Silver Knights hang on for 6-0 win
The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights and South Harrison Hawks met on a muddy, rain sodden field in Harrison County on Friday night, and finally, after four complete quarters, the Knights scored the only points in the game late in the fourth, giving them the 6-0 win and upping their season record to 5-2 on the year.
“The conditions were horrible,” said Knight head coach, Ryan Walton. “But they were horrible for both teams. They were a good team, well coached and they were ready for us. For the majority of the game we played right into their hands, their offense was perfect for the situation.”
“The field was really slick and both teams slipped and slid all over the place the whole game. We were set up to score several times, but just couldn’t hold on to the ball or make any progress. We fumbled once on the nine when we could have scored and once on the 20. Those mistakes costs us touchdowns.”
In fact, with four minutes to play in the game, the score between the two teams stood at 0-0. Then, with 3:35 to go, Silver Knight sophomore, Jace Reed, became the Consolidated hero of the day, plowing six yards into the end zone for the only touchdown, the only score, of the game.
“Jace ran hard for us, gained over 100 yards and our offensive line played as hard as they have all year,” Walton said. “I’m also very pleased with our defense. Those guys did a heck of a job. They held them to only six first downs in the game and they (the Hawks) had a couple of nice drives.”
Tyler Consolidated achieved 10 first downs in the game while holding South Harrison to six. The Silver Knights gained 176 rushing yards and 27 passing yards for a total of 203 positive yards in the contest. The Hawks rushed for 83 yards and passed for 27 to give them 107 positive yards.
Playing in a downpour for the majority of the game, the Knights fumbled four times, recovering their own fumbles twice while Hawks fumbled four times and recovered each. Consolidated was penalized three times in the game, costing them 25 yards. No penalties were issued to the home team.
Reed led all Knight ball carriers on the night, rushing 22 times for 121 yards. Jordan Baker collected 38 yards on eight carries; and Tyler Anderson had 16 yards on six rushes.
Quarterback Jordan Baker completed two of six passes for 27 yards.
Colby Lash was the leading Knight receiver with a catch of 18 yards. Kyle Frum caught one pass for nine yards for the Silver and Black.
Defensively, Tyler Anderson had five solo tackles; Reed was credited with five solo tackles, two assists and one solo special teams tackle; Brandon Keys had seven tackles, five assists; Chase Cooper, two solo tackles, one assist, a special teams solo tackle and batted a pass; Baker, two solo tackles, three assists, one interception; Nick Anderson, one solo tackle, one assist; Dillon Glover, one solo tackle, one assist; Austin Thompson, one solo, one assist, two special teams solo tackles; and Devon Harris had one solo tackle.
The Silver Knights will have an open date on Friday and will have this week and next week to prepare to take on their next opponent, the Magnolia Blue Eagles in New Martinsville on Oct. 24.
“Magnolia has one of the toughest schedules in the state,” coach Walton said. “Their record of 2-4 is in no way indicative of how good they are. They’ve had some really tough breaks in some very close games, and we have to be on our game when we go up there.”