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Tyler Lee Hopes to Open 12-5A With A Win Over Mesquite Horn After Collecting First Win Last Week

Tyler Lee running back LaQuintas Wallace turns upfield against John Tyler during their game Sept. 14 in Tyler. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

MESQUITE HORN JAGUARS (2-2)
AT
TYLER LEE RED RAIDERS (1-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday
TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler

Coaches
Mesquite Horn: Rodney Webb
Tyler Lee: Darrell Piske

Last week
Mesquite Horn: lost to John Tyler, 35-30
Tyler Lee: def. Texas High, 23-7

Next week
Mesquite Horn: vs. Rockwall
Tyler Lee: at North Mesquite

Playmakers
Mesquite Horn

  • QB Destri White, Jr., 6-0, 170 (20 of 30, 217 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT; 11 carries, 55 yards last week vs. John Tyler)
  • RB Treyvon Marsh, Sr, 5-7, 160 (22 carries, 90 yards, 1 TD last week vs. John Tyler)
  • WR Brian O’Bannon, Sr., 5-8, 145 (16 catches, 239 yards, 2 TDs)
  • WR DelMichael High, Jr., 6-2, 170 (4 catches, 45 yards, 2 TDs last week vs. John Tyler)
  • LB D.J. Green, Sr., 6-1, 205
  • ATH Justyn Oliphant, Jr., 5-9, 170 (14 carries, 65 yards; 5 catches, 45 yards, 1 TD)
  • DE Colton King, Sr., 6-2, 225

Tyler Lee

  • QB Raleigh Poster, Jr. (32 of 61, 473 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs)
  • RB/WR Bryce Wilkerson, Jr. (65-yard TD catch last week vs. Texas High)
  • RB LaQuintas Wallace, Sr., 5-10, 185 (74 carries, 413 yards, 6 TDs)
  • FB/LB Marcus White, Sr., 5-6, 185 (11 carries, 61 yards last week vs. Texas High)
  • FS Spencer Borah, Sr. (INT last week vs. Texas High)
  • DE Del’kei Derrett, Sr., 6-1, 240
  • K/P Lumi Kaba, Sr., 6-2, 180 (48-yard field goal last week vs. Texas High)

Just the facts

  • Mesquite Horn blew three leads in its 35-30 loss to John Tyler last week. The Jaguars let 14-7, 17-14 and 24-21 leads all slip away. The Jaguars actually outgained JT on the night, 406-349.
  • After beginning the season with wins over McKinney Boyd (38-20) and Garland (42-0), the Jaguars have dropped two straight, including a 36-33 loss to Duncanville on Sept. 14.
  • Mesquite Horn and Tyler Lee have met in district play in each of the last eight seasons. The Red Raiders hold a 6-2 all-time series lead, but Horn has won the last two, including last season’s 55-21 victory.
  • Lee got its first win of the Darrell Piske era last week against Texas High, putting together its best all-around performance of the season. The Red Raiders were efficient in both the passing game and running game, while holding Texas High to just one touchdown. In the previous three weeks, the Red Raiders were outscored by a 97-65 margin.
  • Friday night’s meeting will be Lee’s first against an opponent from outside the East Texas area after matchups against Sulphur Springs, Lufkin, John Tyler and Texas High.
  • Lee standout running back LaQuintas Wallace has rushed for more than 100 yards in three of his team’s four games this season.
Tyler Lee FB/LB Marcus White. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)
Tyler Lee K/P Lumi Kaba. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Key matchup:¬†Tyler Lee offensive line vs. Mesquite Horn defensive front. While the Red Raiders made strides in the passing game last week (Raleigh Poster completed 8 of 10 passes for 123 yards and a TD), Piske would prefer to first establish the running game. After playing exclusively on defense in losses to Lufkin and John Tyler, Marcus White returned to the backfield against Texas High and averaged almost six yards per rush. For the season, White has gone for 143 yards on just 24 attempts. Last week, the Horn defense was able to keep the Lions’ ground game in check by holding JT to just 94 yards rushing and that included a 64-yard touchdown run by JT standout receiver Fred Ross. Lions QB Greg Ward, who led JT in rushing last season with more than 1,200 yards, managed just 20 yards on 12 attempts. The Red Raiders must do better in the backfield than JT did last week in order to come out on top in their District 12-5A opener.

Don’t be surprised if:¬†Lee comes out and tries to establish the run early and often. If the Red Raiders are able to have success with its combination of Wallace and White, the play-action passing game may be in play for Piske and Co. It worked last week with Poster connecting with Wilkerson for a 65-yard score that came off a play-action fake. However, that big play came early and the Horn defense will likely have its eyes peeled at the outset. So expect Lee to save the downfield passing game for when the Jaguars least expect it.

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