Can Tyler Lee Capture Its First District Win Of 2012 At Home Against Rockwall?
Rockwall Yellowjackets (2-5, 1-2)
Tyler Lee Red Raiders (1-5, 0-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday
TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler
Rockwall: Scott Smith
Tyler Lee: Darrell Piske
Rockwall: def. North Mesquite, 49-29
Tyler Lee: idle
Tyler Lee: at Mesquite
- QB Dylan Campman, Sr., 5-11, 185 (67 of 117, 732 yards, 2 TDs, 6 INTs; 79 carries, 351 yards, 2 TDs)
- RB Chris Warren (114 carries, 759 yards, 11 TDs; 5 catches, 21 yards, 1 TD)
- ATH Zach Berryman, Sr., 5-7, 164 (55 carries, 403 yards, 2 TDs; 20 catches, 328 yards, 1 TD)
- WR Xavier Castille (35 catches, 349 yards)
- LB Jared Farrow, Sr., 5-9, 210
- RB LaQuintas Wallace, Sr., 5-10, 190 (94 carries, 559 yards, 7 TDs)
- QB Raleigh Poster, Jr. (45 of 93, 611 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs)
- K/P Lumi Kaba, Sr., 6-2, 180 (3 field goals, 14 PATs; 26 punts, 43.5 average)
- RB LeTerrance Simmons (12 carries, 95 yards, 1 TD on Oct. 5 vs. North Mesquite)
- OT Zacchaeus Page, Sr., 6-4, 305
Just the facts
- Rockwall and Tyler met twice in the previous decade when the two shared the same district. Lee came out on top, 41-7, in 2004 and Rockwall returned the favor, 21-14, the following year.
- The Yellowjackets put up a season-high 49 points in last week's win over North Mesquite. Rockwall had 563 yards of offense, 426 of which came on the ground.
- For the season, Rockwall is averaging 21.4 points per game. Its defense surrenders an average of 40.4
- Tyler Lee was off last week after its loss to North Mesquite, which built a 27-0 halftime lead on the Red Raiders.
- The Red Raiders have dropped seven consecutive district games. Lee's last league win came in the final week of the 2010 regular season.
- Lee has struggled on offense, averaging just 19.8 points per game. The defense has had their shortcomings as well, allowing 30 points an outing.
Key matchup: Rockwall running game vs. Tyler Lee defensive front. As mentioned above, the Yellowjackets had a big Friday night last week on the ground, rushing for more than 400 yards as a team. Chris Warren had the biggest performance of all, going for 268 yards and four touchdowns. If Rockwall has that kind of success again, it could be a long night for the Red Raiders defense. Judging by the numbers, the best way to counteract Rockwall is to stop the run. Through seven games, Rockwall quarterbacks have combined to throw eight interceptions. Even in last week's 20-point win that featured so many big plays in the running game,
Rockwall still turned it over twice through the air. If Lee can get Rockwall into obvious passing downs, life will be a lot easier for the Red Raiders who are still searching for their first district win.
Don't be surprised if: Tyler Lee plays well enough to win on Friday night. Not many people expected Rockwall to dominate North Mesquite the way it did last week, especially after the Stallions dominated Lee the week before. But now that the cat's out of the bag and that Rockwall won't simply be a pushover, opponents will cease to overlook the Yellowjackets. Bottom line: this may be Lee's best chance to crack the win column this season in district with league games remaining against Mesquite, Longview and Rockwall-Heath.