On a typical game night, senior Chris Blas and junior Matthew Hawk get a lot of action.

The opening kickoff is taken by Hawk. Once REL crosses the goal line, Blas sprints on the field for the extra point. After that is converted, Hawk is back on the field for the kickoff. When Lee is unable to convert on third down, Blas is called upon again for the punt. When it's field-goal time, both are options.

REL coach Darrell Piske said the two kickers make the special team's tandem work.

"The great part about those two guys are they may (be frustrated at the split-time situation), but they've never complained," REL coach Darrell Piske said. "Whatever we ask them to do, they just try to do it to the best of their ability."

Blas and Hawk are hoping for plenty of placekicking opportunities Thursday when the Red Raiders host Garland Naaman Forest in their final home game for Senior Night, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium.

Blas has converted 45 of 49 extra-point attempts and been good on 2 of 3 field-goal tries. He also averages 37 yards per punt on 33 attempts, with none of them blocked and eight being downed inside the opponent's 20.

Blas understands this game could be his last in an REL uniform.

"I've done four years here and three (on the varsity), so it's exciting," Blas said. "Hopefully it's not my last game as a Red Raider, but time will tell."

Time is what Blas lost in 2014 after he suffered a torn ACL in the months leading up the season.

Blas won the job as REL's placekicker as a sophomore. During that campaign, Blas was 32 of 35 on extra point and 4 of 6 on field goals with a long of 39. He also attempted three punts, averaging 33.3 yards.

One of those punts was blocked. With Blas being the lone returning kicker, Piske continued to challenge him to try and shorten his steps.

"The rush was coming so much faster than when I was on the freshmen team," Blas said. "But I knew they had confidence in me."

The dynamic changed in the spring. Blas and incoming sophomore Hawk were battling for the kicking job.

Blas' injury ended the competition.

"It was the last day of school and Chris came up to me and shook my hand and said, ‘It's yours,'" Hawk said.

"I was (stunned). It was exciting. Looking back I wasn't nervous because it came (out of nowhere)."

Blas said he tried to offer help and encouragement to Hawk, but added it was difficult because he felt he should've been out on the field.

"When you see someone out there doing your job, it's hard," Blas said.

Hawk finished 47 of 54 on PATs and 6 of 8 on field goals with a long of 41.

Punting, however, was another story. Blas did not have to punt when he was a sophomore, but his injury meant Hawk had to do it all last year. He had two punts blocked and averaged 30 yards per kick.

"That was the least fun thing ever, but it was all in my head," Hawk said of his punting woes. "If you tossed me a football right now, I could punt it further than I did then. I just (struggled with it)."

This year both are healthy and working well together.

Hawk has three touchbacks and delivered a couple perfect onside kicks that were recovered by the Red Raiders. Hawk, listed at 6-2, 170 pounds, also has five tackles.

"The way I think of kickers are they are there to do a job," Hawk said. "We are not stars like quarterbacks or running backs. I just want to help the team out wherever it needs me."

Blas said the two kickers have combined to make REL's special teams very consistent.

"It's pretty awesome this year getting to work with him," Blas said "He has been doing his job in kickoffs and I have been doing my job at punting."

Added Hawk: "I think we've kind of fed off each other. Usually kicker is a pretty lonely position when you're by yourself, so when you have someone else who understands (the pressure) what you're going through, it really helps with confidence."

Hawk said he plans on being in the weight room once the season concludes to strengthen his leg and keep improving in preparation for his senior season.

"Colleges look for consistency," Hawk said. "As far as kickoffs, I can't get touchbacks as much as I would like to, so during the offseason I am going to be lifting weights, repeating my form and getting stronger.

"I think Chris and I have fed off each other. It's not as unusual as I thought it would be. Having this mix has been fun."

