Tyler Lee Looks To Build Off Last Week’s Stunner When Red Raiders Open 11-6A Vs. Sachse
Garland Sachse Mustangs (2-1)
Tyler Lee Red Raiders (1-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday
TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler
- Sachse: Mark Behrens
- Tyler Lee: Darrell Piske
- Sachse: def. Dallas Bishop Lynch, 56-36
- Tyler Lee: def. John Tyler, 37-31
- Sachse: vs. Garland, Sept. 26
- Tyler Lee: at Rowlett, Sept. 26
- WR Devin Duvernay, Jr., 5-10, 184 (23 catches, 488 yards, 5 TDs; 11 carries, 41 yards, 1 TD)
- RB Devine Ozigbo, Sr., 5-11, 220 (48 carries, 319 yards, 6 TDs; 4 catches, 90 yards; committed to Iowa State)
- OL Ben Moye, Sr., 6-3, 270 (committed to ULM)
- LB Kevin O'Neill, Sr., 6-1, 200 (31 tackles, 1 for loss, 4 QB pressures, 1 forced fumble)
- DB Jared Mayden, Jr., 6-0, 187 (4 tackles, 1 PBU)
- QB Brett Cox, Sr., 6-4, 205 (52 of 75, 995 yards, 10 TDs, 0 INTs; 19 carries, 165 yards, 1 TD)
- WR/DB Donovan Duvernay, Jr., 5-8, 165 (8 catches, 249 yards, 3 TDs)
- DL Tony Krasniqi, Soph. (18 tackles, 6 for loss, 4 sacks)
- LB Brandon Durman, Sr., 6-2, 230 (32 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 QB pressure, 1 PBU; committed to Louisiana Tech)
- QB Zach Hall, Jr., 5-11, 181 (39 of 60, 562 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs; 54 carries, 230 yards, 1 TD)
- RB Tavon Wesley, Jr., 6-1, 190 (25 carries, 164 yards, 1 TD; 2 catches, 8 yards)
- WR Isjuwan Barker, Jr., 6-3, 186 (9 catches, 164 yards, 4 TDs)
- RB Devonte Craver, Jr., 6-1, 175 (23 carries, 150 yards, 1 TD; 2 catches, 14 yards)
- OL Justin Willoughby, Sr., 6-3, 280
- LB Campbell Miller, Soph., 6-0, 208 (23 tackles, 1 QB pressure)
- CB Cameron Price, Sr. 6-0, 152 (6 tackles, 1 INT, 2 PBU)
Just the facts
- This is the first-ever meeting between Tyler Lee and Sachse, which opened in 2002.
- Sache junior receiver Devin Duvernay has offers from 25 FBS programs, according to Scout.com.
- Through three games, Tyler Lee is averaging 27.3 points and 426.3 yards per game -- 235 rushing and 191.3 passing.
- In last week's win over John Tyler, Lee rolled up 578 total yards, including 350 on the ground.
- Since 2010, Tyler Lee is 3-19 in district games.
- Through three games, Sachse is averaging 48.7 points and 531.3 yards per game -- 189.7 rushing and 341.7 passing.
- Sachse is also allowing 39 points and 497 yards per game -- 344 rushing and 153 passing.
- The Mustangs went 11-1 last season, losing to Dallas Skyline in the area round of the Class 5A Division I playoffs.
Key matchup: Sachse passing attack vs. Tyler Lee secondary. Behind the arm of senior quarterback Brent Cox and junior receiver Devin Duvernay, the Sachse offense has been tearing up opposing defenses this season. The Sachse offense is averaging well over 300 yards per game, and it will no doubt once again be at the forefront this week in the District 11-6A opener for both teams. Duvernay is one of the most recruited players in the state in the 2016 class with 25 offers from major FBS programs, including Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and Wisconsin. So far this season, Duvernay has been on the receiving end of 23 of Cox's 52 completions -- 44.2 percent. He's also responsible for roughly half of team's receiving yards through three games. But the junior speedster is not alone. His brother, Donovan Duvernay, has three touchdown receptions and is averaging an astounding 31.1 yards per catch. If for some reason, the Sachse passing game struggles, the Mustangs also have a reliable running game to lean on. Senior running back Devine Ozigbo is an Iowa State commit, and has rushed for more than 300 yards and six touchdowns thus far. His 5-11, 220-pound frame makes him tough stop in one-on-one situations in the open field. With playmakers at quarterback, receiver and running back, it's easy to see why Sachse is averaging more than 48 points and 500 yards per game in the early going.
The numbers suggest that Sachse uses the passing game to set up its ground attack, which means Tyler Lee's secondary will need to be on its toes all night long. Overlooked in Lee's 37-31 upset of top-ranked John Tyler last week was how well the Red Raiders' defense played in the second half, especially against the pass. John Tyler quarterback Geovari McCollister completed his first six attempts of the game, but Lee's defense forced the standout quarterback into a 3-for-16 finish. The Red Raiders still gave up quite a bit on the ground, but by doing a number against John Tyler's passing game, Lee's defense was able to stem the tide enough to give its offense a chance to make a comeback. It will be crucial not only for Lee's defensive backs to remain disciplined with their assignments, they also must bring down Sachse's explosive receivers at the point of contact. Missed tackles have the potential to turn Lee's district opener into a runaway for the other side. Forcing turnovers will also be key for the Red Raiders, but they'll be going against a quarterback this week that has not thrown an interception in 75 attempts thus far.
Don't be surprised if: Tyler Lee's offensive game plan is similar to last week's. There's not much reason to adjust after the Red Raiders hung 578 yards of offense on John Tyler a week ago. What's even more impressive about last Friday's performance was that Lee was able to find a way to win despite committing four turnovers. If the Red Raiders limit the turnovers, Lee stands an excellent chance of matching Sachse score-for-score this week. Sachse's defense hasn't exactly held opponents in check this season, allowing nearly 40 points and 500 yards per game on average through three weeks. Lee junior quarterback Zach Hall ran the zone-read game to near-perfection last week, totaling 349 yards of offense. Hall was decisive when he needed to run, leading the Red Raiders with 121 yards on the ground last week. When he needed to give the ball up, running backs Tavon Wesley and Devonte Craver combined for more than 200 rushing yards. And when the situation called for passes downfield, Hall delivered, completing 16 of 24 attempts, including touchdown passes of 18, 28 and 44 yards to junior receiver Isjuwan Barker. If Hall reads the Sachse defense as well as he did John Tyler's, the Lee offense could be in for another big night.