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Football Lookahead: Tyler Consolidated, Faces Doddridge in Home Opener

September 5, 2013
By JIM ELLIOTT , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

First-year Tyler Consolidated coach Ryan Walton saw where Doddridge County took advantage of all sorts of turnovers in a season-opening, 20-6 victory against South Harrison last week.

He also noticed in a game against similarly butterfingered Williamstown, which lost six fumbles, his Silver Knights failed to take advantage.

Oh, and they lost it a few times, themselves.

''First week, there's a lot of teams if you look at box scores that put the ball on the ground,'' Walton said. ''Hopefully we can correct that. We're working on ball security, I can guarantee that.''

When the Silver Knights weren't doing that this week, they were trying to figure out how to stop a Doddridge County ground game that features Wyat Ford, a youngster who rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown in the opener.

''They have pretty good size up front,'' Walton said. ''Their offensive line made some nice holes for the backs to run through. They did the same things they've always done. They're going to line up and come right at you. They're going to run until you stop the run.''

Sounds easy enough. Just load up the box, right?

''No, they're not one-dimensional,'' Walton said. ''They're just going to do what they have to do to have success.''

What about the Silver Knights, who dropped a 27-14 road decision at perennial power Williamstown last week, despite all of those gifts?

A loss is never good, Walton said. But he liked what he saw when he looked into his players' eyes.

''We found out our kids are going to see adversity and they're not going to quit when adversity pops up - the kids aren't going to roll over,'' Walton said. ''Not everything is going to be a perfect pass. There's going to be obstacles. We have a couple of seniors that are stepping up and leading by example.''

As for getting to Doddridge County, Walton said it's just a matter of beating it at its own game.

''We're going to concentrate on running the football and try to control the ball and control the clock. But if they stack the box up, we're going to adjust and throw it over them. That's football.''

Indeed.

The game will also mark the coach's first on the sidelines at his home field.

''It's exciting,'' Walton said.

''We've got a lot of community involvement. Everybody's excited. We have to win games to keep that enthusiasm. ''

No stranger to the area, Doddridge County will face another OVAC foe in Valley on Oct. 25.

 
 

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