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Tyler Lee Unveils New-Look Spread Offense in Annual Red-White Game

Tyler Lee’s Markeylon Ealy (left) carries the ball during the Annual Red-White spring game Thursday at TMF Rose Stadium in Tyler. (© Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

TYLER — Tyler Lee wrapped up spring practice by unveiling its new spread offense Thursday in the annual Red-White game at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

The Red team, comprised of first-string defenders and the second-team offense, defeated the White team (first-team offense and second-team defense), 10-3.

The first-team offense for the Red Raiders, long known for its one-back offensive attack, was slow to start. The Red team defense forced a three-and-out, which led to a field goal for a 3-0 lead with two minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

Tyler Lee’s Justice Taylor (left) stiff-arms a defender during the Red-White spring game Thursday at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. (© Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

“The first team didn’t get a whole lot of reps, but overall the guys did well with it,” said Lee coach Darrell Piske. “Now we can add other stuff to it, instead of telling the receivers to run 12 yards and come back. We can tell them to read the coverages and have our quarterbacks go through their reads, so it’ll get better.”

Lee got solid performances from sophomore quarterback Zachary Hall, sophomore receiver Isjuan Barker, sophomore running back Tavon “Smiley” Wesley and senior running back Bryce Wilkerson.

The trio of sophomores led last year’s freshman team to a 9-1 record.

“Our outside guys are our key, but we also want to try to get Wilkerson nto space to where he and our other running backs can make something happen,” Piske said.

The second quarter was a stalemate until Le’Marquail Fuller picked off a Hunter Adams pass.

The third quarter had the game’s only touchdown as Kyjuan Johnson threw an 80-yard pass to Aaron McClure. The White team got on the scoreboard late in the third by way of a Christopher Blas 26-yard field goal.

“We’ve come a long way from last year,” Piske said. “We’re more physical and it’s showing during practices and showed today.“

Tyler Lee’s Mark Russell finds a hole on a quarterback keeper during the Red-White spring game Thursday at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in Tyler. (© Christopher R. Vinn, ETSN.fm)

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