Knights Beat Bulldogs, 41-19
MIDDLEBOURNE – There was nothing Tyler Consolidated coach Ryan Walton could complain about in terms of his Silver Knights’ play in the first half of Friday night’s game against Doddridge County. The second half, however, he felt his team let up a little bit.
Tyler Consolidated started off strong as it scored five first-half touchdowns on their first five possessions and racked up 386 total yards on the ground in a 41-19 victory against the Bulldogs.
However, some turnovers and the non-stop effort by the Bulldogs kept Tyler Consolidated on its feet for a little bit in the second half.
“The first half we came out ready to play, taking care of business, being physical,” Walton said. “Then we gave up a few scores. I thought they let up a couple of times. Coach (Bobby) Burnside, I have nothing but respect for him. He has his guys every year play until the last whistle. They just kept coming. I was happy with the way we started out … I wasn’t happy with the intensity level as the game went on.”
After Tyler Anderson recorded a sack on the opening Bulldogs possession, he was the first to find the end zone as he ran in from 9 yards out to put the score at 7-0. The second score for the Silver Knights came even quicker as Jordan Baker scooted in from 39 yards, breaking at least five tackles on his way to score.
Anderson trumped his teammate as the next Tyler Consolidated score was a 59-yarder from the junior running back. Anderson finished with 202 yards on 19 carries while the senior quarterback tallied 152 yards on 16 carries. Anderson, though, had more than 100 yards with 9:12 left in the second quarter.
“This year Anderson has stepped up and has been doing a great job,” Walton said. “It’s a team effort, obviously. It’s good to be able to spread the ball around a little bit and have those options.”
Nearing the end of the first quarter, Doddridge quarterback Garrett Devericks showed his running ability as he faked the Tyler Consolidated defense out and scampered to the pylon on a 47-yard run to make the score 21-6.
“There’s no excuses for the first half,” Burnside said. “If we play like that, we don’t win a game. But when they came out the second half they battled and fought. The first half was disappointing, but I’m proud of the second half and effort.”
The Bulldogs did come up big on some plays in the second half. After a Hogan Wells score and another one by Anderson to put Tyler Consolidated up 35-6 at halftime, it was about to punch it in again late in the third quarter. Baker took the snap and went 82 yards down to the Bulldogs 1. On the next play, Baker tried to sneak in, but the ball was stripped and it recovered in the end zone by Doddridge for a touchback.
The next play, Devericks hit Hunter Riffle and he broke away from coverage and went 80 yards to put the score at 35-12 with 3:26 left in the third.
Devericks and Riffle connected six times for 155 yards, accounting for all the yards for the Bulldogs through the air.
“Devericks, this was a big night,” Burnside said. “This was his second varsity start. I hope this gives him confidence going in. We can build off that second half. Tons of work to do, but we have to get four quarters put together.”
The Bulldogs cut the lead after a Clayton Lagasse 2-yard run to make it 35-19 with 8:46 left in the fourth quarter.
Baker gave Tyler Consolidated the breathing room it needed again late in the fourth quarter as he went across from 15 yards out to put the score at 41-19.