things were looking good for the home team when on their first possession, the Blue Devils fumbled the ball and it was recovered by the Knights’ Chase Cooper. Then, with the Knights pushed almost into the end-zone with 6:23 to play in the first, St. Marys scored a safety to take the lead in the game, 2-0.
Before the first quarter could come to an end, the Blue Devils found their way into the end zone again and then again in order to take a 16-point lead. By halftime the visitors in Purple led the game, 36-0.
The highlight of the game for the home team came in the third period when sophomore Jace Reed took the hand off and took it 25 yards in for the touchdown. The extra point kick by Federico Perez was good.
St. Marys rushed for 278 yards and eight touchdowns in the game on 48 carries. The Silver Knights rushed 24 times to gain 122 yards.
Reed led all Knight ball carriers with 11 rushes for 75 yards and one TD. Jordan Baker carried the ball seven times for 18 yards; Tyler Anderson had one run for 24 yards; Trent Shepherd had four carries for 17 yards; and Jeremy Lancaster rushed twice to gain one yard.
Quarterback Baker completed one of eight passes in the game for nine yards for the Silver, a pass caught by Chase Cooper.
St. Marys achieved 21 first downs in the game, the Knights had five. The Blue Devils were given four penalties which cost them 25 yards; the Knights were caught eight times for 58 yards. St. Marys lost two of three fumbles and the Knights lost three of six.
Defensively for the Silver Knights, Hunter Wells was credited with three solo tackles, one for a loss; Tyler Anderson, six solo tackles, five tackles for a loss; Jace Reed, three tackles for a loss; Daron Weekley, four tackles for a loss, one assist; Kyle Frum, three solo tackles, one for a loss, one assist, batted down a pass and recovered a fumble; Chase Cooper, two solo tackle, one tackle for a loss, four assists, and recovered a fumble; Colby Lash, two solo tackles; Jordan Baker, five solo tackles, two tackles for a loss; Brandon Keys, two solo tackles, five tackles for a loss, two assists, blocked a kick; Nick Anderson, one solo tackle, four tackles for a loss; Kordell Stewart, two assists; Austin Thompson, two tackles for a loss; Devon Harris, one solo, one tackle for a loss, one assist; Jeremy Lancaster, one solo tackle; Colby Buchanan, batted down a pass; Trent Shepherd, three tackles; Cole Starkey, one assist; Nathan Lancaster, one solo tackle, one for a loss; and Dylan Harter, one solo tackle.
The win keeps the Blue Devils’ season record unblemished and drops the Knight record to 2-2.
“We have to give credit where credit is due,” coach Walton said. “They played better than we did and they got the win, well deserved. But we’re not done. Our season is not over. That was just one game. We have to remember that last year at this time we were 0-4, and we’re ahead of that record right now.”
“Of course our kids are disappointed. I’m disappointed as well. I feel like I’ve let our supporters, our community down. We’ve been very well supported this year and we appreciate it more than I can say. And of course we wanted to get the win for our fans, but we just didn’t get it done. But like I said, we’re not done. We still have six games ahead of us. None of them are going to be easy, but we’re going to do our best.”
On Friday the Silver Knights will take to the highway for the first of four straight road games when they head to Calhoun County to take on the Devils. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.