|By Gaylen Duskey|
Tyler Consolidated scored three quick touchdowns and never looked back en route to a 43-6 homecoming victory over Calhoun County Friday night in Kidwell.
The previously winless Silver Knights, 1-4, had three touchdowns within the first five minutes of the game and that was more than enough to keep Calhoun, 0-5, winless on the season.
Jacob Highley, who has been playing through a leg injury, scored on a 28-yard touchdown run at the 9:51 mark of the first quarter. Highley led the Knights with 121 yards on a mere eight carries.
Seventeen seconds after Highley's score Cole Kocher scored on a 42 yard pass interception to make it 15-0.
The next time the Knights got the ball quarterback Jordan Baker ran it in from 48 yards out with the extra point pass making it 23-0 about halfway through the first quarter.
After that Calhoun's defense stiffened and TCHS didn't score again until :47 remained in the first half when Josh Ruble tallied from five yards out making it 30-0 at the half.
The Knights got the first touchdown of the second half on Skylar Leasure's five yard run late in the third quarter making it 36-0.
Calhoun got its only points of the evening as the third quarter ended when quarterback Casey Ritchie hit Kirkland Allen from 25 yards out to make it 46-6.
The Knights added one more touchdown on Ruble's 23-yard run with 8:01 left in the game to end the scoring although TCHS was inside the Calhoun 10-yard line when the game ended.
The game may have marked an end of an era of sorts as Calhoun Coach Mike Fitzwater moved three-year starter Logan Moore out from under center inserting sophomore Casey Ritchie into that starting spot.
Moore was moved to tailback where he led the team with 58 yards rushing on 11 carries while adding 25 receiving yards on two receptions.
Cole Ritchie, Casey's twin brother, added 33 yards on nine carries.
Casey Ritchie was 6-13-2 passing for 77 yards. Ethyn Miller led the way with two receptions for 27 yards while Allen and Moore had 25 apiece.
Overall, Calhoun had 145 yards total offense and 10 first downs.
The Red Devils go after the elusive first win of the season with another long trip away game next Friday night when they travel to South Harrison while TCHS is host to another winless team when 0-5 Buffalo invades.