PREVIEW: Tyler Lee Needs Win Over Mesquite Horn to Avoid 0-3 Start in District
Mesquite Horn Jaguars (4-1, 2-0)
Tyler Lee Red Raiders (3-2, 0-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday
CHRISTUS TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler
- Mesquite Horn: Mike Overton
- Tyler Lee: Kurt Traylor
- Mesquite Horn: def. Mesquite, 42-17
- Tyler Lee: lost to Longview, 54-26
- Mesquite Horn: idle
- Tyler Lee: idle
- WR/LB Maureese Wren, Sr., 6-3, 215 (27 catches, 507 yards, 8 TDs; 7 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 QB pressures)
- DB BeeJay Williamson, Sr., 6-1, 180 (26 tackles, 1 for loss, 1 INT, 4 PBUs; committed to Louisiana Tech)
- DB Brodrick Calhoun, Sr., 5-10, 165 (22 tackles, 3 for loss, 2 INTs, 2 PBUs, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovery)
- QB Jermaine Givens, Jr., 6-0, 187 (68 of 118, 1,053 yards, 12 TDs, 2 INTs; 73 carries, 595 yards, 10 TDs)
- LB Michael Richmond, Sr., 5-9, 195 (30 tackles, 3 QB pressures, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble)
- RB Esaias Taylor, Jr., 5-10, 190 (57 carries, 333 yards, 4 TDs; 6 catches, 34 yards, 0 TDs)
- WR Cornell Caldwell, Sr., 5-8, 160 (18 catches, 286 yards, 3 TDs; 3 carries, 17 yards, 0 TDs)
- LB Cameron Schmitz, Sr., 5-9, 210 (40 tackles, 4 for loss, 2 sacks, 2 PBUs)
- QB Chance Amie, Sr., 6-5, 185 (72 of 122, 1,059 yards, 9 TDs, 4 INTs; 71 carries, 266 yards, 3 TDs; committed to Houston)
- RB Ladarius Wickware, Jr., 6-0, 190 (86 carries, 554 yards, 4 TDs; 7 catches, 71 yards, 0 TDs)
- DL Nathan Niedrauer, Sr., 6-1, 230 (39 tackles, 9 for loss, 3 sacks, 13 QB pressures, 2 forced fumbles)
- RB/LB Lanthony Simmons, Sr., 6-2, 210 (30 carries, 157 yards, 2 TDs; 5 catches, 112 yards, 1 TD; 26 tackles, 7 for loss, 2 sacks, 11 QB pressures, 2 INTs, 2 PBUs, 2 forced fumbles)
- DB Rhett Parker, Sr., 5-8, 150 (48 tackles, 2 for loss, 1 INT)
- WR Te'vion Massey, Soph. (21 catches, 254 yards, 1 TD)
- WR Marquis Gray, Sr., 5-5, 140 (17 catches, 289 yards, 1 TD)
- RB/LB Jordan Printers, Jr. (15 carries, 62 yards, 2 TDs; 22 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 sack, 1 QB pressure, 2 fumble recoveries)
Just the facts
- This is the 12th all-time meeting between Tyler Lee and Mesquite Horn. Lee leads the series, 6-5, but has lost each of the previous five meetings.
- The Jaguars won last year's matchup, 63-35.
- Mesquite Horn is averaging 45 points and 459.4 yards per game -- 248.8 rushing and 210.6 passing.
- Jaguars quarterback Jermaine Givens is averaging 329.6 yards from scrimmage per game.
- Mesquite Horn is allowing 28 points per game, and has forced 15 turnovers -- six interceptions and nine fumbles.
- Tyler Lee is averaging 30.4 points and 456 yards per game -- 236 rushing and 220 passing.
- The Red Raiders put up 407 yards of offense in last week's loss to Longview.
- Tyler Lee is allowing 27.8 points per game, and has forced nine turnovers -- five interceptions and four fumbles.
Key matchup: Mesquite Horn passing attack vs. Tyler Lee secondary. The Red Raiders might be going up against District 11-6A's best quarterback and receiver duo this week with Horn's pairing of junior Jermaine Givens and senior Maureese Wren. Givens has been a dual-threat standout through the first half of the year, totaling more than 1,600 yards and accounting for a staggering 22 touchdowns. Givens is averaging almost 16 yards per completion, and also leads the Jaguars in rushing with nearly 600 yards in five games. He comes into Friday's game averaging more than eight yards per rushing attempt.
Wren is a two-way star being recruited by some of the top FBS programs in the country. He recently de-committed from Arkansas, and has additional offers from 19 other schools. That list includes Washington, Colorado, Texas Tech, Oregon, and SMU. So far this season, Wren has burned opposing defenses to the tune of 27 catches for 508 yards and seven touchdowns.
It will be up to the Lee defense to slow down the Jaguars' dynamic duo. Following a strong start to the season, the Red Raiders' defense took a step back in last week's 54-26 loss to Longview. Lee allowed 415 yards of offense, but the secondary performed well. Longview passed for just 114 yards and completed only five of 15 attempts. Horn's passing game will present a much bigger challenge, and Lee must be able to limit the big-play capability of the Horn offense.
Don't be surprised if: This game turns into a shootout. There is certainly recent precedent, as last year's meeting featured 98 points between the two teams. While we might not see that level of explosiveness this week, the ingredients are all there. Lee, while averaging a modest 30 points per game, still puts up more than 450 yards per game, and has one of the most talented quarterbacks in the state in senior Houston commit Chance Amie. A receiving corps featuring senior Marquis Gray, junior Zaylon Walker, and sophomore Te'vion Massey are continuing to get better as well.