In East Texas, there is not a better matchup than John Tyler and Tyler Lee. Friday’s meeting marked the 62nd time these squads took on one another in the Rose City Rivalry at Earl Campbell Field. John Tyler holds a 31-29-1 lead in the all-time series over the Raiders. Despite both teams missing a potential playoff berth this season, this one still epitomizes a great high school football rivalry.
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In front of a near capacity crowd at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium, Lee held on for a 34-30 win after jumping out to a 14-0 lead less than two minutes into play.
Lee quarterback Chance Amie, the game’s Most Valuable Player, scampered 48 yards for the score on Lee’s opening possession to give the Raiders a quick 7-0 lead. On the ensuing JT possession, the Raiders’ defense stifled the Lions’ offense and forced a fumble which led to another Lee score and stretched the Raider’s lead to 14-0.
Trailing 27-9 at the break, John Tyler slowly worked its way back into the game and closed in on the Lee lead. The Lions pulled within three, 27-24, but could not take the lead. A 23-yard touchdown pass from JT’s Devlen Woods to Ke’Andre Street narrowed Lee’s lead to 34-30 with 9:50 left to play.
After trading several possessions in the fourth, the Raiders clung to a four point lead, as Amie’s third down conversion put the game away for Lee, marking the most wins in a season for the Raiders since 2009.
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