Entering the 2013 season, the John Tyler Lions had become the dominant program in Tyler. Since 2010, the Lions had won a combined a 36 games. Tyler Lee had won just four times, under three different head coaches.
But after their first 2 and 0 start in 8 years, It appears Tyler Lee football is back.
"We've been training as hard as we can to put it out there that Lee is coming back," said Tyler Lee senior running back Dekwqualien Waters. "We're going for state this year. And we're going to really beat JT this week."
While the Red Raiders are taking back the headlines, the Lions have taken notice.
"It's been a long time since they've been 2 and 0," said John Tyler senior Darius Amie. "But they haven't beaten John Tyler yet."
In the Rose City rivalry, the Red Raiders are still fighting for respect.
"We've been hearing about it for a long time the last couple of years," said Tyler Lee senior linebacker Ayaz Ali. "Especially since we haven't had good seasons and they've been going deep in the playoffs. I think it's different this year. They need to be ready for us."
The Lions say they are ready.
"Now we can have a challenge and it's going to be a good game," said John Tyler senior defensive back Greg Johnson. "Everyone is going to want to come and see what they're about and what we're about. It's going to be a good game."
A good game for sure, the rivalry isn't about the playoffs or even a district championship. Simply the right to be called the best in Tyler.
"We're ready to be take this town back and be the talk of the town this year," said Tyler Lee senior lineman William Hults. "I think we're ready."
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