WACO- It's not often that in the playoffs a team gets held under 100 yards of total offense for the game, however on Saturday night at the Waco ISD Stadium that's exactly what happened. The Tyler Lee (7-4) defense led by an outstanding front featuring Simmon Blaylock, Reggie Taylor and Patrick Howard smothered the potent College Station A&M Consolidated (6-4) offense holding the Tigers to just 80 yards of offense in a 13-3 win.
Junior RB Dada Brown led the offense for the Red Raiders which kept it conservative all night, Brown ran for 144 yards and a second quarter touchdown from six yards out which gave Tyler Lee a 7-0 advantage.
Lee held the lead despite two first quarter fumbles which set AMC up in great field position, however each time the Red Raiders held.
A&M Consolidated's ground game took a big hit when sophomore RB Chris Nutall left the game midway through the second quarter, and the Tigers offense struggled. The only score came late in the second quarter as Matt Stoll booted a 45 yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3 at halftime.
The third quarter saw the Tyler Lee defense get into the act as Reggie Taylor forced AMC's Rickey Smith to fumble and Chris Dinkins would scoop the loose ball up and sprint 16 yards for the score to make it 13-3.
Tyler Lee did squander several other scoring chances as a long touchdown run by Brown was called back due to a penalty and a 52 yard punt return by Josh Aubrey was also called back due to penalty. The Red Raiders also had a field goal attempt blocked in the fourth quarter.
Next week Tyler Lee takes on Garland in the Class 5A Division I Region II Area Playoffs at 1:30pm at Tiger Stadium in Corsicana.