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Silsbee Tiger’s season ends in playoff loss

November 16, 2016 GMT

Silsbee’s season ends in playoff loss

It was third and goal at the five near the end of the fourth quarter on Friday night at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin, and Silsbee looked to extend a 30-28 lead over Carthage with a handoff to the area’s leading rusher, Calvin Tyler Jr.

Tyler slipped, then ran into the end zone as the whistles blew: the officials marked his knee down at the seven yard line. Senior quarterback Willie Jones’ fourth down throw fell incomplete, and Carthage marched down and scored the go-ahead touchdown, 34-30, with 14 seconds left in the game.

The Tigers’ season was one of gradual improvement under first-year head coach Randy Smith. Silsbee started 1-3 in non-district, then won five of their next six to finish second in District 10-4A-I.

Tyler rushed for 360 yards and three touchdowns of 77, 72 and 69 yards against Carthage, and finished the season with 2,850 yards and 29 touchdowns.

“He’s going to play a lot more football,” Smith said of Tyler, who has offers from California and Illinois. “He carried us at the start of the season, and he continued to carry us as we improved around him. He’s a good kid, and his leadership will be tough to lose.”