WHO: John Tyler Lions (2-1) vs. Rockwall Yellow Jackets (1-2)
WHERE: Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium, 1197 T.L. Townsend Dr, Rockwall, 75087
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
RADIO: KTBB 97.5-FM, 600-AM with Manny Almanza and Kenny Smith
It certainly wasn’t the result John Tyler football coach Ricklan Holmes and his Lions wanted against rival Lufkin Friday night, but Holmes certainly saw effort and fight.
For the second straight time, junior quarterback Devlen Woods was named JT’s Offensive Player of the Week, while linebacker Dewayne Jones earned the honor on defense.
Frankie Sanchez, JT’s standout punter and placekicker, was tabbed the top Special Teams Player for the third straight week.
The Lions dropped to 2-1 after the 44-34 loss at Lufkin. JT trailed 37-14 at one point and pulled within 37-34 in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t close the deal.
Woods hit on 21 of 33 passing attempts for 327 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 11 times for 20 yards.
Defensively, Jones stayed in the Panthers’ backfield all night, recording two tackles for losses. Overall, Jones had seven solo tackles and six assists. He also had a quarterback hurry.
Sanchez was brilliant in the kicking game again, averaging 39.0 yards on five punts, including one inside the 20. On six kickoffs, Sanchez had two touchbacks. He was also 4 for 4 on extra points.
Earning the Lion Heart awards this week were:
-Wide receiver Michael Givens-Washington (6 catches for 72 yards and a TD; on defense he had an interception he returned 17 yards, plus a solo tackle);
-Running back Rod Hawkins Jr. (9 rushes for 56 yards and 2 TDs; 2 catches for 12 yards);
-Linebacker Tre Allison (three solo tackles with eight assists).
JT begins defense of its District 11-6A championship when the Lions travel to Rockwall to meet the Yellow Jackets, the only team to defeat John Tyler in league play a year ago.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium.
Rockwall knocked off defending state champion Highland Park in its opener, 53-49, but has since dropped contests to Garland Rowlett at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas (48-41) and Southlake Carroll at Dragon Stadium in Southlake (52-38).