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Tyler Consolidated Too Much For Magnolia

Photo by Cody Nespor Magnolia running back Kaden Johnson, center, tries to get out of the end zone as he is tackled by a plethora of Tyler Consolidated defenders on Friday night.

SISTERSVILLE — Tyler Consolidated continued its playoff push Friday night with a 49-7 win over visiting Magnolia at Knights Stadium.

Following a tough loss to Williamstown last week, the Silver Knights (5-3) bounced back with a complete game win over the Blue Eagles (1-6), scoring in all phases – offense, defense and special teams.

“It’s a complete win in all three phases of the game,” said Tyler coach Ryan Walton. “I’m tickled to death with the physical play that we came out with tonight.”

Friday’s game began with a scoreless first quarter, before the Knights really turned it on in the second. Sophomore tailback Sean Winfrey scored a rushing touchdown to begin the quarter and it was all up from there.

Following the touchdown, the Knights tried an on-side kick that Kaden Huffman recovered. Set up at Magnolia’s 27-yard line, the Knights cashed in with Jayden Helmick running in a touchdown from nine yards out later on the drive.

A few possessions later, Winfrey scored again, this time on a 63-yard burst and suddenly the Knights led 22-0 halfway through the quarter.

Magnolia’s lone spark on offense came when quarterback Brayden Vargo faked a screen pass to his left then threw it to his right to Marcus Johnson, who had blockers in front. Following his blockers to the outside, Johnson ran 73 yards mostly untouched to the endzone to make the score 22-7. Other than that, however, it was a rough night for Magnolia’s offense. The Blue Eagles managed only 45 yards on the ground, picked up just five first downs and turned the ball over four times.

“The defensive line did a good job and the secondary did a good job in coverage,” Walton said. “If you stop the run and control the line of scrimmage, good things can happen for you.”

Tyler responded to the long touchdown with another drive deep into Magnolia territory, but failed to reach the end zone and turned the ball over on downs.

It did not matter, however, as Winfrey intercepted Vargo on the first play of Magnolia’s ensuing drive and cut across the field for a 15-yard pick-six. Tyler took a 28-7 lead into halftime.

The second half was all Tyler. Quarterback Trenton Huffman scored on a quarterback sneak and later threw a 22-yard touchdown to Weston Henderson. The Knights also picked up a safety when Magnolia’s center snapped the ball through their own endzone and for added measure, Helmick returned the ensuing safety punt 55 yards for a touchdown.

In the game, Helmick ran nine times for 118 yards and a touchdown, caught a 14 yards pass, picked off two passes on defense and scored on the safety punt.

“Helmick’s an athlete, we’re tickled to death to have him,” Walton said. “It’s not one kid or two kids, it’s all 30 of the kids on the roster, everybody’s putting into it and working hard in practice.”

Winfrey finished with 124 rushing yards and two scores on offense and the pick-six on defense. Huffman completed 5-of-11 passes for 140 yards and one touchdown.Brady Strode caught two passes for 65 yards.

For Magnolia, Barnes ran 12 times for 24 yards and caught five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown.

The win will help the Knights, who currently sit right on the edge of making the playoffs with two road games remaining on their schedule.

“According to others, if we win out we’ve got a shot of getting in the playoffs,” Walton said. “We’ve got to go to Valley and then down to St. Mary’s and neither one of those places are easy to play in.”

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