Silver Knights Destroy Tigers
Tyler Consolidated’s Silver Knights made homecoming week a joyous occasion as the Knights football team cut the Wirt County Tigers to pieces, 63-6, on Friday, Sept. 21 on the home turf. The visiting Tigers got on the board first early in the game with a Tigers pass and run play to Dalton Griffin – with only 12 seconds off the clock.
Coach Walton and the Knights were not intimidated, however, and went on a scoring barrage, putting the next nine touchdowns on the board all on the ground by a combination of runners and a fumble recovery. Knights quarterback/kicker Griffin Phillips had a brilliant game – scoring three times on runs of eight yards, four yards and 20 yards; he also made good on all nine extra point kicks, to account for 27 of Tyler’s total points.
Mark Rucker came up big with two scores as he crossed the goal line on a four-yard jaunt up the middle and later returned a fumble recovery 40 yards for another touchdown. Rounding out the scoring for the Silver Knights was Riley Leasure who grabbed two passes for 64 yards and hit the end zone on a score. Sophomore Gage Huffman also showed his speed on a 22-yard run on a pitchout from Phillips. Huffman took the ball and out-ran the defense for his second big score in the last two games.
Case Landis tacked on two scores with runs of six yards and the longest Silver Knights run of the night – a 51 yard touchdown. The Knights had excellent field position most of the evening as the Tigers had trouble with their kicking game. The Knights never attempted a punt all night while Wirt had to boot it away four times with an average of only 16 yards. Jake Rice came up with a big play to stop a Wirt drive when he reached out with his left hand and pulled in an interception to give the Knights the ball. Two plays later the Knights scored.
By halftime the Silver Knights had a 42-6 lead, and it was clear the home team was on their way to a second straight win.
To top it all off, Senior Josey Jones was crowned homecoming queen for 2018-19, as the fans were celebrating.
“We came out and missed an assignment on the first play from scrimmage to give Wirt the lead.
It was blown coverage and was something we worked on all week. After that we played like we were capable, and although we had way too many penalties, the boys just fought through it, and you saw the end result.
Wirt has a nice team, but our defense played extremely well – stopping them on nearly every opportunity.
They only had something like six first downs, and that is a tribute to our defense,” said Coach Ryan Walton.
“Offensively, we were pretty much able to do what we wanted, and for the second week in a row, we got some of the younger kids a lot of playing time.”
The Silver Knights racked up 14 first downs – rushing for 305 yards on 38 carries, and 88 yards passing on 7-9 attempts – all by Phillips. Rucker ended with 103 yards on 14 carries, while Phillips added 57 on eight totes. Tyler received nine penalties for 70 yards. Rice and Riley Leasure combined for 12 tackles, while Hunter Forester – back from a one-game suspension – added nine solo tackles, two behind the line of scrimmage.
The Silver Knights will host Webster County on Friday night at 7 p.m. in search of their third straight win.