Rucker Stars in Tyler Win
Junior all-purpose player Mark Rucker scored four touchdowns and ran for 205 yards on 24 carries to propel Tyler Consolidated to a 49-42 win in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score. The visitors from Webster County got on the board first with a five yard pass but missed the conversion attempt, and with 5:44 left in the first period it was 6-0, Webster.
The Knights took the ensuing kick-off and drove the ball downfield with Rucker picking up his first score of the night on a 13-yard end round run to tie the game with 4:10 left. Tyler took the lead at the 7:27 mark of the second quarter and never lost it again as Jacob Rice picked up a loose ball after the Knights had Webster backed up to the five yard line. He rambled in for the three-yard run to move the Silver Knights up, 12-6. Knights quarterback Griffin Phillips then found Rucker for the two-point conversion pass, and the Knights held a 14-6 lead.
After quickly stopping the visitors, Tyler went back to work, and Rucker picked up his second touchdown of the night on a five-yard run. Phillips added the point after kick, and with 6:04 left before the half, the Knights had a 21-6 advantage. A 13-yard pass play for a score by Webster with 2:42 left in the half made it 21-12.
The Silver Knights came right back on their next possession on a nice 53-yard run by Phillips with 1:59 left before the break; he added the extra point kick, and the Knights took a 28-12 lead into the half. On Phillips’ run he cut through the defense and got a great block from Gage Huffman, then outraced three defenders to the end zone.
After the break Rucker got his third score on a 36-yard run as he shook off two defenders and outraced the field to the end zone.
Phillips added the point after, and the Knights had their largest lead of the night, 35-12 with 7:04 still on the third period clock. Webster cut the lead to 15 when they got a four-yard run and added the conversion run to make it 35-20 with 3:43 left in the third.
With 8:51 on the fourth quarter clock, Knights senior Hunter Forester pulled in a nine-yard toss from Phillips for a score, and after Phillips,’ kick, the Knights seemed to be in complete control, 42-20. Webster, however, had other ideas and pulled to within eight, 42-34, with 3:31 to play. The visitors added a two-yard run and a 65-yard pass for scores to get to 42-34.
The Silver Knights went right back to work, and Rucker finished them off with a 24-yard scamper around the end for his fourth score of the night with Phillips adding his fifth point after kick, and with 1:48 left, it was 49-34.
Webster added their last score with 14 seconds on the clock on a 35-yard pass play and tacked on the two point run to make it 49-42 as time ran out. Phillips was 5-8 passing for 80 yards, and a score. He also ran the ball 12 times for 132 yards while tossing a two-point conversion and kicking the five extra points. Rucker caught three passes for 57 yards and added 49 return yards for 311 total yards on the night. Gage Huffman caught a pass for 14 yards, and Forester caught the nine-yard touchdown.
The Knights travel to Williamstown on Friday for a battle against the state’s third ranked team in a 7 p.m. contest.