Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Stadium: E.H. Hanby Stadium, 401 E. Davis, Mesquite, 75149 (Capacity: 11,950)
Tyler Lee: Kurt Traylor (3rd year, 13-13 at Lee)
Mesquite: Jeff Fleener (3rd year, 13-15 at Mesquite; 27-24 overall)
Radio: The Team 92.1-FM; Broadcasters: Bill Coates, Kevin Simon
Last week: Tyler Lee had a bye; Mesquite 45, North Mesquite 10
Up next: Rockwall at Tyler Lee; Mesquite at Rockwall, Nov. 1
WHEN TYLER LEE HAS THE BALL
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.)
Mesquite: DL Marlon Thompson (Soph.) … DL Ja’rrion Smith (Sr.) … LB Jayden Brown (Jr.) … LB Alec Rice (Sr.) … DB Gary Green (Sr.) … LB Tyler Raleigh (Sr.) … DB A’mari McGowan (Sr.) … LB Dewayne Adams (Sr.)
Keys: Mesquite has been difficult to pass against this season — 925 yards through the air allowed in seven games. The Red Raiders have opened up the pass more in its two games before the bye, so they must continue to attack through the air while also maintaining its success on the ground behind the sophomore duo of Jamarion Miller and Byson Donnell, along with quarterback/tight end Mark Patton.
WHEN MESQUITE HAS THE BALL
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
Mesquite: QB Dylan McGill (6-3, 170, Sr.) … RB LaDarius Turner (6-0, 190, Sr.) … WR Ja’Darion Smith (5-8, 150, Sr.) … WR RJ Bonner (Soph.) … WR Kavin Roberts (5-7, 139, Sr.) … WR Tyrone Browning (6-2, 191, Sr.) … OL Seth Robinson (6-2, 310, Jr.) … OL Telscher McDaniel (Jr.) … OL Abel Flores (Sr.)
Keys: LaDarius Turner leads the district in rushing (91 carries, 874 yards, 12 touchdowns), and Dylan McGill is dynamic with his arm and legs. The Red Raiders will need to be aggressive in keeping this duo contained while also making sure McGill isn’t able to spread the ball out to his receivers.
He said it: “They’ve got a really good offense. They have a great quarterback. We have to get after him. He’s faster than he is quick. You have to get to him quick and can’t let him go, because once he breaks, he’s gone. The running back is a physical dude. We have to make sure we get to the ball and make tackles.” — Traylor
Did you know: Lee running back Jamarion Miller recently picked up offers from Oklahoma State and SMU. Garfield Lawrence also received an offer from SMU. Elliott Davison was offered by Missouri State … Mesquite quarterback Dylan McGill is a three-star recruit as a receiver who is committed to Minnesota. McGill has thrown for 777 yards with seven touchdowns, and he’s rushed for 386 yards and six scores … LaDarius Turner, who has offers from Houston Baptist, Illinois State, Liberty and Northern Arizona, leads 11-6A in rushing with 874 yards and 12 touchdowns on 91 carries … Mesquite is averaging 40.6 points per game in its wins. Lee is holding opponents to 20.8 points per game … Jeff Fleener coached at San Antonio Brandeis for two years before going to Mesquite … According to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine in conjunction with Jerry Forrest of PigskinPrep.com, Mesquite is favored by six points.