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John Tyler, Lee Both In The Postseason

John Tyler and Robert E Lee are both in the playoffs. Lee won district for the first time in six seasons after a 63-10 rout of North Mesquite Friday night.

John Tyler in the playoffs after a two year hiatues. The Lions went from 1-and-9 to a playoff berth in a matter of one year.

"Exactly this time last year we were talking about starting the off season and finding a way to get to the playoffs," Coach Dereck Rush said.  "So it's definitely been a long time coming."

The lions put together a five game winning streak that helped propel them to the playoffs. 

"Nobody thought we were going to go to the playoffs but as soon as we started winning everybody wanted to jump on our back and say, 'oh ya'll are good,'" Billy Thompkins said. "But last year it was a different story. This year they know we're winning. They know we're good this year."

John Tyler enters the playoffs with a 5-5 record.

"We came together more as a family," quarterback Jeremy Johnson said. 

"Last year it was a bunch of individuals," Thompkins stressed. "But this year we're one big family. We know where everybody's at on this team."

The Lee Red Raiders clinched a share of the District 11-5A title with DeSoto. 

"That was one of the goals coming into this season since we haven't done it since 2002," defensive back Josh Aubrey said. "So it feels real good, getting momentum going into the playoffs."

"It feels real good because that was another one of our main goals," quarterback Derrell Tate said, "to get the gold ball."

Coach Mike Owens promised each of his players a gold football if they won district, they responded with a three game win streak to finish the regular season.

"We made a big deal out of the district championship and they followed through," Coach Owens said. "I tell you, it's been a long time since we had a group that worked as hard everyday as these guys have over the last 14 weeks."

Lee will play A&M Consolidated (6-4) Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium.

John Tyler will play Killeen Shoemaker (4-6) at 5 p.m. in Midlothian.

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