Top 25 Games of 2015: No. 9, Tyler Lee at Rockwall
The Tyler Lee Red Raiders snapped a three-year playoff drought last season, claiming the final postseason berth out of District 11-6A -- three spots behind league champion Rockwall, which finished the regular season a perfect 10-0.
But, Rockwall had to earn its win over Lee, a 61-54 shootout on Halloween Night in Tyler. The Red Raiders were the only 11-6A team to come within at least 20 points of Rockwall.
There could be much more at stake in this season's Week 10 clash, which ranks No. 9 on ETSN.fm's list of the top 25 games of 2015.
While the Yellowjackets, who went three rounds deep in last season's playoffs, graduated 2,300-yard rusher and Texas signee Chris Warren, Lee returns most of its playmakers from an offense that averaged more than 44 points and 500 yards in 2014.
Lee senior quarterback Zach Hall, the Offensive Player of the Year on ETSN.fm's 2015 preseason East Texas Super Team, will look to follow up last year's huge junior campaign.
Hall (5-10, 170), who has Division I FBS offers from Baylor, Missouri, and Texas Tech, lit up opposing defenses a season ago. He finished with 2,001 yards and 16 touchdowns through the air, while leading the team in rushing with 1,487 yards and 22 touchdowns.
In last year's narrow loss to Rockwall, Hall put up 314 total yards and three TDs.
Lee also returns top receiver Isjuwan Barker (43 catches, 755 yards, 11 TDs), speed-merchant Tyrec Grayson (11.5 yards per touch), and running back Tavon Wesley, who ran for 744 yards and five touchdowns in 2014.
ETSN.fm's Top 25 Games of 2015
- No. 9: Tyler Lee at Rockwall
- No. 10: Van at Athens
- No. 11: Lufkin vs. West Monroe
- No. 12: Chapel Hill at Carthage
- No. 13: Waskom at Elysian Fields
- No. 14: John Tyler at Lufkin
- No. 15: Newton at West Orange-Stark
- No. 16: Longview at John Tyler
- No. 17: Chapel Hill vs. Whitehouse
- No. 18: Newton at Crockett
- No. 19: Tyler Lee at Sachse
- No. 20: Gilmer vs. Carthage
- No. 21: Atlanta at Liberty-Eylau
- No. 22: Tatum at Gilmer
- No. 23: Atlanta at Gladewater
- No. 24: Lufkin at Tyler Lee
- No. 25: Tatum at Newton