Silver Knights Defeated By Champions In Season Debut
By ED PARSONS
In a game that was much closer than the score indicated, the Silver Knights of Tyler Consolidated gave the defending class A state champs all they wanted on Friday night.
The Knights were plagued by penalties and a costly fumble and fell 38 to 21 in the season opener before a large crowd in Williamstown.
The Knights seemed to be on its game as they took the opening kickoff and moved down the field on some nifty running from Tyler Anderson, Jordan Baker and Hogan Wells. Anderson picked up the first of his two touch downs of the night as he went in from four yards out for the score and kicker Federico Perez added the extra point to put the Knights on top 7-0.
However the Jackets Junior signal caller Trenton Tallman took the ensuing kickoff and out raced the defense for an 87 yard touchdown, the extra point was good and the score was tied at seven.
Anderson then returned the kickoff to the 28 and Tyler quickly moved the ball on some strong running by Wells and Baker and catch by Colby Lash. The Knights line opened some nice holes on the drive and Baker covered the final 5 yards on an off tackle run for the Knights second score. After two penalties put the ball on the one, Baker plunged in for the two point conversion giving the Silver Knights a 15-7 lead.
Williamstown claimed the ball back and two plays later Tallman again went the distance on an 86 yard run to paydirt. After the Knights took over, the Jackets got its first stop on downs and two plays later Tallman again found the end zone on an 81 yard dash down the right sideline and the Jackets went up 21-15. Williamstown added a 22 yard field goal to close out the first half with a 24-15 lead.
The Knights came out of the locker room at half time looking to start strong. Tallman took the opening kick and was hit hard by a Knights player forcing a fumble that gave them good field position. After a couple nice runs the Knights fumbled on the 15 yard line and the Jackets went back to work. Williamstown brought in sophomore Mason Adkins to replace Tallman, who was injured when he was hit and fumbled. Adkins led the Jackets to two more scores and Tyler Anderson picked up another score for the Silver Knights late in the game.
“I’m happy with the effort that my team put out on both sides of the ball,” said head coach Ryan Walton. “With the take away three long runs, we are right in the game or win. I’m a little disappointed that we couldn’t stop the three runs.”
Tyler Consolidated was penalized 12 times for 76 yards and lost two of three fumbles on the night. Baker led the Knights in rushing with 99 yards on 16 carries and one score while Wells had 73 on 12 tries. Anderson picked up 56 yards on 16 carries and added two touchdowns. Baker went eight for 17 passing with one interception while Colby Lash had three receptions for 64 yards, Anderson two for 32, Wells one for eight, Trent Smith one for eight and Nathaniel Lancaster one for eight.
The Silver Knights return to action on Friday night against the Doddridge County Bulldogs at 7 p.m. on the home field at Tyler Consolidated High School.