Knights win, 34-23 over Calhoun County Red Devils
Looking for their third win of the season, the Silver Knights of Tyler Consolidated traveled to Calhoun County on Friday night to take on the Red Devils, returning to Tyler County with the 34-23 win in their back pockets.
“We were happy with our effort at Calhoun, but we got relaxed in the bottom quarters and we can’t do that,” said Knight Head Coach Ryan Walton. “But we got the win, and that’s what counts, so we’re good with that aspect of the game.”
The Knights and Red Devils took the first four or five minutes of the game to scope each other out, when finally the Silver and Black were first to light up the scoreboard on a 30-yard pass from Jordan Baker to Colby Lash for six points. The touchdown was followed by a Federico Perez extra point kick, giving the Knights the lead in the game, 7-0.
Before the first quarter could end, the Devils answered the Knights’ score with one of their own on a three-yard run followed by the kick, knotting the score at seven-all when the buzzer sounded.
In the opening seconds of the second period, it was sophomore Tyler Anderson hitting pay dirt on a 10-yard run for the Knights, followed by a Perez extra point kick.
Within minutes, Baker added six more to the Silver Knight score with a nice 16-yard run. Perez’s kick put the score at 21-7 in favor of the Silver with about eight minutes to play.
Tyler Consolidated capped off all scoring in the first half with a terrific 25-yard catch from Baker to Jace Reed for six points. The Perez kick put the score at 28-7 in favor of the Silver Knights at the half.
In a game of “push me – pull you”, neither team scored in the third period. Though the Knights allowed two Calhoun touchdowns in the fourth, it was to-little-to-late to take over the win, especially after Baker added another six to the Knight scoreboard on a two-yard run, giving the Knights the 34-23 win.
“Calhoun did not lay down for us,” Coach Walton said. “They had some good kids, some nice athletes. They fought hard and kept us on our toes and a few times we just got lucky. But it was a good ball game, we just need to finish, to follow through with every play, every single time. As soon as we learn to do that, we’ll be a more complete, confident team.”
The Silver Knights achieved 14 first downs in the game to Calhoun’s 16. The Knights gained 237 rushing yards and 142 passing yard for a total of 379 positive yards in the contest. The Red Devils had 80 passing yards and 245 rushing yards for a total of 325 yards.
Tyler Consolidated was penalized seven times in the game, costing them 37 yards. The home team caught four penalties for 30 yards.
The Silver lost one of one fumble in the game while the Red turned over one of two.
Anderson led the rushing statistics for the Silver Knights, collecting 136 yards on 17 carries. Baker had 10 carries for 76 yards and Reed rushed once for 25 yards.
Knight quarterback Jordan Baker completed nine of 15 passes with two touchdowns. Colby Lash had five good catches for 89 yards and Tyler Anderson caught four for 31 yards.
Defensively, several Silver Knights stepped up to the challenge at Calhoun County: Sophomore Brandon Keys led the way with eight tackles, seven solo tackles and one tackle for a loss; Hunter Wells had one solo tackle and one assist in the game; Colby Buchanan, one solo and three tackles; Tyler Anderson, four tackles, three solo tackles, and one solo tackle on special teams; Jace Reed, five tackles, six solos; Kyle Frum, three tackles, two solo; Chase Cooper, one tackle, two solos and two assists; Colby Lash, three tackles, one solo; Jordan Baker, four solo tackles, one sack of the Calhoun quarterback; Nick Anderson, three tackles, three solos; Dillon Glover, one tackle, one solo tackle; Austin Thompson, two tackles, two solo tackles, one solo on special teams; Devon Harris, three tackles, three solo tackles, one quarterback sack; Trent Smith, one tackle; and Dylan Glover, one solo tackle.
The Silver Knights will be on the road again this Friday as they travel to Buffalo to take on the Bisons in a 7:30 p.m. game.
The Knights go into the game with a 3-2 record while the Bisons stand at 4-1 on the season thus far in 2014.