If Kyjon Tyler doesn’t end up playing professional football, the Sumter athlete wants to become a sketch artist for the police department.
The halfback drew up his own gameplan on the football field Friday night and surely executed.
Tyler racked up 481 total yards and scored six touchdowns to lead the Gamecocks to a 63-41 victory over Carolina Forest.
“I was just focused and ready to go,” Tyler said. “My teammates helped me along the way so I have to give them credit. … But yeah if my plans don’t work out I would like to be a sketch artist for a police department, but I’m hoping I can let my play on the football field lead the way.”
Meanwhile, the Panthers were doomed from the get-go.
On Carolina Forest’s opening play, quarterback Will Brunson fumbled and Gamecocks’ Ismale Bell picked it up and returned it 21 yards to give Sumter a 7-0 advantage just 14 seconds into the game.
Then, after Charlie Miranda picked off a Brunson pass, Tyler broke free for a 90-yard rushing touchdown on the Gamecocks’ first offensive play to give them a 14-0 advantage.
“They are a good team,” Tyler said of Carolina Forest. “But we got on them early and they kind of got in a hole and couldn’t catch up. It was a good game.”
Tyler had two touchdown catches in the second quarter to give Sumter a 35-13 advantage at halftime.
“It was big,” Tyler said of going up by three scores at halftime.
On the Gamecocks’ first drive of the second half, Tyler scored on a 33-yard rush and found the end zone later in the quarter on a 34-yard rush to give Sumter a 49-19 advantage.
Tyler scored on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter, which was his 12th career kickoff return for a touchdown.
Meanwhile, Carolina Forest wide receiver Jeffery Sherman had a big night running the ball as he picked up over 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
“That kid can run,” Tyler said of Sherman. “I thought he had a really good night, too. He’s one of the better and faster kids I’ve seen.”
Carolina Forest has opened the Region VI-AAAA slate 0-3 and dropped to 2-7 overall, while Sumter moved to 2-1 in Region VI-AAAA, and improved to 5-4 overall.
“We just need to keep playing like we have and we’ll be fine,” Tyler said. “I’m not worried at all.”