Raider Rap: Lee is 3-3 in District 11-6A and in fifth place. With one game remaining, there is only one playoff scenario that will work in REL's favor. The Red Raiders must defeat Naaman Forest, Garland Sachse must defeat Rowlett and Rockwall must defeat Garland. That would create tie for second between Sachse and Rowlett and a tie for fourth between Lee and Garland. In head-to-head, Sachse would be second with Rowlett third and Lee fourth because it defeated Garland. If there is any kind of three-way tie, REL loses out on points.

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ROBERT E. LEE FOOTBALL STATISTICS

Scores

Non-District

Fossil Ridge 59, Robert E. Lee 35

Lufkin 52, Robert E. Lee 49 (OT)

Robert E. Lee 69, John Tyler 38

District 11-6A

Garland Sachse 66, Robert E. Lee 41

Rowlett 54, Robert E. Lee 20

Robert E. Lee 59, Lakeview Centennial 54

Robert E. Lee 51, Garland 47

Robert E. Lee 48, North Garland 21

Rockwall 65, Robert E. Lee 35

Naaman Forest at Robert E. Lee

 

Score By Quarters

1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Tot.

Opponents 101 147 125 80 3 - 456

ROBERT E. LEE 115 137 70 85 0 - 407

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Team Statistics

Scoring

REL Opp.

Rushing 222 198

Passing 108 162

PAT 50 56

FG 9 24

Defense/Special Teams 12 14

2 Pt Conversion 6 2

Total 407 456

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First Downs

REL Opp.

Rushing 106 97

Passing 61 106

Penalty 12 18

Total 179 221

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Third Down Conversions

ROBERT E. LEE 43-92(47%)

Opponents 64-115 (56%)

Fourth Down Conversions

ROBERT E. LEE 10-15 (67%)

Opponents 6-8 (75%)

Field Goals Made/Attempted

ROBERT E. LEE 3-6 (60%)

Opponents 8-9 (100%)

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PATs Made/Attempted

ROBERT E. LEE 50-54 (93%)

Opponents 56-61 (92%)

Team Yardage

Rushing

ROBERT E. LEE 2610 (290.0)

Opponents 2135(237.2)

Passing

ROBERT E. LEE 2213 (245.7)

Opponents 3110 (345.5)

Total Yards

ROBERT E. LEE 4822(535.7)

Opponents 5245 (582.7)

Punts-Avg.

ROBERT E. LEE 33-1218 (37.0)

Opponents 23-711 (31.0)

Fumbles-Lost

ROBERT E. LEE 19-8

Opponents 22-9

Interceptions Thrown

ROBERT E. LEE 2

Opponents 6

Turnover Ratio

ROBERT E. LEE +5

Penalties-Yards

ROBERT E. LEE 74-645

Opponents 59-539

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Individual Statistics

Rushing

Player No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg.

Tavon Wesley 95 653 6.8 13 79t

Zach Hall 89 642 7.2 7 64t

Chance Amie 63 381 6.1 6 41t

Datavion Thacker 41 411 10.0 1 70t

Tyrec Grayson 38 366 9.7 7 88t

Mason Parker 27 168 6.2 1 33

Theo Brooks 8 27 3.3 0 16

Rhett Parker 1 -1 0 0 0

TEAM 5 -37 0.0 0 0

Totals 367 2610 7.1 33 88t

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Passing

Player Co. Att. Int. Yds. TD Lg.

Zach Hall 71 120 1 1303 10 93t

Chance Amie 42 76 1 902 9 83t

Rhett Parker 1 1 0 8 0 8

Totals 114 198 2 2213 19 93t

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Receiving

Player No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg.

Isjuwan Barker 35 579 16.5 7 67t

Tyrec Grayson 30 653 21.7 5 93t

Mason Parker 20 296 14.8 1 57t

Dante Johnson 10 130 13.0 0 27

Datvion Thacker 9 394 43.7 5 83t

Tavon Wesley 4 70 17.5 0 39

Keashun Davis 4 71 17.7 1 60t

Chance Amie 1 12 12.0 0 12

Campbell Miller 1 8 8.0 0 8

Totals 114 2213 20.8 19 93t

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Punting

Player No. Yds. Avg. N20 BK Lg.

