Tyler Lee Can’t Get Anything Going in Second Half in 59-35 Loss to Keller Fossil Ridge
KELLER -- Keller Fossil Ridge shut down Tyler Lee's vaunted offense in the second half after giving up 28 in the first, pulling out a 59-35 season-opening win over the Red Raiders on Friday night.
Fossil Ridge outscored Tyler Lee 24-7 in the second half after taking a 35-28 lead at the half in a game that was surely headed for a shootout. The two teams combined for 1,034 yards of offense in the game.
Fossil Ridge (1-0) notched five rushing touchdowns in the win, two of them coming from Anthony Smith, who ran for 192 yards on 20 carries. Quarterback Bryce Baccarini scored the other three touchdowns and finished with 10 carries for 54 yards.
Baccarini finished the game 20 of 29 passing for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Max Akin led Fossil Ridge receivers with five catches for 106 yards and a score.
The Fossil Ridge defense frustrated Tyler Lee quarterback Zach Hall much of the game. Hall completed just 5 of 16 pass attempts for 180 yards with a touchdown -- a 93-yarder to Tavon Wesley just 10 seconds into the game.
Running back Tavon Wesley kept the Red Raiders (0-1) in the mix in the first half, scoring touchdowns from 9 and 65 yards out to keep the game tied at 21-21 going into the second quarter.
Baccarini scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, but a 4-yard touchdown run from Tyrec Grayson kept Tyler Lee within seven at the half.
But the Red Raiders wouldn't see the end zone again until Wesley's 6-yard touchdown run with 4:19 left in the game.
Grayson finished the game with four catches for 153 yards and Wesley rushed for 125 yards on 15 carries for Tyler Lee, which plays host to longtime rival Lufkin at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 4) at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.