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TC Inches Closer to Postseason

By Staff | Nov 6, 2019

Gage Huffman (11) pulls the ball back out from the belly of Mark Rucker and looks for running room on a QB option play against Valley. Tyler Consolidated improved to 6-3 and further bettered its playoff positioning with a final game yet to be played.

The 6-3 Silver Knights are preparing for Friday night’s big showdown With St. Marys after slicing up the Valley Lumberjacks on November 1, in Pine Grove. It was a little tougher than expected, but Coach Ryan Walton’s squad turned a 16-0 halftime lead into a 32-0 rout before the Lumberjacks scored in the fourth quarter after Walton cleared his bench.

Mark Rucker the Knights superb running back got Tyler on the board with 0.50 seconds to go in the first with a 55 yard catch and run play. He then gallopped in for the two point conversion run to make it 8-0. In the second period Rucker scored again on a 39 yard burst with 3:51 to go before halftime and tacked on another two point run to take the Knights into the locker room with a 16-0 lead.

After the break Huffman engineered a scoring drive by dashing 21 yards followed by Ruckers 22 yard run and two yard scoring plunge. Gage Huffman hit freshman Ty Walton for the two point toss to give the Knights a comfortable 24-0 lead.

Still in the third period Huffman found Helmick open for a 66 yarder then connected again with Walton, for a 13 yard scoring strike for six. Huffman’s Second scoring toss of the game put Tyler up 32-0 after freshman Jayden Helmick was good on the conversion run.

Valley actually controlled the time of possession most of the first half as they had a 17:26 to 6:34 advantage, but the Knights were able to make the big plays when they needed to.

The Silver Knights defense swarms a Valley ball carrier. The Tyler first team defense held the Lumberjacks scoreless, until the home team pushed across a late touchdown long after the backups had entered the game.

“Valley did exactually what they wanted to do and they did a good job of doing it,”Tyler Coach Ryan Walton said. “The first two possessions they stuffed us. We had to punt the ball away and we were getting frustrated but we were able to get Mark outside a little bit and he broke loose and got us started. That was huge for us.”

Rucker finished the contest with 93 yards rushing on 13 attempts and two touchdowns, while getting his third score through the air on a 55 yard reception. He finished with three catches for 70 yards. Huffman was good for 47 yards on eight carries, while going 6-8 passing for 152 yards and two scores. Helmick ran the ball three times for 43 yards and caught one pass for 66 yards. He also addd a two point conversion run. Walton took in to receptions for 16 yards and a score and had a two point reception.

“This was good for our guys,” Coach Walton said. “Adversity is going to hit all the time. We talk about it all the time. It happened a few times Friday. But this showed that we are maturing throughout the year and we were able to overcome it.”

“I tell the guys if they want to play in the postseason we better win seven games. We control how hard and physical we play and wins and losses. That’s it,” Said Coach Walton.

The Knights return to action on Friday in a road contest with St. Marys that will more than likely determined post season play for the Slver Knights. Game time is 7 p.m.