Tyler Handles S. Harrison
MIDDLEBOURNE – South Harrison took the opening kickoff and quickly marched down field for the first score of the game, capped off by a 35-yard run off left tackle by Ian Riggleman. The extra point kick was good and with 9:46 left to play in the first the visitors held a 7-0 lead.
But that’s the only score the Hawks (6-1) could muster in their first loss, 13-7, on Friday night at the hands of Tyler Consolidated (4-3)
Tyler Consolidated couldn’t seem to get much going in the first half and found itself on the defensive side of the ball for the most part. South Harrison moved the ball well the remainder of the half but the Silver Knights came up with some big stops deep in their own territory to keep the game close at the half.
The Knights seemed to come out fired up and ready to play as Tyler Anderson took the second-half kickoff, broke a couple tackles and went 62 yards down the sideline to give the Knights great field position at the 9-yard line.
On the next play they were called for a false start setting them back to the 14. From there Jordan Baker dashed up the middle and went in for the score at the 11:17 mark of the third. Fede Perez, who missed a few games with a sprained leg, came on to kick the extra point and the score stood even at 7-7.
That is where the Silver Knights made another great defensive stand as the Hawks quickly moved deep into their territory only to come up wide right on a 34-yard field goal try.
The Silver Knights got the ball back and moved down the field on some power running by Jace Reed and Hogan Wells. Anderson caught a 22-yard pass from Baker that gave the Knights good position but the drive stalled and they had to punt.
The Hawks continued to move the ball well but each time the Silver Knights defense tightened to make the big play.
“Special teams stepped up when we got the opportunity there in the second half … Tyler Anderson did a nice job there on the kick return and that was huge,” Tyler Consolidated coach Ryan Walton said. ”Hats off to the backs and the offensive line, they did a nice job opening up holes and the backs ran hard. It was a total team effort all the way from the players to the coaches.
”Jordan Baker did a nice job controlling everything out on the field and that’s what he’s out there for. That’s a third-year quarterback.”
As the fourth quarter got under way the momentum starting turning the Knights’ way and they moved the ball well with controlled running. Wells had a couple hard runs up the middle and Reed also broke a couple for ist downs.
The Knights started controlling the line of scrimmage and moved the ball deep into South Harrison territory.
With 5:40 remaining in the game Anderson broke through the middle of the Hawks defense for 2 yards to give the Silver Knights a 13-7 edge. Perez came on to try the extra point but was set back 5 yards on a motion penalty. The kick was then blocked.
South Harrison took the ensusing kick and started a nice drive that ended with a good defensive stop by the Knights. From there it was all ball control by Tyler Consolidated.
The Hawks got one last shot with two minutes to play but the Tyler defense again rose up strong and took over on downs to run out the clock and come away with the big win.