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Tyler Lee fighting for respect

The Tyler Lee Red Raiders are tired of losing.

"We used to be known as the 'Beast of the East,'" said Tyler Lee lineman Antron Henry.  "We're trying to get back to that same level if not higher and a force to be reckoned with."

The Red Raiders are coming off a second straight one win season.  Tyler Lee hasn't won a district game since 2010.  The senior class is confident things will change for the better in 2013.

"Being here three years and winning three to four games is something were going to really work hard to change," said senior Amir Wilson.  "If anything it makes us hungrier."

The Red Raiders will sport black helmets in 2013.  It represents a new attitude and swagger.

"Forget just one game, we want two, we want three, we want playoff games," said Wilson.  "We know it's not going to be easy."

Despite recent struggles, Tyler Lee is ranked No. 17 in the preseason 5A rankings.  The Red Raiders aren't satisfied.

"We're trying to get that respect back," said cornerback Patrick Crowder.  "A lot of people say (John Tyler) and all this. We're trying to get our name back out there on the list. Watch out for us this year because the 'Beast of the East' is coming back."

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