Silver Knights Beat Dragons
CAMERON -Cameron coach Scott Holt preached getting off to a good start in order to beat Tyler Consolidated.
The Dragons’ start turned into a nightmare as Tyler Consolidated went up 14-0 less than 90 seconds into the game and they could not recover, as the Silver Knights rolled 56-21 behind five touchdowns from Tyler Anderson.
“You talk about what our goals were for the game and we did the opposite of what we needed to do to start off the game,” Holt said. “Putting yourself in a hole against any team is tough, but putting yourself in a hole against Tyler gets even tougher. What really hurts us is we were close.
”We got physically manhandled last season against these guys and were down 35-0 at halftime. This season we are down 22 at halftime and felt like we could have been right there. We are close to being a good football team and as young as we are we have to get towards that.”
Jordan Baker recovered a fumble on the opening kick off that set up shop for Tyler Consolidated (2-1). Three plays later, senior fullback Hogan Wells rumbled in the end zone from 12 yards out just 54 seconds into the game.
Cameron (1-2) safely returned the next kickoff but three plays later Anderson picked off a Colby Brown pass and returned it 24 yards for a score and the Knights led 14-0 with 10:43 left in the first quarter.
Michael Starcher scored on a 23-yard run on the ensuing Cameron drive to put tit right back in the game at 14-7 with 7:11 remaining in the first quarter.
After the Dragons kicked the ball away, Tyler Consolidated scored on the first play of the drive when Baker found Colby Lash wide open down the seam for a 67-yard score and the Knights went up 21-7.
“We were fortunate when we busted one we were able to take it the distance,” Tyler Consolidated coach Ryan Walton said. “Not every time that is going to happen and (it) kind of went our way and we were able to bust a few.
The teams traded turnovers the next two drives and then Cameron found the end zone to come within eight points when Brown struck Trey Routt with a 34-yard touchdown.
Tyler Consolidated turned the ball over three times on two interceptions and one fumble while Cameron turned the ball over four times with two interceptions and two fumbles.
“Two weeks in a row we had a good start,” Walton said. “I am happy with the start but we keep putting the ball on the ground and I don’t know why, because we work on ball security every day. We need to take better care of the football very soon.”
Baker found Lash again for a score, this time from 19 yards out to make the score 28-13 Tyler Consolidated with 10:22 left in the half. Baker went 3 of 6 for 94 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Lash had all the catches.
Anderson scored on the next Knights drive from 6 yards out with his first of three rushing touchdowns. The Knights went up 35-13 with 5:47 left in the half. Tyler Consolidated scored one more time before the half with a 25-yard run from Anderson to take a 42-13 lead into the break.
“It was the big plays that surprised us and the lack of tackling,” Holt said. “And that happens in high school football. We coach them, we hope they get better and we are proud of their effort.
“We get better every week. Getting beat by Valley last week by 22 and getting beat tonight by Tyler its hard to see improvement unless you know what you are looking for. And we see things that we love in our kids and the commitment is there to get better, it is just a matter of executing.”
The Knights came right out of the gate in the second half, scoring on the first play from scrimmage when Anderson took the ball 60 yards to the house. Anderson finished with 165 rushing yards on 11 carries while Tyler Consolidated end with 304 yards on the ground.
Cameron answered when Brown threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Starcher to cut the lead to 49-21 with 3:41 left in the third quarter. Anderson took the ensuing kickoff 93 yards to the end zone as the Knights went up 56-21 with 3:22 left in the third quarter. Tyler Consolidated kicker Federico Perez went 8-for-8 in extra-point attempts.
“I am tickled to death with the way special teams played,” Walton said. “Tyler Anderson has stepped up this year. He has worked hard in the offseason. On that pick-6 he was right there and made a good play.
”The kickoff return he broke some tackles and gave a great effort along with the unit. We are very happy with our special teams and happy with the overall play except for the dumb penalties and turnovers.
“For years we struggled to find a kicker and Federico Perez has stepped up there and knocked them all through, and that speaks volumes for him and it could come in handy one of these days.”