Knights defeat 7th ranked Buffalo, 43-20
Though the weather refused to cooperate in any way, shape or form, the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight football team put their best foot forward on Friday night in Putnam County to give the 7th ranked Bisons the loss, 43-20.
“It was a good game,” said head coach of the Knights, Ryan Walton. “It was wet and cold, and I’ve never seen it rain so hard during a football game, but we played well. I was very proud of our kids. They fought hard and were determined to come away with the win. It would have been an even longer ride back in the rain had the outcome of the game been any different.”
The Knights scored early and often against the Bisons starting at just about the six minute mark of the first period when sophomore Jace Reed ran nine yards into the end zone for the first Silver Knight score of the evening. The extra point kick by Federico Perez gave the Knights the 7-0 lead.
The second quarter would see the Silver and Black put three scores on the scoreboard to take a determined lead in the game starting with junior quarterback Jordan Baker running two yards across the goal line for six points with 8:19 to play. Perez’s after kick failed. Then, within the next four minutes, it was Reed on a four yarder for six Silver Knight points. This time, sophomore Tyler Anderson made good on a two yard extra point conversion, putting the Silver in the lead, 20-0. To cap off their scoring for the quarter, Baker took another two yarder in for a touchdown, followed by Perez’s good extra point kick.
Before the half ended, Buffalo worked the clock in their favor to run seven plays to get them within scoring distance. With 18 seconds to go, the Bisons cored on a five yard run and made good on the extra point conversion pass to put the score at 28-8 at the half in favor of the Knights.
Tyler Consolidated took little time in securing their lead in the second half, with Baker rushing 30 yards down field within the first minute for six points. It was Baker again sliding in for the two point conversion for the Silver the give the Knights the 28 point lead in the game.
Refusing to go down without a fight, the Bisons added another score on a six yard run, and failed on the two point conversion run.
Still in the third, it was Jordan Baker once again making his way across the goal line on a one yard run for the last Knight touchdown of the game. Perez’s extra point kick was good.
The home team put the only points scored on the scoreboard in the fourth period, but it was to-little-to-late, as the Knights left the field with their fourth win of the season, 43-20.
“We played four full quarters, it was an entire team effort,” coach Walton said. “The assistant coaches had the kids well prepared and they rose up and met the challenge Buffalo presented. Those guys played hard, they didn’t lay down for us.”
“Our offensive line played especially hard, without their effort, we would not have had this win. Jordan Baker had 200 rushing yards, Jace Reed had 108 and Tyler Anderson had 62, none of those yards would have been possible without the solid work from our offensive line.”
The Knights achieved 19 first downs in the game compared to Buffalo’s eight.
Consolidated had 370 rushing yards on 56 attempts and 14 passing yards for a total of 384 yards in the game. The Bisons rushed for 114 yards on 28 attempts and collected 64 passing yards for a total of 178 positive yards.
Jordan Baker, completed two of four passes for 14 yards in the contest.
Colby Lash caught one pass for eight yards and Tyler Anderson had one catch for six yards.
Baker rushed 23 times for 200 yards and four touchdowns against Buffalo; Reed rushed 20 yards for 108 yards and scored two touchdowns; and Anderson ran the ball 13 times for 62 yards.
Defensively, Colby Buchanan, two solo tackles; Tyler Anderson, two solo tackles, two assists, one tackle for a loss, one batted pass; Jace Reed, two assists, one solo tackle special teams; Kyle Frum, two solo tackles; Chase Cooper, one solo tackle, one solo special teams; Colby Lash, one solo tackle, one batted pass, one solo tackle special teams; Jordan Baker, three solo tackles, one tackle for a loss; Brandon Keys, one solo tackle; Nick Anderson, two solo tackles, two tackles for a loss; Kordell Stewart, three solo tackles, one assist; Austin Thompson, four solo tackles, one tackle for a loss; Devon Harris, one assist; Nathan Lancaster, one solo tackle special teams.
On Friday the Silver Knights continue their travel schedule with a game in Harrison County against South Harrison. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.