Knights are unsuccessful against Blue Eagles, 34-0
The Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight football team had high hopes of continuing their three-game winning streak to four on Friday in New Martinsville with a much anticipated win over the Blue Eagles of Magnolia. Instead, the team returned to Tyler County with the 34-0 loss at the hands of the Blue and Gold.
“They are a good team,” said Silver Knight head coach, Ryan Walton, of the Eagles. “They are athletic all across the board and came out and controlled the line of scrimmage. We just weren’t up to the challenge, and that’s that.”
The first five-and-a-half minutes of the game included the best competition of the night between the two teams, but once Magnolia put a touchdown and extra point on the scoreboard, the air seemed to go out of the Knight players, and the Eagles soared.
The Blue Eagles scored a TD in the first quarter, two in the second, and two in the third to take the win and put their season record at 3-5 on the year. The Silver Knight win/loss record now stands at 5-3 after the loss.
Consolidated rushed for 95 yards on 28 carries in the game to Magnolia’s 372 yards on 48 carries.
Knight quarterback Jordan Baker completed five of 21 passes for 68 yards and was intercepted twice. Eagle quarterback Nick Priem completed four of six passes for 11 yards.
The Knights had 11 first downs in the game while the Blue Eagles achieved 18. Tyler Consolidated fumbled once but recovered, and Magnolia lost one of three.
Penalty wise, the Silver were penalized eight times for 67 yards in the contest while the home team caught three flags for 20 yards.
Tyler Anderson was the leading receiver for the Silver Knights, catching four passes for 52 yards. Jace Reed led all ball carriers for Consolidated, rushing 14 times in the game to collect 50 yards; Baker had 10 rushes for 40 yards.
Defensive stats for the Knights in the game include: Brandon Keys with seven solo tackles, two assists; Tyler Anderson, six solo tackles, one assist, two for a loss; Colby Buchanan, four solos; Jace Reed, three solos, two assists, one for a loss; Kyle Fum, three solo tackles; Chase Cooper, two solos, two assists; Colby Lash, two solos; Jordan Baker, one solo tackle, one assist; Nick Anderson, three solos, two assists; Austin Thompson, one solo, one assist; Devon Harris, two solos, two assists; and Nathan Lancaster, one assist and covered a fumble.
Sitting pretty for a nice play-off berth before the game, coach Walton said he did not want to discuss any play-off situation at this time.
“That game was Friday and we’re done with it,” said coach Walton. “We are going to regroup this week and get our heads together. We still have the rest of the season to play. We still have two teams we haven’t seen yet.”
On Friday the Silver will host the Valley Lumberjacks, fresh from a loss to Doddridge County last week. The ‘Jacks come into the game with the same win/loss record as the Knights, 5-3.
“They can play,” Walton said. “They have a quarterback with speed that can give us trouble and big running back. They’re not going to lay down for us, we’ve got to be ready to play if we want to see success.” Game time is set for 7 p.m.