The Press Box for November 6
The Wildcats football team is 3-6 on the season for first year coach Zach Heasley. After suffering a hard fought loss to Beallsville, Ohio, on Friday night 43-34. They now turn their attention to Friday’s home matchup with the Valley Lumberjacks. This rivalry is an intense one and should make for a good season finale for both schools. I am predicting the Wildcats to come out running and gunning to pick up A 21-20 victory.
The Cats have improved to the point that they are playing with a lot of confidence and they are playing to win. If you could back pedal a few games I believe the Wildcats could easily be 7-3 and looking at a playoff berth. However, 4-6 is a giant step for first year coach Zach Heasley. Lets get behind them and root them on to victory Friday night.
The Silver Knights put on another impressive display on Friday as they cut the Lumberjacks down to size by the score of 32-6, in what could have been a lot worse. The Knights have their work cut out for them on Friday as they travel down river for a date with the Blue Devils of St. Marys. Winning Friday, is a must forTyler if they want to extend their season. The young guys who stepped into action after moving up from Middle School last season are really providing some big time play for coach Ryan Walton. St. Marys is always tough but I believe the Silver Knights will come away with a win 28-20.
The Tyler Consolidarted Silver Knights Boys and Girls Cross Country teams both made it down to Cabel County High School near Huntington for the state cross country meet. Coming up big for the Knights was junior Spencer Corley who is one of the states top performers as he battled his way through the field of the states best, to finish third among all Class A runners. Corley has made a name for himself in track and field as he’s the top high jumper in the state and defending state champion. He also continues to train for the distance races where he consistently finishes at or near the top.
Silver Knight seniors Mark Rucker and Gage Huffman are the top one-two punch in the valley. Rucker has scored 210 points so far on the season and has 1562 yards rushing on 171 attempts for 9.1 yards per carry. He has 22 rushing touchdowns and six receiving while getting one on a fumble recovery and adding 16 rushing conversions and two pass reception conversions. Huffman has 674 yards rushing on 101 attempts for 12 touchdowns and has completed 62-100 passes for 940 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also has six conversion runs and one extra point kick, to account for a total of 24 touchdowns and 144 points. Those numbers should put the scare into most any team. If the Knights get into the playoffs they will be a tough test for whoever they play.