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Knights, ‘Jackets battle in LKC duel

WILLIAMSTOWN — At some point in time, Williamstown’s dominance of Tyler Consolidated might come to an end.

Yellowjacket head coach Chris Beck sure hopes it doesn’t start this Friday when his 5-1 program heads to Kidwell for a 7 p.m. kick against the 4-2 Silver Knights.

“It’s pretty much the same thing we talk about every year. Williamstown is Williamstown. They are going to come in, are well coached and expect to win,” said TCHS boss Ryan Walton, whose squad enters this Little Kanawha Conference showdown rated No. 14 in single-A with WHS at No. 5.

“They got a tradition down there. You can get up on them quick and they are not going to go away. That’s their mindset. They are going to play hard for four quarters. I know, you know, everybody knows it.”

Tyler Consolidated, winners of four straight and fresh off a homecoming victory last week versus Buffalo, has lost 19 consecutive games to the Yellowjackets.

“I see a playoff team, for sure. They are explosive. They got lots of athletes,” admitted coach Beck of the Silver Knights. “The (Jayden) Helmick kid at wide receiver. (Trenton) Huffman at quarterback and (Sean) Winfrey at tailback, any of those guys can hurt you. I think they are playing as good as defense as I’ve seen since I’ve been here.

“They are playing at a high level. The (Case) Landis kid and (Ty) Walton, I see a team really explosive offensively and a very good defense. Without a doubt they are a playoff team. I think we are going to have our hands full Friday night going up there and trying to get a win.”

Williamstown, which is playing its final road game of the regular season, is expected to be without Trevor Oates once again.

“He’s making progress, probably won’t be available this week,” coach Beck added. “On both sides of the ball, it hurts not having Trevor there. I don’t think you replace Trevor with one guy.

“We’ve had different guys (Jed Layne, Kent Wigal) step up.

“On offense, that means a little bit more work for Rickie (Allen) and I think he responded well for that last week. He works so hard and I don’t worry about putting that on him. He’s embraced the challenge and is doing the best he can.”

Allen and ‘Jacket signal-caller Maxwell Molessa each had big games during last week’s win at Weir, which included a pair of touchdowns apiece.

“He’s a threat any time he touches the ball and he touches it a lot for them,” coach Walton said of Molessa. “We’re going to try and limit the big plays and make them earn everything they get and try to bottle him up.

“If he was up here for us we’d probably be using him the same way. He’s a good ball player, a heckuva athlete and very dangerous on the field.”

Even though the Yellowjackets have big games left on the schedule, including next week when Fort Frye invades, Beck knows this will be a tough road win to earn.

“We’ll go up there and see what we can do and the rest of the schedule is loaded for bear,” Beck added. “We’re focused on Tyler and know that if we can get a win we’re pretty much in the playoffs.

“Our guys know the challenge we face. Our guys are familiar with how talented they are and exactly what we are facing on Friday.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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