Chris Blas 33 1218 37.0 8 0 59

Totals 33 1218 37.0 8 0 59

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Kicking

Player XPM/A FGM/A TB Lg.

Chris Blas 45-49 2-3 0 31

Matthew Hawk 5-5 1-3 4 31

Totals 50-54 3-6 4 31

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Defensive Stats

Fumble Recoveries

Player No. TD

Campbell Miller 2 0

John Samples 2 1

Chris Simms 1 0

Greyson Calhoun 1 0

Keashun Davis 1 0

Mason Parker 1 0

Totals 7 1

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Interceptions

Player No. TD

Mason Parker 2 0

Makyle Sanders 2 0

Dexter Green II 1 0

Chris Simms 1 0

Totals 6 0

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Sacks

Player No.

Greyson Calhoun 2

Braden Coates 1

Michael Dorsey 1

Cameron Holmes 1

Campbell Miller 1

John Samples 1

Totals 7

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Blocked Kicks

Player No.

John Samples 2

Makyle Sanders 1

Totals 3

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Tackles

Player TOT TFL SAC QBP PBU FF

Campbell Miller 92 0 1 6 2 3

Makyle Sanders 91 3 0 0 11 0

Cameron Holmes 63 1 1 3 0 0

Greyson Calhoun 54 3 2 6 8 2

John Samples 50 12 2 13 1 2

Michael Dorsey 45 1 1 3 0 0

Q'Odrick Shelton 44 0 0 0 6 0

Nathan Niedrauer 44 4 3 8 0 0

Braden Coates 39 1 1 3 1 0

Isjuwan Barker 34 0 0 0 3 0

Tevin Shankle 30 0 0 1 1 0

Chris Simms 30 0 0 0 5 0

Mark Russell 22 0 0 0 0 1

Josh Haralson 20 2 1 3 1 0

Dexter Green II 15 0 0 0 0 0

Royland Black 15 0 0 0 0 0

Yamin Colis 11 3 1 0 0 0

Tucker Davis 11 0 0 1 0 0

DyKeyston Shackleford 11 0 0 0 0 0

Datavion Thacker 10 0 0 0 3 0

Mason Parker 9 0 0 0 0 2

Theo Brooks 7 0 0 0 0 0

Tyrec Grayson 7 0 0 0 0 0

Rhett Parker 6 0 0 0 1 0

Matthew Hawk 5 0 0 1 0 0

Parker Musselwhite 5 0 0 0 0 0

Dante Johnson 4 0 0 0 0 0

Clay Korthauer 4 0 0 0 0 0

Jerry Villela 3 0 0 0 0 0

Nowell Gayle 2 0 0 0 0 1

Quinn Allen 2 0 0 0 0 0

Cory Green 3 0 0 0 0 0

Riley Ator 1 0 0 1 0 0

Chris Blas 1 0 0 0 0 0

Keashun Davis 1 0 0 0 0 0

Raylon Ellis 1 0 0 0 0 0

Deaundre Gaston 1 0 0 0 0 0

Andrew Harper 1 0 0 0 0 0

Kealon Jacobs 1 0 0 1 0 0

James Perales 1 0 0 0 0 0

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Scoring

Player TD FG PAT 2PT Tot.

Tavon Wesley 13 0 0 2 82

Tyrec Grayson 13 0 0 0 78

Chris Blas 0 2 45 0 51

Isjuwan Barker 7 0 0 1 44

Zach Hall 7 0 0 0 42

Datavion Thacker 6 0 0 0 36

Chance Amie 6 0 0 0 36

Mason Parker 2 0 0 0 12

Defense/Special Teams 2 0 0 0 12

Matthew Hawk 0 1 5 0 8

Keashun Davis 1 0 0 0 6

Totals 57 3 50 3 405

 

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