Tyler Lee bent back as far as it could on defense and used its two playmakers on offense to defeat John Tyler 34-30 in the 62nd Rose City Rivalry Friday on Earl Campbell Field at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.
Both teams were eliminated from playoff contention before kickoff, but the victory gives the Red Raiders a 6-4 (3-4 in District 11-6A) season in Kurt Traylor’s first year, the most wins for Robert E. Lee since 2009.
John Tyler finishes at 5-5 and 3-4.
Following the game, JT head coach Ricklan Holmes left his future as Lions’ head coach up in the air. Holmes said via text, “I have options to consider.”
Lee pulled within 31-30-1 in the all-time series with JT.
Lee senior Chance Amie was named MVP as part of the Great American Rivalry Series after the Red Raiders quarterback carried 17 times for 194 yards and scored three touchdowns (48, 16, 75). Junior tailback Ladarius Wickware finished with 110 yards and two scores as Lee rushed for 339 as a team.
JT quarterback Devlen Woods passed for 188 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown. Ke’Andre Street led all players with five catches for 114 yards and a score.
With Lee clinging to a four-point lead, facing a third-and-9 and needing one first down to run out the clock, Amie took it himself around the edge for a 16-yard gain to ice the victory.
John Tyler nearly pulled off a double-digit comeback in the second half.
The Lions trailed 27-9 at halftime and was able to get to within three points of Lee, 27-24, after Tre Allison scored on a two-yard run and finished off a two-point run.
It was Allison’s second touchdown of the third quarter. Prior to that, JT stuffed Lee deep in its own territory to take possession after a short punt at the Red Raider 38. From there on third-and-two, Allison entered as a Wildcat quarterback, but instead faked and did a jump pass over the top to a streaking Tabias Marshall for a 30-yard touchdown.
The Red Raiders wobbled after those two quick JT scores, but were able to steady themselves thanks to Amie. After a touchback gave Lee possession at its own 25, Amie faked a handoff on a read-option and kept it himself, running away from everyone for a 75-yard touchdown. Mason Magers’ PAT made it 34-24 just seconds after Allisons’ scoring run.
The rest of the game was bend, but don’t break for Lee’s defense and special teams. Several times in the second half, Lee punter William Nguyen was forced to punt from inside the Lee 10-yard line.
Lee managed two first downs against JT’s inspired defense, but the Red Raiders offense did just enough to keep the Lions off the scoreboard.
The Lions finally broke through early in the fourth quarter with Woods connecting with Street for a 23-yard touchdown. The PAT was blocked by Lee’s Lanthony Simmons, the second time REL prevented the Lions from getting the extra point, leaving the score 34-30 with 9:50 remaining.
The Red Raiders gained their initial first down since Amie’s TD run on a three-yard run by their quarterback. Lee drove into JT territory, but its only turnover of the game, a fumble recovered by the Lions’ Jarrius Lane, set JT up at its own 37.
Lee was able to force a three-and-out thanks to Te’vion Massey coming on a corner blitz to knock down Wood’s pass on third-and-6.
The Red Raiders went three-and-out again, giving JT possession at its own 39 with 5:15 remaining.
The Lions quickly faced a third-and-long when Woods attempted another deep pass to Street, but it was knocked down by Lee’s Keyshawn Rivas.
JT lined up for a punt, but instead ran a fake with K’Lon Warren gaining 13 yards for a first down.
The Red Raiders defense pushed JT back again, eventually bringing up fourth-and-8 from the Lee 45. Again, the Red Raiders sent a corner blitz, but this time Woods evaded it and got out of the pocked long enough to fire a pass to Street. It was knocked down by Lee’s Oliver Hall.
JT used its final timeout to put Lee into a third-and-long situation before Amie’s run sealed the victory for the Red Raiders.
In the first half, Lee came out flying. On second-and-5 from his 48, Amie scrambled away from the JT pass rush and kept going, sidestepping near the sideline. He didn’t stop until he was in the end zone following a 48-yard TD run.
The Red Raiders then forced a JT fumble with Nathan Niedrauer recovering. Before the Lions could catch their breath after the turnover, Wickware took the handoff and cruised 37 yards into the end zone for a 14-0 lead with 10:33 remaining in the first quarter.
JT stemmed the tide after that and cut its deficit to 14-6 early in the second quarter on a 17-yard TD scramble by Woods.
Lee regained momentum with a 75-yard drive that needed five plays before Amie waltzed into the end zone. Magers’ PAT made the score 21-6 with 6:37 left in the half.
JT answered via a 34-yard Frankie Sanchez field goal.
With 3:14 left in the half, Lee delivered its best drive of the game. The Red Raiders went 79 yards in eight plays, highlighted by a 50-yard completion from Amie to Massey. Wickware scored on an 8-yard run for the 27-9 halftime advantage.
Tyler Lee 34, John Tyler 30
Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium (Earl Campbell Field)
Tyler Lee 14 13 7 0 - 34
John Tyler 0 9 15 6 - 30
LEE-Chance Amie 48 run (Mason Magers kick), 11:05
LEE-Ladarius Wickware 37 run (Magers kick), 10:33
JT-Devlen Woods 17 run (kick blocked), 7:44
LEE-Amie 16 run (Magers kick), 6:37
JT-FG Frankie Sanchez 34, 3:20
LEE-Wickware 8 run (run failed), :51
JT-Tabias Marshall 30 pass from Tre Allison (Sanchez kick), 7:34
JT-Allison 2 run (Allison run), 5:45
LEE-Amie 75 run (Magers kick), 5:33
JT-Ke’Andre Street 23 pass from Woods (kick blocked), 9:50
First Downs 17 15
Rushes-Yards 47-339 38-178
Passing Yards 69 188
Comp.-Att.-Int. 3-8-0 12-27-1
Punts-Avg. 6-34.1 4-37.2
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 3-15 5-46
RUSHING-Tyler Lee, Chance Amie 17-194, Ladarius Wickware 22-110, Lanthony Simmons 7-34, Kameron Ross 1-1. John Tyler, Devlen Woods 15-76, Kitan Crawford 8-56, Victor Campbell Jr. 5-19, Cameron Grant 8-12, Tre Allison 1-2, K’Lon Warren 1-13.
PASSING-Tyler Lee, Amie 3-8-0 69. John Tyler, Woods 11-26-1 188, Allison 1-1-0 30.
RECEIVING-Tyler Lee, Te’vion Massey 1-50, Wickware 1-12, Ross 1-7. John Tyler, Ke’Andre Street 5-114, Michael Givens-Washington 3-24, Michael Hogg Jr. 1-37, Tabias Marshall 1-30, Campbell Jr. 1-7, Crawford 1-2.