Blue Devils Dominate Tyler Consolidated, 49-14
ST. MARYS – Tyler Consolidated made a pair of big plays in the first half, but host St. Marys had no problems rolling to a 49-14 victory here Thursday night in a battle of ranked Class A Little Kanawha Conference programs.
The sixth-rated Blue Devils tallied the game’s first 22 points and the last 20 points to easily improve to 4-0. However, the No. 17 Silver Knights (2-2) kept within striking distance in the first half and only trailed 29-14 at intermission.
Any hope TCHS had of staying in the affair ended early in the third quarter. Silver Knight tight end Trent Smith hauled in what turned out to be a 56-yard gain from quarterback Jordan Baker on the second play, but a hustling Bret Fetty stripped the ball and Braden Barnhart fell on it to give the hosts the pigskin at their own 10.
Blue Devil signal-caller Will Billeter, who went 9 of 17 for 157 yards in the first half and had just one pass attempt after halftime, then led a ground attack on the ensuing possession. St. Marys, which has a week off before playing host to rival Williamstown at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, churned out a 15-play, 90-yard scoring drive that consumed 5:53 of the clock as Barnhart’s 17-yard run made it a 35-14 advantage.
Barnhart, who tallied four touchdowns, finished with 94 yards on 18 attempts while Fetty had 17 rushes for a game-high 138 yards. Fetty’s 2-yard plunge at 2:33 of the third and Barnhart’s 2-yard TD run just six ticks into the fourth made up the final scoring for head coach Jodi Mote’s squad.
The contest opened with St. Marys taking possession, but the two teams proceeded to combine for five straight punts. Late in the opening stanza, the Silver Knights had a fourth-and-5 at the SMHS 32, but Tyler Anderson was stuffed for a 2-yard loss by Blue Devils Devin Boley and Jacob Cox. The hosts couldn’t take advantage, though, as a Fetty fumble was recovered by Devon Harris.
Despite having a first-and-10 at the Blue Devil 47, the Silver Knights had to punt. Three plays later, Dylan Gray hauled in a 63-yard touchdown reception from Billeter. Ty Lemley’s extra point made it 7-0 as time expired on the score in the first quarter.
Following another TCHS punt on its next series, St. Marys went back to work and needed just four plays to go 65 yards to paydirt. Barnhart toted it the final 15 stripes and it was 14-0 with 9:21 to play in the opening half.
TCHS tailback Jace Reed, who played for the first time this year, fumbled on the next Silver Knight drive and Fetty pounced on the loose ball. Fetty’s 9-yard scoring jaunt and Barnhart’s run for two after a bad snap made it 22-0 at the 6:16 mark.
The visitors, who trailed 308-199 in total yards at halftime and ended up allowing 491 yards and gained 265 overall, finally got on the scoreboard when Anderson had an 83-yard catch-and-run touchdown reception from Jordan Baker.
St. Marys continued to move the ball through the air and upped its cushion to 29-6 with 3:12 to play after Barnhart’s 6-yard TD run.
The Silver Knights, who welcome Calhoun County to town for a 7 p.m. clash next Friday, cut the deficit to 15 at the break. Baker had a negative 1-yard pass to Colby Lash, who then executed a perfect hook-and-ladder to Anderson, who sprinted 66 yards down the sideline for the score. Baker’s conversion run made it 29-14.
St. Marys, which also got an interception from the linebacker Boley, forced five turnovers and rushed 55 times for 334 yards. Gray had game-highs of five catches for 104 yards.
Anderson led the visitors with seven rushes for 94 yards and had a pair of receptions for 95 yards.