John Tyler Lions enter bye week with momentum

Published on Monday, 9 October 2017 18:39 - Written by PHIL HICKS, phicks@tylerpaper.com

The John Tyler Lions, unlike the Dallas Cowboys, are headed to their bye week with a win and a bit of momentum.

The Lions won their second straight game, a 29-14 decision over Mesquite, after falling in the District 11-6A football opener on Sept. 23.

Now, JT coach Ricklan Holmes and his Lions have a week off before returning to play Oct. 20 against district co-leader Rockwall-Heath. JT and the Hawks will play at Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium in Rockwall.

In the victory over the Skeeters, quarterback K’Lon Warren, safety Tyus Grayson and Frankie Sanchez were named the players of the week by Holmes and his coaching staff.

Warren directed the Lions attack for the entire game against Mesquite after coming in as the signal-caller against North Mesquite the week before in relief of Devlen Woods.

Warren, a 5-9, 170-pound junior, hit on 13 of 19 pass attempts for 190 yards and three touchdown passes. He added 49 yards on 10 carries. For the season, Warren has connected on 21 of 33 passing attempts for 337 yards, six touchdowns and an interception.

As Defensive Player of the Week, Grayson (5-10, 170, junior) was all over the field. He had nine tackles and six assists with a pass breakup. He also had a game-changer with a blocked field goal attempt when the game was tied 14-14 late in the second quarter.

Sanchez won the Special Teams Player of the Week for the fourth time. The junior kicker averaged 37 yards on punts, was 3 for 3 on PATs and had five deep kickoffs, including a touchback.

On the season, Sanchez is second in the district in punting, sporting a 37.74 average.

Wide receiver Ke’Andre Street and linebacker/running back Tre Allison earned the Lion Heart Award.

Street continued to be the big-play man with four catches for 106 yards (26.5 average per game) and two touchdowns against Mesquite. On the season, Street has 19 catches for 474 yards and seven TDs. The junior averages 24.95 yards per catch.

Allison is the Lions’ stalwart defender, but he got in on the offensive side of the ball against the Skeeters, rushing two times for four yards, including a 3-yard TD. On defense, the standout linebacker who has committed to SMU had four solo tackles and eight assists, including a stop on Mesquite’s Tylon Sanders on a fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the fourth quarter. He also had a pass breakup.

LIONS TALES: Heath is 5-1 overall and is tied with Mesquite Horn atop 11-6A with a 3-0 league mark. JT (4-2) is 2-1 in district and is tied with Longview. The East Texas powers are followed by North Mesquite and Rockwall at 1-2 and Tyler Lee and Mesquite at 0-3. … All eight teams in 11-6A are open this week. … In JV action last week, JT defeated Mesquite (39-26), Horn stopped Lee (44-12), Longview defeated Rockwall (12-3) and Heath topped North Mesquite (21-7). … In freshman play, Mesquite won over JT (24-16), Lee split with Horn (26-50, 26-8); Longview swept Rockwall (33-22, 18-13) and Heath won over North Mesquite (24-20) in one game, and tied 8-8 in the other.

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