Spring football games are not about winning and losing but more about displaying the work that was put in leading up to the game.
However, a little competition is never a bad thing.
The Tyler Lee Red Raiders decided to add a little drama to the conclusion of their annual spring game on Friday night at Robert E. Lee High School.
As time expired, Trent Adams completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to running back Bryson Donnell for a touchdown for the White team (offense) to cut the Red team (defense) lead to 31-30.
The final play of the night was a two-point conversion try, which ended up being a trick play. After the reverse toss, receiver Tey Massey threw a pass to quarterback Adams in the end zone, but it fell incomplete as the Red team escaped with a 31-30 win.
“I love the way our kids competed,” Lee head football coach Kurt Traylor said. “There at the end, we found a way to score and gave us a chance on offense to win the game. Instead, we won it on defense. It’s a win-win.”
Donnell — a sophomore to be — didn’t have many touches, but he made the most of his opportunities. He had the first touchdown of the game — a 19-yard scoring run — and then the 17-yard touchdown catch on the final offensive play of the night.
“Bryson is going to be a special player,” Traylor said. "He shows up every day and works hard. He’s young, and he’s hungry. He wants to be good. He’s electric and has great hands. He’s everything you look for in a tailback.”
Donnell’s first touchdown was set up by two straight completions from Will Landes to Jeremiah Turner — the second a 43-yarder down to the 19-yard line.
The Red Raider offense then had a 51-yard touchdown pass from Adams to Sebastian Grady to go up 14-2.
The defensive unit buckled down and held the offense scoreless for nearly 20 minutes of game time to go up 24-14.
“Our defense is really good,” Traylor said. “They’re fast. They get after you, and they attack. I’m glad to see that.
“We’re young at the offensive line. We’ve got a few kids banged up. But our offensive line will get there. The guy I’ve got coaching them, Coach (Brad) Skinner does an unbelievable job, and he’ll get those young guys ready to roll.”
Demarqus Criss broke free for a 56-yard run to cut the score to 24-21 before Jack Janis recovered a fumble to make the score 28-21.
A field goal by Mason Magers with 40 seconds to play cut the Red lead to 31-24.
Traylor said he was pleased with what he saw from the kicker Magers and the punter Mark Patton.
Lee will open the 2019 season Aug. 30 at Marshall.