Blue Eagles Fly High Over Silver Knights
Coming into Friday nights home game against Magnolia, the Silver Knights had high hopes of extending their record to 5-3 and stay in the playoff hunt. Magnolia, 3-6, however was riding a six game losing streak that was somewhat deceiving because of the strength of schedule.
The Silver Knights won the opening coin toss and elected to kickoff and take the ball first in the second half. The Knights tried a squib kick but Magnolia recovered near the 50 yard line and from there marched down field and got the first score of the game with only 1:41 off the first quarter clock when Brooks Parsons cut through the Knights defense and went in untouched for a six yard score.
Tyler Consolidated was not to be denied however as Griffin Phillips connected with Mark Rucker on a 43 yard pass for the T.D. with 5:06 left in the quarter and Phillips made good on the conversion run to give the Knights an 8-6 lead.
Less than a minute later Knights, Hunter Forrester, recovered a Blue Eagle fumble in the end zone and Phillips kicked the extra point to lift the Knights to a 15-6 lead. The Silver Knights got another score with :56 seconds to go in the first when they recovered another Blue Eagle fumble and Phillips connected with Rucker on a two yard strike for a 21-6 lead.
The Knights looked to be in control and had the ball driving with three minutes to go before halftime. Magnolia took advantage of a Knights interception and got a score with 2:15 to go making it 21-12. On Tyler“s next possession they were again moving the ball when the Knights got a fumble recovery and then with :21 seconds left in the half Magnolia quarterback Pat Mirandy found Parsons open for a 59 yard scoring strike, the two point conversion pass to Parsons was also good and the Knights went into the locker room with only a one point lead. The Silver Knights took the second half kickoff but again turned it over and with only 1:18 off the second half clock. Magnolia took the lead for good on a one yard run from Mirandy. He also got the conversion run and just like that it was Magnolia 28-21.
The rest of the night belonged to the Blue Eagles as they got another score with 3:11 to go in the third on a 22 yard run by Parsons who then completed the two point conversion pass to Hostetler and the Knights 15 point first quarter lead was now reversed 36-21.
Magnolia got one more score in the fourth on a 13 yard run from Hunter Partridge and Mirandy added the extra point kick for the final score of 43-21.
“Their defense gave us trouble,” said Tyler Consolidated coach Ryan Walton. “They gave us opportunities and we took advantage of them but then we gave them opportunities and they took advantage of them. They got the momentum and never gave it back.”
“Their miscues helped put us in business,” Walton said. “That was about all we had in the first half and we just couldn’t get anything going in the second half.”
Griffin Phillips led the Knights in rushing with 99 yards on 11 carries while also completing 7-20 passes for 76 yards and two scores.
Rucker caught five passes for 55 yards and the two scores. Hunter Forrester had a big night as he got a score on a fumble recovery and had nine yards on three carries snfd one catch for eight yards.
Defensively the Knights Riley Leasure had 11 solo tackles and recovered a fumble, George Tenant got 10 solo tackles, had four assists and one for a loss. Sophomore Gage Huffman added seven solo tackles, one assist and one special team tackle. Dylan Glover, Nate Lancaster and Kyle Mason all had four stops.
The Knights were penalized four times for 50 yards while Magnolia had a whopping 17 penalties for 165 yards. Tyler lost 3-3 fumbles while Magnolia lost 2-3.
New Martinsville led in total yardage 481-191 despite the difference in penalty yardage. For the Blue Eagles Parsons accounted for 251 yards on 10 rushes for 141 and two T.D.’s and five receptions for 110 yards and a score. Partridge had 33 carries for 205 yards.
The Silver Knights fell to 4-4 on the campaign with games remaining with Valley Wetzel on Friday and St. Mary’s on November 3. Their playoff hopes are still alive but they must win out to have a chance.