Knights down ‘Jacks, 36-24
Playing during a steady drizzle of rain on Friday at Knight Stadium, the Tyler Consolidated Silver Knight football team pocketed their sixth win of the season as they squashed the playoff hopes of the Valley Lumberjacks, 36-22.
“It was a pretty good game,” said Knight head coach, Ryan Walton. “We had a lot of errors which we brought on ourselves, fumbles, miscues and such, but we were able to over come them and get the win.”
“Both teams had to deal with the rain and mud making the field and the ball slick, but we’re getting kind of used to playing in the rain after some of the games we’ve had this year.”
The Silver opened up the scoring in the game on their first possession, just under two minutes after the start on a Jordan Baker 21 yard run down the field for six points. Baker tossed the ball to go-to guy Jace Reed to tack on the two point conversion to take the lead in the game by eight.
Valley did not lose much time scoring with 5:05 left in the first on an eight yard run, but failed on the two point conversion run. In the opening two minutes of the second quarter, Lumberjack Trey Streets took off for a 71 yard run followed up by the extra point to give the visitors the lead, 12-8.
It was the Knight’s sophomore Reed who answered that score with one of his own ducking in two yards for a Consolidated touchdown. Though the extra point run failed, the Knights regained the lead, 14-12.
Taking advantage of their field position, the ‘Jacks went for a 20 yard field goal before the half ended, making good on the kick and taking the lead, 15-14 at the break.
With neither team giving an inch to their opponent, Silver Knight Jace Reed once again plowed his way eight yards into the end zone for a home team score, only to be answered by Valley’s own six points on a 58 yard pass followed by the extra point kick.
The clock read 49 seconds to go in the third when Reed answered the call for yards once again and rushed eight yards for a Knight TD.
With their lead well in hand, Tyler Consolidated held Valley scoreless in the fourth period while adding yet another Reed touchdown in the last stanza to take the 36-22 win.
“We challenged our special teams to give us a spark in this game,” Walton said. “We haven’t scored on special teams all year, and Tyler Anderson set us up with two blocked punts. Our special teams stepped up and did what we asked them to and it paid off.”
“Valley wanted this game as much as we did, and they didn’t lay down for us. They are a good football team with some nice players.”
The Silver Knights gained 191 rushing yards on 38 carries and 17 passing for a total of 208 yards in the game. The Lumberjacks had 167 rushing yards on 27 carries and 221 passing yards for a total of 388 yards.
The Silver and Black lost one of three fumbles on the night and the Black and Gold fumbled once and recovered it.
Quarterback Jordan Baker completed three of five passes for 17 yards and was intercepted once.
Reed was the leading receiver for the home team with two catches for 15 yards.
Reed was also the main ball carrier for the Silver Knights, rushing 23 times for 108 yards and four touchdowns. Baker carried the ball 14 times to gain 27 yards and scored one TD.
Defensively, Tyler Anderson stood out with two solo tackles, one assist, two blocked punts, batted down a pass and had one interception on the night. Chase Cooper was credited with five solo tackles; Colby Buchanan had three assists, batted down a ball and had one interception; Hunter Wells, one solo on special teams; Reed had two solo tackles, two assists and a solo on special teams; Colby Lash, two solo tackles, one solo on special teams and two interceptions; Baker, four solo tackles, one assist, one sack, one assist on special teams and two interceptions; Nick Anderson, one solo tackle, five assists, one tackle for a loss, one sack and one fumble cause; Austin Thompson, one solo tackle, one assist; Devon harris, one solo tackle, three assists, one sack, an assist on special teams, and batted down a ball; Cole Starkey, one special teams assist; Nathan Lancaster, one assist; and Trent Shepherd, one assist.
On Friday the Silver Knights will host the Golden Bears of Oak Glen in the last regular season game of the year.
Though the Bears come into the game with a 2-7 record, that fact can be misleading, coach Walton says. “Oak Glen has a team with some good size to them. They’re athletic and smart. They play a lot of teams that we don’t, and they’re not coming all that way intending to lose a football game. We’re going to have to be focused and on our game. We have to take care of the football and we have to play smart.”
The lone senior on the team, Nick Anderson, will be recognized at pre-game ceremonies along with other seniors of fall sports programs. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.