Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Stadium: Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium, 1197 T.L. Townsend Drive, Rockwall, 75086 (Capacity: 9,633)
Tyler Lee: Kurt Traylor (3rd year, 11-13 at Lee)
Rockwall-Heath: Mike Spradlin (1st year, 3-1 at Rockwall-Heath; 112-65 overall)
Radio: The Team 92.1-FM; Broadcasters: Bill Coates, Kevin Simon)
Last week: Mesquite Poteet 19, Tyler Lee 14; McKinney North 56, Rockwall-Heath 34
Up next: North Mesquite at Tyler Lee; Rockwall-Heath at Mesquite
WHEN TYLER LEE HAS THE BALL
Players to watch
Tyler Lee: QB/TE Mark Patton (6-6, 240, Sr.) … FB Jamal Ligon (6-3, 230, Sr.) … OL Dion Daniels (6-4, 250, Jr.) … RB Jamarion Miller (5-10, 175, Soph.) … QB Trent Adams (Jr.) … WR Jeremiah Turner (Sr.) … 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.)
Rockwall-Heath: DL Jaden Allen (6-3, 225, Sr.) … DL Marcus Sowell (6-3, 192 Sr.) ... ATH Taven Paxton (Sr. … LB Grady Brewster (Jr.) … DB Peyton Williams (Soph.) … DB Noah Wilson (Soph.) … LB Alan Crawford (Soph.) … DB Dezmon Mims (5-5, 125, Jr.)
Keys: Rockwall-Heath has been susceptible through the air, so the Red Raiders must take advantage of the opportunities in the passing game. Lee has shown it can run the ball at a high level. If the Red Raiders can match that with a formidable passing attack, this could be the start of a strong district campaign for Lee.
WHEN ROCKWALL-HEATH 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.)
Rockwall-Heath: QB Josh Hoover (6-0, 195, Soph.) … WR Casey Curtin (6-2, 205, Sr.) … RB Zach Evans (Soph.) … OL Hunter Smith (6-4, 282, Jr.) … OL Carson Fichtel (6-2, 278, Soph.) … OL Kenneth Rion (6-0, 240, Sr.) … OL Sabastian Martinez (5-11, 300, Soph.) … OL Joshua Peacock (6-3, 250, Jr.) … WR Corbin Cleveland (Jr.)
Keys: Rockwall-Heath has been able to move up and down the field pretty easily so far this season, while the Red Raiders have been able to slow down their opponents with their defense for the most part. If Lee can keep the Hawks from scoring like they have been, the Red Raiders will have a good shot at picking up a road win.
He said it: “To be a sophomore, the quarterback handles the offense really well. They are composed. We have to make them do something else and take away what they’re good at. Their offensive line is young and big, and they’re very well-coached. You can tell by watching their footwork. They play very physical on defense. For us, we have to find consistency in the passing game and be able to throw the ball down the field.” — Traylor
Did you know: Tyler Lee took a 42-31 win over Rockwall-Heath last season … Spradlin won 109 games in 15 seasons as the head coach at Navasota, Round Rock Westwood, Abilene Cooper and Temple. He went 25-4 in his last two seasons at Temple in 2014-15 before going to be the athletic director at Rockwall-Heath. This is his first season back on the sideline … Rockwall-Heath is second in District 11-6A with 509.8 yards per game. The Hawks are last in rushing (635 yards), but are second in passing yards (1,404) … Lee is third in the league in rushing (973 yards), last in passing (260 yards) and last in 11-6A in yards per game (308.3) … Lee is third in District 11-6A in defense, holding teams to 269.8 yards per game, and Rockwall-Heath is fifth, allowing 398.5 yards per game. The Hawks have allowed the most passing yards (1,128) … This game will feature the district’s top two rushers — both sophomores. Lee’s Miller has rushed for 509 yards and four touchdowns on 55 carries, and Rockwall-Heath’s Evans has carried the ball 63 times for 457 yards with six touchdowns … Rockwall-Heath’s Hoover is second in the district with 1,404 passing yards on 76 of 111 passing with 13 touchdowns and three interceptions … Cleveland has caught 22 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns, and Curtin has 15 receptions for 268 yards and three touchdowns … Lee’s Davison is tied at the top of 11-6A with three interceptions … Ligon had 15 tackles, a sack, a quarterback pressure and a forced fumble last week to be chosen as the Tyler Morning Telegraph’s Peltier Kia Tyler Defensive Player of the Week.. Ligon has made 28 tackles with six sacks … According to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine in conjunction with Jerry Forrest of PigskinPrep.com, Lee is favored by 14 points.