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Football Lookahead: Tyler Plays host to Calhoun County

September 27, 2013
By TRACY WATSON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

KIDWELL - Williamstown, Doddridge County, Magnolia and St. Marys.

To say the least there have not been any breaks in Tyler Consolidated's schedule during the opening four weeks of the season.

While you have to treat every team the same and be prepared heading into battle, Friday night's contest with visiting Calhoun County might be just what the doctor ordered in a game pitting 0-4 squads.

Along with the records, there are other similarities. First-year coach Ryan Walton has watched the Silver Knights struggle on offense (39 points) while allowing 128 to their opponents. That's something Coach Michael Fitzwater can relate to, in that his Red Devils have scored 47 but allowed 155.

Both squads are also coming off blowout losses to good teams with Tyler falling 35-6 to unbeaten St. Marys and Calhoun dropping a 56-6 decision to once-beaten Parkersburg Catholic.

"I told the kids we are both 0-4, and we aren't bad football teams," Walton said. "But schedule-wise we have both pretty much gone through the same things. Both teams are really just itching for a win right now."

There is good news for the Knights. Running back/linebacker Shane Highley, who left the St. Marys game with a leg injury, will play Friday night. Highley had a team-high 74 yards on 22 carries while making eight tackles on defense. Quarterback Jordan Baker leads the offense while Swen Scheidmantel had three grabs for 22 yards last week.

"The biggest thing for us is that we have to start fast and stay on them," Walton said. "These kids, the coaches and the fans all want to be successful, but it is not going to be handed to us, we have to go out, work hard and get the job done.

"It is nice that Shane (Highley) will be back, we like to pound him on both sides of the football. Actually, we are pretty healthy as a team and that is a good thing."

Calhoun County will be led by quarterback Logan Moore with Kirkland Allen the team's leading rusher and also a capable receiver. Cole Ritchie will also see action at running back while Mason Sheldon is the Red Devils' leading receiver.

"They have a very dangerous quarterback who can drop back or scramble and take off," Walton added. "He can hurt you with his arm and his legs and we are going to have to find a way to contain him. "They have some weapons, but there is no question that the quarterback is their main weapons."

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