TYLER LEE RED RAIDERS
FRIDAY AUGUST 30TH AT MAVERICK STADIUM
7:30 PM KICKOFF
MAVERICK STADIUM- MARSHALL
Surface: Artificial Turf
Track Replaced in 2019
New Pressbox opened in 2018
Video Scoreboard installed in 2017
New Turf installed in 2016
1980 Maverick Drive
Marshall, Texas 75670
Marshall will kickoff the 2019 season against one of their oldest rivals as they host the Robert E Lee Red Raiders , better known as Tyler Lee.
The Mavericks enter the game with high expectations as they are ranked #4 in the state in Class 5A Division II by the gurus at Dave Campbell's Texas Football.
Marshall is coming off of a (10-3) season last year that saw them advance to the 5A Division II Region Semi-finals. A heartbreaking 35-34 loss to Huntsville ended their run in 2018.
Tyler Lee, a 6A team from District 11, enters the game coming off of a (2-8) season last year. But don't let that record fool you. The Red Raiders scored points in bushels last season.
DCTF has Tyler Lee picked for 5th place in district 11-6A. The 6A Red Raiders demand respect from the 5A Mavericks in this big Kickoff game.
Marshall and Tyler Lee became district rivals in 1960 when REL became a varsity program. They remained district rivals through the 2001 season, before the Mavs dropped to then class 4A in 2002.
The Rivalry remained dormant from 2002 until it was resurrected in 2016.
Marshall leads the overall series (24-20-1).
Tyler Lee's longest winning streak was 7 straight (1997-2001 and then 2016 and 2017).
Marshall's longest winning streak was 6 straight (1979-1984).
The lowest scoring game in the series was 6-0.... and it happened twice. 1967 (Lee win) and 1975 (Marshall win).
The Highest scoring game in the series was 57-50 in 1992.
Marshall won last season 42-29 at Rose Stadium.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Luckily the first week of football has no bearing on a team's playoff or district title aspirations.
This game is for pride as Marshall and Tyler Lee are both looking to open the season with a victory.
The Mavs would like a win with Carthage and Longview next on the docket before starting district play.
Marshall is looking for back to back wins to open a season for the first time since 2014 and 2015.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Tyler Lee enters with a ton of players from a team that struggled to win, but was offensively potent in a tough district 11-6A.
Mark Patton (QB): 66-146 for 1,083 yards in 2018.
Jamar Arceneaux (RB) is one part of a two headed rushing monster for Lee. He had 125 carries last season for 723 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Jamarion Miller is another part of that beast with 105 carries for 615 yards last season as a freshman.
A deep WR corps seems be in store for Lee fans with Te'Vion Massey, Ryan Williams.
Lee returns 8 on defense this season.
Lee struggled defensively last season, giving up 40 or more points in 7 of their 10 games.
They gave up more than 30 in both of their wins.
The Red Raiders will need improvemnt from their defense if they hope to see their fortunes change in 2019.
The Mavericks will depend on their third year signal caller to lead the offense this fall. The defense will be loaded with 9 returning starters from last season.
JJ Green (QB): 141-250 for 2,499 yards in 2018. 36 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Savion Williams (WR) had 42 catches for 659 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Demarcus Williams (WR) had 223 yards last season.
A new corps of WR's will need to step up to aid the Williams'to fill the gap left by Tajh Washington (Memphis) and Dekendrick Bender (SAU).
The Mavs saw several prospects in running backs from the spring, including Dominique Williams and Dathan Straw. Some newcomers may surprise too.
The Defense should be in good shape with:
Jared Washington (DB)
Darius Williams (DB)
James Washington (DL)
Kygze Turner (LB)
Michael Washington (DL)
Rod Hyer (LB)
DID YOU KNOW.....???????
Records are incomplete before 1937, but the Mavericks are 46-34-2 in season openers from 1937-2018. If you include seasons with incomplete records before 1937, the Mavs are (57-34-3).