Top 25 Games of 2015: No. 24, Lufkin at Tyler Lee
Longtime East Texas foes Lufkin and Tyler Lee clash the night of Sept. 4 from Tyler's Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium in the 55th all-time meeting between the former district rivals. And it checks in at No. 24 on ETSN.fm's list of the top 25 games of 2015.
Lufkin, which has won seven of the previous eight encounters, holds a 36-16-1 edge in the series that dates back to 1960.
This year's meeting follows tough season openers for both teams, a week after Lufkin travels to Longview and Lee plays at Keller Fossil Ridge.
The Red Raiders will enter the season with decidedly more experience after graduation depleted Lufkin's roster, especially at the offensive skill positions. Lee, on the other hand, welcomes back most of its impact players from the offensive end.
Zach Hall returns for his third season at quarterback for Lee; he engineered a 42-30 victory over Lufkin in Week 2 of the 2013 season. The Raiders' triggerman also returned Lee to the playoffs last year for the first time since 2011, the school's longest playoff drought since 1994-96, a season ago.
The quarterback will be joined by 2014's leading receiver Isjuwan Barker, and the team's second-leading rusher in running back Tavon Wesley. That trio served as the catalyst for a Lee offense that averaged 44.3 points and 512.5 yards per game a season ago.
Lufkin will be breaking in a new quarterback, junior Kordell Rogers, who led the Panthers to the Division I consolation championship of the state 7-on-7 tournament last month in College Station.
Receiver Dhailon Phillips, a move-in from Mount Enterprise, and running back Dalvin Smith should figure heavily into Lufkin's offensive plans for 2015.
ETSN.fm's Top 25 Games of 2015
- No. 24: Lufkin at Tyler Lee
- No. 25: Tatum at Newton