There's an added level of excitement surrounding this year's meeting between crosstown rivals Tyler Lee and John Tyler.

A rejuvenated Red Raiders team faces JT for the 58th time in series history Friday night in the + Dairy Queen Game of the Week.

Tyler Lee's Bryce Wilkerson looks for room to run during the Red Raiders' win over Lufkin last Friday in Tyler. (Christopher R. Vinn,

Lee, which has won just two games total in the previous two seasons, is 2-0 on the young season with impressive wins over Sulphur Springs (55-20) and Lufkin (42-30). Much of the newfound success can be credited to a talented sophomore class that accounted for 92 percent of Lee's total yardage last week against Lufkin.

John Tyler, which sports a 49-11 record since 2009, rebounded from its season-opening loss to Lufkin with a last-second 31-28 win over Lancaster last Saturday.

We’ll be live from the game with KLTV to bring you the preview at 6 p.m.

Pre-sale tickets to Friday's game will go on sale on Wednesday. They can be purchased on campus by students and faculty only Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets are also available the TISD's athletic office at the Plyler Complex (807 W. Glenwood) from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at T&T Lewis (903 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.) and Tyler Athletics (5201 S. Broadway) during regular business hours Wednesday and Thursday.

General admission tickets sold in advance are $3 for students, $6 for adults. Reserved tickets are $7. All tickets sold at the gate are $7.