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JT faces Tyler Lee in the Game of the Week

This game means a little more.

"It's important," said Tyler Lee linebacker Teddy Matlock.  "We want this one because we don't like them and they don't like us."
John Tyler defensive end Jassavia Reese agrees.


"You get to talk trash for the rest of your life," said Reese.  "You never want to be beaten by your cross town rival, that's a heavy burden to hold."

Tyler Lee's Devin Pinkerton took a step further.

"I can't go the next 35 years or be 80 years old and still hearing about this game in 2014," said the senior offensive lineman.

John Tyler has carried the Rose City crown the past two seasons with lopsided wins. Tyler Lee hasn't scored on the Lions since 2011.

"It bothers me a lot," said Pinkerton.  "I'm tired of it and It's time for us to take it."

The Lions hope to keep the shutout streak alive.

"We're trying to set a trend holding that goose egg on the board," said Reese.  "That's what the defense is trying to do. And the offense is trying to light up the scoreboard."

John Tyler has never been more confident. The Lions enter the game ranked No. 1 in the state of Texas for Class 5A.

"We know If they beat beat us, it will be all over the news," said John Tyler quarterback Geovari McCollister.  "So we can't let that happen. We have to go out execute and make sure we win the game."

The Red Raiders must avoid turnovers to the reverse the trend.

"I don't think we've played with confidence the last few years," said Pinkerton.  "We have to know we can go out there, run the offense and do whatever we want to do."

Both teams are ready for the Rose City Rumble.

"I know they'll (Tyler Lee) come out strong, being 0 and 2, they'll be hungry," said John Tyler running back Jeremy Wilson.  "I know they'll do everything they can to beat cross town rivals and the No. 1 team in the state."

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