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Tyler Lee to play Colerain, Ohio in 2005
by Chris Parry
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Robert E. Lee should change its motto to "Defender of Texas" because that is what the Red Raiders will be doing next season in non-district.
It will be Texas vs. Florida Aug. 27 at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Two weeks later, it's Texas vs. Ohio.
In both games, Robert E. Lee will be representing the Lone Star State.
The Red Raiders' first out-of-state clash is confirmed with Lee taking on Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade Madonna in the finale of the East Texas Football Classic.
In the second out-of-state game, Lee will be going on the road to battle Colerain High School from Cincinnati, Ohio. This game is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 10 in Columbus, Ohio, but as of press time Wednesday, Tyler Independent School District officials were waiting for a signed contract, allowing the Red Raiders and Colerain to play.
"If this comes to fruition, I think it will be a phenomenal experience for the athletes and the community," said Cody Cunningham, TISD director of communications and public relations. "And all of the expenses associated with Robert E. Lee's participation would be funded by an outside marketing group.
"We hope to provide all of the details as soon as we have the contract finalized, which I expect to be Thursday."
REL-Colerain A Matchup
Of Defending State Champions
Lee won its first-ever state championship last season by defeating Spring Westfield 28-21 in the 5A Division I championship game.
Colerain finished 15-0 last season and won the District 1 Ohio Championship, defeating teams by an average of 40 points. The Cardinals ended as the No. 3 team in the nation, according to the national prep poll, and were No. 5 according to USA Today.
Colerain is coached by Kerry Coombs, named Co-Coach of the Year in District 1. The Cardinals have posted consecutive 10-0 regular seasons in 2003 and 2004.
Last season, Colerain totaled over 5,500 yards of offense, nearly all of that on the ground. The Cardinals averaged just 38.2 yards passing while rushing for nearly 430 yards per game. In the District 1 Championship, Colerain blasted Canton McKinley 50-10, rushing for 463 yards and passing for 26 yards.
Defensively, Colerain gave up two touchdowns or more only three times, defeating Princeton (45-12), Fairfield (56-14) and Lakota West (69-20).
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Chaminade Madonna preparatory school is 3A, but competes against 6A/5A schools. The Lions captured the 3A state championship in 2003, and were named the best high school football team in Florida while finishing with a No. 15 national ranking.
Last season, Chaminade Madonna began the season 10-0 before falling to Immokolee in the 3A state semifinals.
Lee head coach Mike Owens said Dave Stephenson of TITUS Sports Marketing deserves the credit for putting this game together.
"This was done because of the East Texas Classic, and Dave (Stephenson) is the one who finds the teams and sets the schedule," Owens said.
Chaminade has posted 11 wins or more in all five seasons under head coach Mark Guandolo. The Lions have won five consecutive district championships, been a state runner-up (2002), state semifinalist (2004) and four-time regional finalist. Since 2001, Chaminade has had 40 players sign college scholarships, 12 of them Division I and 22 Division I-AA.
Owens said he and Guandolo have not been in contact yet.
"I haven't called him because there was no reason to until now, but I am sure we are going to trade film or something," Owens said. "I do know they are a quality program. It's a chance for programs from different states to play one another and maybe learn something from one another."