Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Stadium: Earl Campbell Field at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium, 700 Fair Park Drive, Tyler, 75701 (Capacity: 12,500)
Rockwall: Chris Hudler (1st year, 3-6 at Mesquite Horn)
Tyler Lee: Kurt Traylor (3rd year, 13-16 at Lee)
Radio: The Team 92.1-FM; Broadcasters: Bill Coates, Kevin Simon
Last week: Mesquite Horn 28, North Mesquite 14; Longview 49, Tyler Lee 7
Up next: Winner advances to playoffs to face Waco Midway.
WHEN MESQUITE HORN HAS THE BALL
Mesquite Horn: QB Davazea Gabriel (5-11, 175, Sr.) … FB Ben Wyatt (5-8, 170, Sr.) … RB Charles Crawford (5-10, 170, Sr.) … OL Daimonte Williams (6-3, 300, Sr.) … WR Braylon Monroe (5-10, 160, Sr.) … WR Sir’Elston Hill (5-9, 155, Jr.) … TE Derik Jackson (6-1, 210, Jr.) … OL Raymond Escobedo (5-11, 295, Sr.) … OL Nathan Luna (6-3, 290, Jr.)
Tyler Lee: DL/LB Jamal Ligon (6-3, 230, Sr.) … DB Elliott Davison (6-0, 180, Sr.) … DB Te’vion Massey (5-11, 165, Sr.) … LB Devon’T Bolton, (Sr.) … LB Josh Olivares (Jr.) … DL Seth Leon (Sr.) … DB Sebastian Grady (Sr.) … DL TJ Hawkins (6-1, 200, Sr.) … LB Jack Janis (6-1, 195, Jr.) …. DL Garfield Lawrence (Jr.) … DB Cayden Starks (Soph.) … DB Jamarion Miller (Soph.) … LB Carson Gallagher … DL Chris Harris (Jr.) … DL Le’Travian Whitmill (Soph.) … DL Tariq Woods (Sr.)
Keys: Wyatt, Gabriel and Crawford are all in the top 15 in the district in rushing, but Gabriel is also fourth in passing, so the Red Raiders must make sure they know where the ball is at all times as the Jaguars will look to get their athletes out in space as much as possible.
WHEN TYLER LEE HAS THE BALL
Mesquite Horn: DL Matthew Robles (5-9, 245, Sr.) … LB Nick Garcia (6-1, 230, Sr.) … DB Evan Williams (5-8, 15, Sr.) … LB Jaden Jones (5-9, 170, Fr.) … LB Quavon Grant (5-11, 200, Sr.) … LB Marquis Edwards (5-11, 170, Soph.) … DB Keidrin Walker (5-11, 170, Sr.) … D’edrick Dotson (6-1, 200, Jr.)
Tyler Lee: RB Jamarion Miller (5-10, 175, Soph.) … QB Trent Adams (Jr.) … WR Jeremiah Turner (Sr.) … QB/TE/P Mark Patton (6-6, 240, Sr.) … FB Jamal Ligon (6-3, 230, Sr.) … OL Dion Daniels (6-4, 250, Jr.) … WR Nick Bennett (Jr.) … FB Noah Springer (Sr.) … OL Kendrick Tutt (Jr.) … OL Willy Figueroa (Sr.) … OL Kade Fry (Soph.) … RB Bryson Donnell (Soph.) … WR Sebastian Grady (Sr.) … ATH Jamar Arceneaux
Keys: Horn is near the bottom of the district in total defense. The Jaguars have allowed 1,964 yards on the ground and 1,705 yards through the air. The Red Raiders will look to attack the Jaguars early and often after facing the stout Longview defense.
He said it: “The quarterback is very athletic. He’s the one that worries me a little bit. You’ve got to contain him and keep him in the pocket. Their offensive line is large. They have some big human beings. The center (Williams) is one of the best centers I’ve seen.” — Traylor
Did you know: Lee has lost three straight games after a 5-1 start. Horn’s win last week ended a three-game losing streak … Horn is the only team outside of Lufkin to score 20 points against Longview and one of just three teams to score double digits against the Lobos this season … NBA player Quincy Acy and NFL players Taylor Gabriel, Jakeem Grant and De’Vante Harris all graduated from Horn … Horn took a 55-41 win over over Lee in the 2018 regular season finale … Horn started the 2018 season 0-7 before winning five straight games to advance to the third round of the playoffs … Hudler, who played at Mesquite, was a defensive lineman at Texas Tech … Wyatt leads the Jaguars with 122 carries for 674 yards and eight touchdowns … Gabriel is 79 of 180 for 1,217 yards with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and he has 394 yards and seven scores on the ground … Lee’s Elliott Davison and Horn’s Evan Williams both have three interceptions … Miller, Donnell and Patton have 25 of the 27 rushing touchdowns for the Red Raiders this season … Davison leads Lee with 106 tackles … Janis leads the Red Raiders with 13 tackles for loss, and Ligon has a team-high nine sacks … According to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine in conjunction with Jerry Forrest of PigskinPrep.com, Lee is favored by 4 points.