Williamstown Yellowjackets Outlast Tyler Consolidated Silver Knights
Rucker rushes for 250 yards, two TDs for Tyler
SISTERSVILLE — Although Williamstown was up by eight at halftime, it seemed like all the momentum was in favor of Tyler Consolidated.
Mark Rucker found a gap and raced down the sidelines as time expired in the first half for a 63-yard score to get the Silver Knights within one possession.
Then, the Yellowjackets came out of the locker rooms with the first possession of the second half and Tyler forced a turnover on downs.
With its backs up against the wall and the Silver Knights knocking on the door, Williamstown needed a big play. Sophomore Trevor Oates came up big as he sniffed out a Gage Huffman pass and intercepted the ball on the goal line.
The turnover gave the Yellowjackets the spark they needed as they scored on their next possession and ran away with a 46-28 victory over the Silver Knights Friday night.
“We were able to get some yards running the ball,” Williamstown (7-1) coach Terry Smith said. “But when No. 14 (Rucker) touched it, he scored. He did it the first half. It was a great play by Oates who got some pressure there.
“Our offensive line did their job, Ty Moore ran real well. It’s just one of those things, maybe who had the ball last here at the end.”
Moore certainly did. The senior galloped for 288 yards and five touchdowns to pace the Yellowjackets. He secured a 70-yard run on Williamstown’s first possession after the interception and finished the drive off with a 7-yard run to make it 38-22 with 4:40 left in the third quarter. Moore also scored the final touchdown for Williamstown while also compiling 25, 50 and 7-yard scoring runs in the first half.
“Ty works hard,” Smith said. “He’s deserves everything he gets and he would tip his cap to the offensive line.”
The Silver Knights responded with a touchdown on their ensuing possession. Gage Huffman connected with Jayden Helmick for a 23-yard score to put the score at 38-28 with 2:56 left in the third.
It was the second time the two hooked up on the night as Helmick hauled in a 15-yard pass from Huffman for the game’s first touchdown.
On the ensuing possession for Williamstown, Moore led a 12-play drive capped by a 2-yard score by the senior to put the game away.
“We had some momentum going into halftime. Still down one score, we got a big stop on defense to start the second half. That was huge,” Tyler Consolidated (4-3) coach Ryan Walton said. “We drove the ball down the field. You can’t just line up and run, run, run. You got to keep people honest and that’s what we were doing. (Oates) made a nice play.”
Rucker was just as effective for the Silver Knights. The senior back rushed for 250 yards and two scores.
His first score came on the first offensive possession after Moore’s 50-yard dash. A 67-yard foot race to the end zone tied the game at 16-16 with 7:27 left in the first half.
“If anybody watched the game, it was a game that we expected was going to be like that,’ Walton said. “It was a physical football game. Both teams got after it. I am damn proud of my guys. We got young guys playing everywhere and we got some older guys that are taking care of them, guiding them along. I was proud of my guys.
“That’s a pretty good football team over there in Williamstown. Their defensive and offensive front is pretty good and Ty Moore is a pretty good ballplayer. He did a good job.”
Added Smith: “I just think Rucker is a just tremendous player. Anytime he had the ball and had a chance to score, he did. We were able to slow him down in the second half a little bit, but my hats off to him. He’s really good. Whether he had blocks, didn’t have blocks, it didn’t matter. I’m just glad we held on.”
The Yellowjackets also found the end zone through the air as Brayden Modesitt found Eric Brown for a score from 21 yards out. Modesitt went 7 of 18 for 118 and a touchdown while also securing 113 on the ground.
For the Silver Knights, Huffman threw for 131 yards going 12 of 20 in the process with two touchdowns and one interception.
Helmick led the receiving corp for Tyler with 79 yards on four catches.
“We got three games left. The season is not over,” Walton said. “We got Magnolia, Valley and St. Marys left and all three of those games is something we got to take one game at a time.
“We’ll start preparing for Magnolia (today). It’s kind of in our hands. We control what we can control and that’s wins and losses. If we get the next three, maybe we can get in.”
Williamstown 46, Tyler Consolidated 28
Williamstown 8 22 8 8 — 46
Tyler Consol. 8 14 6 0 — 28
T — Helmick 15 pass from Huffman (Huffman pass to Rucker), 2:14
W — Moore 25 run (Modesitt pass to Deem), :29.6
T — Moore 50 run (Moore run), 7:44
T — Rucker 67 (Rucker run), 7:27
W — Moore 7 run (Modesitt pass to Brown), 2:09
W — Brown 21 pass from Modesitt (pass failed), :6.7
T — Rucker 63 run (run failed), :00
W — Moore 7 run (Moore run), 4:40
T — Helmick 23 pass from Huffman (pass failed), 2:56
W — Moore 2run (Modesitt run), 9:20
Rushing: Williamstown 46-413-5td (Modesitt 13-113, Moore 29-288-5td, Oates 1-0, Richards 3-12). Tyler Consolidated 36-313-2td (Rucker 22-250-2td, Huffman 11-45, Walton 2-11, Helmick 1-7).
Passing: Williamstown 7-10-118-td (all by Modesitt). Tyler Consolidated 12-20-131-2td-x (all by Huffman).
Receiving: Williamstown 7-18-td (Bondi 2-20, Wigal 1-44, Brown 3-38-td, Deem 1-16). Tyler Consolidated 12-131-2td (Rucker 5-26, Helmick 4-79-2td, Throckmorton 3-41).
First Downs: Williamstown 21, Tyler Consolidated 20.
Penalties: Williamstown 9-70, Tyler Consolidated 4-25.
Fumbles: Williamstown 2-1, Tyler Consolidated 1-1.