Robert E. Lee sophomore tailback Ladarius Wickware rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns, and it was nearly three scores if not for a last-ditch tackle by Rockwall's Triston Anderson to prevent the Red Raiders from taking the lead at halftime.
REL junior quarterback Chance Amie also has a TD run to go with 119 yards passing as the teams were tied 21-21 at the break.
Rockwall tailback A.J. Blacknall rushed for 70 yards and a score for the visiting Yellowjackets. Allison Strange also bruised his way in for two short touchdowns.
The Red Raiders led 21-13 and had a chance to make it a two-score lead following a three-and-out by Rockwall aided by a snap over the quarterbacks head for a 14-yard loss.
Lee drove the ball from their own 28 down to the Rockwall 22. but on fourth-and-one, coughed the ball up.
The Yellowjackets took the ball back and drove 81 yards in 13 plays with Strange finishing it off. That made it 21-19 with quarterback Matt Anderson connecting with Cameron Crayton on a two-point conversion pass to tie the game 21-21.
The Red Raiders had 44 seconds to go 93 yards for an answer and nearly pulled it off, if not for the defensive heroics of Anderson stopping Wickware for only a 55-yard run. REL eventually had a 22-yard pass broken up in the end zone before time ran out to end the half.
Robert E. Lee is back at Christus Triity Mother Frances Rose Stadium after a three-week absence. The Red Raiders enter Friday's game agianst Rockwall with a 2-5 record and are winless in District 11-6A play despite being minutes away from securing their first league success last week in a 57-56 loss at Mesquite.
The Red Raiders face a Rockwall team that is also 2-5, but its two wins have come in district play against John Tyler and last week over Mesquite Horn.
Kickoff for Friday's game is set for 7:30 p.m. with the contest being broadcasted on ESPN 92.1-FM, Tyler with Bill Coates doing the play by play and Kevin Simon the color commentary.
Lee is 1-5 all-time agianst Rockwall with their last win over the Yellowackets coming in 2004.
Updates throughout tonight's game can be found by following Chris Parry on twitter at @CParryETFS and also @ETFinalScore.
Rockwall Yellowjackets at Robert E. Lee Red Raiders
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Christus Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium (Earl Campbell Field)
Radio: ESPN East Texas 92.1-FM, Tyler
Records: Rockwall 2-5 (2-2 in 11-6A); Robert E. Lee 2-5 (0-4 in 11-6A)
Last Week's Results: Mesquite Horn 45, Rockwall 38; Mesquite 57, Robert E. Lee 56
Last Year: Rockwall 65, Robert E. Lee 35
All-Time Series: Yellowjackets lead 5-1
Players to Watch: Rockwall - WR Sam Crawford; DB Blake Garrett. Robert E. Lee - RB Ladarius Wickware; DT Campbell Miller.
Quick Slant: The Red Raiders have three games remaining and would love to conclude this season on a three-game winning streak. Wickware is coming off an award-winning performance last week in which the sophomore tailback rushed 20 times for 267 yards and scored five touchdowns. Miller will have extra motivation for this game because it is Senior Night and he missed last year's game against Rockwall. Rockwall counters with go-to receiver Crawford, who already tormented John Tyler in its come-from-behind victory over the Lions and enters this contest with 44 catches for 809 yards and eight touchdowns. The man under center for Rockwall is Matt Jones, who has passed for 1,390 yards and 12 touchdowns. Garrett is the leader of the Jacket defense with a team-high 54 tackles.
Quotable: - "It just comes down to each of us doing our job and doing what the coaches tell us do. If we do that, we have a really good chance of beating them." - REL senior DL Parker Musselwhite
Stadium Address: 700 Fair Park Drive, Tyler
Next Up: Rockwall at Mesquite, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27; Lee at North Mesquite, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28.